NBA Stock Report: The Top 8 Teams and Where They Stand

The race for the NBA playoffs has begun. While the regular season is less than a month old, several teams have already made headway in the chase for crucial postseason seeding.

The goal for any NBA team is to qualify for the postseason but, beyond that, obtaining one of the top four seeds is critical because it determines who receives home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

NBA Stock Report will chart the progress of the top four teams from the Eastern and Western Conference and their battle to secure home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

All rankings are based on the current NBA standings. While there is no room to debate each team's positioning, the course of the future is still in doubt.

Some teams are only separated by percentage points, which will explain the absence of some franchises that will likely populate this list in the future.

And the list is certain to evolve as the season progresses, since some teams will drop due to reasons such as injury and others will rise as chemistry and familiarity improves.

Please feel free to comment with your own opinions concerning the future direction of the teams on the list. Please offer any suggestions on which teams will be the most likely to join it at a later date. Enjoy.

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