As you might have guessed, the answer to that question is no team is playing better than the other.
The top-ranked Warriors and top-seeded Thunder are both up for re-election, and they both have a good chance of going into the playoffs for the first time in a decade.
And for the second straight season, the NBA has lost one of its most important marquee games.
The Los Angeles Clippers, the league’s top seed, have lost a game more than any other team in the last 20 seasons.
It’s the NBA’s second-longest losing streak behind the 2007-08 Cleveland Cavaliers.
The streak has now lasted longer than the streak of the 2008-09 Chicago Bulls.
In a perfect world, the Clippers would have won the title after beating the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 7 of the first round.
Instead, the Warriors took the series 3-1.
The Thunder lost Game 6 in a nail-biter to fall just short of the NBA Finals for the third time in four years.
The Clippers have gone just 6-12 in the series.
The Warriors, meanwhile, lost Game 1 to the Spurs.
The Kings have gone 6-10 in the first two games of the series, with one game in the fourth, and lost both of those games.
The Spurs also lost Game 5 to the Clippers.
The Lakers are 8-1 in the Finals.
The Cavs, in the past two seasons, are 3-0.
The NBA’s playoff format is still a work in progress.
The Warriors are the only team in history to win more than 10 games in every game of the regular season, and the Cavaliers and Kings are the last two teams to reach that mark.
The Clippers and Kings also are two of only four teams in the NBA to win seven games in a row, while the Lakers have the other three.
The Bulls are the first team to win six consecutive games, the Spurs are the second to win eight straight and the Kings are currently the third-best team in NBA history with nine consecutive wins.
In all, only three teams have won at least nine games in each of the past four years: the Spurs, Kings and Clippers.