At the start of the season, NBA fans who visited this site predicted which 16 teams would make the playoffs. As of now, they're missing on two teams in the East (Washington and Toronto) and one team in the West (Phoenix). Unless Toronto makes a furious comeback, it looks like the best the fans will be able to do is 13/16, as Denver seems to have surprised people.
The fans did not expect the Hawks to make the playoffs. They were in a neck and neck race with the Heat, and it turns out both teams became clear playoff squads.
It's the first contest in brutal a four-game stretch for the Bobcats. Win, and there's some breathing room. Lose, and they have no margin for error if they still hope to make the playoffs.