NBA standings 2012: Thunder look to go over .500 against Bulls

Shane Bevel

The Oklahoma City Thunder can start to erase some of the disappointment of a so-so, 2-2 start to the season when they play at the Chicago Bulls on Thursday.

The Oklahoma City Thunder are on the outside looking in in the Western Conference playoffs. Sure, it's Nov. 8 and they've played only four games, but right now, at 2-2, a .500 record isn't enough to assure a spot in the tournament.

Still trying to find a rhythm following significant roster changes just days before the season started, the Oklahoma City Thunder's 2-2 start to the season has been seen as a disappointment around the league, though only a home loss to the Altanta Hawks on Sunday can be seen as an upset The Thunder also lost their first game by two points to the San Antonio Spurs, but have big wins over the Portland Trail Blazers and Toronto Raptors. Plus, OKC is only a game behind the 3-1 Minnesota Timberwolves for the Northwest Division lead.

The Thunder can nudge themselves over .500 Thursday night with a win on the road over the Chicago Bulls.

Here's a look at the NBA standings through Thursday morning, Nov. 8:

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
Team, record (Games behind)

  1. New York Knicks, 3-0
  2. Boston Celtics, 2-2 (1 1/5)
  3. Philadelphia 76ers, 2-2 (1 1/5)
  4. Brooklyn Nets, 1-2 (2)
  5. Toronto Raptors, 1-4 (3)

Central Division

  1. Chicago Bulls, 3-1
  2. Milwaukee Bucks, 2-1 (1/2)
  3. Cleveland Cavaliers, 2-3 (1 1/2)
  4. Indiana Pacers, 2-3 (1 1/2)
  5. Detroit Pistons, 0-5 (3 1/2)

Southeast Division

  1. Miami Heat, 4-1
  2. Atlanta Hawks, 2-1 (1)
  3. Orlando Magic, 2-2 (1 1/2)
  4. Charlotte Bobcats, 1-2 (2)
  5. Washington Wizards, 0-3 (3)

Western Conference
Southwest Division
Team, record (Games behind)

  1. Dallas Mavericks, 4-1
  2. San Antonio Spurs, 4-1
  3. Memphis Grizzlies, 3-1 (1/2)
  4. Houston Rockets, 2-2 (1 1/2)
  5. New Orleans Hornets, 2-2 (1 1/2)

Northwest Division

  1. Minnesota Timberwolves, 3-1
  2. Oklahoma City Thunder, 2-2 (1)
  3. Portland Trail Blazers, 2-2 (1)
  4. Denver Nuggets, 2-3 (1 1/2)
  5. Utah Jazz, 2-3 (1 1/2)

Pacific Division

  1. Golden State Warriors, 3-2
  2. Los Angeles Clippers, 3-2
  3. Phoenix Suns, 2-3 (1)
  4. Sacramento Kings, 2-3 (1)
  5. Los Angeles Lakers, 1-4 (2)

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