In the East, they have a 50% chance of making the playoffs (8 out of 16 or reduced to 4 out of 8 divisionally for easier comparison).

In the West, they have a 57.14% chance of making the playoffs (8 out of 14 or reduced to 4 out of 7 divisionally for easier comparison).

Subtract 50% from 57.14%, and that’s a 7.14% POINT difference. But then to see how much better chance that is than in the East, we must compare that to the original 50% chance they have. To compare, we divide. Well, 7.14 divided by 50 = .1428 or 14.28%, so the Western teams have about a 14.3% better chance of making the playoffs. That’s the same as a 1/7 better chance, which makes sense (7 team divisions).

To compare how much worse of a chance the Eastern teams have, compare 7.14% to 57.14% which turns out to be 12.5% exactly if the numbers weren’t rounded. So the Eastern teams have 12.5% worse chance of making the playoffs than the West. That’s a 1/8 worse chance, which makes sense (8 team divisions).

In summary, to remember the chances:

The West: 1/7 (1 divided by 7 to get the percent for a better chance).

The East: 1/8 (1 divided by 8 to get the percent for a worse chance).

I hope I got my math right.

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