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Hello and welcome to SoB’s annual NBA Pick ‘Em. This off-season was the most delicious to observe ever, and six of us are here to give you our thoughts on how all 82 games will treat the NBA because of it. Just as you’ve heard, it’s looking like it’ll be a Heat/Lakers super-Finals, with four of us guessing such a match-up would result with Miami getting home-court advantage. This’ll certainly be Phil Jackson’s most challenging three-peat attempt ever.
Everyone agrees on the Celtics, Heat, Bulls, Lakers, and Mavericks to win their divisions, with the Thunder and Jazz, and even Nuggets splitting votes. The Suns and Knicks are popular picks, ditto for the Trailblazers. On the other side of that coin, the Nets, Kings, Raptors, and Timberwolves are all popular picks for teams to do poorly, while the Pacers and Wizards have gotten picks to finish in the playoff seeding and in the bottom three.
With all these picks we’ve made, a correct pick for a team to make the playoffs is worth one point, or two points if said pick correctly identifies a division winner. A correct pick of the #1 seed in each conference is worth eight bonus points, followed by seven bonus points for picking #2, and so on. Keep in mind that the top four seeds consist of the three division winners and the next-best team, with seeding based on record. Correctly guessing which #1 seed will have the NBA’s best record is also worth two points. The tiebreakers are, in order, picks for the worst team, then 2nd worst, then 3rd worst.
So that’s that; be sure to check below to see how we all think the season will turn out, and stay tuned at season’s end to see who wins.
|East||#1||Miami Heat*||Miami Heat*||Miami Heat*||Miami Heat*||Miami Heat*||Miami Heat*|
|#2||Orlando Magic||Boston Celtics*||Orlando Magic||Orlando Magic||Boston Celtics*||Boston Celtics*|
|#3||Boston Celtics*||Chicago Bulls*||Boston Celtics*||Boston Celtics*||Orlando Magic||Chicago Bulls*|
|#4||Chicago Bulls*||Orlando Magic||Chicago Bulls*||Chicago Bulls*||Chicago Bulls*||Orlando Magic|
|#5||Atlanta Hawks||Atlanta Hawks||Milwaukee Bucks||Atlanta Hawks||Atlanta Hawks||Atlanta Hawks|
|#6||New York Knicks||Milwaukee Bucks||Atlanta Hawks||Milwaukee Bucks||Milwaukee Bucks||New York Knicks|
|#7||Milwaukee Bucks||New York Knicks||Charlotte Bobcats||Charlotte Bobcats||Charlotte Bobcats||Milwaukee Bucks|
|#8||Detroit Pistons||Charlotte Bobcats||Philadelphia 76ers||Indiana Pacers||New York Knicks||Washington Wizards|
|West||#1||Los Angeles Lakers*||Los Angeles Lakers*||Los Angeles Lakers*||Los Angeles Lakers*||Los Angeles Lakers*||Los Angeles Lakers*|
|#2||Utah Jazz*||Oklahoma City Thunder*||Phoenix Suns||Dallas Mavericks*||Dallas Mavericks*||Oklahoma City Thunder*|
|#3||Oklahoma City Thunder||Dallas Mavericks*||Dallas Mavericks*||Utah Jazz*||Oklahoma City Thunder*||San Antonio Spurs*|
|#4||Dallas Mavericks*||Utah Jazz||Denver Nuggets*||Oklahoma City Thunder||Utah Jazz||Utah Jazz|
|#5||Phoenix Suns||San Antonio Spurs||San Antonio Spurs||Denver Nuggets||San Antonio Spurs||Phoenix Suns|
|#6||Los Angeles Clippers||Denver Nuggets||Portland Trailblazers||San Antonio Spurs||Houston Rockets||Portland Trailblazers|
|#7||San Antonio Spurs||Phoenix Suns||Oklahoma City Thunder||Houston Rockets||Denver Nuggets||Dallas Mavericks|
|#8||Memphis Grizzlies||Portland Trailblazers||Utah Jazz||Portland Trailblazers||Portland Trailblazers||Golden State Warriors|
|Best||Record||Miami Heat||Miami Heat||Los Angeles Lakers||Miami Heat||Miami Heat||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Tiebreaker||Worst Team||Toronto Raptors||Toronto Raptors||Minnesota Timberwolves||Minnesota Timberwolves||Washington Wizards||Minnesota Timberwolves|
|2nd Worst Team||New Jersey Nets||Minnesota Timberwolves||Sacramento Kings||New Jersey Nets||Sacramento Kings||Indiana Pacers|
|3rd Worst Team||New Orleans Hornets||Sacramento Kings||Toronto Raptors||Cleveland Cavaliers||New Jersey Nets||New Jersey Nets|
* division winner