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After a lockout delay, the NBA season is finally underway. Several teams are disappointed so far, but the season is still less than a week old. That’s why Sports of Boston (colored red in the table) and New York (colored green) are here, to present our choices for how the final standings will turn out.
The Heat, Bulls, Thunder and Mavericks are leading the way, with Miami’s Big Three still garnering the most favorable attention despite last season’s disappointing end. As has been the case before, most of the East is agreed upon, while the West is more open. Of particular note is that with the Lakers’ slowing down, their sister team the Clippers, fresh off acquiring Chris Paul, are getting a lot of votes to seize the divisional throne from the Lakers.
As usual, when one of our writers correctly picks a team to make the playoffs, it gets them one point, or two points instead for a correct division winner. Correctly picking the #1 seed is worth eight points, the #2 seed is worth seven points, and so on. Picking which #1 seed will finish with the NBA’s best record is worth two points. In the event of a tie in points, we also made selections for which team will finish with the NBA’s worst record, then second worst, then third worst.
So now that the record keeping is out of the way, we can all get to the picks. You can check them out below, and be sure to come back in April to see who won.
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* = division winner