Monday, October 29, 2012

Predictions for the 2012-2013 NBA Season

Tomorrow is the first day of the NBA season, and as I do each year (see: 2009-2010; 2010-2011; 2011-2012), I offer my predictions below for the season: each team's win-loss record, which teams make the playoffs, and who wins it all. My picks this year are as boring as the season is likely to be exciting: namely, not a lot of surprises in terms of top and bottom, but a quality of play as high as anything we've seen in the league's history. I do think the Lakers' depth and chemistry are a problem, even if they are Finals-bound, and the Thunder doubtless made a mistake in trading away Harden for some unknown future (and to satisfy their own cheapness). As for the East, it's the Heat's conference (and year) to lose. Most important, the Spurs are never out of the hunt.

Now let's play some basketball.

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Western Conference
1. Oklahoma City Thunder (60-22)
2. Los Angeles Lakers (57-25)
3. Denver Nuggets (56-26)
4. San Antonio Spurs (54-28)
5. Los Angeles Clippers  (51-31)
6. Utah Jazz (50-32)
7. Memphis Grizzlies (48-34)
8. Dallas Mavericks (45-37)

9. Minnesota Timberwolves (42-40)
10. New Orleans Hornets (38-44)
11. Portland Trailblazers (35-47)
12. Houston Rockets (33-49)
13. Golden State Warriors (29-53)
14. Sacramento Kings (23-59)
15. Phoenix Suns (18-64)

Eastern Conference
1. Miami Heat (66-16)
2. Boston Celtics (56-26)
3. Chicago Bulls (52-30)
4. New York Knicks (51-31)
5. Indiana Pacers (50-32)
6. Atlanta Hawks (49-33)
7. Brooklyn Nets (47-35)
8. Philadelphia 76ers (45-37)

9. Detroit Pistons (42-40)
10. Cleveland Cavaliers (37-45)
11. Washington Wizards (30-52)
12. Milwaukee Bucks (22-60)
13. Toronto Raptors (19-63)
14. Orlando Magic (15-67)
15. Charlotte Bobcats (10-72)

Western Conference First Round
Oklahoma City Thunder (1) over Dallas Mavericks (8) in 5 games
Los Angeles Lakers (2) over Memphis Grizzlies (7) in 6 games
Denver Nuggets (3) over Utah Jazz (6) in 6 games
San Antonio Spurs (4) over Los Angeles Clippers (5) in 5 games

Eastern Conference First Round
Miami Heat (1) over Philadelphia 76ers (8) in 4 games
Boston Celtics (2) over Brooklyn Nets (7) in 6 games 
Atlanta Hawks (6) over Chicago Bulls (3) in 7 games
Indiana Pacers (5) over New York Knicks (4) in 6 games

Western Conference Semifinals 
San Antonio Spurs (4) over Oklahoma City Thunder (1) in 7 games
Los Angeles Lakers (2) over Denver Nuggets (3) in 6 games

Eastern Conference Semifinals
Miami Heat (1) over Indiana Pacers (5) in 5 games
Boston Celtics (2) over Atlanta Hawks (6) in 6 games

Western Conference FinalsLos Angeles Lakers (2) over San Antonio Spurs (4) in 6 games

Eastern Conference Finals
Miami Heat (1) over Boston Celtics (2) in 7 games

NBA Finals
Miami Heat (1) over Los Angeles Lakers (2) in 7 games

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