NBA Eastern Conference, Western Conference Early Playoff Picture

I’m the type of guy that likes to stir controversy, so i’m giving my early prediction on the NBA playoff picture. I really have no surprises in the East, I just think the balance of power may shift between teams. Orlando is trouble mainly because of the Dwight Howard issue, at this point, they aren’t trading him, but there’s word out there that he will be in New Jersey by the end of the season. If that’s the case, you will have to flip Orlando with New Jersey in my preview, Orlando is nothing without Dwight Howard.

In the Western Conference, my main surprise team will be Golden State, Mark Jackson will take this team to the playoffs, and get them to play at a high level. Los Angeles Clippers, might seem like a surprise but if you’ve been living under a rock, they’ve got a solid back court in Chauncey Billups and superstar point guard Chris Paul, and those two alone will definitely be the reason the Clippers make noise in the winning category. They still need a solid big man off the bench, but they’re right now, the best team in the city of Angels.

Oklahoma City and Miami Heat are my picks to top their conference because both have the talent to do so, Miami Heat have a lot to prove once again, and they will run through the league. OKC will be a hard to beat night in night out. The Spurs will be the Spurs, I expect no less of them when it comes to the regular season, if they stay healthy, they will always be a threat in the West. The Lakers will be a solid team, despite them getting murdered on their home floor in PRE-SEASON, I still expect them to be a factor, but they really need a point guard, I believe they will find a way. 

Philadelphia will continue to play at  a competitive level under Doug Collins, so I expect them to move up in the standings from last year, same with Indiana, way too much talent on both rosters not to. Pacers only problem is players figuring it out themselves and getting used to their new additions. David West will help them become a threat in the playoffs once they get there. New York Knicks will be a deadly team in the regular season, and I believe they’ll have a better regular season, than playoffs. Disagree with me? Sound Off, Follow me on twitter @ThaLiveKing

Eastern Conference:
1. Miami Heat
2. New York Knicks
3. Chicago Bulls
4. Boston Celtics
5. Philadelphia 76ers
6. Indiana Pacers
7. Orlando Magic
8. Atlanta Hawks


9. Charlotte Bobcats

Western Conference: 
1. Oklahoma City Thunder
2. San Antonio Spurs
3. Dallas Mavericks
4. Los Angeles Clippers
5. Los Angeles Lakers
6. Denver Nuggets
7. Portland Trailblazers
8. Golden State Warriors


9. Memphis Grizzlies



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