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Tuck: 2012-13 NBA Predictions

Perhaps the match-up we'll see in June seems inevitable (Heat-Lakers), but very few seasons strike me as interesting as this one. There are a ton of plots and sub-plots to keep us entertained until the end, and I believe there are no less than 10 teams in each conference with a shot at making the playoffs. There are so many injuries affecting the season already, and there are bound to be more to shift power one way or another. Here are the regular season predictions with the awards and playoff picks below.

EASTERN CONFERENCE

SOUTHEAST

Miami 63-19

Atlanta 42-40

Washington 32-50

Orlando 18-64

Charlotte 13-69

CENTRAL

Indiana 50-32

Chicago 44-38

Cleveland 43-39

Detroit 36-46

Milwaukee 36-46

ATLANTIC

Boston 50-32

Brooklyn 49-33

Philadelphia 46-36

New York 42-40

Toronto 39-43

 

WESTERN CONFERENCE

PACIFIC

LA Lakers 58-24

LA Clippers 55-27

Golden State 43-39

Sacramento 30-52

Phoenix 23-59

NORTHWEST

Oklahoma City 56-26

Denver 51-31

Utah 44-38

Minnesota 38-44

Portland 25-57

SOUTHWEST

San Antonio 60-22

Memphis 50-32

Dallas 41-41

Houston 35-47

New Orleans 18-64

 

PLAYOFFS

FIRST ROUND

Heat over Knicks, Celtics over Cavs, Bulls over Pacers, Sixers over Nets

Spurs over Warriors, Lakers over Jazz, Thunder over Grizzlies, Nuggets over Clippers

CONFERENCE SEMI-FINALS

Heat over Sixers, Celtics over Bulls

Spurs over Nuggets, Lakers over Thunder

CONFERENCE FINALS

Heat over Celtics

Lakers over Spurs

NBA FINALS

Lakers over Heat in 7 (Did you really think I'd have anything else?)

 

MVP:

1. LeBron James, Miami 2. Kobe Bryant, LAL, 3. Kevin Durant, OKC

Rookie of the Year:

1. Brad Beal, Washington 2. Damien Lillard, Portland 3. Anthony Davis, NO

Coach of the Year:

1. Eric Spolestra, Miami 2. Mark Jackson, GS 3. Byron Scott, Cleveland

Defensive Player of the Year:

1. Dwight Howard, LAL 2. LeBron James 3. Kevin Garnett

6th Man of the Year:

1. Lou Williams, ATL 2. Ben Gordon, Charlotte 3. Jason Terry, Boston

Most Improved Player:

1. Paul George, Indiana 2. Greg Monroe, Detroit 3. Kenneth Faried, Denver

 

 



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