There is nothing like the NBA Playoffs. Maybe it's an indictment on the regular season play year in, year out, that is often only attractive to hardcore fans because the play appears to be uninspired (with the exception to a few big games on the schedule), but when it comes to playoff basketball the NBA is always at its best.
This year is particularly different because the schedule that resulted from the 16 game lockout led to a brutal and almost unrealistic schedule that few players made it through without injury or some sort of built-in rest schedule for playoff preservation.
It seems as if many of the teams that have a shot at the title had to pace themselves or settle for less than their best down the stretch just to get players healthy.
This seems to have confused many prognosticators who evaluated the championship hopes of several teams. However, if you look at things for what they are, I think it becomes increasingly clear which teams have realistic hopes of winning a championship.
Many events have taken place to even reshuffle the order since this idea was initially scripted, but here are the teams that have the best chance to play into June and emerge a champion.