NBA Predictions: 4 New Teams That Will Make the Playoffs in 2012-13

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NBA Predictions: 4 New Teams That Will Make the Playoffs in 2012-13
Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

When the NBA comes back this October, the league will look substantially different from where we left it in June.

LeBron James will finally have the pressure of being ringless lifted off his back. Dwight Howard and Steve Nash will be Los Angeles Lakers, Andre Iguodala will be a Denver Nugget and Andrew Bynum will now call Philadelphia home.

The Orlando Magic are headed straight for the lottery after receiving peanuts in the Howard trade, guaranteeing one open playoff spot to an Eastern Conference team that missed out last season.

A Joe Johnson-less Atlanta Hawks team could struggle to make the playoffs, and with Derrick Rose on the mend from an ACL tear suffered in April, the Bulls' playoff spot could very well be in jeopardy, too.

Let's take a look at the four teams best positioned to take advantage of another team's slip-up and sneak into the playoffs, despite landing in the lottery this past season.

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