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There's no way to predict who the NBA champion will be next June, but I can tell you one thing: This has to be the most unsure I've been about the outcome of an NBA season since 2008.
Sure, the obvious choice for the NBA Finals is a matchup between the Lakers and Heat. But that's not anywhere near a slam dunk.
Miami has a tougher road than it did last season and Boston has a definite shot at making the finals out of the East, as does Chicago, if Derrick Rose is back and healthy for the playoffs.
In the West, you have to include San Antonio and Oklahoma City in any kind of conversation, along with the Clippers, if Blake Griffin develops a jumper, and Denver, which is a pretty good dark horse.
I wouldn't even rule out Indiana or Memphis, if things go right for those teams.
All that matters right now is that basketball is nearly back, and it's here to stay for the next seven months.
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