Surprise NBA Teams That Will Be in the Playoff Hunt

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Surprise NBA Teams That Will Be in the Playoff Hunt
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The 2012-13 NBA regular season is one of the most highly anticipated campaigns in the history of this great league. Despite the surplus of injuries to stars such as Dirk Nowitzki, Derrick Rose, Kevin Love and John Wall, there is more on the line in 2013 than any year in recent memory.

We can thank the newfound art of the "super-team" for that.

The Los Angeles Lakers, Brooklyn Nets and Miami Heat are amongst the numerous teams that have utilized the period of free agency to build championship contenders. Although we hold each of those teams to a level of expectation that is only to be met by postseason success, we must not forget an elusive truth.

Each and every season, there are a handful of teams who shock the world with how close they come to the postseason. Every now and then, one of those teams finds a way to sneak into the playoffs.

During the 2012-13 NBA season, there will be no alteration in said form. There will be a group of teams that surprise the league with their legitimacy in the pursuit of a postseason berth.

So, which overachieving teams must we watch for down the final stretch of the 2012-13 NBA regular season?

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