By now, we know most of the teams that will find themselves in the postseason, and we have a pretty good handle on which players will receive consideration for the NBA's MVP award at the end of the year.
That said, there's a whole lot of basketball to be played, and plenty can happen between now and June. Which young stars are poised to have big second halves? Will Boston be able to hold it together without Rajon Rondo? Do the Miami Heat now have a clear path to the NBA Finals, or do other dangers await?
Some of these things are difficult to forecast. After all, few people thought that the Chicago Bulls would be as good as they are in the absence of Derrick Rose. But much of the rest of the 2012-13 campaign should fall into line—we've seen enough evidence from a number of players and teams to make a bold (and accurate) prediction on their respective futures.