Rajon Rondo's season-ending ACL tear was just the latest example of the futility of win-loss predictions in the NBA. Anyone guessing at what the Boston Celtics' record would be before Rondo went down would certainly have a different opinion after the fact.
In other words, what we're saying is that the league has about a million variables that could tip in either direction at any time. Injuries, trades and firings are bound to happen, and each of those things have the ability to drastically redefine the NBA landscape.
That constant state of flux means that making even the safest, most vanilla guesses about the league's future is a fool's errand. Only an idiot would risk the embarrassment of tossing out some ridiculous prognostication about even one team's second half record. Of course, it'd take a certifiable lunatic to do the same for every NBA club.
Which is, of course, why we're going to do precisely that.
*All records and statistics are accurate through games played Jan. 29, 2013
**All strength of schedule information via NBAStuffer.com