Round-by-Round NBA Playoff Projections at Season's Halfway Point

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Round-by-Round NBA Playoff Projections at Season's Halfway Point
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These playoff projections seed each team according to its record at the halfway point of the season.

For example, the Boston Celtics—despite the loss of Rajon Rondo—are still projected as the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. 

These predictions are not attempting to suggest that a team currently outside of the playoffs, like the Los Angeles Lakers, either will or won't qualify for postseason play.

I am only selecting who I believe will advance in each matchup based on where each team is seeded at the halfway mark of the season.

Regardless of which teams will eventually occupy each of the 16 playoff spots, however, these projections include the eight squads I believe will advance from the opening round.  

While I did not assume that any key players would be injured between now and the start of the playoffs, I tried to account for the possible returns of players such as Derrick Rose and Danny Granger.

I stopped short, however, of suggesting a player like Rose would return to his MVP form immediately and change the face of the 2012-13 season.

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