The regular season isn't the end all, be all, but it certainly let's us know what to expect come playoff time.
By that logic, we can expect the San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder to come out guns blazing when the "real" season begins.
Those three squads are just in another stratosphere competitively, and all of them have established their dominance through regular-season consistency.
Now that isn't to say title hopes are dashed for the likes of the Los Angeles Clippers, Indiana Pacers or New York Knicks, but as the season rolls along, pretenders are exposed and the real champs seem to flex their muscles.
We've seen hot teams, like the aforementioned Knicks and upstart Golden State Warriors, come back to Earth a little bit, but will they break out of their cold streaks?
Maybe, maybe not—ultimately, it depends on the multitude of variables that present themselves during the closing months of the 82-game campaign.
So, that being said, let's pinpoint how every team will likely finish at the end of the season.