Making the playoffs is all well and good, but who has the best chance of winning the 2013 NBA title?
We have been watching and analyzing these teams for nearly six months now, but even after narrowing the field from 30 teams to the 16 remaining, uncertainty abounds.
Are key players totally healthy, and if not, how long does their team have to survive until they are? Is a frenetic, transition-heavy team going to cause problems for a half-court bully, or vice versa? Does a good team with an easier path to the finals have a better shot than a great team with a tougher one?
All of these questions will be answered in the next two months. Until this year's champions reveal themselves, we can only speak in likelihoods rather than certitudes.