OK, maybe it's not a compelling observation, but the odds are the two teams everyone expects to be there at the end will be there.
The concept of a finals rematch between the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder isn't based off long hours of research and prognostication—these are the two most talented teams. And both have already proven able to reach the grandest of stages.
But, of course, it's not always so easy.
The Heat and Thunder, as talented as they are, can be tripped up by teams surging in the background.
The New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers look capable, as do the Los Angeles Clippers and San Antonio Spurs.
Some of the lower-seeded teams remain with a smaller percentage chance, but a Cinderella run to the NBA Finals is fathomable.