Predicting the 8 NBA Playoff Teams Coming out of the East in 2012

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Predicting the 8 NBA Playoff Teams Coming out of the East in 2012
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Could the power in the NBA be shifting to the East? If you look at the top six teams in the conference, it appears highly possible.

The Chicago Bulls ultimately came out of the East with the No. 1 overall seed, but they will face heavier competition in their quest of a repeat performance.

Once you look at those top six seeds, it's easy to see that many of these teams are interchangeable and all dangerous.

The seventh and eighth seeds are also up for grabs, but two teams stand out as clear favorites to sneak into the playoffs.

Before we start the list, here are two predictions: We will not see a sub-.500 team make the playoffs, and only one different team will make the playoffs.

Be sure to check out my Western Conference predictions.

Let's get started.

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