Top 5 Predictions Heading into Abridged NBA Season

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Top 5 Predictions Heading into Abridged NBA Season
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Let the Games Begin

While the NBA lockout has stymied much of the usual offseason chatter, new updates in labor discussions indicate that both sides seem ready to set a collective bargaining agreement in place.

Some of the more promising revelations that have come to light include: a sizable shift in majority ownership that is willing to agree to a 50-50 BRI, a willingness to concede to a 50-50 BRI percentage split by the players union, and re-evaluative measures on system adjustment by the NBA.

Assuming things continue to take a positive course, several interesting subplots in the NBA that have thus far been kept on the shelf are about to be brought back into the media limelight.

To recall, the super team in Miami came two games shy of winning a championship in its rookie year, with LeBron James shouldering much of the blame.

Derrick Rose capped off an MVP year that saw his stock rise to superstar, while the remainder of the Chicago Bulls organization was left plagued with questions regarding the lack of an emerging second scorer.

The Boston Celtics traded away Kendrick Perkins in a midseason deal that many foreshadowed would seal the team's fate,  as it did, and now, the Celtics are left to re-assemble an aging roster with no big man in the middle that can keep up with the fresh legs of the Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat.

The famous year-after effect of winning a championship has provided both dynasties and slumps. It will be interesting to see whether Dirk Nowitzki can sustain his high level of play, and whether the Pat Riley-coined "curse of more" afflicts the Dallas Mavericks.

How will Dwight Howard's pending free agency impact the psyche of the Orlando Magic and its front office?

Is Westbrook/Durant the second coming of  Marbury/Garnett?

Will Blake Griffin be able to steer the Clippers into the playoffs to cement his status among the NBA's elite, or is he the second coming of Vince Carter?

How will the Mike Brown regime fare for the Lakers coming off an embarrassing playoff sweep and Kobe walking into arguably his last season of greatness?

Why do Carmelo and Amare keep fueling rumors of the Knicks bringing Chris Paul into the fold?

Is Steve Nash getting traded to a contender?

Has the sun set on the San Antonio Spurs?

Is Kobe's star fading?

Will Dwight Howard be joining him in LA?

Who is the favorite to win the NBA championship this season?

To settle some of the most glaring debates in the NBA, here are five of the most encompassing predictions that are sure to take place, both this season and in the foreseeable future.

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