Predicting the Playoff Teams in the NBA

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Predicting the Playoff Teams in the NBA
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In less than five days, the NBA season will be beginning. On Christmas Day, we unwrap five of the best matchups that we could ever imagine, like Dallas vs. Miami and Chicago vs. Los Angeles. 

That got me to think about the top teams in the league and where they will rank among each other.

The Western Conference will be as wild as ever, likely with only a few wins separating the top eight. Many of these teams will be contending for an NBA title.

The Eastern Conference is far more predictable, but there might be a few surprises in store for all of us with Dwight Howard being possibly dealt to the New Jersey Nets.

Here are the projected top eight seeds in both conferences for the incoming 2011-12 season as of today. This article does not take into consideration future trades and signings.

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