I don't know about you, but after all the turkey was gone, the stuffing was scoffed and the pudding devoured, nothing quite made my Christmas Day complete like the NBA kick-starting what is sure to be a hectic 66-game schedule with a brain-melting five marquee games.
Now, every team has got their season underway. The Los Angeles Lakers played their third game in three days against the Utah Jazz, the first game for them. Strange quirks are common in this heavily condensed schedule. There's no time to make sure everything makes logistical and physical sense.
Every week, I'll take a look at every team and revise my prediction for their final record at the end of April. Unlike a "power ranking," this ranking aims to look forward to the end of the season, based on what we have seen so far. Conventional power rankings base the teams solely on their immediate past and future schedule, not what these games tell us about that future.