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2012-13 NBA Season Preview: Eastern Conference Playoff Picture

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2012-13 NBA Season Preview: Eastern Conference Playoff Picture

Eastern Conference
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Now that I have provided a breakdown of each team’s year during the 2012-13 NBA campaign it’s time to focus on how the playoffs will shape up in each conference. There may be some surprises in both the Eastern and Western Conference as far as seedings and possible omissions but hey this is how I see the playoff picture shaping up with the season set to begin just one week away.

Now sure there is a chance that these predictions won’t come true as there is anytime any person puts their self out on the line to make bold statements however I truly feel barring major injuries to any of these eight teams in each conference then this is how it will all play out. I for one can’t wait for the season to begin and then see how these predictions shape up. In these playoff pictures I won’t make any predictions as far as to which teams will win in each round, they’re just overviews as to which teams will make the postseason at the conclusion of the year and where they’ll be seeded. I will have Conference Finals (for both the East and West) and NBA Finals predictions coming in the next few days to breakdown who I think will advance to those series and ultimately who I feel will win the NBA Championship this year.

So without further ado I present to you my NBA Eastern Conference Playoff Picture as a part of my 2012-13 NBA Season Preview Series. I hope you enjoy!

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#8 Chicago Bulls (43-39)

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Sans Derrick Rose for most of and possibly all of the season the Chicago Bulls will barely make it into the Eastern Conference playoffs. Once they do get there Bulls fans shouldn't expect much out of them, the fact that they notched the eighth seed should be the equivalent to winning a title for them.

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#7 Milwaukee Bucks (46-36)

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The Milwaukee Bucks will benefit more than any other team will from Derrick Rose not being around, this will allow them too be the second best team in the Central Division and claim the seventh seed in the East. Now once the playoffs begin all bets are off depending on how they gel they could either force a seven game series in the opening round or get swept out abruptly.

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#6 New York Knicks (46-36)

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Many people believe this is the year that the New York Knicks find team chemistry and will advance deep into the postseason. I am not one of those people, I just don't see this team as a legitimate championship contender as they are constructed near the top of their roster (which in laymen's terms means Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire don't work together) and they will probably be looking at yet another first round exit.

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#5 Brooklyn Nets (50-32)

Eric Hartline-US Presswire

The Brooklyn Nets starting lineup will carry them into the postseason and have the entire County of Kings buzzing providing them a taste of playoff action in their first year there however I'm not sure if they'll get out of the opening round.

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#4 Philadelphia 76ers (52-30)

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I am truly excited about the Philadelphia 76ers prospects as a legit title contender more so than any non-contender from a season ago. They have an amazing starting lineup and a more than ample bench to make a deep run in the playoffs. Andrew Bynum may get some MVP votes come April.

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#3 Indiana Pacers (54-28)

Steve Mitchell-US Presswire

The Indiana Pacers are now one of the big boys on the block and have many fans in Indy thinking Eastern Conference Finals or bust. The Pacers have a great shot at reaching that far and possibly more now it all depends on how much they have learned from their past couple of experiences during the NBA's second season.

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#2 Boston Celtics (56-26)

Mark L. Baer-US Presswire

The Boston Celtics are gearing up for one more deep run into the Eastern Conference Playoffs with the hopes to return to another NBA Finals before their core gets too long in the tooth. Wait doesn't it seem like that has been the creed for this team for the past few seasons, they don't age they just know how to win and bring along younger guys for the ride each and every year.

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#1 Miami Heat (56-26)

Steve Mitchell-US Presswire

Now that the defending NBA Champion, Miami Heat have an even larger bullseye on their backs do you think that they'll let up during the postseason or will that drive them even more. One major unknown variable is how LeBron James will compete now that he has obtained his first title; that my friends is a huge unknown, unknown (in my Samuel Jackson voice).