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PBT predicts 2014-15 NBA playoffs, champion

Miami Heat Victory Parade And Rally

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 25: The Larry O’Brien Trophy sits on display during a celebration for the 2012 NBA Champion Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on June 25, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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Finally, the NBA season tips off tonight.

But it’s going to be nearly eight months before we crown an NBA champion... can’t we just skip ahead. Hit the fast forward button and see who gets to hang out with what Clippers owner Steve Ballmer calls “Larry” and the rest of us call the championship trophy?

We here at PBT are trying to help. Yesterday we laid out who we thought would win the end of the year awards. Now it’s time to take a look at who we think makes the playoffs and beyond. Below is a chart of our predictions for 1-8 (and some 9s) in each conference, plus who we think meets and wins each conference finals.

First, the East:


Now the deep Western Conference:

Western Conf.

So who wins it all? Here’s our predictions for the NBA Finals:

Kurt Helin: Bulls over Clippers
Brett Pollakoff: Bulls over Clippers
Dan Feldman: Cavaliers over Thunder
Sean Highkin: Spurs over Bulls