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PBT’s preseason predictions: Yes, expect Heat vs. Lakers final

Oct 30, 2012, 11:06 AM EDT

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It’s that time of year again, when we NBA writers make predictions we will wince at in a few months. When you can read our predictions and use those as evidence that we clearly hate your favorite team (pick a team, any team).

What follows are the ProBasketballTalk predictions for the 2012-13 season by myself plus writers D.J. Foster and Darius Soriano. Yes, we all see the same NBA finals. I really want to predict something other than the obvious, but sometimes things are obvious for a reason. Anyway, here are our picks.

Eastern Conference Standings:
Kurt  Helin                       D.J. Foster              Darius Soriano
1. Miami Heat                 1. Miami Heat              1. Miami Heat
2. Boston Celtics             2. Boston Celtics         2. Boston Celtics
3. Indiana Pacers           3. Indiana Pacers       3. Philadelphia 76ers
4. New York Knicks       4. Brooklyn Nets         4. Brooklyn Nets
5. Brooklyn Nets             5. Atlanta Hawks       5. Indiana Pacers
6. Philadelphia 76ers    6. Chicago Bulls         6. Atlanta Hawks
7. Atlanta Hawks           7. New York Knicks   7. New York Knicks
8. Chicago Bulls             8. Toronto Raptors     8. Chicago Bulls

Western Conference Standings:
Kurt  Helin                                       D.J. Foster                                 Darius Soriano
1. Los Angeles Lakers                   1. Oklahoma City Thunder       1. Oklahoma City Thunder
2. Oklahoma City Thunder          2. Los Angeles Lakers               2. Los Angeles Lakers
3. San Antonio Spurs                    3. San Antonio Spurs                 3. San Antonio Spurs
4. Los Angeles Clippers                4. Denver Nuggets                      4. Denver Nuggets
5. Denver Nuggets                          5. Los Angeles Clippers            5. Los Angeles Clippers
6. Memphis Grizzlies                    6. Memphis Grizzlies                  6. Memphis Grizzlies
7. Utah Jazz                                    7. Utah Jazz                                    7. Utah Jazz
8. Minnesota Timberwolves        8. Houston Rockets                     8. Minnesota Timberwolves

Eastern Conference Finals:
Kurt Helin: Heat over Pacers
D.J. Foster: Heat over Celtics
Darius Soriano: Heat over Celtics

Western Conference Finals:
Kurt Helin: Lakers over Thunder
D.J. Foster: Lakers over Thunder
Darius Soriano: Lakers over Thunder

NBA Finals:
Kurt Helin: Heat over Lakers
D.J. Foster: Heat over Lakers
Darius Soriano: Lakers over Heat

MVP Winner:
Kurt Helin: Kevin Durant
D.J. Foster: Kevin Durant
Darius Soriano: Kevin Durant

Rookie of the Year winner:
Kurt Helin: Damian Lillard
D.J. Foster: Anthony Davis
Darius Soriano: Anthony Davis

Most Disappointing NBA Team:
Kurt Helin: Dallas Mavericks
D.J. Foster: Philadelphia 76ers
Darius Soriano: Dallas Mavericks

  1. rickeye9 - Oct 30, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    How do you have the Jazz, Twolves and rockets all above the Warriors? no love or Rubio, t wolves done. Jazz have no outside scoring and the rockets are still a ways away. If the Jazz trade Jefferson for a wing scorer, they could easily make it, or the Rockets have a rookie of the year candidate, but both are unlikely. The warriors have arguably the best center of those teams, but PG then the second best Sg and PF behind Harden and Love and not it’s not even debatable the best bench. Warriors will be at least the 6th seed this season.

  2. pellypell - Oct 30, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    I like Kurts pick of Damian Lillard for ROY, but hate his and Darius’s pick of DAL being the most disappointing team. How can you be disappointed when there are no expectations? None of the 3 have them in their top 8, so what gives?

  3. rickeye9 - Oct 30, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    eddy curry enough said

  4. deadw82000 - Oct 30, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    You have the Kings not making the playoffs in the West? Really? They have Tyreke!

  5. zacksdad - Oct 30, 2012 at 12:13 PM


    You are confusing me. A post from yesterday had the Clippers as the 4th best team in the league, now they are the just the 4th best team in the western conference. Already flip-flopping?

    Also it would be fun to to see what your guys predictions were last year and what actually happened.

    • lew24 - Oct 30, 2012 at 3:16 PM

      The division winnings automatically get the top 3 seeds in the conference. If the clips do not win their division then they can do no better than 4th.

      • lew24 - Oct 30, 2012 at 3:17 PM

        oops…division winners

  6. zerole00 - Oct 30, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Finally, the Spurs get the respect they deserve. Other than that, the 5op 5 in each category are pretty solid.

  7. spencera5 - Oct 30, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Rickeye you obviously didn’t pay attention to the jazz this offseason. They picked up 3 solid 3 point shooters, mo Williams, randy foye and Marvin Williams. And they led the nba in 3 point percentage for the preseason. They have have improved there outside game a ton so that’s why they are above your beloved warriors

  8. chitownmatt - Oct 30, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    No love here at all for the Bulls.?.?.?
    6th and 8th… Really?

  9. rickeye9 - Oct 30, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    none of those 3 guys the jazz picked up are better 3 pt shooters than the warriors 4th best 3 pt shooter , just saying

  10. crnvic847 - Oct 30, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Matt I’m a Bulls fan and I’d say that anywhere from a 6-8 seed is safe to say. But I’ll tell you this. Come playoff time the Heat or the Celtics are definitely not gonna want to face a healthy Rose in round 1.

  11. spencera5 - Oct 30, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Yea but do the warriors have 4 potential all star big men? I didn’t think so. The jazz will be a better team than the warriors guaranteed.

  12. prosourcetalk - Oct 30, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    I would like to hear DJ’s reasoning for being so down on the Sixers.

  13. fanz928 - Oct 30, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Lebron or Dwight MVP kd is too one dimensional

  14. wsuperman444 - Oct 30, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    Hell with the Heat and Lakers taking everything before the season even starts why are we even going through the motions of having games leading to the title lets just crown them in all their Glory now… this is what happens with you front load teams like this why do the small markets even bother with putting a team together and fooling the fans? from a disgruntled Magic fan..

  15. davidly - Oct 30, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    I’m not sure the Mavs should be the most disappointing, seeing as how nothing is expected of them, and rightly so. If one factors in not living up to expectations–and taking a gander at the predictions here, in addition to what seems to be the general consensus without having seen anything but a dismal preseason–I’d say that the Lakers have the best chance of being the biggest disappointment.

  16. mazblast - Oct 31, 2012 at 1:26 AM

    Little Caesar is “retiring” soon, so everyone in the league knows they have to give him what he wants as a going-away present. He wants a Lakers-Heat “The Finals” (such a pretentious name), and his henchmen will do what they have to in order to give The Troll what he wants.

  17. rickeye9 - Oct 31, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    the warriors have 3 legit big men and a 4th on the rise, but you only play 2 at a time soo… warriors are better than the jazz, just accept that.

  18. rickeye9 - Oct 31, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    since you like talking preseason, Jefferson was 0-7 against our back up center, how good is he really? just saying. he only scored on biedrins and we all know he’s below garbage

  19. spencera5 - Oct 31, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Since you know the opening game of the preseason is so important. I never said al was amazing, he is consistent on offense and you can’t deny that, he had a bad game in the opening game of the preseason, yet there is an article stating he is the most clutch player in last 5 mins since 2009 shooting above 50% .. The warriors will be plagued by injuries like always and picking up an injury prone center who has barely played a full season doesn’t help there chances. The jazz are a healthy young team with lots of depth at every position. That’s awesome the warriors have such good players but that doesn’t matter when they can’t stay on the court.

  20. therealroman - Nov 1, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    You guys can’t be serious about Dallas not making the Playoffs…are you kidding me? What makes you think that? They got Veteran players that know how to play, how to win. They got a great system, intense D and a great coach. They still, when healthy, have one of the best scorers in the League. They got players with a lot of upside like Collison, O.J. Mayo or Jae Crowder. I just think it’s funny, Dallas is never taken seriously and at the end of the season they’re always one of the best teams in the League. Just watch, if they stay healthy, they’re gonna be real good come All Star break

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