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michael-beasley-drunk-boatIf you’re feeling really ambitious, pick all 16 playoff teams! Or feel free to settle for the final four, NBA champ, league MVP, and rookie of the year. [UPDATE: Here are details of the Glen Davis fight. He pounded his drunk friend for making cracks about Davis' girlfriend.] Then, come back in June and brag about your prescient powers! We already took a look at each division. SI talked to scouts, who think the Lakers and Celtics will be No. 1 seeds in the playoffs. The scouts couldn’t agree on the NBA Finals, though. ESPN really likes the Lakers (every single “expert” picked ‘em first) and Celtics. Are we really the only people picking the Spurs?

East playoff teams: Magic, Cavaliers, Celtics, Bulls, 76ers, Raptors, Pistons, Hawks. (And yes, we wrote that the Hawks wouldn’t be in the playoffs … but sometimes, we struggle counting to eight. Hawks edge out the Heat for the final spot.) Magic over the Cavaliers in the conference finals.

West playoff teams: Spurs, Lakers, Blazers, Nuggets, Mavericks, Jazz, Clippers, Hornets. Spurs over Lakers in the conference finals.

kareem-abdul-jabbar-hugh-heffnerNBA Finals: Spurs over the Magic in 6.

Rookie of the Year: Tyreke Evans, Sacramento.

League MVP: LeBron James, Cleveland.

Best over/under bets: Based on these … we like the Rockets under 36.6, San Antonio over 54.5, Clippers over 34.5.

Longshot to win the title worth taking a flier on: Based on these (scroll down) … Bulls +4500 (if Derrick Rose goes from very good to transcendent in a year), Portland +1600 (we still have some faith in Oden).

 

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