The time has come guys...Your Miami heat embarks on their defense of their WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP.
As for predictions...last year I nailed it at this time (picked Heat over Mavs 4-2) This year is a little tougher as I see a very tough Western Conference.
I think the heaters win the East with little trouble this time around. I expect the Cavs, Bulls and Pistons to be the class in the East behind the Heat. The Nets STILL need big people and have not fixed their bench problems. They can surprise though as you will see with my prediction.
The West is a 4 team race...but what a 4 team race....The mavs are the class...don't underestimate the shear talent that the Suns will bring though. The Spurs still have the nucleus that already won a title for them and the Rockets have YAO and T-Mac. If Healthy..the Rockets can be a surprise team here. I also love what the Kings are doing. The Nuggets are on the fast track to the toilet.
For my predictions:
The HEAT defeat the Nets (I dropped the Nets on 12/24) in the ECF's (4-2) to return to the finals.
The SPURS defeat the SUNS in the WCF's (4-3) to make the finals.
The finals will be a matchup of the last two winners....
A classic battle that will have the Miami Heat REPEAT as CHAMPIONS. (4-3)
As for the Heat's regular season record...I say 54-28 (1st in east)