Who's going to make the playoffs? How will the battle for No. 1 in each conference shake out? And how will the draft lottery races finish?
Trades and injuries have changed the landscape of the NBA in a way that's challenging for traditional statistical projections to capture. To try to measure the current talent of all 30 teams, I put together projections using the multiyear, predictive version of ESPN's real plus-minus (RPM) and my best estimate at what rotations will look like going forward.
Then I used those projections to simulate the final six weeks of the regular season 1,000 times. Let's check out the results, starting in the East, ranked by predicted final win total.