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NBA restart projections: Play-in favorites and playoff standings

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Why Oladipo may reconsider sitting out NBA restart (0:58)

Rachel Nichols breaks down why Victor Oladipo may change his mind by joining the Pacers at the NBA restart in Orlando. (0:58)

How has recent NBA news affected our projections for the restart of the NBA season at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex?

Since I originally ran projections for the eight seeding games and neutral-site playoffs using the multiyear version of ESPN's real plus-minus (RPM), a few teams have had key losses.

All-Star guards Bradley Beal and Victor Oladipo decided against playing -- though Oladipo's decision might not be final. The Brooklyn Nets saw three starters (Spencer Dinwiddie, DeAndre Jordan and Taurean Prince) withdraw after testing positive for COVID-19, and the Los Angeles Lakers lost Rajon Rondo to a thumb fracture after resuming practice.

I've again simulated the remainder of the season 1,000 times based on current rosters and projections. Let's break down the results.