The Orlando Magic can win the East

Want to know the reason Orlando will win the East? You're looking at him. Gary A. Vasquez/US Presswire

Austin Link of target="new">TeamRankings.com dived into historical postseason data to identify teams in the 2011 NBA playoffs that are more likely to outperform or underperform expectations based on their regular-season performance.

In the end, two factors stood out: pace of play and production from the center position. Drawing from the statistical relationships he uncovered, Link created the OP score (overperformance score) for each of this season's playoff teams. Using OP scores and other inferences from his data analysis, the following three myth-busting predictions for the Western Conference playoffs came to light.