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WHO WILL WIN THE NBA CHAMPIONSHIP IN 2011?
Los Angeles Lakers 69%
Boston Celtics 22%
Miami Heat 3%
Orlando Magic 2%
San Antonio Spurs 1%
SI's survey was conducted throughout the month of December. The Lakers fell to 21--10 on Dec. 28, the earliest they have reached double-digit losses since '07; meanwhile, the Heat had won 21 of 22 through Monday, its best 22-game stretch ever years... . Only five other teams received votes. Neither the Mavs (who, at 26--10, sit in second place in the West) or the Jazz (25--13; No. 4 in the West) were among them.
Based on 157 NBA players who responded to SI's survey