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THE PICKS ARE IN
IAN THOMSEN
December 26, 2011
A new Western power will topple the champs, but the Heat is the team to beat
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December 26, 2011

The Picks Are In

A new Western power will topple the champs, but the Heat is the team to beat

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CONFERENCE FINALS

Heat over Bulls

NBA FINALS

Heat over Thunder

2011--12 REGULAR-SEASON OUTCOME (conference ranking in parentheses)

HOW THEY COMPARE

For some the championship window is closing, for others it's opening, and for still others it could be a while before the window even comes into view. Here's where every team stands

Five Teams That Must Win Now

Heat Miami can't—and won't—go another year without a championship.

Lakers Whether or not L.A. trades for Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant (in his 16th season) needs another title.

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