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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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Wizards Washington will continue to build patiently through the draft with cap space to be used in future years.

Hornets This season is all about finding an owner and rebuilding through the draft.

Cavs Cleveland owns the Clippers' pick too, which was a great asset until the Chris Paul trade.

Three Reasons To Pick Miami

1. The team's three stars have learned how to play together.

2. LeBron will renew his old aggressive play—with a better post game.

3. The Celtics and Lakers are a year older, the Mavs lost Tyson Chandler, and the Thunder and Knicks are at least a year away.

Three Reasons to Pick Against Miami

1. The Bulls will get more firepower from Carlos Boozer and Richard Hamilton.

2. The compacted schedule and especially heavy burden on James and Wade make them more vulnerable to injury.

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