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Favorites in NBA's East?

Less than a week into the NBA's official free agency, nearly all of the big names have made their decisions. And while the Western Conference saw little movement, the East saw some deals that will certainly shake things up.

LeBron James, in case you hadn't heard, left the Miami Heat for the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Heat, though, kept Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, and added Luol Deng in the process. The Chicago Bulls picked up Pau Gasol and brought over Montenegro-born Nikola Mirotic from Spain to team with a (presumably) healthy Derrick Rose. And the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday saw Lance Stephenson go to the new-look Charlotte Hornets. (Also, let's not forget about Carmelo Anthony staying with the New York Knicks and Jason Kidd leaving the Brooklyn Nets to coach the Milwaukee Bucks.) Naturally, there are a lot of questions ...

  • Which team will win the NBA's Eastern Conference in 2014-15?

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  • Which team outside the Bulls and Cavaliers has the best shot at winning the East?

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  • Which of these non-playoff teams from 2013-14 will fare the best in 2014-15?

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  • What do you make of Lance Stephenson leaving the Pacers for the Hornets and a three-year, $27 million contract?

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  • Which of these was the best signing for the team?

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  • How will Derrick Rose fare this season?

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  • Which team will Andrew Wiggins be with at the start of the 2014-15 season?

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  • If you were the Cavaliers' general manager, would you trade Andrew Wiggins as part of a deal to get Kevin Love?

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  • How many championships will LeBron James win in Cleveland?

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  • Will Carmelo Anthony ever play in an NBA Finals?

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Jason Kidd to coach Bucks

The Jason Kidd coaching experiment is over in Brooklyn, but it's going to continue in Milwaukee. The Bucks agreed to send the Nets two second-round picks in exchange for Kidd, who coached Brooklyn to a 44-38 record in his debut season. Kidd and the Nets were at odds due to the team's decision not to give him control of basketball operations, an opportunity which he may get with a struggling Bucks franchise. He leaves behind a pretty lucrative coaching position, which could end up being filled by a big name.

  • What do you make of the Bucks sending two second-round picks to the Nets for Jason Kidd?

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  • How far will Jason Kidd take the Bucks?

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  • Did you agree with the Nets' decision to not give Jason Kidd control of the team's basketball operations in addition to his head-coaching duties?

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  • Which of the following candidates rumored to be a replacement for Jason Kidd in Brooklyn would be the best choice?

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NBA Pick 'Em -- Heat vs. Nets

The Miami Heat swept the Charlotte Bobcats. The Brooklyn Nets needed seven games to get past the Toronto Raptors. Then again, the Nets swept the Heat in the regular-season series and have some big-name players all over the court. Which team has the advantage in the key position groups? Which will win their Eastern Conference semifinals series?

More: Pacers-Wizards | Spurs-Blazers | Thunder-Clippers

  • Which team has the advantage in the frontcourt?

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  • Which team has the advantage in the backcourt?

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  • Which team has the advantage off the bench?

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  • Which team will win the Eastern Conference semifinal series between the Heat and Nets? (Heat lead 1-0)

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Three of the top four seeds in the NBA playoffs were taken to seven games. All of them survived. Does that change how you rate them as the second round gets underway? Click on the logos below to rank the last eight remaining teams!

More: Your second round predictions?

Final 8 NBA Playoff Teams

Clippers

Clippers

Los Angeles Clippers
No. 3 in West

Heat

Heat

Miami Heat
No. 2 in East

Nets

Nets

Brooklyn Nets
No. 6 in East

Pacers

Pacers

Indiana Pacers
No. 1 in East

Spurs

Spurs

San Antonio Spurs
No. 1 in West

Thunder

Thunder

Oklahoma City Thunder
No. 2 in West

Trail Blazers

Trail Blazers

Portland Trail Blazers
No. 5 in West

Wizards

Wizards

Washington Wizards
No. 5 in East

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Predictions for NBA second round?

The second round is well underway. Which team will win each series? What will happen in the later rounds? Cast your votes below!

How will the Pacers-Wizards series play out? (Pacers lead 3-2)

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  • How will the Thunder-Clippers series play out? (Thunder lead 3-2)

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  • Which team will win the NBA championship?

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