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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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NBA Pick 'Em -- Pacers vs. Wizards

The Indiana Pacers have sputtered since soaring to the NBA's best record early in the season. The Washington Wizards came out of nowhere to win their first playoff series since 2005. Now they meet, and only one can move on. Which team has the advantage in the key position groups? Which will win their Eastern Conference semifinals series?

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  • 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 Pacers and Wizards? (Tied 1-1)

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Your NBA playoff predictions?

The NBA playoffs are underway, and they're even more competitive than expected. Which teams will go on to win their first-round series? Cast your votes below!

More: Rank the playoff teams!

  • Who will win Game 7 of the Mavericks-Spurs Western Conference first-round series in San Antonio?

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  • Which team will win Game 7 of the Nets-Raptors Eastern Conference first round series in Toronto?

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Just 16 teams remain in the chase for the 2013-14 NBA championship. How do they stack up against one another? Are the San Antonio Spurs (a league-high 62 wins) the best? Or do you rate another squad higher? Click on the logos below to set your list!

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2013-14 NBA Playoff Teams

Bobcats

Bobcats

Charlotte Bobcats
No. 7 in East

Bulls

Bulls

Chicago Bulls
No. 4 in East

Clippers

Clippers

Los Angeles Clippers
No. 3 in West

Grizzlies

Grizzlies

Memphis Grizzlies
No. 7 in West

Hawks

Hawks

Atlanta Hawks
No. 8 in East

Heat

Heat

Miami Heat
No. 2 in East

Mavericks

Mavericks

Dallas Mavericks
No. 8 in West

Nets

Nets

Brooklyn Nets
No. 6 in East

Pacers

Pacers

Indiana Pacers
No. 1 in East

Raptors

Raptors

Toronto Raptors
No. 3 in East

Rockets

Rockets

Houston Rockets
No. 4 in West

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

Warriors

Warriors

Golden State Warriors
No. 6 in West

Wizards

Wizards

Washington Wizards
No. 5 in East

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For 10-year-old basketball enthusiast Amaris Jackson, the Washington Wizards' biggest move this season had little to do with the draft or trades or the team's playoff push. On Saturday the Wizards, working with the Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic Foundation, signed Jackson -- who is fighting renal cell carcinoma, a rare cancer of the kidney -- to a one-day contract before their home game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

It made for an unforgettable day for Jackson. She signed her contract with owner Ted Leonsis and GM Ernie Grunfeld, received and wore a personalized No. 10 Wizards jersey, interacted with coaches and players at their shootaround, shot around herself with the team before the game and was introduced along with the starting lineup.




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