The start of the NBA season will be here soon, which means it’s time to start thinking about how each team will do compared to their expectations.  Here is how I see each division panning out this season.

Eastern Conference


This is the best contested division in the Eastern Conference.  It’s really a four team race now that the Brooklyn Nets have made some moves to become a title contender.  I’m going to be extremely interested to see how this plays out.

  1. New York Knicks
  2. Boston Celtics
  3. Brooklyn Nets
  4. Philadelphia 76ers
  5. Toronto Raptors


This division should go to the Chicago Bulls, but the Indiana Pacers have been coming on strong and are an under-rated team.  I think this battle is going to be close, especially with Derrick Rose out at the begininning of the season.

  1. Chicago Bulls
  2. Indiana Pacers
  3. Milwaukee Bucks
  4. Cleveland Cavs
  5. Detroit Pistons


This one is a “No Brainer” due to the Miami Heat being so dominant.  The only real question is how the mess at the bottom is going to play out.

  1. Miami Heat
  2. Atlanta Hawks
  3. Orlando Magic
  4. Charlotte Bobcats
  5. Washington Wizards

Western Conference


This is the only division in the West that I think is clear cut.  The Oklahoma City Thunder should win this one without much of a problem.

  1. Oklahoma City Thunder
  2. Denver Nuggets
  3. Utah Jazz
  4. Minnesota Timberwolves
  5. Portland Trail Blazers


Everyone thinks the LA Lakers will win this easily, but I’m not so sure.  You can’t sleep on their cross-town rivals in the Clippers.

  1. LA Lakers
  2. LA Clippers
  3. Golden State Warriors
  4. Phoenix Suns
  5. Sacramento Kings


It’s hard to argue with having the San Antonio Spurs on top here.  They might not be built for the playoffs but this is one of the best regular season teams due to their outstanding depth.

  1. San Antonio Spurs
  2. Memphis Grizzlies
  3. Dallas Mavericks
  4. Houston Rockets
  5. New Orleans Hornets