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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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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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Game 7 drama for NBA playoffs

The first round of the 2014 NBA playoffs have been unpredictable and exciting. So it's fitting that five of the eight opening series will come down to the ultimate sports drama this weekend: a win-or-go-home Game 7. On Saturday, the Pacers, Thunder and Clippers all advanced to the conference semifinals. Still ahead on Sunday: the Spurs will both be looking to stave off an unexpected early exit at the hands of the Mavericks, whle fhe Nets and Raptors play for the right to face the Heat in the next round.

  • 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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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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    Discuss (Total votes: 24,610)

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