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WTLC Staff NBA regular season predictions: who will come out on top?

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The WTLC staff weighs in on what is the most likely outcome in the 2019-20 season.

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The NBA season is upon us and with it come some staff predictions. It was a tad more difficult to predict the NBA this year after so many players changed teams. Golden State isn’t the top team in the Western Conference for the first time in several years and there are multiple teams with a shot at representing the west in The Finals this year.

We answer a few questions and give our predictions for the season right here. Let’s get to the predictions.

Ben Mertens

Eastern Conference

  1. Bucks
  2. Sixers
  3. Celtics
  4. Magic
  5. Raptors
  6. Heat
  7. Nets
  8. Pacers
  9. Bulls
  10. Pistons
  11. Hawks
  12. Wizards
  13. Cavs
  14. Knicks
  15. Hornets

Western Conference

  1. Nuggets
  2. Clippers
  3. Rockets
  4. Lakers
  5. Jazz
  6. Blazers
  7. Warriors
  8. Kings
  9. Spurs
  10. Mavs
  11. Pelicans
  12. Thunder
  13. Timberwolves
  14. Suns
  15. Grizzlies

Awards

MVP: LeBron James

DPOY: Joel Embiid

ROTY: Ja Morant

6th Man: Joe Ingles

Most Improved: Jamal Murray

COTY: Mike Malone

Nile McNair

Western Conference

  1. Rockets
  2. Nuggets
  3. Clippers
  4. Lakers
  5. Blazers
  6. Jazz
  7. Warriors
  8. Spurs

Eastern Conference

  1. Sixers
  2. Bucks
  3. Pacers
  4. Celtics
  5. Heat
  6. Nets
  7. Raptors
  8. Pistons

Awards

MVP: Stephen Curry

DPOY: Joel Embiid

ROTY: Tyler Herro

6th man: Lou Williams

COTY: Luke Walton

Most Improved: Lonzo Ball

Reid Belew

Eastern Conference

  1. Bucks
  2. 76ers
  3. Celtics
  4. Raptors
  5. Nets
  6. Magic
  7. Heat
  8. Pacers
  9. Pistons
  10. Hawks
  11. Bulls
  12. Cavs
  13. Knicks
  14. Wizards
  15. Hornets

Western Conference

  1. Clippers
  2. Lakers
  3. Jazz
  4. Rockets
  5. Nuggets
  6. Warriors
  7. Blazers
  8. Spurs
  9. Kings
  10. Pelicans
  11. Mavs
  12. Pelicans
  13. Thunder
  14. Grizzlies
  15. Suns

ROTY: Ja Morant

COTY: Doc Rivers

DPOY: Gobert

MVP: LeBron James

6th Man: Spencer Dinwiddie

Most Improved: Trae Young

Ryan Harris

Eastern Conference

  1. Philadelphia 76ers
  2. Milwaukee Bucks
  3. Boston Celtics
  4. Indiana Pacers
  5. Brooklyn Nets
  6. Miami Heat
  7. Toronto Raptors
  8. Orlando Magic
  9. Detroit Pistons
  10. Atlanta Hawks
  11. Washington Wizards
  12. Chicago Bulls
  13. Cleveland Cavaliers
  14. New York Knicks
  15. Charlotte Hornets

Western Conference

  1. Denver Nuggets
  2. Los Angeles Clippers
  3. Houston Rockets
  4. Los Angeles Lakers
  5. Portland Trail Blazers
  6. Utah Jazz
  7. San Antonio Spurs
  8. Golden State Warriors
  9. Sacramento Kings
  10. Dallas Mavericks
  11. New Orleans Pelicans
  12. Oklahoma City Thunder
  13. Minnesota Timberwolves
  14. Phoenix Suns
  15. Memphis Grizzlies

MVP: Anthony Davis

DPOY: Joel Embiid

ROY: Ja Morant

COY: Doc Rivers

MIP: Dejounte Murray

6th Man: Marcus Smart