The Bulls could go very easy 6-2 . Only challenges: Boston (at home) and Orlando (away). Because orlando has nothing to lose (they´re locked at the 4 seed), so the Bulls will go 6, 7 or 8 wins, finishing with 60 to 62 wins.More likely, 61 or 62 wins.
It´s the time of the season to make some really "good-chance-I-will-be-right" predictions. Let´s start after the jump...
Miami as well could go 5-2 without sweating Bosh´s jersey (yes, that easily). Only challenges: Boston (at home) and Atlanta (away). And because Atlanta is not gonna change their seed (they´re 4 games behind Orlando and 4 games ahead The sixers) I see the Hawks giving away that game (april 11) to rest. So Miami will go 6-1 finishing with 58 wins.
Celtics are facing 4 tough games (of the 9 remaining): Spurs, Atl, Chi and Miami (all are away games and I see them losing all 4). So they could go 7-2, but I see they will go 5-4 finishing with 56 wins. Or 58 at most
Lakers are facing 5 tough games (of the 9 remaining): Dal, Den, Por, OKC and The Spurs (only Portland being an away game). So they could go 7-2, finishing with 60 to 62 wins.
Mavs are facing 3 tough games (of the 8 remaining): Lakers, Por and Denver (only Denver as home game). So they could go 6-2 (losing at LA and Por), finishing with 59 to 61 wins.
Since, Phoenix, Houston and Utah became "out of the picture for playoff´s" because they´re too far from Memphis, this fact benefit our beloved Spurs because these 3 teams are no longer battling for a playoff spot, so The Spurs are facing only 2 tough games (of the 8 remaining): Bostond and Lakers. So they could go 6-2 without too much problem and, finishing with 63 to 64 wins. The´re gonna give away the LA game
Finally I see this final standings at the end of the season:
1 Spurs -- 63 W
2 Bulls / Lakers tied at 61 W
4 Mavs 59 W
5 Miami 58 W
6 Celtics 57 W
Now, ¿who´s gonna be the 8 seed in the west? --> New Orleans (65% chance) or Portland(35% chance)
NO are facing 3 tough games (of the 7 remaining): Mem, Dall, Mem (only tomorrow game will be at home and can make NO fall from 6 to 8 seed just as soon as tomorrow). So I see they will go 4-3 , finishing with 47 wins.
Memphis: I see the Grizz finishing strong. They are facing 3 tough games (of the 7 remaining): NO (twice) and Por ( tomorrow game will be at NO and I see them winning it). So I see they will go 6-1 , finishing with 48 wins (and maybe 49 W).
Portland: I see Por trying to get the 5 seed (but in vain) . They are facing 4 tough games (of the 7 remaining): OKC, Dal, Lakers and Memphis (all at home). I believe they gonna win the OKC game (at most) and finishing 4-3, so they will finish with 47 wins (and maybe 48 W).
... what are your predictions ?