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It feels like an age since the Golden State Warriors won their fourth NBA Championship in eight years. An off-season full of drama, trades and drafting has led us all to the 2023 NBA season.

Both conferences are stacked with talent making the upcoming season one of the most competitive in recent history. So who will clinch the one seed? Who will miss the Playoffs? Who will tank for the stacked 2023 draft class?

We’ve attempted to predict it all below.

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Dallas Mavericks @ Denver Nuggets
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Los Angeles Clippers @ Orlando Magic
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Orlando Magic +3.54/5

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Atlanta Hawks @ New York Knicks
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New York Knicks -1.517/20

Atlanta Hawks +1.510/11

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Charlotte Hornets @ Brooklyn Nets
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Brooklyn Nets -11.511/10

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Oklahoma City Thunder @ Memphis Grizzlies
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Memphis Grizzlies -11.541/20

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Washington Wizards @ Chicago Bulls
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Chicago Bulls -9.57/4

Washington Wizards +9.54/9

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Sacramento Kings @ Milwaukee Bucks
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Milwaukee Bucks -11.541/20

Sacramento Kings +11.54/11

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Indiana Pacers @ Minnesota Timberwolves
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Minnesota Timberwolves -9.541/20

Indiana Pacers +9.54/11

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Golden State Warriors @ Utah Jazz
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Utah Jazz37/40

Golden State Warriors3/4

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Boston Celtics @ Phoenix Suns
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Phoenix Suns +2.53/4

Boston Celtics -2.521/20

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Philadelphia 76ers @ New York Knicks
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New York Knicks +4.55/6

Philadelphia 76ers -4.537/40

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Los Angeles Lakers @ Dallas Mavericks
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Dallas Mavericks -9.52/1

Los Angeles Lakers +9.53/8

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Milwaukee Bucks @ Boston Celtics
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Boston Celtics -9.521/10

Milwaukee Bucks +9.517/50

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Memphis Grizzlies @ Golden State Warriors
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Golden State Warriors -9.539/20

Memphis Grizzlies +9.52/5

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Phoenix Suns @ Denver Nuggets
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Denver Nuggets -1.53/4

Phoenix Suns +1.521/20

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Philadelphia 76ers

To win the Eastern Conference

Joel Embiid is the last main man from the process to still be wearing a 76ers jersey. Luckily for Philadelphia, Embiid has blossomed into a perennial MVP contender. The trading of disgruntled star Ben Simmons for former MVP James Harden looked to be shrewd business before a second round exit in the Playoffs.

However, a full pre-season to get back to full fitness as well as an honourable pay cut has transformed the outlook of this roster. Harden is expected to return to a closer version of his Houston self whilst Tyrese Maxey is also looking to break out as an All-Star.

Pairing this with the dominant Embiid gives Philly a potential table-topping big three with a supporting cast to boot. Don’t be surprised if this roster plays to its potential and takes the Eastern Conference by storm.

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Milwaukee Bucks

To win the Eastern Conference

3/1

It’s hard to ever doubt the Bucks, especially with Giannis Antetokounmpo dominating both ends of the court. The Wisconsin team fell short to the Celtics last season in the Playoffs, however this could be attributed to the absence of Khris Middleton.

With Giannis’ co-star back healthy, the 2021 champions will be looking to show everyone that their ring was not a fluke.

A consistently good regular season performer, the Bucks will be expecting a return to Eastern Conference contention.

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Brooklyn Nets

To win the Eastern Conference

Not many teams would be seen as championship contenders after the disastrous off-season that Brooklyn suffered. However, entering a season with three former All-Stars in Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons is enough to make anyone a contender.

All three have their issues with injury, motivation and lack of game time. However, what cannot be disputed is the quality that they all possess.

With Irving in a contract year, Durant and Simmons out to prove their worth, the Nets have three players who could torch the regular season. They may lack the depth needed to clinch the one seed, but will certainly be a threat to every team on the court.

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Boston Celtics

To win the Eastern Conference

The unfortunate runners-up to yet another Warriors championship. The Celtics went on a miracle run in the second-half of the season to finish 2nd in the Eastern Conference.

Boston were looking like they would only get better and continue this form in the upcoming season if it were not for the turbulent few weeks the team have faced. Instrumental centre Robert Williams III was announced to be side-lined yet again for a prolonged period of time and head coach Ime Udoka was suspended for an inappropriate relationship with a colleague.

The loss of the head coach for an entire season and their starting centre for a few months may get the Celtics off to another poor start. Fortunately for Boston, young stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown will be able to fire the boys in green to a high finish in the regular season.

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Cleveland Cavaliers

To win the Eastern Conference

The Cavaliers were last seasons surprise package, boasting a good record in the latter stages of the regular season. Unfortunately injuries to players like Jarrett Allen and Ricky Rubio sank the 2016 champions to the Play-In Tournament.

This was all achieved without promising guard Colin Sexton who was ruled out for essentially the entire season. Sexton has been moved on along with other role players for a significant upgrade in Donovan Mitchell. The disgruntled star has finally escaped Utah and is ready to start fresh.

The young core can only get better with Garland, Allen, Mobley and Mitchell making up one of the more impressive starting units in the entire NBA.

The top seed may be a little too early for them this season, but this may be the year we see a Cavs team not led by Lebron to make a mark on the Eastern Conference.

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Miami Heat

To win the Eastern Conference

The hardest team to position is always the Miami Heat. The criminally underrated Jimmy Butler consistently drags the Florida outfit into the Playoffs, including the one seed last season. Despite the regular season success last year, the lack of star power may finally catch up with Erik Spoelstra’s side.

Kyle Lowry looked a shell of his former self and suffered an injury ridden campaign. With age not on his side, Lowry looks set for another down year. The shining light for the Heat will be young centre Bam Adebayo who has proven to be a DPOY candidate whenever he is healthy.

The roster is deep enough for the Heat to comfortably make the Playoffs, but the first seed may be a thing of the past for Miami.

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Play-In

7th – 10th

Atlanta Hawks

To win the Eastern Conference

Dropping into the Play-In Tournament first will be Atlanta. This will be disappointing news for the franchise that traded away a lot to acquire Spurs guard Dejounte Murray.

Despite the positive roster changes, the teams ahead of them boast more talent at their peak. Trae Young is undoubtedly one of the most talented players in the league on offense. But the young guard is still a liability on defence and has a few more years of play before he can become a player that teams can rely on for ‘winning basketball’.

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Chicago Bulls

To win the Eastern Conference

Chicago were one of the best teams in the NBA midway through the season with DeMar DeRozan playing MVP level basketball. The good form eventually came to a halt and the record against Eastern Conference contenders was too poor for the Bulls to maintain their high seeding. A first round-exit to the Bucks followed which turned the attention to keep Zach LaVine.

They managed to keep their core together, but with no significant additions and Lonzo Ball picking up yet another injury, it’s hard to see how Chicago can mount a challenge for the top six.

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Toronto Raptors

To win the Eastern Conference

Last season’s fifth seed will be disappointed with making the Play-In a year later. But with teams around them adding talent and getting better, the Raptors are in danger of falling down the standings.

Gary Trent Jr. and Fred Vanvleet had exceptional seasons last year and it will be hard to envision them maintaining that level of performance. The good coaching of Nick Nurse will be enough to ensure the post-season isn’t missed altogether, but it won’t be a shock to see the Canadians struggle to reach a high seeding this season.

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New York Knicks

To win the Eastern Conference

The final Play-In spot will be a relief for the New York Knicks who have made a concerted effort to contend this season. The roster has some interesting pieces but couldn’t find a winning formula last season.

The addition of guard Jalen Brunson will no doubt improve the Knicks who won’t have to rely on the ball handling of Julius Randle as much.

Despite the acquisition of Brunson, missing out on Donovan Mitchell has left New York in a slump which they won’t be able to overcome this season.

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Missing the Playoffs

11th – 15th

Washington Wizards

To win the Eastern Conference

The Wizards handed out arguably the worst contract seen for some time when they signed Bradley Beal to supermax with a no trade clause. Despite the contract, Beal’s talent is still undeniable.

Co-stars of Kristaps Porzingis and Kyle Kuzma will make sure that Washington are competitive. It unfortunately almost ensures the franchise’s inevitable missing of the Playoffs.

Not quite good enough to contend, not bad enough to tank. Washington find themselves in the NBA’s worst position.

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Charlotte Hornets

To win the Eastern Conference

The talent of LaMelo Ball has almost been enough to make Charlotte an immediate Playoff team.

However, the loss of Miles Bridges and the continuation of Mason Plumlee as a starting centre will be too big a mountain for the guard to surmount.

Don’t be surprised if the Hornets go all-in on targeting a high draft pick this season when their record begins to dip below 500.

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Orlando Magic

To win the Eastern Conference

Last seasons basement dwellers, Orlando will be looking to make an improvement on last seasons dismal record.

Number one draft pick Paolo Banchero will improve the side who desperately needed talent in the front court.

Jalen Suggs and Cole Antony is an interesting back court with Franz Wagner and Wendell Carter Jr. making up the starting five. It’s a team that will take a few scalps this season but will still succumb to their inexperience.

A low finish and high draft pick await.

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Detroit Pistons

To win the Eastern Conference

Cade Cunningham has received a back court partner with new draft pick Jaden Ivey looking like a seamless fit. Isaiah Stewart, Sadiq Bey and Marvin Bagley III all make an intriguing roster, but one that lacks depth or experience.

A torrid record is expected for the Pistons, but a record which will secure them a seat at the table for the draft lottery.

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Indiana Pacers

To win the Eastern Conference

The Pacers couldn’t believe their luck when they received Tyrese Haliburton for Domantas Sabonis last season.

This triggered the rebuild which will continue into this campaign. Senior players Buddy Hield and Myles Turner will be moved on before the trade deadline making the Pacers roster one of the worst in the NBA.

It’ll be nice to see Haliburton develop, but the Pacers will be one of  the frontrunners in the Victor Wembanyama sweepstakes.

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Denver Nuggets

To win the Western Conference

9/1

The time has come for Denver to dominate the Western Conference. Two-time and reigning MVP Nikola Jokic has shown how good a talent he is with next to zero help on the court.

This season, The Joker will be joined by the returning Michael Porter Jr. and Jamal Murray. Two players with great scoring power to compliment Jokic’s outstanding playmaking ability.

The Western Conference is stacked with contenders as usual, but only one of them has the current back-to-back MVP.

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Los Angeles Clippers

To win the Western Conference

7/2

Another team to be bolstered by an injury free team is the LA Clippers. Former champion in San Antonio and Toronto Kawhi Leonard is back with constant scoring threat Paul George.

The addition of John Wall alongside the rosters unbelievable depth makes the Clippers a serious contender this season.

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Golden State Warriors

To win the Western Conference

3/1

It almost seems blasphemous to rank the current NBA champions as the third seed but that’s just how strong the Western Conference is.

No new additions were needed but the acquisition of Donte DiVincenzo will only make the roster stronger.

Unfortunately, the infighting between Draymond Green and Jordan Poole has cast a shadow over the Bay. A roster with Steph Curry and co. will always compete at the top, but egos could cost the Warriors the one seed.

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Phoenix Suns

To win the Western Conference

4/1

Last seasons one seed will do well to replicate that success after such a demoralising defeat in the post-season.

The disrespect shown towards Deandre Ayton and his contract situation will have done no favours in repairing his fractious relationship with coach Monty Williams.

Chris Paul is also another year older causing more doubt on just how long the 37 year old can compete at the highest level.

The core has remained the same meaning Phoenix will still be very good, just not good enough to take the top spot.

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New Orleans Pelicans

To win the Western Conference

The wildcard of the 2023 season, the Pelicans finally look to have a roster that can trouble those at the top. Making the Play-In last season, there was promising signs already in New Orleans.

Now, number one draft pick and dominant paint scorer Zion Williamson is back and looks healthier than ever. Their seeding will depend greatly on how well Zion plays on his return, but would you want to bet against him?

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Dallas Mavericks

To win the Western Conference

A team with Luka Doncic, no matter how poor, is always going to make the Playoffs. The Slovenian superstar is simply too good on the offensive end.

Unfortunately, the roster around him still isn’t up to a championship standard. Christian Wood was traded in but carries the same defensive frailties that Doncic himself holds.

The roster is good enough to compete, but certainly not to earn the one seed.

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Play-In

7th – 10th

Memphis Grizzlies

To win the Western Conference

Last season felt like Memphis were way ahead of schedule. Competing with the best in the NBA and looking good whilst doing so. Youthful exuberance and fun to watch basketball made Memphis a fan out of most.

Star man Ja Morant made the highlight reels but the likes of Desmond Bane, Jaren Jackson Jr. and others made them a real force.

The loss of Kyle Anderson and De’Anthony Melton may feel small but will effect the depth of the roster. With players like Bane expecting to not be able to replicate such high level play, the Grizzlies may slip in to the Play-In this season.

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Minnesota Timberwolves

To win the Western Conference

One of the most shocking trades of the summer came from Minnesota as they traded away a truck load of draft capital and bench depth for multi-time DPOY Rudy Gobert.

The experienced centre is undoubtedly a great player and a defensive anchor. He’ll sure up the Timberwolves leaky defence, especially in the paint, but there is serious question marks on his fit alongside Karl-Anthony Towns.

The Timberwolves have a ceiling as the best team in the west, especially if the two big men can click straight away alongside young star Anthony Edwards. But there’s still more questions than answers at this time, keeping the Wolves to the Play-In.

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Los Angeles Lakers

To win the Western Conference

The Westbrook experiment continues into another season as the Lakers were unable to find a trading partner.

New coach Darwin Ham will have a tough test dragging the Lakers back into Playoff contention and we think the Play-In is the best he will be able to do.

The roster as a whole is desperately lacking 3-point shooting and doesn’t have the depth that those ahead of them do. LeBron James will turn 38 this season and can’t be looked towards as a one-man team any longer despite his insane scoring numbers last campaign.

Anthony Davis is a championship winning level co-star, but his fitness and poor shooting percentages will begin to create questions on whether he is that guy any longer.

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Sacramento Kings

To win the Western Conference

The final Play-In spot will be hotly contested but the Kings will finally be rewarded for their bold Haliburton trade last season.

De’Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis will be an interesting duo who will give opposition defences a tough time. Surrounded with good role players like Harrison Barnes and Kevin Huerter make Sacramento a decent team, but that’s where the ceiling lies.

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Missing the Playoffs

11th – 15th

Portland Trailblazers

To win the Western Conference

Damian Lillard is back! That unfortunately won’t be enough to catapult the Blazers into the Playoffs. The off-season trade to acquire Jerami Grant showed Portland’s hand that they are trying to contend, however they still don’t possess the quality to dislodge any of the teams above them.

The loss of CJ McCollum will be temporarily filled by Anfernee Simons but inexperience may cost Portland at key moments. Question marks on how good Lillard will be after his injury will linger, the former All-Star may not have the same impact to carry this franchise on his bag any longer.

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Houston Rockets

To win the Western Conference

Houston couldn’t believe their luck when projected number one pick fell all the way to number three. Jabari Smith Jr. will slot right into the Rockets front court with Jalen Green and the young core expected to develop together.

Contention won’t be in the mind of Houston right now, and with a shot at Wembanyama on the cards, taking might be the route the Rockets take if their record is below 500.

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Utah Jazz

To win the Western Conference

The Mitchell and Gobert era is over. Dominant in the regular season, toothless in the post-season. The Jazz have Wembanyama firmly in their sights and have made all of the moves necessary to get their next French star.

Some interesting pieces still remain on the roster like Colin Sexton, Lauri Markkanen and Jared Vanderbilt. But, these players and others like Mike Conley will all be on the trade block for the right price.

Expect to see restricted minutes for the better players as the season comes to a close and for the Jazz to have their worst record in some time.

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Oklahoma City Thunder

To win the Western Conference

Oklahoma’s season ended before it started when number two draft pick Chet Holmgren picked up a season ending injury at The CrawsOver.

With an extremely young and raw team, not even Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will be able to fire the Thunder into the Playoffs.

With talk of the young Canadian being on the trade block, the Thunder are positioning themselves and their bounty of draft picks to land Victor Wembanyama. There’s no better way to secure the number one pick than to have an awful record.

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San Antonio Spurs

To win the Western Conference

Similar to the Jazz, the Spurs have traded away their best player in Dejounte Murray in a clear declaration that the draft lottery is where they want to be.

Unlike the Jazz and other fellow tankers, there aren’t many players on this roster to be excited about past Keldon Johnson.

A dismal season on the court awaits San Antonio, but that’s clearly what the front office wants.

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Dallas Mavericks @ Denver Nuggets
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Los Angeles Clippers @ Orlando Magic
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Orlando Magic +3.54/5

Los Angeles Clippers -3.520/21

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Atlanta Hawks @ New York Knicks
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New York Knicks -1.517/20

Atlanta Hawks +1.510/11

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Charlotte Hornets @ Brooklyn Nets
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Brooklyn Nets -11.511/10

Charlotte Hornets +11.58/11

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Oklahoma City Thunder @ Memphis Grizzlies
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Memphis Grizzlies -11.541/20

Oklahoma City Thunder +11.54/11

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Washington Wizards @ Chicago Bulls
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Chicago Bulls -9.57/4

Washington Wizards +9.54/9

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Sacramento Kings @ Milwaukee Bucks
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Milwaukee Bucks -11.541/20

Sacramento Kings +11.54/11

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Indiana Pacers @ Minnesota Timberwolves
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Minnesota Timberwolves -9.541/20

Indiana Pacers +9.54/11

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Golden State Warriors @ Utah Jazz
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Utah Jazz37/40

Golden State Warriors3/4

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Boston Celtics @ Phoenix Suns
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Phoenix Suns +2.53/4

Boston Celtics -2.521/20

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Philadelphia 76ers @ New York Knicks
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New York Knicks +4.55/6

Philadelphia 76ers -4.537/40

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Los Angeles Lakers @ Dallas Mavericks
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Dallas Mavericks -9.52/1

Los Angeles Lakers +9.53/8

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Milwaukee Bucks @ Boston Celtics
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Boston Celtics -9.521/10

Milwaukee Bucks +9.517/50

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Memphis Grizzlies @ Golden State Warriors
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Golden State Warriors -9.539/20

Memphis Grizzlies +9.52/5

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Phoenix Suns @ Denver Nuggets
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Denver Nuggets -1.53/4

Phoenix Suns +1.521/20

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