Barring something completely unforeseen, at least one Western Conference playoff team from a year ago is going to fall out in 2019-20 to make room for the Los Angeles Lakers. That could be the Thunder after trading Paul George to the Clippers and Russell Westbrook to the Rockets, but our SportsLine data suggest the Thunder are actually significantly better with Chris Paul. We shall see.
One thing we do know for sure: Trying to make any kind of educated prediction as to what the 1-8 seeds will look like is a far more difficult task than just picking the eight teams that will make it. Things are a big clearer in the East, at least at the top.
So, let’s take a shot at this. With NBA playoff seed and win total predictions for each conference.all but behind us and most of the rosters close to finished, here are the 2019-20