Scouting Reports

How They'll Finish
October 23, 2005

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Atlantic Division
NEW JERSEY NETS (3)*
PHILADELPHIA 76ERS (8)
NEW YORK KNICKS (9)
BOSTON CELTICS (11)
TORONTO RAPTORS (14)

Southeast Division
MIAMI HEAT (2)
WASHINGTON WIZARDS (6)
ORLANDO MAGIC (10)
ATLANTA HAWKS (13)
CHARLOTTE BOBCATS (15)

Central Division
INDIANA PACERS (1)
DETROIT PISTONS (4)
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS (5)
CHICAGO BULLS (7)
MILWAUKEE BUCKS (12)

EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

HEAT OVER PACERS

 

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Southwest Division
SAN ANTONIO SPURS (1)
HOUSTON ROCKETS (4)
DALLAS MAVERICKS (5)
MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES (8)
NEW ORLEANS HORNETS (15)

Northwest Division
DENVER NUGGETS (2)
SEATTLE SUPERSONICS (7)
UTAH JAZZ (9)
MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES (11)
PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS (14)

Pacific Division
PHOENIX SUNS (3)
SACRAMENTO KINGS (6)
LOS ANGELES LAKERS (10)
GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (12)
LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS (13)

WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

SPURS OVER SUNS

*SI's rankings (1 to 15) for each conference

NBA FINALS

SPURS OVER HEAT

PROJECTED LINEUPS AND FAST FACTS COMPILED BY DAVID SABINO

SI.COM

NBA Insider Ian Thomsen provides expanded scouts' takes for all 30 teams at SI.com/basketball.

PHOTOPhotograph by John W. McDonough  SLAM DUNCAN
The Eastern Conference should be deeper, but the West has the league's prohibitive favorite: the Spurs, led by Tim Duncan (above). After adding two former All-Stars to its bench--its bench--San Antonio will roll to a second straight title.

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)