After a wild offseason seeing many changes around the league, the NBA season is finally here. The season tipped off on Tuesday night with the Boston Celtics defeating the Philadelphia 76ers, followed by the Golden State Warriors defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Tonight, we will see LeBron James make his Los Angeles Lakers debut, as he travels on the road to face Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers. It will be the most anticipated debut of the season.

We already saw some debuts from new faces in new places, such as Carmelo Anthony on the Houston Rockets, Kawhi Leonard on the Toronto Raptors, and DeMar DeRozan on the San Antonio Spurs.

How will these players fare this season? With LeBron gone in the East, which team will take over as the new king of the conference? Can LBJ lead the Lakers to the NBA Playoffs—even the Finals?

Will James Harden win MVP again? Will the Warriors win their third straight title during the Kevin Durant era? Will the Spurs miss the playoffs for the first time since 1997?

All of these questions and more answered with our 2018-19 NBA preview and predictions.

Eastern Conference


Standings

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


Playoffs First Round

(1) Celtics over (8) Pistons, 4-0
(2) Raptors over (7) Heat, 4-1
(3) Pacers over (6) Wizards, 4-2
(5) 76ers over (4) Bucks, 4-3

Conference Semfinals

(1) Celtics over (5) 76ers, 4-2
(2) Raptors over (3) Pacers, 4-3

Conference Finals

(1) Celtics over (2) Raptors, 4-2

Western Conference


Standings

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

Playoffs First Round

(1) Warriors over (8) Timberwolves, 4-1
(2) Rockets over (7) Nuggets, 4-1
(3) Lakers over (6) Pelicans, 4-2
(4) Thunder over (5) Jazz, 4-3

Conference Semfinals

(1) Warriors over (4) Thunder, 4-2
(2) Rockets over (3) Lakers, 4-2

Conference Finals

(1) Warriors over (2) Rockets, 4-3

Awards


Most Valuable Player

LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers

Rookie of the Year

Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks

Most Improved Player

Myles Turner, Indiana Pacers

Defensive Player of the Year

Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans

Sixth Man of the Year

Dennis Schroder, Oklahoma City Thunder

Coach of the Year

Brad Stevens, Boston Celtics

Executive of the Year

Rob Pelinka, Los Angeles Lakers

NBA Finals Prediction


Warriors over Celtics, 4-1

Finals MVP: Stephen Curry

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