What to look for around the league as the NBA tips off the 2012-13 season. Teams are listed in predicted order of finish:
1. Miami Heat
Last season: 46-20, won NBA Finals. Coach: Erik Spoelstra.
Starting five: Mario Chalmers, Dwyane Wade, Shane Battier, LeBron James, Chris Bosh
Outlook: The Heat brought the same crew back for another run, along with Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis to strengthen the inconsistent bench. Hard to fathom the Heat not at least reaching the conference finals if they avoid injury. The question, as usual, is a lack of a legitimate center and whether the club will be motivated to repeat after finally winning the title last year.
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