Predictions In

This was speculated about a bit in comments, but Dave Berri is, indeed, following the formula and saying that trading Allen Iverson for Andre Miller will make the 76ers better. He even ventures a prediction for Philadelphia going forward, saying he expects them to win about 30.4 of their remaining games, assuming his guesstimates about playing time prove roughly correct. John Hollinger, by contrast, says Denver is now "a legitimate threat to win the whole enchilada."

I'm going to just cop to genuine uncertainty about a lot of this . . . the West has a lot of good teams this year, and the road through the playoffs will wind up having a lot to do with matchups, coaching, home court advantage (which Denver almost certainly won't have), fatigueetc., etc., as a number of legitimately good teams face off against each other.