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The NBA season can't get here soon enough. We're all itching for basketball and just wondering how the season will play out after yet another wild offseason full of movement. 

Even though everyone gets a fresh start, only 16 teams can make the playoffs each season. With so many big names switching teams and a ton of potential throughout the league, we can still make some assumptions on who's going to be good and who won't be.

And there are certainly some surprises here.

The Portland Trail Blazers are being doubted once again, despite the fact that they made the postseason each of the last five seasons. They haven't lost anyone major, so seeing them at -170 is interesting.

Another one that stands out is the Miami Heat at +380. They're amongst the ​favorites to land Jimmy ButlerAnd if Butler were to join the Heat, there's almost no chance they miss the playoffs.

On the flip side, there are also some intriguing lines when it comes to making the playoffs. Some sneaky bets that could pay out huge involve the Nets (+300), the Cavs (+340) and the Bulls (+750). The Eastern Conference is a crapshoot each and every year, and having one of these young teams sneak in as eight seed is not out of the question.

That's the beauty of the NBA. Anything can happen.

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