Bulls will beat Heat for top seed

Knicks and Nets left out in the cold and doomed their draft-day hopes

Updated: March 19, 2012, 5:17 PM ET
By Bradford Doolittle | Basketball Prospectus
Rose/LinMike DiNovo/US PresswireRose and the Bulls should be the East's top seed, but Lin and the Knicks will fall short of the playoffs.

The NBA's annual in-season shuffling came a little late this season, and although no aces were dealt, plenty of hole-plugging moves will affect the rest of the season. Thursday is the league's deadline for buying out veterans under contract, so there may yet be some player movement. By and large, however, we now have a pretty good idea of how the teams will look the rest of the regular season and the playoffs.

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