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Surprise teams in playoff hunt

What are the chances these six overachievers make the postseason?

Updated: January 7, 2013, 1:01 PM ET
By Kevin Pelton | ESPN Insider
Steph CurryEzra Shaw/Getty ImagesGolden state of mind: Steph Curry and the Warriors are eyeing a postseason trip in the crowded West.

Entering the season, the consensus of experts had nine teams in each conference as likely to make playoff runs -- Atlanta, Boston, Brooklyn, Chicago, Indiana, Miami, Milwaukee, New York and Philadelphia in the East, and Dallas, Denver, L.A. Clippers, L.A. Lakers, Memphis, Minnesota, Oklahoma City, San Antonio and Utah in the West.