Vote: NBA's second-half burning questions

The NBA's second half will begin on Thursday with a slate of six games, including DeMarcus Cousins' debut with the New Orleans Pelicans. But before the games begin, let's take a look forward and make predictions for the rest of the season.

Who will make the playoffs? Who will miss out? Can someone challenge the Cleveland Cavaliers or Golden State Warriors? Make your choices in the polls below!

The Pelicans have surely boosted their chances of qualifying for the playoffs while putting Denver's hold on the No. 8 seed in the West in jeopardy. With Thursday's trade deadline approaching, can a team such as the Boston Celtics or LA Clippers make a deal to put pressure on the reigning conference champions?

-- Sam Henken