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.
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