Could the NBA's 2022-23 season recreate one of the most thrilling Eastern Conference races ever?
Last season, the East bracket was so tightly packed that the Nos. 1 through 10 seeds were separated by just 10 games. According to ESPN Stats & Information research, that was the closest for any conference since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976-77.
And according to the latest edition of ESPN Summer Forecast, we might get something similar -- at least near the top.
How many wins does our panel project for the defending conference champion Boston Celtics, the Milwaukee Bucks, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Miami Heat -- the four teams that battled for East supremacy all last season?
Are the New York Knicks back in the playoff hunt? Which mid-tier teams will miss out on the play-in tournament? Who's still rebuilding?
Our expert panel is predicting the win-loss records for all 15 teams in the East.