Summer Forecast: 2015-16 East champions

The Cavaliers won the Eastern Conference last season. Will LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and company rule the East again? If Cleveland stumbles, which team is ready to step up?

We asked our ESPN Forecast panel to predict who will emerge as the Eastern Conference champion in 2015-16.

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Who'll be beast of the East? Read on:

Eastern Conference champions projections

1. Cleveland Cavaliers
Proj. record: 59-23
Points: 158

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2. Chicago Bulls
Proj. record: 50-32
Points: 53

3. Miami Heat
Proj. record: 47-35
Points: 29

4. Washington Wizards
Proj. record: 46-36
Points: 15

5. Atlanta Hawks
Proj. record: 50-32
Points: 14

6. (tie) Indiana Pacers
Proj. record: 39-43
Points: 3

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6.(tie) Toronto Raptors
Proj. record: 44-38
Points: 3

6. (tie) Boston Celtics
Proj. record: 40-42
Points: 3

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