Udonis Haslem

Best team in NBA's Eastern Conference?

Come playoffs, it's Heat

Ira Winderman

Sun Sentinel

The team most likely to finish first in the conference during the regular season?

That would be the Bulls, with coach Tom Thibodeau relentlessly pushing his team through this lockout-compressed grinder of a schedule. Look no further than Sunday's box score. The Bulls had Derrick Rose playing all but 31/2 minutes against the Heat in the first game of a back-to-back set.

The team most likely to advance to the NBA Finals?

Considering the Bulls got just one game from the Heat in last season's Eastern Conference finals, there is little reason to envision any other outcome, in light of...