Can the Golden State Warriors return to the 70-win club? How many victories will LeBron James add to the Los Angeles Lakers’ tally? And where could they stumble?
We’re projecting all 30 teams’ best- and worst-case situations and where every can hit bumps in the street during the 2018-19 season.
Our panel — a set of more than 40 reporters, insiders and editors — is looking ahead to this season with a new edition of NBA Power Rankings. Voters were asked to decide on the better team going into this year in a run of head-to-head matchups featuring tens of thousands of votes.
Note: Our best-case/worst-case scenarios and month-by-month win percentages were created using ESPN’s Basketball Power Index. For best-case/worst-case situations, we used results that had a three percent or greater prospect of happening, based on BPI projections of this 2018-19 season.

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