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Bet on the NBAWhile it may be early in the NBA 2012 preseason to begin talking about teams performances thus far, at least we have an early preseason, unlike last year. Coming off a shortened exhibition schedule and 66 game regular season slate a year ago, basketball is off to a fast start this October.

Speaking of last year, lets begin with the NBA Champion Miami Heat. They are off to a 1-1 start after beating the Clippers 94-80 in China on Thursday. King James was his usual self scoring 20 points, while Blake Griffen had 19 for L.A. The Heat may be even more formidable than last year with the addition of ex-Celtic Ray Allen. Much will also depend on Dwyane Wade's health.

The other team in Los Angeles could prove to be who Miami will have to get past, if they want to repeat as champions. The Lakers are 0-2 so far after dropping a game to Portland 93-75 on Wednesday night. That was without Superman himself, Dwight Howard, who has yet to play, as he is being careful with his surgically-repaired back. The other new guy for L.A., Steve Nash, led the team with 13 points. Kobe Bryant isn't getting any younger and sat out with a sore shoulder after experiencing a sore foot at practice earlier in the week. As with Wade and the Heat, how far the Lakers go is contingent upon Bryant's availability.

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The Sixers were victorious over the Magic 102-95 last night even without Andrew Bynum who wound up in Philly as part of the Howard deal. Stan Van Gundy is gone as coach of Orlando replaced by Jacque Vaughn.

The team who had the best record in the NBA last year got off to a nice start this week, as the Bulls beat the Grizzlies 92-88. Chicago's fate in terms of health has already been sealed as they will be without superstar Derrick Rose most, if not all, of the season.

Golden State and New Orleans, who could be "sleepers" in the West this year, are both off to 3-0 starts in the preseason.

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