The second half of the NBA season will begin Thursday with a slate of six games, including DeMarcus Cousins‘ debut with the New Orleans Pelicans. But before the games begin, let’s take a look forward and make predictions for the rest of the season.
The Pelicans have surely boosted their chances of qualifying for the playoffs while putting Denver’s hold on the West’s No. 8 seed in jeopardy. With Thursday’s trade deadline approaching, can a team such as the Boston Celtics or LA Clippers make a deal to put pressure on the reigning conference champions?
— Sam Henken