Byron Mullens

Heat the team to beat in NBA's Eastern Conference


1. Miami

2012-13 finish: 66-16.

Coming: Michael Beasley, Greg Oden.

Going: Mike Miller, Juwan Howard.

The Heat propped up its three-peat hopes with two balky knees and a whiff of controversy. Oden has already encountered knee swelling in his bid to play for the first time since 2009, enshrouding his return in further doubt.

2. Indiana

2012-13 finish: 49-32.

Coming: Luis Scola, Chris Copeland, C.J. Watson, Solomon Hill.

Going: Tyler Hansbrough, Gerald Green, Miles Plumlee,...