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James Harden is the MVP of this NBA season. He has been the frontrunner for most of the year, but the recency of other candidates performing well during the latter parts of the season has turned what was common knowledge of Harden’s legitimacy into a debate. Is he being touted as first choice as sympathy for him losing out on the award in previous seasons? Others suggest his team record is what his candidacy relies on.

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“If I were on another team,” Mbah a Moute pondered, “how would I be able to guard him?”

Mbah a Moute knows how he would try, a method he won’t describe to me. That’s understandable; you never know what tidbit might get sent to, say, Jimmy Butler preparing for the first round. P.J. Tucker laughed and then also declined to answer the same question.

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At long last, it’s time to put regular-season basketball in the rearview mirror and move on to the NBA’s main event — the playoffs are finally here! And FiveThirtyEight is here, too, to help predict how it’ll all go down. With the help of our CARM-Elo projection model, and the betting odds1 as a second opinion, what follows is our survey of both the Eastern and Western Conference postseason landscapes. And in a departure from last season, when the Warriors were near-universal favorites on the eve of the playoffs, there’s actually some uncertainty in the playoff outlook this time around.

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