We are predicting more of the same, Kobe and the Lakers win the 2010-2011 NBA Championship
The Los Angeles Lakers (56-26) finished first in the Pacific Dvision and first in the Western Conference. In the postseason, they made it to the NBA Finals where they beat their longtime rivals, the Boston Celtics, four games to three. It was a very good year for this team that is talented, skilled and well coached.

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We like most are drinking the Oklahoma City Kool Aid and expect them to be the #3 seed in the West this season
If you’re looking for a team that’s moving up, it’s the Thunder of Oklahoma City (50-32). Last season, they were fourth in the Northwest and eighth in the Western Division. That number eight seed allowed them to meet the number one seed Los Angeles Lakers in round one of the playoffs. They lost that series four games to two. But the team had made major progress from the year before when they went 23-59, finishing 13th in the West.

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Lead by 37 year old Jason Kidd the Mavs are starting to get a little long in the tooth, but are good enough to make the playoffs and give it one last run before reloading around Dirk
Last year, the Dallas Mavericks (55-27) finished first in the Southwest and second in the West Division. Dallas beat San Antonio in the first round of the playoffs and then they were eliminated in round two by the Denver Nuggets. It was, once again, another disappointing end to the postseason for Dallas. This season, the Mavs will continue to be competitive in the West.

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Some think the Spurs are old and done, with some better luck with injuries and the development of Hill and Blair San Antonio is a title contender once again.
The Spurs of San Antonio (50-32) ended the regular season second in the Southwest and seventh in the Western Conference. In the first round of the playoffs, San Antonio beat Dallas four games to two, but in round two Phoenix took the Spurs out in four. That was the end to what had been an up and down regular season and a postseason showing that was disappointing.

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Everyone is touting Oklahoma City as the next power of the West, but we see the Blazers as that team
The Portland Trailblazers (50-32) were third in the NBA’s Northwest Division and sixth in the Western Conference last year. Their playoff run was a short sprint as they met the Phoenix Suns, losing to them four games to two. This season, the Blazers could be the dominant team in their divison if they do one thing differently from last year—stay healthy.

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If Yao could just stay healthy the Rockets could be one hell of a team for the West to deal with
The Houston Rockets (42-40) had a tough year last season as they finished ninth in the West and third in the Southwest Division. This year with a strong cast of supporting players and a healthy Yao Ming, the Rockets will be back in the playoff mix again.

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