Last week I discussed who will finish in the top five seeds of the Eastern Conference. This week let’s shift to the Western Conference which is more difficult analyze because of the fierce competition.
Memphis Grizzlies have been playing great this season and are currently first, but won’t finish first, because the reigning Western Conference Champions Oklahoma City Thunder will finish first with their two star players, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook leading the way.
The San Antonio Spurs are going to finish second without a doubt, only because of their great coach Gregg Popovich and their veteran roster of guards Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and forward Tim Duncan. They are the most consistent team in the league and unless the Thunder stumble, the Spurs will take the second seed.
Memphis Grizzlies will not uphold their strong start this season and will finish in third place. However, do not by any means disregard this team as a threat to make it to the conference finals. They are young and have great chemistry with each other.
Sadly, the Los Angeles Lakers will be out beat by their neighbor, the L.A. Clippers. Last year the Clippers were a sleeper team and surprised a lot of people when they made the playoffs. This year they have added more depth to their roster. This season the Clippers will be a team to reckon with.
The fifth and final spot will be the Los Angeles Lakers. They will be led by their future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant and new attribute Dwight Howard. They are currently in the tenth spot but I believe they can pull themselves out of the pit and grind out the rest of the season to make the playoffs by May.
The wonderful thing about the NBA is how any team on any given night can win. These are only my predictions and here’s looking forward to a great NBA season.