1) Los Angeles Lakers 68-14 (low: 64 high: 72) The Western Conference just seems to keep getting better and better, huh? With the LakersÆ long-time nemesis Spurs having retooled, the Blazers adding even more depth in the same area that happens to be the only spot of concern in the LakersÆ lineup (point guard), and Denver being a year stronger under Chauncey BillupsÆ potent leadership thereÆs plenty of cause for concern in Los Angeles, right? Wrong. If winning the Western Conference by over 10 games last year wasnÆt enough to give the reigning Champions the benefit of the doubt, the acquisition of Ron Artest is. Oh, and thereÆs always the fact that theyÆre reigning champions. Not only do the Lakers play in the least competitive division in the Western Conference, but they open with 1 ...
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