I think the Spurs have emerged as the team to beat in the West. The Mavs should be much better though. I see Dirk stepping up, but w/o Chandler, OKC should take this series in 6 or 7. The Grizz aren't as good this year i think. The Clips might actually upset them, but probably unlikely as the Clips have FT issues down the stretch. Hack a Griffin is a strategy that opponents will use. The Lakers are an enigma. They have the size, but the issue will be spreading the ball around so that the big 3 will have enough touches. Not sure how they will balance that out plus their offense is too inconsistent...even their defense has disappeared at inopportune times considering Brown was a defensive guy.
The East will boil down to Heat and Bulls....can't see any other team beating them 4 times.