Friday, October 25, 2013

Sports Talk 920's 2013-14 NBA Predictions: Western Conference

  1. Los Angeles Clippers: (59-23) There is a new sheriff in LA and that is the Clippers. They have locked in CP3 for 5 years, keeping him with fellow star Blake Griffin. Adding Doc Rivers as their new head coach will give them one of the most respected coaches in the NBA.
  2. San Antonio Spurs: (57-25) After coming so close to getting their 5th championship last season, Tim Duncan and Greg Popovich look to make that happen this year. If they have problems with their veterans running out of gas, look to young guns Leonard, Green and Splitter to step up and keep this team running smoothly.
  3. Oklahoma City Thunder (56-24) With Westbrook out for the first 4-6 weeks of the season and the loss of Kevin Martin, they must hope Lamb and Jackson can fill the roles offensively. Kevin Durant must also spread the love.
  4. Houston Rockets: (56-24) Even though Howard played most of last season less than 100% for the Lakers last year, he was still pretty solid. Now healthy and with Harden scoring points this team could be very scary on both sides of the ball.
  5. Golden State Warriors: (51-31) Stephan Curry leads this team offensively and is a very good shooter. However the problem with the Warriors is its defense, the addition of Iguodala should help, but if Bogut can stay healthy would be the best thing for this team.
  6. Memphis Grizzlies: (48-34) The big question for the Grizzlies this year is, can they score points? They will have to hope for this team to gel together as they did last year when they made it all the was to the Western Conference Finals.
  7. Denver Nuggets: (45-37) The Nuggets have the talent on this roster to win some basketball games. The real challenge is to see if Bobby Shaw can lead this team with a new system than what he is familiar with.
  8. Minnesota Timberwolves: (43-39) Injuries plagued this team last season, along with terrible shooting. The Twolves still have Kevin Love, as well as new additions Corey Brewer and Kevin Martin will help them make a playoff appearance this season. 
  9. Dallas Mavericks (41-41)
  10. Portland Trail Blazers (38-44)
  11. New Orleans Pelicans (37-45)
  12. Los Angeles Lakers (35-47)
  13. Utah Jazz (32-50)
  14. Sacramento Kings (29-53)
  15. Phoenix Suns (24-58)

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