I see the division winners being Utah, Lakers, and San Antonio. Phoenix will get the #4 seed, Dallas the #5, Houston the #6, New Orleans the #7 and Denver the #8. So the final seeds will be:
#1 - Lakers
#2 - San Antonio
#3 - Utah
#4 - Phoenix
#5 - Dallas
#6 - Houston
#7 - New Orleans
#8 - Denver
Denver vs. Lakers - Lakers win this in 5. They match up well with Denver and really have had little trouble with them this season.
NO vs. SA - Chris Paul is great, no doubt, but it won’t be enough as the Spurs take this in 5.
Houston vs. Utah - Poor TMac, still can’t get out of the first round. Utah in 6.
Dallas vs. Phoenix - Once again Dallas gets bounced in the first round. Dallas gave up to much for a guard who doesn’t fit their system and doesn’t shoot well. Phoenix can defend Dallas, but Dallas can’t defend Phoenix, never a good combo. Phoenix in 5.
Phoenix vs. Lakers - All the talk will be about Kobe and Shaq, but it will be the Lakers depth that wins this series. Lakers in 6.
Utah vs. SA - SA will start to show signs of wearing down in this series, and Utah may even have the lead at one point and look in control. But homecourt will prove to be the difference, Spurs in 7.
SA vs. Lakers - Playing as many games as the Spurs have played the last few years takes it’s toll. We are already seeing evidence of that, and by the time they meet the Lakers in the conference finals, the tank will be near empty. They are the champs though, so they won’t go down easy, and the Lakers will need to learn how to close out a good team. But once again a game 7 at home will be the difference, Lakers in 7.
And that is how the West will be won