Well, I think all the interest really is in the west.
I don't really see anybody in the east beating Detroit, the only team that could be good enough for that is Miami, but they are kind of a mess at the moment, if Shaq is healthy and Wade plays up to expectations and they get some help from Payton and Walker they might have a chance, but small.
The west is more interesting, can Kobe carry the Lakers to the Western Conference final? it's possible, not likely but possible.
If they win today (and it looks they will), they will face Phoenix without Stoudemire, Nash has been injured if he isn't 100% the Lakers can steal a win in Phoenix and then you know how tough it can be in Stapples center.
If they pass it, either the Clippers or Denver, both very winnable.
Now the final would be either Dallas or San Antonio, that would be another matter and another level, but Kobe did score 62 points against Dallas.
We will see, the important match up is San Antonio - Dallas, likely in the semis.