The playoffs start this weekend.
Who is going to win?
If Garnett is really out of the playoffs, the Celtics don't stand a chance.
Cleveland?, they did great in the regular season, will they keep it up in the playoffs, they have a cohesive starting unit and LeBron but a short bench.
Orlando? are Howards and the 3 point shooters enough for a championships? don't think so
Nobody else in the east.
In the west, the Lakers seem head and shoulders above anybody else. Kobe is rested and relaxed, Gasol is playing great and they got Bynum back. Odom playing off the bench has energized the second unit and Farmar, Vujacic, Walton and even Brown are playing well.
Kobe is one of the 3 best players in the NBA (LeBron and Wade are the others), Gasol and Bynum are one of the most powerful and versatile frontcourts, and they have by far the best bench and one of the best coaches, plus championship experience.
I think it's a Lakers' year.