2018-2019 Western Conference Predictions

Handlogten's Heros

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Yeah I still wouldn't count them out with Pops running the show. He is a wizard. I think he will find a way to get the team into the playoffs. If they do miss my bet is they just barely do, like a 9th seed or something and missing by a game or 2. I don't see them falling all the way to 12th or 13th as some have posted.
I have some reservation about writing them off but they are so thin at PG and wing. In addition to Murray they also lost White for 6-8 weeks. I think they rode the idea that Kawhi would come back and it gave them hope. I think Manu is a big loss in the locker room and really helped their second unit. Kyle Anderson helped fill in some of the gaps last year with his versatility.

I think this is the year they miss the playoffs. Barring a trade that nets them some help on the wing or with creating offense.
 

infection

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I have some reservation about writing them off but they are so thin at PG and wing. In addition to Murray they also lost White for 6-8 weeks. I think they rode the idea that Kawhi would come back and it gave them hope. I think Manu is a big loss in the locker room and really helped their second unit. Kyle Anderson helped fill in some of the gaps last year with his versatility.

I think this is the year they miss the playoffs. Barring a trade that nets them some help on the wing or with creating offense.
Well, I suppose they could trade Gasol for Butler. That would at least allow Thibodeau to have the same quantity of former-Bulls options.
 

whatthe

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1-GS
2-Portland
3-Houston
4-LAL
5-UTA
6-SA
7-NO
8-OKC
9-Denver
10-Minny
11-Memphis
12-Phoenix
13-Clips
14-Dallas
15-Sacramento
 

Handlogten's Heros

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Well, I suppose they could trade Gasol for Butler. That would at least allow Thibodeau to have the same quantity of former-Bulls options.
Noah was bought out and 5 seconds later there was a tweet about how the Wolves didn't have interest. Maybe Taylor told him no more Bulls.
 

SCS

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I think so many counting San Antonio out is short-sighted. They were solidly in the mix last year with NO ONE in Kawhi's spot. This year they have solidly filled that spot. I think they will be in the playoff hunt for sure. No way they drop that far when they realistically added a good player and got better as a team.
Shhhhhh... keep it a secret ;)
 

DasJazz

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1. GSW
2. HOU
3. UTA
4. OKC
5. NOP
6. POR
7. DEN
8. LAL
9. SAS
10. MIN
11. MEM
12. DAL
13. LAC
14. PHX
15. SAC

Minny falls off due to the Jimmy saga and the Spurs fall due to injury riddled and rebuilding roster.
 

ONE LOVE

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1. GSW
2. HOU
3. UTA
4. OKC
5. NOR
6. POR
7. DEN
8. SAS
9. LAL
10. MIN
11. DAL
12. MEM
13. LAC
14. PHX
15. SAC
 

One Brow

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1. GS
2. Jazz
3. Hou
4. OKC
5. Spurs
6. Port
7. Lakers
8. Den
9. NO
10. Mem
11. Min
12. LAC
13. Dal
14. Phx
15. Sac
 

colton

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1. Golden State
2. Utah
3. Houston
4. Portland
5. New Orleans
6. San Antonio
7. Denver
8. Oklahoma City
9. Lakers
10. Clippers
11. Memphis
12. Minnesota
13. Dallas
14. Phoenix
15. Sacramento
 

colton

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We need to have some sort of comparison function where you can tell whose list is most similar or most different compared to yours.
 

MVP

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1. GSW
2. Utah
3. OKC
4. Houston
5. Portland
6. New Orleans
7. Denver
8. Clippers
9. Spurs
10. Lakers
11. Dallas
12. Wolves
13. Memphis
14. Phoenix
15. Sacramento
 

prodigy

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1. GSW
2. HOU
3. UTA
4. OKC
5. POR
6. LAL
7. DEN
8. SAS
9. NOP
10. MIN
11. DAL
12. LAC
13. MEM
14. SAC
15. PHX
 

candrew

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1 - GSW
2 - HOU
3 - UTA
4 - OKC
5 - LAL
6 - NOP
7 - Blazers
8 - SAS
9 - T-Wolves
10 - Nuggets
11 - LAC
12 - Memphis
13 - Dallas
14 - Suns
15 - Kings


A lot of people are high on The Nuggets - I just don't get it. They play zero defense - Isiah Thomas isn't going to make them any better. I thought they were lucky to win 46 games last year.

T-Wolves at 9 is under the assumption that they are going to implode or Butler is going to pull Kawhi if he doesn't get his way. If they somehow right the ship you bump them up a notch or two.

Blazers lost depth - I also think they over-performed a bit last year.

SAS at 8 is purely based on the belief that Pop will find a way.

Kool-Aid Prediction - Jazz win 55 games and battle Houston for the #2 slot down to the wire. Lose to GSW in the WCF in 6 games.

2019-20 - Durant leaves GSW, goes East. Jazz pick up Tobias Harris - play Boston in the NBA Finals
 
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rare144

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A lot of people are high on The Nuggets - I just don't get it. They play zero defense - Isiah Thomas isn't going to make them any better. I thought they were lucky to win 46 games last year.
Does Block totals win games? Neh, buckets do.
 
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