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Basketball by Association: Last-Minute 2013-14 Western Conference Predictions

October 30th, 2013

Good luck figuring out the 2013-14 Western Conference, then feeling confident about it.

As wide-open as it's ever been at the top, the returning champion San Antonio Spurs still feel like the de facto pick, but their challengers are many and mighty.

The Oklahoma City Thunder get Russell Westbrook back and are still plenty talented, if also a little top-heavy and predictable these days. The Golden State Warriors and LA Clippers reinforced their rosters in a big way, but must prove they can "win the big one."

The Houston Rockets look great on paper, but have a lot of chemistry to build in the meantime. The Memphis Grizzlies are always present. Yet do they have that "extra gear" yet? And it goes on and on...

Think it gets easier figuring out the final two or three postseason seeds? Think again. The Minnesota Timberwolves, LA Lakers, New Orleans Pelicans, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers are all reasonable choices. 

So who's in and who's out, and where are they winding up?

NBA Lead Writer Josh Martin joins assistant editors Ethan Norof and Joel C. Cordes for the latest episode of Basketball by Association.

We'll preview the key storylines for the entire conference while predicting the outcome and final standings, and we're especially interested to hear your take on the situation in the comments section!

Want more team-by-team NBA season previews? Find the latest here. Basketball by Association cast members and pro-hoops analysis can be found at Bleacher Report's Court Vision blog.