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It's late October, and you know what that means. No, not college football and their defenseless exhibitions of bad football. It doesn't mean it's World Series time between the Sox and Cardinals in a contest nobody gives a rat's behind who wins. And it certainly isn't NHL time and their marathon season which has somehow already started (the regular season) when most of the country won't even see actual ice for another month. No, it's NBA time, and I'm here to of course, let you know how'll they will finish. There are ripples in the NBA universe, however, I caution. Some things remain unseen.

Pacific Division

1. Los Angeles Clippers

2. Golden State Warriors

3. Los Angeles Lakers

4. Sacramento Kings

5. Phoenix Suns

I got a lot of mixed signals on this. No, not for first place which is definitely going to be the Clippers, but for last place. The future wants to say Lakers finish last, but the Kobe ripple says he won't let that happen. He won't be the same, but he'll be as good as modern HGH science can make him. That alone will put the Lakers ahead of the Suns, but not enough to keep them from landing in the lottery? I guess we'll just have to watch.

Northwest Division

1. Oklahoma City Thunder

2. Denver Nuggets

3. Minnesota Timberwolves

4. Portland Trailblazers

5. Utah Jazz

This is another division easy to see who finishes on top. The partial dismantling of the Nuggets assured that, although they kept some important pieces (Faried, Ty Lawson, Gallinari) and I think Brian Shaw will do an above average job at the helm. Minnesota looks to be better - if those crazy unpredictable injury waves don't run amuck through their universe. The Trailblazers should challenge them for a late playoff spot, and the Jazz will take a few steps back this year.

Southwest Conference

1. Memphis Grizzlies

2. San Antonio Spurs

3. Houston Rockets

4. Dallas Mavericks

5. New Orleans Pelicans

Of all the Western divisions, this one is the murkiest as to who comes out in first. Harden and Howard could be a duo for the ages, but the rest of the Rockets leave a little to be desired. For some reason the minor tweaks the Grizzlies did seem to be enough to push them to the top, and given the Spurs, although still the same old damn boring Spurs, are another year older. Dirk Nowitzki in the final year of his contract? Can you say "Trade deadline bait?" And the Pelicans, that's just a ridiculous nickname for a sports franchise.

Playoff Seeds

1. Oklahoma City

2. LA Clippers

3. Memphis Grizzlies

4. San Antonio Spurs

5. Houston Rockets

6. Golden State Warriors

7. Denver Nuggets

8. oooh - now this hard. Very murky. The forces of the universe look very cloudy here. Those first 7, they are locks. This last one? Difficult to see. Since Kobe is coming back at some point, and I'll say he wills them to this 8th seed, ahead of the T-Wolves. Los Angeles Lakers.

Stay tuned for an East preview coming soon. Have fun and drink good beer.

 
October 20, 2013  03:04 PM ET

Welcome back SK. Not sure you know a damn thing about basketball, but you sure know quality babes.

So at least you got that goin for ya.

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