April 12, 2010 10:30 PM ET
Regardless of which camp you belong to, the question is, who's going to beat the Lakers in the West? The only game I watched live this year was the Lakers-Mavericks. Los Angeles beat Dallas by about 50. Still, that was before Dallas got Caron Butler and got rid of Josh Howard. Denver appears ready to implode. Utah can't win in Los Angeles. Portland with no Brandon Roy has no chance. San Antonio is too old, Oklahoma City is too young. Phoenix is a hot team. But can any of these clubs beat the Lakers in a seven-game series?