NBA Western Conference Playoff Predictions

I’ve been quiet about the NBA this year, but I went through the remaining schedule of the top 9 west teams (minus Lakers) and here’s what I came up with as what I see the final standings being:

1. LA Lakers (WAY AHEAD)
2. San Antonio 55-37
3. Portland 53-29
4. New Orleans 52-30
5. Dallas 52-30
6. Utah 51-31
7. Denver 50-32
8. Houston 49-33

Phoenix 45-37

If this happens it would give Dallas a chance to redeem themselves against the Hornets, but I really wouldn’t want to face Chris Paul in the first round again.

What are your projections?