Now that the season has commenced and teams have begun to take form, we can get a true gauge on what to expect for each team this season. With a 66-game season teams with youth will have a significant advantage over teams with experience. Younger teams will not feel the effects of four games in five nights the way an older group would. So we should expect teams with younger rosters to be successful this season.
Some squads will win more games than expected based solely on the fatigue of their opponent. This will pave the way for unexpected playoff runs and the demise of previous champions. It is time for a changing of the guard in the Western Conference. The changes that are certain to take place will breed skepticism. The familiar champion will be replaced by unknown commodities.
The abbreviated season will serve as an expressway of sorts for teams driving towards a new beginning and teams headed towards unfamiliar endings. Age in conjunction with the opponents whose players are just simply better will be the downfall for the San Antonio Spurs and teams alike.
The standard 82-game season normally separates the real from the fake, with the emphasis being consistency. However, a 66-game season minimizes the consistency element and places the focus on talent. This season will provide an intimate view of whom we should buy and who should be shipped to the outlets for reject inspired discounts.
While most make predictions without a full scope of the circumstances, it is always more prudent to assess teams once all the circumstances have transpired. In short, once the real bullets start flying, we can then differentiate the soldiers from the civilians.
Here is your list of combatants.