The Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder and, of course, the Los Angeles Lakers, should be assuredly good. This is not football or baseball; you can count on NBA quality to hold its form for a while.
All hope for surprise is not lost, though. These X-factors have the ability to shake up an otherwise predictable league. If the following guys exceed expectations, their teams should follow suit, opening up some interesting scenarios down the line in the playoffs.