Current Seed: 8
I'm not going to try to convince you that the Los Angeles Lakers are playing like a championship-caliber team, nor will I try to convince you that this recent "resurgence" makes them a better squad than the Spurs.
Because, to be quite frank, they are not playing like it.
What I will do, however, is tell you that their potential for success blows away any other candidate on this list—and it's not even close.
Sure, things have been rocky in LA, and there's no telling whether or not the team will fully recover before the season's end.
That said, any true basketball team knows that a team consisting of Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Steve Nash and Pau Gasol has talent—and an abundance of it.
If things start to click for the Lakers, they are dangerous.
Of course, saying that the team will recuperate is by no means definite, and Tony Parker and the Spurs would have little difficulty exposing their current weaknesses, should the team struggle as they have throughout the year.
But a fully-cooperating Lakers squad would give the Spurs a run for their money, and since the series still could go either way, it certainly would not be a walk in the park for San Antonio.