NBA Podcast: Last-Minute 2013-14 Western Conference Predictions

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NBA Podcast: Last-Minute 2013-14 Western Conference Predictions
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The San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets are two great choices to win the Western Conference, but there are many more.

Good luck figuring out the 2013-14 Western Conference and then feeling confident about it.

The conference is as wide open as it's ever been at the top. While the returning champion San Antonio Spurs still feel like the de facto pick, their challengers are many and mighty.

The Oklahoma City Thunder are getting Russell Westbrook back and are still plenty talented, if also a little top heavy and predictable these days. The Golden State Warriors and LA Clippers reinforced their rosters in a big way but must prove they can win the big one.

The Houston Rockets look great on paper but have a lot of chemistry to build in the meantime. The Memphis Grizzlies are always present. Yet do they have that extra gear yet? And the list goes on and on...

Do you think it gets easier choosing the final two or three postseason seeds? Think again. The Minnesota Timberwolves, LA Lakers, New Orleans Pelicans, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers are all reasonable choices. 

So who's in and who's out, and where are they winding up?

NBA Lead Writer Josh Martin joins assistant editors Ethan Norof and Joel C. Cordes for the latest episode of Basketball by Association.

(If the embedded player fails to load, you can find the full episode here.)

We'll preview the key storylines for the entire conference while predicting the outcome and final standings, and we're especially interested to hear your take on the situation in the comments section!

Want more team-by-team NBA season previews? Find the latest here. Basketball by Association cast members and pro-hoops analysis can be found at Bleacher Report's Court Vision blog.

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