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Los Angeles, Orlando, San Antonio, Cleveland: Four Bold NBA Predictions

ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 14:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers rests for a moment in Game Five of the 2009 NBA Finals against the Orlando Magic on June 14, 2009 at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida. The Lakers won 99-86.  NOTE TO USER:  User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Brandon RibakSenior Writer IAugust 3, 2009

With not much going on in the NBA world during the past few days (aside from Milwaukee signing Hakim Warrick), I have decided to come out and make four predictions for four different organizations.

From the way things have turned out this offseason, I truly believe that these predictions are highly accurate and nearly dead on, from my perspective.

The First Prediction

-The Los Angeles Lakers will win 65-70 games during the 09'-10' NBA season

Since Lamar Odom decided to remain a Laker, there is no doubt that LA upgraded this offseason (lost Ariza, gained Artest) and stands on top as the most powerful team in the league.

If all goes well, the team has a chance to suprass their 65 win season last year and possibly break the '95-'96 Chicago Bulls historic record.

Is this bold prediction up for debate? You decide.

-The Orlando Magic will trade Marcin Gortat after December 15th

After the Magic surprisingly matched the Mavericks five-year $34 million offer to the polish Marcin Gortat, Magic fans immediately knew that GM Otis Smith was up to something, once again.

Gortat will once again back-up the best center in the game today and his MPG will obviously remain at a minimum.

With such an inflated contract and teams in desperate need of a starting center (Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat, New York Knicks), Orlando will have no problem dealing Gortat away after December 15th (when Gortat is able to depart with the Magic) and trading up for an All-Star (with their $8 million trade exception).

-The San Antonio Spurs will make it to the Western Conference Finals

After acquiring Richard Jefferson, signing Antonio McDyess and Theo Ratliff, and drafting banger DeJuan Blair, the Spurs are once again a scary force in the wild wild West.

With a healthy big three (Parker, Ginobili, Duncan) San Antonio has an outstanding opportunity to make a run for the title during the upcoming season.

The Spurs will end the season as the second seed in the West and inevitably face the defending champions in another historic Western Conference Finals duel.

-The Cleveland Cavaliers will suffer a serious Shaquille O'Neal injury

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