ESPN recently ranked the top teams in the West. The Lakers came in at #1.
1. Los Angeles Lakers 62 20 .756
Our forecasters say the champion Lakers will edge the Cavs for best record in the NBA and home court throughout the playoffs, which will come in handy if we get a Kobe-LeBron showdown. That’s the only close race the Lakers will be in, according to our panel, which doesn’t seem too worried about potential disruptions by Ron Artest.