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This Monday through Friday, I’m going to give my season predictions in a countdown from worst to first. The format will be three teams per post, one post in the morning and one in the afternoon. Whichever team you’re a fan of, there’s a good chance you’ll feel like I’m disrespecting them. I understand this, and I promise you I won’t take your insults personally.

6. Los Angeles Lakers
A lot of people want to assign teams like the Lakers and Celtics a certain mystique as if what happens in the real world doesn’t change the fact that they’re the Lakers and Celtics and they’ll either meet in the Finals or come close to doing so. Meanwhile, neither of those teams made the Conference Finals last season and nobody of sound mind would claim they’re entering his season in better shape than the last one. Of course, the real indignity here is that I would dare to rank the Clippers ahead of the Lakers.

Andrew Bynum will miss the first five games of the regular season because of his grotesque mugging of J.J. Barea in the closing minutes of the Mavericks’ second round sweep of the Lakers, but if Bynum returns motivated and bucks the odds by staying healthy, he could be the second-best center in the NBA and the best player on this team. People who think that Dwight Howard is the only truly dominating center in the league haven’t been paying attention to what Bynum can do when he’s on a roll. Kobe will continue to get all the attention because of the drama in his personal life and because he’s Kobe, but if Kobe is going to improbably win a sixth ring this season, it will be because everything finally fell into place for the big man — mentally and physically.

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On today’s NBA Playoff Fix, Skeets and Tas 2.0 weigh in our first two Conference Semifinals series — Heat/Celtics and THUNDERGRIZZLIES! Topics include: Paul Pierce’s questionable ejection, whether he’ll be suspended, MIA Rondo, Wade’s 38, the Celtics bench, Zach Randolph’s unconscious play, the Grizz’s offensive rebounding, Westbrook and the Thunder’s momentum-killin’ turnovers, and that awesome OKC crowd. All that, plus some quick series predictions, Tas’ LASIK eye surgery, and UFC 129.

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Skeets and Tas give you the crib notes you need for every first-round series of the 2011 NBA Playoffs.

Up next, the Oklahoma City Thunder vs. the Denver Nuggets.

Your picks, as always, are appreciated down below.

EASTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFF PREVIEWS:
Bulls vs. Pacers | Celtics vs. Knicks | Magic vs. Hawks | Heat vs. 76ers

WESTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFF PREVIEWS:
Spurs vs. Grizzlies

Skeets and Tas give you the crib notes you need for every first-round series of the 2011 NBA Playoffs.

Up next, the San Antonio Spurs vs. the Memphis Grizzlies.

Your picks, as always, are appreciated down below.

EASTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFF PREVIEWS:
Bulls vs. Pacers | Celtics vs. Knicks | Magic vs. Hawks | Heat vs. 76ers

The Basketball Jones is getting you caught up on all 30 NBA teams before the season starts October 26. Sorry, excuse me. The Basketball Jones just DID get you caught up on all 30 teams. That’s right, this is our final mini-preview, the Dallas Mavericks. We hope you’ve enjoyed ‘em. Now let’s start this damn season already!

The Basketball Jones is getting you caught up on all 30 NBA teams before the season starts October 26. Up next, Creighton and Toni Bernette’s favorite NBA franchise, the New Orleans Hornets.

The Basketball Jones is getting you caught up on all 30 NBA teams before the season starts October 26. Up next, actress Eva Longoria’s favorite NBA franchise, the San Antonio Spurs. Giddy up, cowboys.