I haven't really thought about this upcoming season as much as I have the last few, but since we're here, a few thoughts:
Cavs-Spurs final is my prediction. It's boring, I know, but that to me is the most likely outcome. You all know my feelings about Kevin Love, and I just think the Cavs are going to be incredible. There's so much talent there. As for the Spurs, I don't see any reason why they should fall off, and they might be even better this year. Nobody is smarter at managing his guys than Pop, and there's not a deeper roster in the league.
The playoff fight in the West is going to be brutal. If I have to pick one team to fall out from last year, it's Portland. Much as I love the guys they've got over there, they had crazy good injury luck last year, and their bench is a wasteland. They had a terrible bench last year, and they lost the only guy who played more than 15 mpg last year (Mo Williams). That's trouble.
I think Dallas gets home court advantage in the playoffs. If Chandler stays healthy, he's going to really improve that defense. They lost Vince, but made big improvements elsewhere. It's a crazy roster, but Carlisle is a wizard, and I think they're going to be really hard to defend.
The only thing that's going to keep Indiana from having the league's worst offense is that Philly isn't even trying. They're going to miss the playoffs.
Stephen Curry is my dark horse MVP pick (though lets be honest, Lebron is going to win MVP). I think the Warriors' offense is going to be substantially better this year. That Mark Jackson couldn't get a top ten offense out of the talent on that roster is criminal. Curry is immensely fun to watch, and his numbers are going to be bonkers.