John Hollinger, ESPN.com:
There are some years when things go pretty much to form. This isn't one of them.
The two best teams so far have been in the East, the three presumed powers in the West are dealing with insurgents like the Lakers, Hornets and Blazers, alleged contenders like the Bulls and Cavs are floundering, and the champs of two seasons ago (Heat) are already dead and buried.
The only thing we can still count on is that two deserving teams won't make the playoffs in the West, and two undeserving teams will make it in the East.