The new NBA season gets underway on the 22nd of December and although it starts with the distraction of COVID and a new President ready to step into the White House, it’s a fresh campaign that is as exciting as any other.
Many pundits have the NBA Championship between the two sides from Los Angeles, so we’ve assessed their chances as well as some of the other contenders from the East and West Conferences.
Los Angeles Lakers
Only the Boston Celtics can match the LA Lakers record of 17 NBA titles, but that could soon change this year with the Lakers looking well set to add their 18th Championship. After beating Miami Heat 4-2 in the finals last season, the Lakers have bolstered their squad and arguably look a better outfit this term.
With LeBron James and Anthony Davis already topping a star-studded squad, Montrezl Harrell and Dennis Schroder have been added to the mix to create a roster to envy.
It would be a surprise if they couldn’t go all the way this season and the bookies have them priced up accordingly as the favorites for the 2020/21 NBA Championship
Los Angeles Clippers
If the title doesn’t go the way of the Lakers, then their city rivals LA Clippers, could well pick up the pieces.
It was supposed to be a similar story last season with the two sides hoping to meet in the Western Conference Final, but that dream tie was soon put to bed when the Denver Nuggets beat the Clippers. A result that ended up leading to the end of Doc Rivers’ time in charge of the club.
Fast-forward to the start of this campaign and the Clippers now have the title-winning coach Tyronn Lue in charge, along with the new recruits of Kawhi Leonard and Paul Georgia.
They certainly have the right tools, it’s just whether they can all deliver when it matters.
The Nets didn’t quite reach the heights they would have liked last season but will be hoping to bounce back with a bang and go further in the Championship than they ever have before.
One key man was missing last season, so Nets fans will be delighted to see that Kevin Durant is fully fit and raring to go after suffering a torn Achilles’. That means we can look forward to the prospect of Durant and Kyrie Irving back on the same court, along with plenty of support from the likes of Caris LeVert and Spencer Dinwiddie.
Head coach, Steve Nash, has the difficult task of pulling the pieces together, but you’d be a brave NBA fan to rule against them having a good crack at the title.
Of the other leading contenders for the NBA Championship, the Milwaukee Bucks could be slight dark horses, especially given their record in the play-offs.
They often don’t show their best in the regular season matches, but if they can squeeze through to the later stages, then they’ll be feared by whoever meets them in the play-offs, especially with Jrue Holiday added to the roster.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is now a double-winning MVP in the NBA and can continue to help his side prove the doubters wrong, even in the absence of Bogdan Bogdanovic.
They’re a strong looking side on paper, but this is a game that’s played out on the court.
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