If and I mean if the 2020 NBA season resumes, I think only a few teams would end up with favorable odds to hoist the NBA Finals’ special piece of art known as the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy this summer.
I understand certain teams like the Philadelphia 76ers and Houston Rockets will receive some consideration from sports fans out there.
However, the following five teams (in no particular order) realistically have the best shot to win it all this year.
The C’s lost four of their last six games before the NBA season was put on a three-month-long hiatus.
However, Boston has one of the best head coaches in basketball in Brad Stevens, a strong lineup, and they were only three games behind Toronto for the No. 3 seed.
The Celtics were also second in points allowed per game (106.8) and possess one of the more complete lineups in the NBA.
Boston’s starting lineup includes Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Gordon Hayward. They also received strong contributions from center Enes Kanter.
Los Angeles Clippers
The Clips are undoubtedly a favorite to win the NBA Finals and have been since they inked Kawhi Leonard to a three-year deal last July.
The Clippers were second in the Western Conference before the NBA shutdown and had a mark of 44-20.
LA is loaded with talent, especially at the guard spots.
Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, and Reggie Jackson are just a few names to throw out there.
Of course, there’s center Montrezl Harrell who averaged 18.6 points per contest this season and a career-high 7.1 rebounds.
Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks had the best record in the NBA at 53-12.
The Bucks should at least be the favorites to win the NBA title from the Eastern Conference.
They have what a championship team needs.
Milwaukee has a star player and complementary players to shoot and rebound effectively.
Giannis could be named the MVP this season after posting 29.6 PPG, 13.7 RPG, and 5.8 APG.
Khris Middleton and George Hill are also shooting above 40% from downtown.
According to the father of NBA star Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets’ 25-year-old center is fine after being diagnosed with COVID-19.
If Jokic suits up for Denver in the postseason, I would expect them to be one of the favorites to claim the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy.
Not only is Jokic averaging a double-double this season (20.2 PPG and 10.2 RPG0, but he is getting a lot of help.
Point guard Jamal Murray and small forward Will Barton are both scoring over 15 PPG on average.
The Nuggets also have a coach in Mike Malone, who coached his first All-Star team back in February.
Denver was the No. 3 seed in West with a record of 43-22 and was only 1.5 behind the Clippers for the No. 2 spot.
Los Angeles Lakers
Anthony Davis made a huge imprint during his first season as a Laker.
The power forward led LA in points (26.7), rebounds (9.4), and blocks (2.4) per contest. And of course when it came time for LeBron James to dish the ball to Davis that allowed for a special connection and some highlight-reel plays.
The Lakers received 25.7 PPG from James and the NBA veteran also led the team in assists.
LBJ played a lot of time at point guard this year and collected 10.6 helpers per game which were a team-high.
LA has a variety of veterans, which include Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Danny Green, and Dwight Howard.
The Lakers have guys who can shoot the three-ball and grab some boards.
The 2019-20 Lakers haven’t had a team this good in a while and what better way to end the season than with a crown on top of La La Land.
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