NBA / East and West Top 5 Ranking Prediction
The NBA pre-season warm-up game kicked off on October 4th by the Nets vs. Lakers. On the first day of the warm-up game, there was only one matchup that meant a championship game, which was very interesting.
In fact, the Nets and the Lakers are the top two in the gambling market to win the championship. The lower the odds, the higher the chance of winning. The star-studded Nets rank first, and the stars are also crowded, but the oldest Lakers in the history of players rank second. .
Before the pre-season warm-up game, East and West rankings were like this.
Eastern District Ranking:
1. Bucks 2. Nets 3. Heat 4, 76ers 5. Celtic.
West End Ranking:
1. Lakers 2. Suns 3. Jazz 4. Warriors 5. Clippers
The biggest variables in the Eastern Conference rankings are the Nets, 76ers, Celtic and Eagles. Most experts, media, and betting forecasts for the Nets are the most popular in the championship, the most popular in the Eastern Championship, and the first in the regular season. I will reserve the main reason: the distribution of the ball, and the role player function.
The Big Three of the Nets Kyrie Irving, James Harden, Kevin Durant may account for more than 70% of shots and possessions, and more importantly, even close to 80%. This is an absolute advantage and offensive scoring weapon, but it is also a single and targetable weapon. .
The most important team foundation in basketball is the tacit understanding + reasonable lineup depth + functional integration for each role. Last season's starter or role, the most efficient player on the bench, forward Jeff Green left, replaced by guard shooter Patty Mills. It feels great. Patty Mills shoots. Skills, three-point stability, scoring methods, and experience are all top-notch.
Basically, Patty Mills has the same roles, functions and functions as Joe Harris, similar to Tyler Johnson, and very close to Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot. It is difficult and impossible for these four players to replace Jeff Green's big and small forward and small lineup superiority.
The Nets need to train 22-year-old Nicolas Claxton, not to make good use of Blake Griffin+LaMarcus Aldridge+Paul Millsap three old star forwards with similar position and function experience. The Nets team's integration, rotation, and positioning are similar to those of the Lakers. They all need time to reintegrate, establish better understanding, and play the most reasonable defense.
The 76ers were stuck with a Ben Simmons and couldn't sell them. The trade stuck their lineup and hiring. Last season, the number one 76ers in the Eastern Conference was still very variable. I will boldly predict that Celtic will get better and replace the Eagles in the Eastern Conference. This talented young team has changed coaches, made changes, learned to grow and upgrade.
Most experts and media are not optimistic about the Heat. I won’t. Although Kyle Lowry is 35 years old and a bit old, he can be the most stable second or third scoring point for the Heat. He can drive teammates and organize the team at any time so that Jimmy Butler can Focus more on attacking, scoring, and playing aggressive. I am optimistic that the Heat will become a strong contender in the Eastern Championship. The Heat are more competitive than the Hawks, 76ers and Celtic.
But the Heat are still slightly worse than the Nets and the Bucks.
In addition to the Suns in the Western Division, there are big variables in all teams.
The Lakers need time to find defensive, offensive integrity, and rotation to play together, especially once LeBron James really plays power forward, Anthony Davis plays center, and Russell Westbrook plays possession, then the Lakers are likely to be in big trouble. I never believe that the Lakers can become a championship team with Russell Westbrook's dominant rhythm and organization.
The most important player of the Lakers is LeBron James. He has to play MVP statistics and leadership ability. It is Anthony Davis that determines the height of the Lakers. And performance.
As long as AD can hit 25 points and 12 rebounds, and maintain a healthy and stable output in the playoffs, the Lakers' road to winning the championship will be very stable.
The Suns maintained their title team and old team last season. As long as Chris Paul has oil, the Suns are the top two teams in the Western Conference.
The Jazz and the Gold Nuggets are not too bad, and they are all capable of making the top five records in the Western Conference, but the playoffs will not be their stage. The Western Conference playoffs still depend on the performances of the Lakers, Suns, and Warriors, that is, LBJ and Chris. Paul and Stephen Curry will still dominate the Western Conference championship.
Whether the Clippers can become one of the favorites in the Western Championship depends on Kawhi Leonard's health and performance after his return, Kawhi's injury and when he can return to the team. If the Clippers owner, coach, and teammates don't even know, who will know!
Predicting that the Warriors will return to health and become the top five teams in the Western Conference is the boldest analysis and prospect. The Warriors do not yet have the ability to compete for the title, but they will make waves in the Western Conference and become the most fascinating and topical team in the NBA in the new season.