The NBA’s ‘second season’ is about to kickoff, as the playoffs are set to begin in a city near you on Saturday, as 16 teams will be fighting for the right to be called the champions of the world of the NBA in the 2016-17 season.
Last season the Cleveland Cavaliers overcame the Basketball Betting odds, becoming the first team in NBA history to come back from a 3-1 deficit, stopping the Golden State Warriors and stunning the basketball world by winning a 7th and final game in Oakland to win their first NBA Title and finally giving Cleveland its first title in over 50 years.
Things haven’t gone so smoothly for the Cavs this season, as they have dropped 14 of their last 25 games to end the year, and while many feel they will still overcome the Indiana Pacers in the first round starting on Saturday in Cleveland, the luster of the Cavs is off, and they are much more beatable than they were a season ago when they entered the postseason on a high note.
The Boston Celtics are the team that many feel will be the team that eventually outplays the Cavs in the East, as with guard Isaiah Thomas the team secured the first seed, and will play at home until they are done, meaning they have the edge over any other team in the conference.
Moving on to the West, it’s going to be a blast to watch a number of teams fight it out for the right to take on the top team in the East.
The Golden State Warriors are thought of by many as still the team to beat in the NBA, and once again they will enter the playoffs with the first seed in the West and the NBA for that matter.
They recently got back Kevin Durant, and that’s a huge key for a team that is hungry after being stunned by Cleveland a year ago in falling in the 7th and final game in Oakland in stunning fashion.
The San Antonio Spurs are another team that has to be accounted for, a team that also is hungry after getting knocked out early last season before they could get to the Western Conference Finals against Golden State.
This year the Spurs have revenge on their minds, and it looks like as things are lining up, a Warriors-Spurs Western Conference Finals are sure to be must see TV as the playoffs move on.
Anything else out of the West would be a complete letdown, something we missed out on a season ago, and something NBA fans are dying to see in the coming weeks as the playoffs take their true shape.