The rich get richer with the Warriors having added Nick Young and Omri Casspi who perfectly fit their brand of basketball.
So where did the Warriors struggle last year? Defence, who did they draft? Jordan Bell from Oregon a perfect defensive specimen to compliment their already plentiful firepower.
With the NBA passing a rule to limit stars resting, The Warriors practically have to play a near full strength line up each night. With their added depth and seamless additions this team will likely exceed last year's 67 win total.
The Only way the Mavs excel beyond this number is if Round 1 draft pick Dennis Draft pick Dennis Smith Jr. turns into a world beater in his debut season.
Last year, Harrison Barnes was the team's big acquisition and he proved to leave a lot to be desired. He wasn't the player that can carry the franchise in Dirk's absence. Speaking of the big German, he's well beyond the hill and one can only wonder how long he can keep being effective or even stay healthy at this age.
The rest of the division is strong with the Spurs and Rockets leading the charge. Rick Carlisle is a top coach but I don’t think players like J.J Barea and Wes Matthews are able to lift this team week in and week out. The Mavs are asked to win 2 more than last year with this total and as such I find it hard to see that being a reality.
This team has a lot of good pieces. The Nuggets snagged Jokic in a late season trade with the Blazers sending Nurkic the other way. Jokic has been amazing in this Nuggets line up working well with all pieces and catapulting his stock in the process.
The Nuggets have a talent-laden roster. Mudiay at the point has had another offseason to mature and refine his game and I do think the young lad has potential. The acquisition of Millsap is a huge boost for this team in the frontcourt to partner Jokic and also provide some scoring in the clutch.
The Nuggets also have talent on the wings with Harris, Chandler and now Hernangomez. Coach Mike Malone's philosophy of having a balanced free-flowing offence will work to this team's strengths.
Asking this team to improve on last seasons result by 5 wins is very achievable and for that we like the Nuggets to go over their season win total.
This is simply a smart play. Simmons has been around the NBA for a season, learning, scheming and understanding what big boy ball is all about.
He has weapons all around him in Philli with Embiid, Okafor and no Reddick. That said, the point guard Fultz is not a true point guard at the moment, which will allow Simmons to run the show more often than not.
Philadelphia’s poor division is another reason why Simmons is likely to have success and as long as he stays healthy, is a deserved front-runner for the Rookie of the Year award.
Oh and he’s Aussie, that alone should help you back him.
This is a play that’s been a long time coming. Doc Rivers is a largely overrated coach. His Championship in Boston came on the back of three of the greatest players of that era and he hasn’t looked close to duplicating that success in LA.
The team has just lost All-Star point guard Chris Paul and look very thin in the backcourt.
With Blake Griffin the key for this team, the fact he’s often injured, struggled to play well with his teammates and proven to be on occasion be a detriment to team chemistry leads me away from thinking this team will finish in the 8.
At the current price of approximately $2.50, there’s value in this play.