Who are the Serious NBA Contenders?

Boston Celtics

The Celtics currently have the best record in the NBA and went to the NBA Finals just last year. They appear to be even better this season with Kristaps Porzingis playing a lot of minutes that Al Horford was playing before. Also Derrick White has stepped up and is arguably better than Marcus Smart and Malcolm Brogdon were last year.

Denver Nuggets

This team won the championship last year and held their core intact minus Bruce Brown. At times this season they have looked dominant but other times they look disinterested. I wouldn’t hold that against them and they should still be the top favorite in the West.

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Los Angeles Clippers

The main question with this team has always been health. Either Kawhi Leonard or Paul George has gotten hurt down the stretch but this year they look arguably the best they have been in years with James Harden now also on the roster.

Milwaukee Bucks

In the East it probably will come down to the Bucks and Celtics. Milwaukee added Dame Lillard and Giannis is still one of the top players in the NBA. Lillard will have to figure out how to play defense as that has been a huge issue for them this year.

Phoenix Suns

At times this team has looked really good. They have two top 15 players in Devin Booker and Kevin Durant plus Bradley Beal who is top 30 when healthy. He hasn’t been able to stay healthy but if he can the Suns could make a run all the way.

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