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Warriors at Wizards 2/3/16

Warriors at Wizards 2/3/16

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The 2018-19 NBA season kicked off Tuesday, October 16. With that comes the thrill of thirty teams competing for one goal; to win games and win an NBA championship. The start of the season is exciting, players compete, and the energy is high.

Although all NBA teams have great players, only a few have a chance each year at actually winning it all. Every year, teams that make an acquisition in the offseason have high hopes to make the playoffs. But only sixteen teams will actually make the playoffs.

 

Here’s a look at a predicted power ranking of the top ten teams:

#1 Golden State Warriors: The back-to-back champions, the Warriors are looking to three-peat this year with the addition of all-star Demarcus Cousins

#2 Boston Celtics: After making the Eastern Conference Finals two years in a row, the Celtics look to push to the Finals after Lebron James left Cleveland

#3 Houston Rockets: Houston has a great big three consisting of James Harden, Chris Paul, and Carmelo Anthony. After taking the Warriors to 7 games last year, they hope to make a push to finally get to the finals.

#4 Toronto Raptors: With a huge trade in the offseason adding Kawhi Leonard, the Raptors have a big chance making it to the finals with their biggest competition being the Celtics.

#5 Utah Jazz: Utah has a great team with young players that have shown dominance. Reigning Defensive Player of the Year, Rudy Gobert and second-year player Donovan Mitchell look to compete this year in the west.

#6 Philadelphia 76ers: The 76ers have made extreme improvements in the past years to add to a strong young core of Markelle Fultz, Ben Simmons, and Joel Embiid.

#7 Oklahoma City Thunder: OKC lost Carmelo Anthony in the offseason, and Russell Westbrook is coming off a surgery, but they still have a great team that can compete with Paul George and Steven Adams backing up Westbrook.

#8 Milwaukee Bucks: Giannis Antetounkmpo looks to lead the Bucks to a playoff run after coming off a breakout season and averaging almost a triple-double in preseason (34.8 ppg, 16.9 rpg, 8.2 apg).

#9 Denver Nuggets: The Nuggets have potential this year to win 50 games after combining Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray, Isaiah Thomas, Paul Millsap, and Gary Harris.

#10 Los Angeles Lakers: The greatest player in the NBA came to Los Angeles this offseason. In addition to LeBron James, the Lakers added a couple of vets to help their young core of Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, and Kyle Kuzma.

The teams this year will bring in lots to talk about and plenty of speculation on who will finish where.

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