NBA Schedule 2016-17: Team-by-Team Record Predictions and Playoff Odds

August 11th, 2016 by Timothy Rapp Leave a reply »

The NBA has 30 teams, but after Kevin Durant decided to sign with the Golden State Warriors in the summer, it feels like there are only two. 

Those two, of course, would be the Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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The Warriors are essentially an all-star team, featuring the winners of the past three MVP awards (Steph Curry and Durant), the best shooting guard in the game (Klay Thompson) and one of the most uniquely versatile forwards in the league (Draymond Green). 

All the Warriors did last season without Durant was set an NBA record with 73 regular-season wins and reach the NBA Finals, where they blew a 3-1 series lead to the Cavs.

Which brings us to Cleveland. LeBron James remains the league's best all-around player, and for sidekicks he has superstar-in-the-making Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, who has learned how to sacrifice parts of his game to make the Cavs better. Add in a solid supporting cast, and the Cavs are a legitimate threat to repeat. 

So you'll have to forgive many NBA fans and pundits for feeling as ...

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