Cleveland Cavaliers: 5-2

Who’d you expect?
LeBron James’ Cavaliers may fight to jell offensively, and they may not have the personnel to build a elite defense at all. Neither of those issues stopped them from getting the NBA’s greatest title chances –mainly because a lengthy season will give new head coach David Blatt plenty of time to work out the kinks.
And when he can not figure out everything, he’s still got the best player in the world on his team. That alone is enough to warrant Cleveland’s area here.
There is reason to believe the Cavs will hit the ground running on offense, and not merely because they have such an absurdly gifted core. The truth is we’ve seen how potent these men can be during preseason play.
James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and Dion Waiters all tried three or more triples per game during exhibition season, and four joined on 41 percent of these shots. James, since he isn’t human, made exactly 50 percent.
You might think it impossible for all four of those players to sustain such a large collective percent, but in a crime where double-teaming anyone–or even helping a smidgen too harshly –results in wide-open opportunities to get a another scoring dynamo, well. . .let’s just say the capacity for crime is there.
Irving was a preseason lightning bolt, using defenders’ hesitation to leave their missions to dart to the lane whenever he desired. Drive-and-kick opportunities were endless, and they will continue to be–unless the team makes it possible for opponents to use six players against Cleveland.
Actually, even then…
Injuries, the slog of an 82-game season and several other uncertainties mean there are no certain things in the NBA.
However, the Cavs come near.

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