After an uninspiring All-Star weekend, the NBA is set to begin its second half. Here are my predictions of how things will fall into place.
Giannis Antetokounmpo Wins MVP
The majority of betting sites still have James Harden as the favorite, so there’s value here. I just cannot see Harden keeping up the pace he has been on.
The West will be ultra-competitive, plus the Rockets will also have Clint Capela back and are finally healthy. Giannis’ performance during the All-Star game looked like he was trying to prove something.
The Bucks are still atop the East and I believe they will stay there, and that means quite a bit to the voters.
The Lakers WILL Make the Playoffs
With exception to his first two seasons, LeBron James has never missed the playoffs, I don’t expect him to miss them this year either. Sitting at 10th and four games back of the eighth spot, they have some work to do.
With the addition of Lonzo Ball sometime in the near future will help a ton, defensively the Lakers have been among the worst in the league without Ball. The addition of a healthy Josh Hart and possibly another name (Enes Kanter or Deandre Jordan) gives the Lakers hope.
Oklahoma City takes the two spot
OKC started to heat up going into the break going 11-2 in their last 13; with the addition of Markieff Morris, the Thunder look dangerous.
Paul George is playing MVP caliber basketball and this team is deep. Watch for them to finally make a run this postseason.
The Knicks Win the Race for Zion
The Knicks, Cavs and Suns appear to be the frontrunners for Zion but the Knicks need him more than the latter.
With rumors of the Knickerbockers possibly cutting big-man Deandre Jordan, they appear perfectly fine with losing out.
Vegas has all the aforementioned teams at +450 to gain the number one pick.