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Hauler

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I don't watch the NBA, but I like to get in early on these seasonal threads and say...

Lebron is a flopping bitch.
 
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Golden State is off to an incredible start. It's pretty amazing how good they are after all the injuries. When Klay returns and they find their rhythm with him, they're going to be basically unbeatable.

The Heat will be the team to beat in the east. I'm calling it now. I don't know if they can beat the Warriors in the finals, but they'll be in the finals, that much I'm confident of.
 
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Latest 2021-22 NBA Championship Odds

TeamCurrent Odds
Brooklyn Nets+240
Los Angeles Lakers+550
Golden State Warriors+750
Milwaukee Bucks+900
Miami Heat+1200
Utah Jazz+1300
Phoenix Suns+1700
Denver Nuggets+1800
Los Angeles Clippers+1800
Philadelphia 76ers+1800
Dallas Mavericks+3000
Atlanta Hawks+4000
Chicago Bulls+4000
Boston Celtics+5000
Memphis Grizzlies+8000
Portland Trail Blazers+8000
New York Knicks+9000
Charlotte Hornets+17500
Indiana Pacers+17500
Toronto Raptors+20000
Washington Wizards+20000
Sacramento Kings+25000
Minnesota Timberwolves+25000
New Orleans Pelicans+25000
San Antonio Spurs+35000
Cleveland Cavaliers+100000
Detroit Pistons+100000
Orlando Magic+100000
Houston Rockets+100000
Oklahoma City Thunder+100000
 
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The Nets won't win it without Kyrie, the Lakers won't be healthy or cohesive enough, and the Bucks are off to a shit start. They might turn it around but I currently see no reason for them to be so high on that list.

If I had to name the five best teams in the NBA right now my list would be:

1. Golden State
2. Phoenix
3. Miami
4. Utah
5. Denver/Chicago (tie)
 

regular john

Muay Thai World Champion
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Nets and Bucks will turn it around and fight for the title when shit comes down. The Warriors will regress a little bit, Klay will come back slow and take time and opportunities off Poole, Wiggins and others so I don’t believe they will automatically improve dramatically when he returns. By now I’d say safe money is on Brooklyn to win even though I don’t think they look real good so far.
The Lakers will be a disaster and at best get swept in the second round. I can’t believe how anyone thinks that Lebron/Carmelo/Westbrook will fit together well. They’re a mess.

the big news of the season is the new foul calling approach which is disabling the lame fake-shoot-automatic FT offensive strategy. Harden and Lillard are already feeling it.
 
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The Pacers looked good against the Bulls last night. They're one of those teams that has been up and down to start the season but looked very good when they've been up.

The Nuggets, Knicks, and Grizzlies are other examples.
 

Nuk Soo Kow

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It was the right call. There was tension between the teams and it was their second time playing each other in 3 days.

The refs are just trying to defuse the situation before it gets out of hand and they did that.
Oh no! Tension between teams?!

Lars @Lars can I get your unbiased opinion on this matter? Scoring on the opposing team then mild stare down with level one shit talk, is that worthy of a foul? This guys wouldn’t last a minute in street Hockey.