Cleveland Cavaliers: 5-2

Who would you expect?
LeBron James’ Cavaliers may fight to jell offensively, and they might not have the staff to build an elite defense in any way. Neither of those problems stopped them from getting the NBA’s greatest title odds–mainly because a long season will provide new head coach David Blatt lots of time to work out the kinks.
And when he can’t figure everything out, he’s still got the best player on the planet on his team. That alone is sufficient to justify Cleveland’s spot here.
There’s reason to believe that the Cavs will hit the ground running on offense, and not just as they have this absurdly talented core. The truth is we’ve seen how powerful these men can be through preseason play.
James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and Dion Waiters all tried at least three triples per game during exhibition season, and all four connected on 41 percent of those shots. James, since he isn’t human, made just 50 percent.
You may think it’s impossible for all four of these players to sustain this type of high collective percentage, but in a crime where double-teaming anybody –or perhaps helping a smidgen too harshly –contributes to wide-open opportunities for another scoring dynamo, well. . .let’s just say the capacity for league-leading crime is there.
Irving was a preseason lightning bolt, with all defenders’ hesitation to leave their missions to dart to the lane if he wanted. Drive-and-kick opportunities were unlimited, and they’ll continue to be–unless the team allows opponents to utilize six players from Cleveland.
In fact, even then…
Injuries, the slog of an 82-game season and various other uncertainties mean there are no sure things in the NBA.
However, the Cavs come near.
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