With the 2nd round matchups decided, there is sure to be a lot of anticipation being built in the court. Among them there are going to be teams who are surely bound to reach the finals. Here are the teams most likely to reach the summit and capture the gold.
The defending champions have been living up to their expectations of repeating. In their matchup against the Bulls, they completely decimated their opponents in 5 games. In those games, they beat them with the score gap being over 15 in three of their meeting.
Giannis Antetokounmpo has been nothing short of spectacular as he has been mimicking his previous playoff performance by putting on an electrifying show. He has put up 28.6 points, 13.4 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 1.4 blocks per game.
Plus the other Buck’s player has chimed in with 5 of them scoring in double digits. Khris Middleton’s injury surely hurts their chances but Bobby Portis who has been his covering for him is doing all he can to fill the void. Grayson Allen has been providing sparks off the bench going 58.3% from 3-point line. We cannot forget Jrue Holiday who is the main reason why the Bucks won the previous year.
The Boston Celtics have completely flipped their narrative at the end of the season as they are on a hot streak. They even swept the heavy favorites Brooklyn Nets containing Kevin Durant in a way that no one anticipated could be done.
Jayson Tatum has been the star of the Celtics and the reason for their turnaround. He is putting up 29.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 1.8 steals per game. Alongside him is Jaylen Brown who has been putting up 22.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.5 steals. Together they have formed a duo capable of taking anyone down.
The biggest lift is having Ime Udoka as their coach. His masterful strategy goes a long way and the results were visible in the 1st round. On top of that being the best defensive team has put a boost to their names. Defensive Player of the Year, Marcus Smart is credited for that aspect and how much he evolved their defense from the previous year. The Celtics are a complete team and they can take on anyone.
The runners up from last year’s season and the 1st seed in the western conference this season, the Suns have risen back to their glory days. Being aggressively coached by Monty Williams, the Suns are looking to capture the gold this year.
Despite getting injured, Devin Booker has whipped himself back to shape to not miss this opportunity. He is the main scorer of the team and the one making the clutchest shots. Chris Paul, their leader seems to be getting sharper with his passes. On top of that he reaches his reserves and shows us shade of vintage Paul.
Deandre Ayton has improved majorly as he is clogging the paint defensively and offensively. The Suns’ trio have all score above 20 points which instills fear into any opponent. Besides that, having two way players like Mikal Bridges and Cameron Johnson is the reason why the Suns are confident of their title chances.
Golden State Warriors
The old dynasty of the Warriors are once again vying for their throne. Led by Stephen Curry, who is now completely healthy, they have asserted their claim on the gold. Curry is averaging 28.0 points, 3.4 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.6 steals per game.
Plus having his other half, Klay Thompson, healthy and vengeful adds to how much they are hungry for what once was theirs. Additions like Jordan Poole and Andrew Wiggins has further made them seem invincible. And their vocal leader, Draymond Green, is boisterous as ever as he keeps their defense on check.
Steve Kerr is the only coach capable of having the patience and the strategy to lead his team the way that he did. It will be exhilarating to see them as they climb back to the summit.
These teams are the one who are bound to come out of their conference into the NBA Finals. If they do not suffer injuries in the rounds, then they have the potential to win. This season has been the most intense one after a very long time and the fans are in for a feast towards the end.