For the first time in a while the NBA has finally found balance. In a decade that started with dynamic duos with Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, and Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd winning titles, quickly shifted to a decade filled with super teams. And after years of fans wishing for a more balanced league, they received their wish this past Summer.
With Anthony Davis joining LeBron James in Los Angeles, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George joining forces for the Clippers, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant teaming up in Brooklyn, and Russell Westbrook and James Harden reuniting in Houston the league has finally found it’s balance again.
But while the NBA has finally found it’s balance again, it’s no secret that the focus of the league has been on the two teams out West in the Pacific division.
As the two early odds on favorites to win the Larry O’Brien Trophy, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers are the dream matchup that fans want to see this year in the Western Conference playoffs.
With new pieces and new additions, teams sometimes fail to live up to their hype or to Vegas’ odds. As for these two teams they’ve definitely lived up to the hype, however, the Lakers have been just slightly better.
Coming into the season the Clippers were the odds on favorite’s to win the Pacific division. Though two months into the season things have quickly changed as the Lakers are now the odds on favorites to win the division.
So who will win the division? In their lone matchup so far the Clippers beat the Lakers, 112-102 and did so without Paul George. Despite being the first game of the year for both teams it did send out shockwaves throughout the NBA and the pressure quickly shifted to the Lakers.
Though a seven game winning streak and a 17-1 record in their next 18 games after the Clippers loss, quickly silenced their critics. As for the Clippers they had more of a rocky stretch following their first win of the Battle of L.A and have really struggled on the road as they’re 7-7 away from Staples Center.
Despite losing opening night to a Clippers team without Paul George, this Lakers team is still superior to a star studded Clippers team that has some powerful weapons on the bench as well with Montrezl Harrell and Lou Williams. But it’s a case of anything you can do, we can do better for the Lakers as they’re really shaping up to be a team of the ages.
JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard are dominating the post, everyone’s playing spot on defense as the Lakers are holding their opponents to 103.9 points per game and LeBron James and Anthony Davis are posting MVP type numbers.
My Pick: Los Angeles Lakers to win the division.