The last preseason game of the new NBA season, coincidentally (or not), was the game between Steph Curry’s Golden State Warriors (GSW) and Lebron James’ LA Lakers.
The second pre-season meeting between both sides ended in a loss for GSW.
But these losses have got nothing on the Warriors.
According to a survey of NBA general managers, they’re still favorites to retain their title. The two other teams likely to win a title this season, according to that survey are Houston Rockets and Boston Celtics.
While the Warrior will take on Oklahoma City Thunders in the second game of the new season, Boston Celtics will be tipping off the new season against the Philadelphia 76ers. It is a repeat of the quarter-final of the NBA Playoffs last season.
Even without Kyrie Irving, the Celtics blew away the 76ers in the best-of-seven series, winning 4-1. Of those 4 wins, Boston Celtics scored 100+ points three times.
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The Celtics may be favorites to again reach the Eastern Conference play-off finals. What’s more? They may even be representing the Eastern Conference in the Playoffs final next year. Their top-line talent and versatility could make them the Warriors’ biggest threat this season.
But the 76ers won’t be any pushovers for them in this game. They went 52-30 in the regular season last year and will be looking to start the new season on a high. Ranked 6th on the NBA Power Rankings (Week 1), names like Wilson Chandler and Joel Embild will be looking to do as much damage as possible.
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Just immediately after this game, the first game in the Western Conference will tip off. Golden State Warriors will start off their campaign for a three-peat when they welcome OKC Thunder.
The Warriors’ poor preseason may be a source of concern.
Of the 5 games they played, they lost 4 and their only win came against Sacramento Kings. But despite these losses, one thing remained constant for GSW: their scoring prowess.
In those 5 preseason games, they scored a total of 559 points — an average of 111 points per game.
Steve Kerr’s men will be looking on their past record against OKC and be brimming with confidence. Kevin Durant and co. defeated OKC twice in three meetings last season.
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