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NBA Championship Contenders

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NBA Playoffs are soon arriving and we’ve taken an early look at who might come away on top with the NBA Championship.

Picture: JC Gellidon
Picture: JC Gellidon

Milwaukee $5

The Bucks are second favourites win the NBA title, coming in behind the Boston Celtics. The two teams have led the Eastern Conference all season with most pundits expecting one of these two to make it into the finals. We're giving the Bucks the advantage for a couple of reasons. wWhile there is no doubt about the talent and balance of the Celtics roster, the Bucks have the advantage of having done it already. They know the effort needed to not only make the finals but to play in an intense finals series and come away as victors. The Bucks have already shown how dominant they can be this season when focused, with multiple long runs of consecutive wins. Giannis Antetokounmpo provides such an incredible advantage to the Bucks that it will be hard for any team to beat them four times.

Phoenix $5.50

Things are a little cloudier in the West with a deep roster of teams that would all be worthy of challenging for a finals spot. Many teams have potentially mortgaged their future for a chance to win the Championship this year but perhaps none more so than the Phoenix Suns. The addition of Kevin Durant signals the all out move the Suns have made with their sights firmly set on securing that elusive championship. The team has already shown the ability to make it to the finals with Durant viewed as the piece that will make them unstoppable. Devin Booker and Durant will certainly be near impossible to defend, Phoenix just needs to hope everything stays right to go all the way.

Denver $8.50

Denver has been a one man show the past two seasons but the return of a fully fit Jamal Murray has elevated the whole squad. With teams no longer just worrying about potential three time MVP Nikola Jokic, Denver has finally risen to the top of the Western Conference where they look set to make a deep playoff run. The play of guys like Aaron Gordon and Michael Porter Jr may go unnoticed next to the stat machine in Jokic but is a key reason as to the team's success this season. The safest team in the West, the Nuggets are one of a few teams that don't have any red flags moving into the post season.

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