Cleveland Cavaliers: 5-2

Who would you expect?
LeBron James’ Cavaliers could struggle to jell offensively, and they may not have the personnel to build an elite defense in any way. Neither of these problems stopped them from getting the NBA’s best name odds–mainly since a long season will give new head coach David Blatt plenty of time to work out the kinks.
And if he can not figure everything out, he has still got the best player in the world on his group. That alone is sufficient to justify Cleveland’s spot here.
There is reason to think the Cavs will hit the floor running on crime, and not merely as they have such an absurdly talented core. The truth is we have 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 period, and four joined on at least 41 percent of those shots. James, because he is not human, made exactly 50 percent.
You may think it’s impossible for all four of those players to sustain this type of large collective percent, but in an offense where double-teaming anyone–or perhaps helping a smidgen too aggressively–results in wide-open chances to get a another scoring dynamo, nicely. . .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 desired. Drive-and-kick chances were endless, and they will continue to be–unless the league allows opponents to utilize six players from Cleveland.
In fact, even then…
Accidents, the slog of an 82-game season and various other uncertainties mean there are no sure things in the NBA.
However, the Cavs come close.

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