Who will be the dark horses this year? In the Friday’s games, three dark horses were featured: the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and Boston Celtics. Let’s find out what the experts have to say about the other teams. Which team will make it to the NBA finals?
The Toronto Raptors make a statement in their first game back as they defeat the Los Angeles Lakers 107-92! pic.twitter.com/mL59pE2kag
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In the recent NBA Continuity Rankings, the Raptors were fourth in the list. The team won the last year’s NBA Finals. Though Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard are out of picture, the Raps have dealt with numerous injuries in the past and are seen as great contenders.
Experts also said that the Raptors have beaten up on subpar competition to build its impressive record. The team has enough to stand against elite teams in a playoff setting.
On today's day in 2007., Boston Celtics obtain Kevin Garnett in a 7-for-1 swap deal, with Minnesota Timberwolves. That was and still is NBA's biggest ever trade for one player. pic.twitter.com/urLQL4xj7l
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The Celtics gave an early demonstration of the competence in the game on Friday. Celtics’ top six have the position less versatility and talent to match up to the six man rotation of any team. Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward, Marcus Smart, Daniel Theis and Jayson Tatum are the star players of the team.
However, Walker’s balky knee is becoming troublesome for him. He was allowed to play only 19 minutes in the Friday’s game. Hayward’s absence due to the impending birth of his child may also affect team’s performance.
Team players Joel Embiid, Al Horfors, Tobias Harris and Ben Simmons can use the Raptors’ strategy to beat the Milwaukee Bucks. They have a good chance to beat the best team in the East.