Cleveland Cavaliers: 5-2

Who would you expect?
LeBron James’ Cavaliers may fight to jell offensively, and they might not have the personnel to construct an elite defense at all. Neither of those problems stopped them from earning the NBA’s greatest name odds–mainly because a long season will give new head coach David Blatt lots of time to work out the kinks.
And if he can’t figure everything out, he’s still got the best player in the world on his group. That alone is sufficient to justify Cleveland’s area here.
There is reason to think the Cavs will hit the floor running on offense, and not merely because they have such an absurdly gifted core. The truth is we have seen these guys can be during preseason play.
James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and Dion Waiters all attempted at least three triples per game during exhibition period, and all four joined on at least 41 percent of those shots. James, since he is not human, made just 50 percent.
You might think it impossible for all four of these players to sustain this type of large collective percentage, but in an offense where double-teaming anyone–or perhaps helping a smidgen too harshly –results in wide-open chances for another scoring dynamo, nicely. . .let’s just say the capacity for league-leading offense is there.
Irving was a preseason lightning bolt, with all defenders’ hesitation to leave their missions to dart into the lane whenever he desired. Drive-and-kick opportunities were unlimited, and they’ll continue to be–unless the team makes it possible for opponents to use six players from Cleveland.
In fact, even then…
Accidents, the slog of an 82-game season and several other uncertainties mean there are no certain things in the NBA.
However, the Cavs come close.

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