The new NBA season started on Tuesday night with reigning champions Toronto and title contenders Los Angeles Clippers recording victories ahead of an unpredictable season.
There’s no clear favourite for the 2019-20 NBA season, bucking the recent trend given the Golden State Warriors domination.
GSW have made the NBA Finals for the past five seasons, claiming the title on three occasions. They’ve also added D’Angelo Russell from the Brooklyn Nets.
The Clippers knocked off the Lakers 112-102 on the opening night with Kawhi Leonard top scoring with 30 points.
Leonard’s $140.6 million move from the title-winning Raptors to the Clippers puts them in a strong position.
Toronto may have lost some key players but started the season with a 130-122 win over the New Orleans Pelicans who aren’t expecting to make playoffs.
Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet will ensure the Raptors remain a playoffs side, but it’s hard to see them mounting a challenge for the title again without Leonard.
Giannis’ Bucks will be determined to continue their rise after their Conference Finals elimination. Milwaukee made a big re-signing for Khris Middleton while Brook Lopez can be relied upon.
The Utah Jazz, Denver Nuggets and Houston Rockets will be title contenders, while the Nets are a danger given their acquisitions, including Kyrie Irving and Durant, although the latter may struggle to play due to his Achilles injury.