NBA: A look at what to expect from the Western Conference this season

first_img LIVE TV Last Updated: 21st October, 2019 15:36 IST NBA: A Look At What To Expect From The Western Conference This Season The NBA season kicks off on October 23 as the Raptors take on the Pelicans. Here’s a look at the contenders for the Western Conference this season. 10 months ago Dream11: DAL vs LAC NBA pre-season predictions, squad updates & news After a busy off-season and trades galore, the NBA season is all set to kick off on October 23. The opening game of the NBA season sees the Toronto Raptors take on New Orleans Pelicans. The second game of the opening night of the NBA is somewhat of a West Coast blockbuster as the star-studded Lakers face off against Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and the fresh-faced L.A. Clippers at the Staples Center. Here’s all you need to know about the teams in the Western Conference.Also Read | Donald Trump Criticizes Top NBA Coaches Amid China ControversyExpectations on the Clippers COMMENT First Published: 21st October, 2019 15:36 IST 10 months ago NBA: Lakers beat Warriors 126-93 to secure a dominating pre-season win 10 months ago Lakers, Clippers set to star in wide-open NBA season FOLLOW US 10 months ago Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng retires from the NBA after 15 years WATCH US LIVE NBA fans across the world have picked the Los Angeles Clippers as the favorites to win the Western Conference this time around. The Clippers have added the likes of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to a lineup that already made the playoffs last season, so the expectations on the Clippers are not without reason. However, the Clippers do not have a pure point guard. Lou Williams has expressed an interest in taking up the spot. The Clippers have, at their weakest position, Montrezl Harrell and Ivica Zubac to man the middle. However, they will have to pace themselves early in the season with Paul George still recovering from injury.Also Read | NBA, China Feud Over Houston Rockets Official’s Controversial TweetTheir neighbors, the Los Angeles Lakers, meanwhile, have gone on to build arguably one of the most fearsome teams in the NBA this season. The Lakers showed glimpses of their mettle in the preseason victories over the Warriors. In one game, the Lakers went on to score a mammoth 71 points in the first half against the Warriors. With Anthony Davis, LeBron James and Kyle Kuzma forming a devastating front three, the Lakers are well primed to set the Western Conference alight this season. Also Read | NBA: Lakers Beat Warriors 126-93 To Secure A Dominating Pre-season WinThe Golden State Warriors, on the other hand, will have a lot resting on the shoulders of Steph Curry. With Kawhi Leonard and Paul George leading the Clippers, LeBron James and Anthony Davis heading the Lakers’ fortunes, and Russell Westbrook and James Harden guiding the Houston Rockets, the Warriors are guaranteed to have a tough time this season. Moreover, for the first time in his career, Steph Curry will be asked to do something he hasn’t done a lot – play the fourth quarter in games. Apart from the Rockets, the Warriors, the Lakers, and the Clippers, the teams from Portland, Utah and Denver will also be in the running, having quietly gone about their business in the offseason. Also Read | Lakers, Clippers Set To Star In Wide-open NBA Season Colin DCunha Written By WE RECOMMEND SUBSCRIBE TO US 10 months ago LeBron James: NBA vs China heats up, as James distances himselflast_img

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