The Lakers, Bucks and Clippers are favorites as the NBA on Tuesday night after the shortest off-season in league history

What happens to James Harden? It looks like the Houston Rockets have finally faced the reality of having to swap the player they built the entire team around for who would have thought trading a one-off and possibly future MVP would go like family that gets rid of an unwanted houseguest? HF

Shortest off-season in NBA history The Lakers start their title defense just 72 days after conquering the record-breaking 17th Franchise Championship The teams that did not qualify for the Orlando Bubble have not played a game since early March. What does the minimal increase mean for game quality? Not clear! BAG

The LA franchise for the second year in a row The reigning champions got stronger. Their sub-letters at the Staples Center received no Doc Rivers, two Mercury Superstars, and a league manipulation investigation now hanging over them along with the Lakers banner Talk about Hollywood drama AL

Talent wise, the Brooklyn Nets could be the best team in the east or Kevin Durant could suffer a setback on his return from his Achilles tendon injury, a frustrated Kyrie Irving could start the process of burning bridges in his third straight franchise, and first-time coach Steve Nash could be helpless in stopping a breakdown HF

Brooklyn could be a chemical disaster, with its 72-game cut schedule means far less practice time than a typical season, which is a potential disadvantage for teams in transition.The Nets clearly have a knack for burning, but they’re also working with a slew of new pieces and a freshman head coach in Steve Nash TASCHE

I don’t know about Johnny Football, but LiAngelo Ball seems to have what it takes to be another Roger Clinton.His older brother seems to find a groove playing opposite Zion in New Orleans.His younger brother is already the most intriguing rookie this year Class and LiAngelo just got cut off the butts How different is his life if he takes just a moment to pack some sunglasses before that big college trip to Shanghai? AL

Do the Los Angeles Clippers count? We shouldn’t be surprised if a team made up of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George make it to the Western Conference finals, but these are the Clippers, a team that have never made it this far and will finally make it this year, albeit tougher will be to keep doing it HF

No NBA manager was busier in the off-season than Atlanta Hawks’ President and General Manager Travis Schlenk, Danilo Gallinari, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Rajon Rondo and Kris Dunn in the free agency, and Onyeka Okongwu with the sixth choice in draft added Whether they can defend is an open question, but Trey Young and Co have the offensive ways to create problems for opponents POCKET

The Brooklyn Nets KD Kyrie combo numbers are tough to work with for any Eastern team aside from the defending conference champions above, which of course assumes that both players reach their full potential and actually find a way to play together. If only they had a trainer to guide them … AL

James Wiseman, Golden State Warriors Anthony Edwards was the top draft pick and LaMelo Ball will be the biggest name, but it seems Wiseman might be ready to make a big impression in his first season, especially if he is HF

ends as the starting center of the team

Obi Toppin, New York Knicks The Knicks have been rubbish for as long as anyone can remember, and this year it won’t be any different, meaning the eighth pick in the November draft gives ample opportunity to fill the stats sheet Look for the 22-year-old from the University of Dayton who became the first New York City player to receive the Rookie of the Year award since Mark Jackson in 1988 TASCHE

LaMelo Ball, Charlotte Hornets This kid’s grip should be good for at least eight assists per game, and his three-ball attempts on half the pitch are sure to make his heiress puff a triumphant fist in the air as she frustrates her jeans clapping his mother As for the inevitable sales Well, Anyway Just Watch The Hornets This Season For the first time since Zo, Muggsy and Grandmama they won’t get bored AL

Anthony Davis, LA Lakers It feels like the biggest hurdle between Anthony Davis and his first MVP could be on his own team.Yes Davis and LeBron James could very well share the vote, but when LeBron finally starts To determine his age while Davis leads the Lakers to the NBA’s best regular season record, that should be enough to become the top HF

Luka Dončić, Dallas Mavericks It’s scary to imagine what Dončić could produce in his third NBA season after averaging 21/8/6 as a rookie and 29/9/9 last year it says here that the 22-year-old Slovenian general received the MVP award after becoming the third player in NBA history to averaged a triple-double for the season TASCHE

LeBron James, LA Lakers Sure there are more noticeable tips – Luka and Giannis, the reigning MVP, to name just two.But that’s exactly why LeBron is still the one the older he gets, the easier the game seems to be for him to be honest he’s the Apple of NBA stocks – not as sexy as it used to be, but still a damn good return

The Houston Rockets find a way to make a mid-season James Harden deal Wait, this is where it gets bolder Then Houston has a better record without him than with him, even though Harden has come up with better stats with his new team Civil war broke out between old and new school basketball analysts HF

Shake Milton named Sixth Man of the Year Milton’s rise with Philadelphia was one of the feel-good stories of last season Look for him to succeed under new coach Doc Rivers, whose track record in nurturing elite talent off the bench (see: Jamal Crawford, Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell) is well documented TASCHE

I’ll give you four: 1) Trae Young goes for 70 in a game because what else does Atlanta have to play for? 2) This is the year we really start paying attention to Sacramento 3) The Pacers trade Oladipo and Sabonis before the deadline 4) The Knicks make the playoffs because there are now 10 spots! AL

Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors, Indiana Pacers, Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets HF

Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, Toronto Raptors, Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers, Brooklyn Nets, Atlanta Hawks, and Orlando Magic BAG

Miami Heat, Brooklyn Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards, Charlotte Hornets, Orlando Magic, and New York Knicks AL

LA Lakers, LA Clippers, Denver Nuggets, New Orleans Pelicans, Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, Portland Trail Blazer, Sacramento Kings HF

LA Lakers, Denver Nuggets, LA Clippers, Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz, Houston Rockets, New Orleans Pelicans, Portland Trail Blazer, Golden State Warriors BAG

LA Lakers, Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz, Dallas Mavericks, LA Clippers, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Golden State Warriors, Spurs of San Antonio, Sacramento Kings AL

LA Lakers 4-2 Milwaukee Bucks As predicted, the Clippers are finally breaking their curse and this time the bucks won’t be shocked by the Miami Heat.Not that it would matter in the end as the Lakers end up winning titles in a row by HF

LA Lakers 4-1 Boston Celtics The Lakers were a historically good team during their championship run in the Walt Disney World bubble.With Marc Gasol, Wesley Matthews, Dennis Schröder and Montrezl Harrell, this year’s edition could be even better TASCHE

LA Lakers 4-1 Brooklyn Nets With a stronger bank and a sophomore year on Frank Vogel’s system, it’s hard not to see the Lakers frolic again in five games.The chef’s kiss twist this year is LeBron two Men who could swear they are better than him can flaunt another MVP trophy in the finals – and spend the off-season saying so on their social media accounts for AL

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