The 2016 NBA playoffs are set to begin, and the Houston Rockets will likely be crowned the NBA champions.
With the Warriors in first place and the Golden State Warriors in second place, there’s a clear choice for the 2016-17 NBA Finals.
Here’s a look at the best, worst and most likely scenarios for the Golden States.1.
Houston Rockets(11-6)The Rockets, as the No. 1 seed, will face off against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals on Sunday, March 5 at 3:30 p.m.
The Rockets, who have lost five of their past six games, have struggled offensively, and their struggles continue with Kevin Durant out indefinitely with a sprained right knee.
The Houston Rockets’ bench has been inconsistent all season long.
Despite losing Kevin Durant, James Harden and Trevor Ariza, the Rockets’ rotation remains intact, with James Harden, Chandler Parsons and Omer Asik in the starting lineup.
Houston’s big three of Harden, Parsons and Asik are all capable of scoring, but Harden has struggled to find his rhythm, and he is averaging 13.3 points per game in the postseason.
Asik, a former NBA MVP, has averaged 14.8 points in the regular season.
The lack of production from the starting unit could limit the Rockets chances of reaching the NBA finals.2.
San Antonio Spurs(11 -7)The San Antonio Clippers have won five of seven and have a solid chance to win their second consecutive NBA title.
They are coming off a 103-96 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday, March 6 at 3 p.p.m., in which the Clippers outscored the Thunder 27-13.
The Clippers are tied for the NBA’s second-best record at 20-5, but they will be facing a Cleveland Cavaliers team that is still in first.
Cleveland has won four of its past five games.
This will be a battle of the best young players in the league, including the two-time All-Star Kevin Love, and it could very well decide who gets the starting spot in the Finals.3.
Golden State Golden State has won the NBA title five times, including four straight.
It’s the only team in the Western Conference with a winning record since the start of the 2015-16 season.
Its streak of nine consecutive victories in the West is tied with the Cleveland Celtics.
However, the Warriors will need to win back-to-back games to advance to the NBA Playoffs.4.
Cleveland Cavaliers(10-8)The Cleveland Cavaliers have won four straight and are currently sitting at 7-5 after winning four of their first five games, including a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night.
The Cavaliers have lost nine of their last 10 games and have been outscattered by the Minnesota Vikings and Golden State Thunder.
Cleveland’s roster has been a disaster this season.
Kyrie Irving is averaging 22.7 points per contest and has been hampered by injuries to Jae Crowder, Kyrie Martin, J.R. Smith, Tristan Thompson and T.J. Warren.
With James Harden out indefinitely, it will be up to Tristan Valentine, the team’s No. 2 scorer, to help the Cavs find a way to win games.5.
Houston Cavaliers(11/6)Houston’s win over Oklahoma City was the Cavaliers’ first-ever postseason win, and that came against the Thunder.
With Kevin Durant on the shelf indefinitely, the Cavaliers are currently looking for their first win of the regular-season.
They have won seven of their nine games and will have to make a strong case to make the playoffs if they want to advance.6.
Golden States Warriors(8-10)Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry has scored 28.4 points per 100 possessions over the past three games, but the team is still far from a playoff contender.
The Warriors are tied with Cleveland for the second-worst record at 21-15, and they will face a Cleveland team that has lost its last seven games.
Stephen Curry is averaging 20.8 minutes per game and is shooting 57.9 percent.
Curry has been the MVP of the 2016 Finals and is averaging 19.3 rebounds per game, which is second in the National Basketball Association.
The Golden State team is ranked sixth in the Eastern Conference.7.
Cleveland Trail Blazers(10/9)Cleveland has won five straight and has a winning streak of seven games or more since the beginning of the season.
They will have an opportunity to move into a tie for the eighth spot in terms of points allowed, which will allow them to advance, if they win back to back games against the Warriors and Trail Blazers.
Clevelis’ offensive numbers will likely drop, but his defense will remain dominant.
Damian Lillard has been solid at defending the Golden Gods’ top three scorers, including Kyrie, Durant and Stephen Curry, and Lillard is averaging 17.4 rebounds per contest. The