Which NBA teams are best at beating teams from other conferences?
Posted On August 3, 2021
The NBA season is just around the corner, and we’re already seeing some of the biggest matchups in the league come down to the wire.
The best teams are starting to show up, and it looks like there are some of those in the standings as well.
In this article, we’ll take a look at the best teams in the NBA, and then break down their matchups to see which teams are going to be the favorites.
There’s some obvious overlap between the best NBA teams and the teams that have the best chance of advancing in the playoffs.
For example, both the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors have shown promise over the last few seasons, and both are likely to be in contention for the playoffs in a few months.
As we head into the season, the NBA has some pretty exciting matchups, and there are a lot of interesting teams to watch.
Here are the best squads in the East and West to look out for in the first week of March.
Cavaliers: The Cleveland Cavaliers are one of the most successful teams in NBA history.
The Cavaliers have won back-to-back NBA championships and have won five NBA titles, and that success has propelled them to the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.
The Cavs have a strong bench, with Kyrie Irving and LeBron James being among the most consistent players in the game.
James is also one of only two players to ever lead his team to back-and-forth championships.
This team has a history of winning the Eastern Division, and they have two All-Stars in Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson.
A big part of the Cavs success is the defense, which allows them to make their plays off the dribble and make them a threat on the offensive end.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Cavaliers have some of their best players, including Tristan Yormark, Josh Richardson, and Dion Waiters.
Waiters is averaging 17.5 points and 6.7 rebounds per game, and he’s shooting 42.3 percent from the field.
Richardson is averaging 11.3 points and 7.5 rebounds per contest, and his shooting percentage is at a career-best 48.9 percent.
Young point guard Jarrett Jack is another big reason why the Cavs are in the hunt.
He is averaging 10.1 points and 4.7 assists per game and has become a big part in the Cavs offensive success.
Jack is one of two players in NBA History to average 20 points and 10 rebounds in a season.
It’s not just Jack, though.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have a big presence on the defensive end as well, and Trudy Thompson is one the best defenders in the entire league.
Thompson is averaging 8.1 rebounds per 36 minutes, and has been the most efficient defender in the history of the NBA.
He’s a big reason the Cavaliers are ranked No. 2 in Defensive Real Plus-Minus per 100 possessions.
Other key players on this team include Isaiah Thomas, J.R. Smith, Jusuf Nurkic, and Kevon Looney.
Thomas is averaging 13.6 points per game in the regular season, but has been held to just nine points per 36.3 minutes over the past three games.
Nurkic is averaging 12.4 points and 8.2 rebounds per 40 minutes, while Looney is averaging 5.3 rebounds per 35 minutes.
Looney is the Cavs’ best defender, and is leading the team in blocks.
Another key player on this Cavaliers team is Isaiah Thomas.
He’s averaging 10 points per contest and 6 rebounds per minute.
LeBron James is a huge part of this team, but the Cavs have one of their top big men in James Harden.
Harden is averaging 22.6 rebounds per 48 minutes, which is tied for the second most in the Western Conference behind the Oklahoma City Thunder.
One of the best things about James Harden is his ability to get to the rim.
His 48.6 percent shooting from the floor is fourth best in the All-Star game history, and Harden is second in the conference in blocked shots per game.
LeBron has scored 30 or more points in four straight games, and this team is capable of getting to the line more than anyone in the top 10 in the West.
Jared Dudley and Kyrie Kyrie are two of the more interesting players on the Cavs.
Dudley is averaging 19.2 points per 48 and 6 assists per 36 in his career.
That’s right, he’s averaging 26 points per 44 minutes.
He has a big personality, and the Cavs defense is solid.
Boris Diaw is another player on the team that could surprise you.
Diaw has played at the center position in his NBA career, and with James Harden and Kyries