Houston Rockets: 20-1

The Spurs used last year to show us how motivating a sour defeat could be; they plowed through the league to win their fifth ring, avenging the devastating loss to the Heat in 2013.
On a smaller scale, possibly that same narrative will perform for the Houston Rockets, who bowed out of the postseason against a Blazers club few anticipated would provide resistance.
The Rockets will expect to do more this year. Unfortunately, they’ll have less to work with than they did a year ago. Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik are everywhere, thinning a spinning that didn’t have a lot of thickness. And, needless to say, his Texas address has been shifted by Parsons.
Dwight Howard and james Harden remain, and they will be tested more rigorously than before.
If Trevor Ariza averts the post-contract letdown so many anticipate and when Terrence Jones takes yet another step ahead, Houston might be more dangerous than it had been a year ago.
But when measured against Dallas and Golden State, whose name chances are the same as Houston’s–and whose rosters enhanced after decidedly more impressive playoff runs last season –the Rockets seem like the team likely to deliver on those 20-1 odds.
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