The latest on the Houston Rockets (10/22)
The Houston Rockets’ roster has a lot of exciting names and intriguing futures, but it is also a team that will need a lot to get over the hump this season.
The Houston Texans, the Houston Oilers, the Denver Broncos and the Dallas Cowboys are just a few of the teams who have already proven they can beat anyone.
That includes the Los Angeles Lakers.
If the Rockets were to win a game, they would need to win the Lakers, the San Antonio Spurs and the Atlanta Hawks, among others.
These are teams who all boast a lot going for them and could all end up being one of the most dominant teams in NBA history.
Here are the five teams that could be in line to make a deep run in the NBA Finals and have a chance to take down the Houston Texans.1.
San Antonio Mavericks (19-15)The San Antonio Stars have shown that they can be a formidable team.
After going 12-18 in 2016-17, they are poised to return to the postseason after finishing third in the Western Conference.
While the team has struggled offensively the past few seasons, coach Steve Kerr is confident that his team can bounce back.
“We are a team with a lot more depth than we were in a couple years ago, so I’m really excited about this team,” Kerr told Bleacher Sports in a recent interview.2.
Los Angeles Clippers (17-17)The Los Angeles Galaxy have won the West for five consecutive years, and they have a legitimate shot at winning the NBA title in 2020.
The defending champs have an opportunity to prove that they belong in the finals, as well as in the best conference in the country.
The Galaxy have been ranked as high as No. 3 in ESPN’s rankings and could easily challenge for the title in the East.3.
Chicago Bulls (15-17)-Chicago has the best chance to win an NBA championship in 2020, with an exciting young nucleus of Jimmy Butler, Dennis Smith Jr., Joakim Noah, Nikola Mirotic and Pau Gasol.
The Bulls also have a promising young core that could give them a run for their money in the postseason.4.
Detroit Pistons (14-17-2)Detroit is one of those teams that might not have the best odds of making the playoffs, but the Pistons could make a run in 2020 with their impressive core of Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe, Tobias Harris and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
The Pistons also have one of college basketball’s most intriguing players in Kadeem Allen, but he is not quite as polished as his teammates and the Pistons don’t have the star power to be an immediate threat.5.
Toronto Raptors (14.5-17.5)The Toronto Raptors have one great player in DeMar DeRozan, but their offense is in disarray.
The Raptors will have to make the playoffs if they want to keep their chances of making a deep playoff run alive.
Toronto could easily make a postseason run with the help of a team like the Detroit Pistons.6.
Atlanta Hawks (13.5, 17.5)-The Atlanta Hawks have a great core of players and could be one of three teams to make it to the NBA finals this season, but they need to beat the defending champ, Miami Heat, in order to do it.
The Hawks have the ability to win another title with this core and a star in DeRezan.7.
San Diego Clippers (12.5,-17)With a star like Blake Griffin, the Clippers could have a solid chance to challenge for a title in a few years.
They have the talent to compete in the West and are also looking to make another run in a year or two.
The Clippers could also look to take home a playoff berth in 2020 if they are able to take care of business in the playoffs.8.
New York Knicks (11.5 -18)The New York Nets could make an incredible run in both the East and West with the best defense in the league.
They are also loaded with young talent that could make them one of NBA’s best defenses.
The Knicks could make the postseason in 2020 but could face a tough road to the finals in the Pacific Division.9.
Chicago Bucks (10.5-(18)-The Chicago Bulls have a lot riding on their playoff run, but a top-five finish in the Eastern Conference would be a dream come true.
The team has to beat an elite team in Cleveland or Philadelphia in order for them to make their case for a second consecutive championship.10.
Detroit Bucks (9.5(-18)-If the Detroit Lions don’t get to the playoffs this season or the Pistons make the finals this year, it’s likely that the team will fall to the Pistons in the standings.
This is the Bucks’ chance to make an impact in the 2019-20 season and earn a shot at a playoff spot.11.
Phoenix Suns (8.