Who takes out each division in the 2013-14 NBA Season? Lets take a look at the Division Winners markets currently on offer
Market: Atlantic Division Winner
Pick: Brooklyn Nets
Brooklyn look a very good chance to win this one. The only competition is the New York Knicks, but when we compare the lineups, it is obvious which side has the class advantage. The Brooklyn starting 5, as mentioned before, is nearly flawless: Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Brook Lopez- all very high quality players. Then the bench: Taylor, Terry, Kirilenko, Evans and Blatche- which would do well against some teams' starting lineups. Beyond that there is still Livingston, Anderson, Teletovic and Plumlee, which almost forms another unit of solid quality. This team is absolutely STACKED full of talent, and are a legitimate Championship contender.
Then we look at the Knicks. Starting 5: Raymond Felton, Iman Shumpert, Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler. This unit, while all good, and in some cases very good, pales in comparison to the Brooklyn starters. Barganni, JR Smith, Kenyon Martin, Metta World Peace and Prigioni form a solid group, but delving deeper and there is little more.
Brooklyn being deeper means they can cover injuries, if players like Stoudemire and Martin continue to be injury-prone, there aren't strong backups like the Nets have. The Knicks also rely on a lot of jump-shooting, which over the course of a long season isn't sustainable, as we saw in 2012-13. Last season, the Knicks only won the division over the Nets by 5 games.
With the changes to both sides, the Nets should have no trouble making up these games and should run away with the division.
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