Houston Rockets: 20-1

The Spurs used last season to reveal how motivating a sour defeat may be; they plowed through the group to win their fifth ring, avenging the devastating loss to the Miami Heat at 2013.
On a smaller scale, possibly that same storyline will perform for the Houston Rockets, who bowed out of the postseason against a Blazers club couple expected would offer immunity.
The Rockets will expect to do more this year. Unfortunately, they’ll have less to use than they did. Omer Asik and jeremy Lin are everywhere, thinning a spinning that didn’t have much thickness. And, needless to say, his Texas address has been shifted by Parsons.
James Harden and Dwight Howard stay, and they’ll be tested more rigorously than ever before.
If Trevor Ariza avoids the post-contract letdown so many anticipate and if Terrence Jones takes another step forward, Houston could be more harmful than it was a year ago.
However, when measured against Dallas and Golden State, whose title chances are exactly the same as Houston’s–and whose rosters improved after decidedly more remarkable playoff runs last year–the Rockets look like the team likely to deliver on those 20-1 odds.

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