With the National Basketball Association (NBA) regular season finished and the playoffs in full effect, the quest for a championship trophy is now on. With a league full of high-flyers and knockdown shooters, fans across the world will be glued to their devices to see who will come out on top.
According to students across Sacred Heart University, there are a number of teams who look to make a serious run in achieving success for the next few months.
The third seed in the Eastern Conference Boston Celtics was one of the teams several students mentioned in their top picks. Led by young players such as shooting forward Jayson Tatum and shooting guard Jaylen Brown, the Celtics come into the playoffs after a much improved second half of their season, winning 15 of the last 19 games they played in.
Track and field sprinter Drew McInnis had some evidence to why the Celtics could make a strong run this year.
“The Celtics have one of the best defenses in recent history,” said McInnis. “Combined with the fact that they have a group of top tier scorers, I expect them to do really good this year.”
In terms of the Western Conference, the number one seed Phoenix Suns are also a team to be reckoned with according to students as well. The only disadvantage they may have coming into the playoffs is not having their star shooting guard Devin Booker, who led the team in points and three pointer but suffered a hamstring strain that may keep him out of play for at least 3 weeks, according to CBS Sports.
SHU football player Jake Walsh feels the Suns can hold their own in a tough conference in the West.
“They are a great team led by tremendous leaders like Chris Paul and Devin Booker,” said Walsh. “With Booker out with injury, it is hard to see where the Suns can go as of now. But once he comes back, they will definitely be a dominant team.”
To watch the NBA playoffs, tune into ABC, TBS or streaming sites such as Hulu, FuboTV and SlingTV for all of the action. The NBA finals will begin on June 1 where the 46th Larry O’Brien trophy will be given to one champion.