The NBA Playoffs are quickly approaching as the play-in tournament is less than a month away. With the playoffs looming, the top contenders to win the NBA Finals are starting to sort out. The ten teams with the best odds (odds from vegasinsider.com) to win the championship are examined and assigned a theme song for the rest of the season!
Top Ten Contenders Theme Songs Heading into the NBA Playoffs
#10: Boston Celtics
Theme Song: ‘It Takes Two’ by Rob Base and D.J. E-Z Rock
There are only two players that have started over 40 of the Celtic’s 58 games. Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum are far and away the best two players for Boston, and their championship hopes start and end with the performances of the young duo. The duo accounts for at least 50 points per game, almost half of what Boston averages as a team (112) per game. It will take those two to make the Celtics playoff hopes go right.
#9: Denver Nuggets
Theme Song: ‘The Joker’ by Steve Miller Band
It is no secret that the Denver Nugget’s NBA playoffs hopes come and go with MVP favorite Nikola Jokic. Currently averaging 26.4 points, 11.1 rebounds, and 8.8 assists a game, ‘the Joker’ does it all for Denver. Add in the loss of Jamal Murray for the NBA playoffs, and the burden gets heavier for the superstar center.
#8: Miami Heat
Theme Song: ‘Pop, Lock, & Drop It’ by Huey
The Miami Heat have not been one of the better 3-point shooting teams this season. But with the likes of Duncan Robinson, Tyler Herro, and Goran Dragic, the Heat will be ‘poppin’ a lot of 3-pointers in the NBA playoffs. As for locking up, Miami ranks in the top ten in defensive efficiency and has allowed the fewest points in the paint this season. The Heat will be popping threes, locking up defensively, leading them to drop some of the other NBA title contenders.
#7: Phoenix Suns
Theme Song: ‘As Good As I Once Was’ by Toby Keith
Led by 36-year-old superstar point guard Chris Paul, the Phoenix Suns have made their way into the top four of a tough Western Conference. He may not be as good as he once was, but CP3 has turned two franchisees ‘ hopes around with the Thunder last season and now the Suns this season. With the supporting cast he has out in Phoenix, do not be surprised to see Paul turn back the clock to launch Phoenix into title contention.
#6: Philadelphia 76ers
Theme Song: ‘Back in Black’ by AC/DC
After getting swept out of the first round in the 2020 NBA playoffs, the Philadelphia 76ers are back and atop the Eastern Conference. Forget the hearse, because the Sixers did not die after last season, they came back better than ever behind an MVP caliber season of Joel Embiid. The 2021 NBA playoffs will be exciting for the one-seeded Sixers under new coach Doc Rivers, as they are back and ready to make some serious noise.
#5: Utah Jazz
Theme Song: ‘Whatever It Takes’ by Utah Jazz
The Utah Jazz arguably will never have the best player in a playoff series throughout the entire postseason. Donovan Mitchell may have an argument as the best scorer, but the best overall player will never learn in the Jazz’s way. What does this mean for Utah? They will have to do whatever it takes to win each and every series in the NBA playoffs. Whether it is diving for loose balls or making the extra pass to an open look, the Jazz will have to take extra measures to make the run to the NBA Finals.
#4: Milwaukee Bucks
Theme Song: ‘Shots’ by LMFAO
Milwaukee may be one of the heaviest alcohol-drinking cities in the US, but we are not talking about those types of shots. The shots we are talking about are the shots behind the arc. The Bucks are top five in 3-point percentage and top ten in 3-pointers attempted and made. To keep up with the high-powered offense of the Brooklyn Nets, the team will have to continue hitting those shots around two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo for Milwaukee to meet their NBA playoffs hopes.
#3: Los Angeles Clippers
Theme Song: ‘The Island of Misfit Toys’ from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Outside of superstars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, the Clippers have become a place where ‘misfits’ have found their way to. Whether it is Marcus Morris, DeMarcus Cousins, Reggie Jackson, or Rajon Rondo, these role players that have struggled to find a home will have to step up to solidify the Clipper’s NBA playoffs hopes.
#2: Los Angeles Lakers
Theme Song: ‘I’m Back’ (Eric Bischoff Theme from WWE)
‘I’m BACK and I’m Better than EVER!’ – The Lakers (probably).
The Lakers still have LeBron James and Anthony Davis, but somehow got better after last season. Key additions to the rotation will only better L.A.’s title hopes. LeBron and the Lakers were already one of the favorites after last year’s title, but acquiring Dennis Schroder, Montrezl Harrell, and Andre Drummond makes the likelihood of the Lakers taking home the Larry O’Brien even better.
#1: Brooklyn Nets
Theme Song: ‘When It Rains It Pours’ by Luke Combs
Brooklyn has three of the best scorers in the NBA, a spot-up shooter in Joe Harris that is shooting 47.7% from behind the arc, and as a team have the highest effective field goal percentage. Brooklyn will make it rain on their opponents, as the Nets will rely on their scoring ability to pour it on during their path to the NBA finals.
The NBA Playoffs are Coming!
Only a month away from the best time of the year, postseason basketball! A lot of teams near the top are making their case to be a title favorite, but time will tell for who is the best of the 2021 NBA season!
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