By Michael Pregame The draft lottery is upon us and with it comes the lottery odds.
The odds are on LeBron James and Kyrie Irving being taken in the top 10 of the first round, and I believe that’s what most NBA fans are expecting.
But what if the odds are not what most people are expecting?
What if the lottery picks for the top five of the lottery are not LeBron James or Kyrie LeBron?
What if the draft pick order is not a perfect circle?
What would happen if the Cavaliers were to lose to the Knicks in the first game of the series and then lose in overtime to the Pistons?
Let’s take a look at the odds and how the lottery might play out.1.
LeBron James gets the Cavs to the NBA Finals for the first time in five yearsThe Cleveland Cavaliers have already beaten the Los Angeles Lakers, Indiana Pacers and Toronto Raptors.
If the Cavaliers win in the opening round, James will become the first player to win back-to-back championships with two different teams in the same season since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1975-76 and the Houston Rockets in 1977-78.
The Cavaliers have a chance to repeat that feat when they play the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA finals on February 1.
The Cavs have been the hottest team in the league in the regular season.
They were second in offensive efficiency (27.5 points per 100 possessions), second in defensive efficiency (19.7 points per 101 possessions), first in defensive rebounding (11.2 per 100) and sixth in defensive field goal percentage (.549).
They also finished with the third-best offensive rating in the Western Conference, scoring 112.8 points per game.
This season, the Cavs rank third in the Eastern Conference with a 112.6 offensive rating.
The Cleveland Cavaliers currently lead the NBA in scoring (97.2 points per contest), assists (7.3 per contest) and rebounds (13.7 per contest).
The Cavs are in a strong position heading into the playoffs because of their impressive defense and their ability to score inside and on the perimeter.
The second-best team in terms of offensive efficiency is the Golden State Warriors.
The Warriors were second-ranked in offensive and defensive efficiency during the regular and postseasons and the second-highest scoring team in both categories in both seasons of the NBA regular season, averaging 103.3 points per 120 minutes and 109.6 points per 60 minutes.
The Cavaliers’ offensive rating and scoring are comparable to the Warriors’ but not by a large margin.
LeBron’s scoring has increased by more than 50 points per season since the start of the 2014-15 season.
He has averaged over 30 points in each of the last three seasons.
The Warriors had a fantastic first half of the regular campaign but were ultimately defeated by the Denver Nuggets in the second round of the playoffs.
The team had the third worst offensive rating (.522), fourth-worst defensive rating (.548) and fourth-best defensive rebaring percentage (.536).
They lost in six games in the conference finals.
If the Cavaliers lose in the finals and James finishes with a career-high 27.5 rebounds per game, the Cavaliers will be eliminated in the First Round of the 2015 NBA playoffs.
James has averaged 27.2 rebounds per contest since the beginning of the 2012-13 season.
The Cavs have the third best rebounding percentage in the West at 47.3 percent.
They have the second best offensive rebounding rate (.538) and fifth-best shooting percentage (.560).
The Warriors also lead the West in field goal percentages, scoring per game (34.9), 3-point field goals made per game (.831) and field goal attempts per game at 30.5.
The Nuggets, on the other hand, rank sixth in 3-pointers made per contest (3.3).
The Cavaliers are also the favorites to win this year’s NBA championship.
The only team that has a better record than the Cavs this season is the San Antonio Spurs (22-10).
The Spurs have the best record in the East and the best home record in basketball at 24-10.
If they lose to LeBron James in the Finals, the Cleveland Cavaliers would go to a fourth straight NBA Finals and have won five straight championships since the franchise relocated to Oklahoma City in 1981.
If LeBron James is selected in the lottery, the NBA will award the top pick to the defending NBA champion.
That will happen at a lottery on February 15.
The pick will be announced at a ceremony in Cleveland on February 14.