Why You Can and Can't Believe in Each Potential NBA Title Contender

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Why You Can and Can't Believe in Each Potential NBA Title Contender
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

It's not too late for NBA teams to emerge as contenders, and some surely will during the second half of the lengthy 82-game season. 

But at this stage, with All-Stars selected and the festivities in New Orleans looming in the not-so-distant horizon, eight teams have established themselves as the favorites to at least have a shot at competing for an NBA title. 

Sadly, only two of the them are in the Eastern Conference—the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat, both of whom could play with their eyes closed for the next two weeks and still have a lead on the other 13 squads in the Association's lesser conference. 

The other six come from the West, though you could make an argument—I will do so, in fact—that one of them is only a fringe contender. Even though the Phoenix Suns have a better record than one of these teams, they don't have the same potential for upward mobility, barring a trade before the Feb. 20 deadline. 

You're welcome to believe in any of these eight teams. But you're also welcome to do the opposite. 


Note: All stats, unless otherwise indicated, come from Basketball-Reference and are current as of Feb. 8. 

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