A Michigan Wolverine Will Win An NBA Title

Michigan basketball has been humming along for a while now, and it’s spilled over into the NBA as well. With the conference finals now set in the association, there’s a former UM player on all four rosters meaning that there’s a 100% chance that a Michigan Wolverine will be crowned an NBA champion next month. … Read more

AP Was There: Magic plays center, Lakers clinch NBA title

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (AP) — Rookie Earvin “Magic” Johnson steps in and plays center for the injured Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in Game 6 of the NBA Finals with his Los Angeles Lakers holding a 3-2 series lead over the Philadelphia 76ers. Johnson, a 6-foot-9 point guard, finishes with 42 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists to help … Read more

NBA Finals predictions: Can any team stop the Nets?

The 2021–22 NBA season tips off tonight. The Crossover staff will be analyzing all of the biggest story lines ahead of what promises to be an unforgettable campaign. You can find our NBA preview stories here. Howard Beck: Nets over Nuggets If we’ve learned anything by now (admittedly questionable), it’s that no NBA season unfolds … Read more

NBA Coaches Who Won Championships As Players: Bill Russell And Phil Jackson Are The Ultimate Winners

Former NBA players are starting to take up coaching jobs, and some have won the ultimate trophy both as players and coaches. Winning the NBA championship as a player is undoubtedly the highest honor as a player but winning as a head coach years after is doubly rewarding. Jason Kidd just started his head coach … Read more

The Miami Heat are obsessed with winning now and ‘chasing that high’ to the NBA Finals

MIAMI — The walk from the double doors of the Miami Heat’s locker room, through a narrow hallway with burnt orange carpet, to the court is called “Championship Alley.” Plastered all over the walls are iconic plays and moments from the franchise’s three titles. In one image, on the right side of the hallway if … Read more

‘Never take it for granted’; Golden State Warriors advance with eyes on NBA Finals

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green are cherishing this playoff run a little more given they spent the past two years watching the postseason instead of their familiar position chasing championships. Now, with those experienced faces and a cast of new stars, the Warriors are headed to another Western Conference … Read more

Betting Roundtable: Sleeper Picks to Win the NBA Finals

The Warriors and Wizards (yes, the ones from Washington) stand atop their respective conferences five weeks into the NBA season. Now that there’s enough games to parse, especially given Tuesday night’s potential NBA Finals preview between Golden State and Brooklyn, we’re starting to look ahead to June. The Nets and Lakers, despite their struggles, have … Read more

Betting advice for NBA championship futures

The NBA landscape may look very different following Thursday’s trade deadline but, as of Wednesday, the Nets at +400 odds remain the SI Sportsbook title favorites. The Suns are a close second (+450) and present some value given their position as defending Western Conference champions with the best record in basketball. Brooklyn—or rather, the idea … Read more