It just breaks my heart to revive the old NBA thread after such a long break. The beloved Raptors play on August 1st against the Lakers. 538.com has both LA teams favoured to win and place, somehow ignoring Toronto and always impressive Milwaukee. And the Clippers looked unimpressive losing to Sacramento. I don’t think their new ratings system is great.
It’s understood that things are different and will take some getting used to. But it’s not like the teams are fundamentally different. Crowds matter, and I guess we’re going to find out how much.