Transcript for Which two teams will go to the NBA final this year?
We are moving on to Dan's favorite segment, the NBA playoffs. Tip-off in just a few hours. This year a big opportunity for some new teams to make a run. Joining us from Bristol with a preview of all the action is NBA champion and ESPN basketball analyst Richard Jefferson. Richard, welcome to gma, thank you for joining us. Thank you for having me. All right. Let's talk about this year's playoffs, because it's the first time Lebron James won't be playing in the playoffs since 2005. This really opens the door for other teams to make an impact. What do you expect to happen in his absence this year? Well, so many people have talked about Lebron James going to the western conference and what would it be like in the eastern conference not having him there. But really he's just not in the postseason at all, so it's really open on both sides. But I think you've seen a ton of teams making it an arm's race. Philly is bringing in a bunch of guys, Tobias Harris and Jimmy butler who are both in contract years. A lot of teams, especially in the eastern conference, are all in trying to win this year. We can't talk about the playoffs without the warriors, Steph curry, Kevin Durant. They are going for their third consecutive championship but they don't have the best record in basketball this year. What or who can stop them from completing a three-peat? Very similar to the last two franchises to three-peat, the Chicago bulls and the Lakers, both teams broke up more because of internal strife. I think the warriors are the exact same. I believe the warriors, nothing can really stop them except for what's going on inside their locker room. If they can bring it together for the next couple of months, there's really nothing that can stop them. I know it's tough to say, but it's the truth. Absolutely. All right, Richard, quickly your prediction, putting you on the spot. Which two teams are you picking to be in the final? I'm going pick the warriors versus Milwaukee. I think Milwaukee has done a great job putting amazing pieces around giannis, who I have as the MVP. I think coach bud is a top level candidate for coach of the year. I don't think they'll beat the warriors, but I think they're the best team in the eastern conference, having the best record in the NBA. I think they'll do a great job against the warriors, but I think the warriors will win 4-2. All right, Richard. Bucks fans will be happy to hear thank you for joining us, we appreciate it. Of course you can watch the defending champion warriors take on the clippers tonight at 8:00 eastern right here on ABC. Dogleg left, isn't that what they say in the basketball
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