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DK Nation staff predictions for 2020-21 NBA season

We go over it all, from who will be in the NBA Finals to MVP to Rookie of the Year, making picks for the upcoming NBA season.

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James celebrates with teammates against the Phoenix Suns during a preseason game at Phoenix Suns Arena.  Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Christmas is coming early when the 2020-21 NBA season gets going on Tuesday, December 22nd with the Golden State Warriors taking on the Brooklyn Nets and the Los Angeles Lakers facing the Los Angeles Clippers. With the season a day away, it’s only customary for us to make picks and predictions for the upcoming season. We’ll be going over everything, from teams to make the playoffs from both conferences to the NBA Finals matchup to MVP and each award. Below you’ll be able to find some picks from our staff.

Zweiman: So my picks aren’t anything crazy but I don’t think we’ll see too much parity this season like we did in 2019-20. If Doncic takes another step this season, I think it’s his MVP award to lose. Ball showed me too much flash in the preseason and I think the Hornets will eventually have to start him and feature him. If the Rockets end up dealing James Harden, there’s a scenario in which Wood is the best player not named Wall on the team. AD sort of got robbed of DPOTY by Giannis last season. This seems like his time to really anchor the Lakers defense. It’d shock me if the Lakers didn’t repeat after improving the team this much. It’ll take something crazy for L.A. not to win it all again in my mind.

2020-21 NBA Predictions

DK Staff MVP ROTY MIP 6th Man DPOTY East Champ West Champ Champion
DK Staff MVP ROTY MIP 6th Man DPOTY East Champ West Champ Champion
Ben Zweiman Luka Doncic LaMelo Ball Christian Wood Tyler Herro Anthony Davis Bucks Lakers Lakers
Ameer Tyree Luka Doncic LaMelo Ball Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Malik Beasley Anthony Davis Nets Lakers Lakers
Jovan Alford Trae Young LaMelo Ball Shake Milton Spencer Dinwiddie Ben Simmons Bucks Lakers Lakers