NBA general managers are predicting repeats for the Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland's LeBron James this season.
The league executives who responded to the eighth annual NBA.com GM survey picked the Lakers to win another NBA title — though their opponent is unclear — and saw James as the runaway winner of another MVP award.
The Lakers received 61 per cent of the votes to win the championship, with Boston and Cleveland sharing second place at 18 per cent. However, the Celtics took 50 per cent of the vote to claim the Eastern Conference crown while the Cavaliers received 43 per cent.
Defending East champion Orlando received only seven per cent. Other teams picked to win their divisions Tuesday included San Antonio in the Southwest and Portland edging Denver in the Northwest.