HOUSTON ROCKETS

CHANCES OF WINNING TITLE: 12%

Cohen’s Analysis: Houston has a model in place that has proven extremely successful throughout NBA history. It has the menacing center (Dwight Howard) and the often-unstoppable scoring guard (James Harden). Think about these tandems: Russell-Jones, Chamberlain-West, Kareem-Magic, Olajuwon-Drexler and Shaq-Kobe. It has worked in the past.

Yet, there continues to be a doubt that hangs over Howard and his still restricted offensive arsenal. He just simply isn’t a polished scorer. While the distractions from the past two seasons have subsided, the pressure for Dwight to win big remains substantial.

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