WHY LAKERS AND MILWAUKEE
Milwaukee is a top 5 offense and defense. They have elite length/shotblocking upfront, and athletic defenders on the perimeter.
Giannis is the most unstoppable force in the game -- biggest physical presence.
Lakers are a top 5 offense and defense (I believe the offense will be there come playoffs.)
They have the best interior defense in the league by far. At any given time they will have one if not TWO 7-6 wingspan elite shotblockers. With this level of defensive insurance, it's no wonder LeBron is thriving as the free safety, and DG/Bradley/KCP/Caruso hounding on the perimeter.
Easily the best defense in the league.
Think about it -- when was the last time a PF/C frontcourt had THIS much length, let alone shotblocking ability? Favors and Gobert with 7-4 and 7-9... Bynum and Gasol with 7-6 and 7-5. Duncan + Robinson.
Lakers got 3 of them.
Not only that, they're athletic and mobile.
WHY LAKERS BEAT MILWAUKEE
Out of all the teams in the league, they have the best personnel to shutdown Giannis. Honestly, is there a better guy to match up 1 on 1 with Giannis, than AD?
This generations version of KG and Duncan.
But honestly, the new slimmed-down Dwight might be the man for the job.
The freakiest physical specimens since Shaq have been LeBron and Dwight. Even in older age, I think together... With AD... They can shut him down like Toronto did.
They've got the personnel
Aside from shutting Giannis down, Lakers have two superstars. The Khris Middleton's and Eric Bledsoe's of the world can't matchup.
CONTENDERS WHO ARE PRETENDERS
Clippers lack interior defense + load management will hurt their seeding
Houston doesn't have the defense -- gimmick teams don't win championships
Utah doesn't have the offense
Denver lacks top-end superstar talent -- bunch of borderline all-star guys won't cut it
Philly doesn't have the offense
Miami lacks superstar talent
Boston lacks superstar talent