Kawhi Leonard looks to be in playoff form inside the bubble, but Paul George has also resembled his play from 2019 when he was a top three MVP candidate with the Thunder. George is averaging 25pts 5rbs 3ast on 48% shooting from the field. His production is also having a positive impact for the Clippers when he’s on the floor, as he also improved his on/off court net rating inside the bubble to +11.3, compared to +3 in the regular season. The Clippers are my pick to win the title, and there is some good value on them as they currently sit +290. I think they have the best combination of star players, experience, depth and versatility on their roster, in addition to having great role players come off the bench and elite coaching.
In conclusion, the Clippers are primed and ready to start taking over Los Angeles. It starts by winning this year's championship. They do not fear the Lakers, and in the first game of the restart while playing the Lakers they nearly beat them while not having either Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell. Those two guys alone not only combine for 36 points a game on average, but they’re also both in the running for 6th man of the year. Not only are the Clippers built to win now, but they’re constructed to be serious title contenders over the next 5+ years. The Lakers have the rich tradition, sure, but it’s all about the "right now" and right now the Clippers are motivated and ready to take over the number 1 spot in L.A.