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As the new NBA season edges closer, social media platforms and fan forums are flooded with predictions and tips. This is an exciting time for basketball fans as we dream about our team winning the championships.

However, if you're using an online NBA tipster this season, make sure that their picks are based on solid intel. It's worth remembering that anyone can post a message online, so make sure they have a solid track record before you start. The last thing we want is for you to lose your money on a terrible selection.

We've compiled the latest stats and figures to bring you a list of the potential NBA champions. However, please bear in mind that this is sport and almost anything can happen. Here's a full rundown of the teams we think will be involved in the playoffs this season.

Playoff Candidates

Golden State Warriors - The Warriors have an abundance of talent in their starting lineup. First of all, Stephen Curry is the 3-point king and can score from almost anywhere on the court. However, they also have players like Klay Thompson and D'Angelo Russell at their disposal.

Dozens of franchises have a superstar, but the Warriors have a team of them. We think they'll qualify for the playoffs with ease. Can they go all the way and lift the title for the seventh time? Only time will tell. It would be foolish to rule them out.

Los Angeles Lakers - LeBron James and Anthony Davis are just two of the stars in this Lakers team. However, we also think Kyle Kuzma will play a huge role in this campaign. The 24-year-old had a fantastic rookie season. We're expecting him to build on that. LeBron and Davis will steal most of the headlines, but if the Lakers win their first championship since 2010, we don't think the rest of the players will mind.

Los Angeles Clippers - There's a strong possibility that the title will be coming back to Los Angeles this year. LA has two of the best teams in the NBA with the Lakers and Clippers. What's more, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are among the most formidable players in the league right now.

However, let's not forget about Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell. If the Clippers keep their key players fit, we're expecting them to go deep into the playoffs. We're putting a gold star beside their name and earmarking them as potential winners.

Milwaukee Bucks - The Bucks are perhaps the biggest threat to the LA-based teams. Giannis Antetokounmpo will play a huge role in their season. However, our biggest fear is that they can't rely on one player. If the Bucks want to win their first NBA title since 1971, they'll need players like Eric Bledsoe and Khris Middleton to chip in too.

This has the potential to be one of the best NBA seasons in modern history. There are so many phenomenal players in the league right now that half a dozen teams could potentially win it. We think the Bucks have a fantastic chance. Let's set back, relax, and watch the drama unfold.