Five Teams That Could Prevent A Heat Threepeat

Source: Brett Pollakoff, NBC Sports Pro Basketball Talk

Heat_LeBron_James_2013The Miami Heat will open the 2013-14 NBA season at home against the Bulls on Tuesday, after receiving their championship rings and raising a banner to the rafters for the second straight season.

They’ll also open the year as the favorites to win a third straight title, but history has not been kind to teams that have previously been in this envious position.

So, despite the fact that the best player in the game in his prime plays for Miami, it’s going to be tough for the team to play into June for the fourth straight season. Here’s a countdown looking at the five teams with the best shot of taking down the defending champs.

5. Los Angeles Clippers

4. Brooklyn Nets

3. San Antonio Spurs

2. Chicago Bulls

1. Indiana Pacers