It’s an unlikely title for any of the NBA’s biggest franchises, but that doesn’t mean the San Antonio Spurs aren’t up for the challenge.
While the Spurs are currently the NBA champions, the New Orleans Pelicans have a chance to become just the second team in NBA history to reach the Finals.
The Spurs have been in the midst of a long playoff drought.
In addition to missing the playoffs in consecutive seasons, they have only been to the Finals once since 1990.
While there is still some time left before the Spurs make the playoffs, it seems unlikely they will make the jump from the second seed to the championship game.
The Pelicans, on the other hand, have been the best team in the Western Conference for nearly a decade.
The franchise has been the envy of the league, winning five straight titles from 2008 to 2017.
With that, many believe that the team could be the second best team of all time.
The first-place Warriors could be in line to take the top spot, with a shot at a third straight title if they could make the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Oklahoma City Thunder could be one of the best teams in the league right now, as they are one of only four teams in NBA History to have won the conference finals three times in the same season.
The Warriors have an even better shot at getting to the Super Bowl this season, but a series loss to the Chicago Bulls would be devastating for the reigning champs.
The Thunder could also have a tough time beating the Miami Heat this season.
With the playoff hopefuls set to face off on Sunday, let’s take a look at the biggest challenges facing each team as they look to win their first championship in their home arena.