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NBA Weekly Preview, Top Games, MVP Odds, and Power Rankings

This week’s NBA action features some exciting games highlighted by the top two teams in the league, the Warriors and Suns, who face off in Phoenix Tuesday night. The Bucks are starting to play like everything thought they would, and have won 7 in a row to improve their record to 4th in the East and only 1.5 games back of the top seed.

Only 3.5 games separate the 8th seeded Hawks from the top-seeded Nets in the East so if this is any indication we could be in for a very competitive playoff later this year where home field will certainly come into play. Head over to the Betting Offers page if you want a full list of the top sign-up promotions and bonuses.


Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant is healthy and right in the middle of the MVP discussion

  • Steph Curry (+180)
  • Kevin Durant (+500)
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (+750)
  • Nikola Jokic (+900)

Former teammates Steph Curry and Kevin Durant have come back from injuries in sizzling fashion are currently the top two MVP favorites with both the Nets and Warriors also having the best odds to make it to the finals. Curry and Durant are at the age where they could miss significant time with any sort of minor injury so a good value plays maybe Giannis at +750 or Jokic at +900.

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Top News

LA Teams Struggle

LA Lakers

The Lakers are back in business with a healthy LeBron James

The Lakers are 11-11 through the first quarter of the season which is a big disappointment for Lakers fans who had high expectations after signing Russell Westbrook, Dwight Howard, and Carmello Anthony over the summer. Lebron has battled injury issues and the Lakers are short on shooters in a league that is moving toward more of an up-tempo style that relies heavily on three-point shooting. Westbrook has been a bad fit with Lebron James and Anthony Davis and he may be on the move before the deadline as the Lakers look for more shooters and role players.

The Clippers are also off to a disappointing 11-9 start after entering the season with high expectations after reaching the Western Conference semifinals. Both the Lakers and Clippers will unlikely get one of the top three seeds and will likely be happy if they can get into the playoffs with 100% health intact and use their experience to try and make a run.

Sixers back to full strength

The Sixers got off to a great start earlier this season until Joel Embiid got Covid and missed two weeks of game action and the Sixers fell to .500. Embiid returned to game action on Saturday night and put up 42 points in his first game back in a one-point loss to the Timberwolves. The Sixers are a team to keep an eye on in the East with a healthy Embiid and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them near the top of the Eastern Conference Standings.

Power Rankings

  1. Warriors
  2. Suns
  3. Nets
  4. Heat
  5. Bucks
  6. Bulls

The Warriors and Suns are going to be fighting over the 1 and 2 seed all season long it looks like in the West and it could come down to which team can stay healthy. The East is more competitive than it has ever been before and the Heat, Bucks, Bulls, and Nets all have rosters that have enough talent to make it to the Finals.

Games of the Week

Warriors vs. Suns (-2.5)

Suns Compressed

The Suns are back in contention for the 2nd year in a row

The Suns host the Warriors in a big matchup Tuesday night that could end up being a Western Conference Finals preview. The Suns enter the game with a 16 game win streak after beating the Nets on the road on Saturday night. The Warriors have a 7 game win streak and have the best record at 18-2. Steph Curry is playing excellent basketball and is the current MVP favorite and Klay Thompson looks to be a few weeks away from playing in-game action.

Bulls vs. Knicks

An old-school rivalry between two of the best basketball cities finally has teams that are competitive again for the first time since the late 1990s. Both teams are young, exciting, and have bright futures, and are good enough to make a run this year. The Bulls have dropped 3 of 4 and will look to get back on track against New York.

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