The NBA is officially back this week, and we are being gifted two blockbuster games to kick off this unique 2020-2021 season.
Warriors V Nets
The Nets ($1.35) will head into this match as favourites, as fans will finally get a look at the KD and Kyrie tandem in the regular season. If pre-season is anything to go by, fans should expect a good showing from both of these superstars as they made an easy return to professional basketball, combining for 75 points in a limited 96 minutes across two games, shooting a highly efficient 54%. Joe Harris (4-7 3PM), was also impressive in his 22 minutes against the Celtics, and will be a crucial cog in this team.
The Warriors ($3.05) had a feel-good story of their own in their most recent outing, with two-time MVP Stephen Curry scoring 29 points with a 46% field goal percentage from 3. Wiseman and Green sat out once again, but Steve Kerr was quoted saying that Wiseman should take on the starting centre role ‘before too long’, meaning that the likes of Looney and Chriss will most likely be relegated to the bench after a few regular season games, giving everyone a good opportunity to see the number two pick in action.
It can always take a few games for the really good teams to hit their straps early in the season, and if Draymond Green is deemed a starter, I think that they can pull off the upset along with Curry, Wiggins and Oubre.
Lakers V Clippers
The Lakers ($1.72) off-season can simply be reflected by the saying ‘The rich get richer’. Not only did they keep most of the players that were crucial in their championship run, but they also added Montrezl Harrel, Dennis Schroder, Marc Gasol and Wesley Matthews for good measure. I expect a remarkable season from LeBron and co. once again as they begin their season against their cross-town rivals.
The Clippers ($2.05) had a disappointing season to say the least, blowing a 3-1 lead to the Nuggets, resulting in the subsequent firing of Doc Rivers and hiring of Tyronne Lue, some roster changes in Ibaka, Kennard and Batum, and causing many fans to question their ability to adapt amidst mounting pressure. Kawhi and George will be going into this season with a massive chip on their shoulder, but as Kawhi has shown before, count him out at your own peril.
This match will be a much-need return to basketball for viewers, but I think the Lakers should be a bit too strong.
Warriors to win
Lakers to win