December 10, 2021
The big topic in the NBA this week has centered around Steph Curry who is only 9 three-pointers away from topping Ray Allen for the most in NBA history. Steph Curry still probably has 3-4 good years left so it is unlikely his record will be broken anytime soon.
The Eastern Conference teams have brought new life to the league after being an afterthought for the last decade with Lebron James leading either the Heat or Cavs to the finals year after year. This year, the Conference looks to be 11 teams deep as the 11th seeded Knicks (12-13) are only 5 games back of the top seed Nets 25 games into the season. The NBA expanded their play-in game format last season with the 7th to 10th seed playing in one-game elimination games and there could be some really good teams in these games this year.Our betting offers page is a great resource if you are looking to place a wager on the NBA action this weekend.
Evan Mobley has started off his NBA career in an impressive fashion by averaging 14 points a game and has been a big contributor on the Cavs team that is 14-12 and currently the 6th seed in the East. The top pick in the draft, Cade Cunningham is averaging 15.2 PPG, but plays for the last place Pistons and will likely stay behind Mobley if the Cavs make the playoffs.
Steph Curry is the heavy favorite but Giannis is someone to keep an eye on as he has been on a tear as of late and the Bucks look like they could be at the top of the Eastern Conference Standings by the all-star break.
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The Suns host the Celtics in a nationally televised game Friday night against the Celtics, who are one of the teams in the middle of the pack in the East that could make a run later in the season. The Suns are still without Devin Booker, who is nursing a hamstring injury he suffered against the Warriors a couple of weeks ago. Chris Paul (14.6 PPG) and Deandre Ayton (16.3 PPG) have been carrying the load offensively and have been doing a great job with Booker out. The Celtics have shown flashes that they will have staying power in the East and Jayson Tatum is having one of the best seasons of his career. Suns wing Mikal bridges will likely be defending Tatum and are one of the best defenders in the league so it will be interesting to see how much success Tatum has. If you want to throw some money down on the Suns vs. Celtics matchup check out our Bookmakers page, which has a full list of operator promotions.
The Bulls had an impressive trio of wins in the last week against the Hornets, Knicks, and Nets and are 2nd in the East and face off against a 15-11 Heat squad on Saturday in Miami. The Heat have all 5 starters scoring in double figures and are led by Jimmy Butler who is averaging 22 PPG and has an experienced roster that has what it takes to get back to the Finals. Demar DeRozan (26.4 PPG) is thriving head coach Billy Donovan’s offense and provides a solid veteran presence on a young team that doesn’t have much playoff experience.
The Bucks are back near the top of the Eastern Conference standings as they shrug off their NBA title hangover. Giannis has been on a tear in recent weeks and is averaging 27 PPG and once again is in the thick of the MVP conversation. The Knicks have disappointed so far this season after their impressive playoff run last week and will look to use this game against the Bucks as a catalyst to start playing better team basketball.