January 19, 2022
The NBA title favorite Brooklyn Nets suffered some tough news over the last week when Kevin Durant suffered a knee injury that will keep him out of the action for four weeks. Durant was one of the favorites to win the MVP but missing that much you may see players like Ja Morant and Giannis Antetokounmpo now be considered as serious contenders along with Steph Curry.
The trade deadline is only a few weeks away and we should see plenty of moves as teams try to boost their chances for the back half of the year. The Spurs, Celtics, and Nuggets made a deal earlier this week when the Nuggets acquired guard Bryn Forbes and send Bol Bol and PJ Dozier to the Celtics, while the Spurs acquired Boston forward Juancho Hernangomez. Betting.net has you covered with the full NBA coverage and be sure to check out our basketball strategies page if you want to get an edge on upcoming games.
Ben Simmons has been involved in trade talks over the last year but to this point, the Sixers have held firm in their stance that they want a star player back in return in any deal for him. The Sixers have been playing well without Simmons all year and likely won’t want to bring him back on their roster so we should see Simmons shipped in the next couple of weeks and it will be interesting to see what type of player the Sixers can get back in return.
The Kings have started off slow this year and look to be years away from contending in the West so they may look to see if they can capitalize on their top two assets in Fox and Haliburton and try to get 3-5 players in return. If Fox can land on a big market team the country may finally start to see how good he is. Fox is averaging 20 points a game this year after averaging 25 last year and would be a great fit on teams like the Clippers, Sixers, or Mavericks.
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Gordon is a sharpshooting veteran that can fill a much-needed role on teams that struggle shooting the long ball like the Lakers and Nuggets. Gordon is averaging close to 15 points for the rebuilding rockets and is someone that could have a big impact on a team that is in contention down the stretch.
Dragic is another veteran player to keep an eye on over the next couple of weeks. Dragic could fill a role off the bench for any of the top contenders and has big-time playoff experience from his years with the Heat. The Raptors have a young roster and could get back a nice return for Dragic and put themselves in a great position to compete in 2023.
The Bulls and Cavs are the two biggest surprises in the NBA this year and both teams look like they will be contending for years. Today’s NBA is played at a faster pace than ever before and the Bulls and Ca21vs have two of the fastest and longest rosters in the league. The Cavs are only 1.5 games back of the Bulls in the East and this could be an early season playoff preview.
Luka Doncic got some heat early in the year for looking out of shape and seems to have responded well over the last month and the Mavericks are now the 5th seed in the East. The Mavs seem like they are one impact player from being a big-time contender and they could be a team that may make a move for Ben Simmons or De’Aaron Fox. The Suns have been the most consistent team in the NBA all year despite battling some injury issues