November 13, 2021
The NBA standings early in the season change significantly through the first 20 games or so each season as teams try to find their way and get into a rhythm. A perfect example was the Sixers, who at this time last week were flying high and in first place in the East, and then lost Joel Embiid for 5 games to Covid and have lost a few in a row and are now 4th in the East. Head on over to our Offers Page to get the most up to date list of promo codes and sign up bonuses.
Let’s take a look at the updated standings and top games this weekend:
The Wizards have come out of nowhere to take the top spot in the East at 8-3. Bradley Beal is averaging 23pts a game and Free Agent acquisition Montrezi Harrell is averaging 18 as the Wizards are bringing a physical style to the Eastern Conference. The Wizards strong suit is their depth and they have 10 players that average close to double digits and can have good defensive length which helps them in their old-school style of play.
The Phoenix Suns got off to a slow start and had some off-the-court distractions recently surrounding their owner Robert Sarver. The Suns responded by winning 6 in a row and now are in second place in the West behind the Warriors and where many thought they would be after making the Finals last season.
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Two teams with similar styles in opposite conferences face off tomorrow in Utah. The Jazz has been knocking on the door over the last several years but seem to run out of gas come playoff time. The Heat added Kyle Lowry in the offseason to see if he can help get the Heat back to the Finals again as they did in the 2020 season. Both teams don’t get a ton of national attention playing in smaller markets but should be near the top of the standings in their conferences all season.
The Warriors head back to Steph Curry’s hometown of Charlotte to face off against the up-and-coming Hornets. Lamelo Ball is averaging 19 PPG and the Hornets are fun to watch but very young. Both teams like to shoot the long ball so we could see a game with both teams scoring into the 120s.
The Bulls are in second in the East after a strong week and have the look of a team that will be around all season long. Lonzo Ball, Zach Levine, and Demar Derozan are bringing excitement back to Chicago for the first time since the late 90s. The Clippers will likely be without Kawhi Leonard all year and Paul George is going to have to carry a big load all season. The Clippers did make it to the Western Conference Finals last season and will be in the mix all year with their talented roster.
The Nets are still surprisingly the favorite despite not having Kyrie Irving in the lineup due to his refusal to get the Covid Vaccine. The oddsmakers seem to be factoring in that Irving will rejoin the team at some point this season. The Lakers are +550 and are still trying to find their groove and already battling injury issues. A team that I think is a great value is the Warriors at +900 as they still are without Klay Thompson and have a rejuvenated roster and coach in Steve Kerr.