Publish Date: January 22, 2022
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Only a few more weeks remain until the trade deadline and all-star break which will give teams a nice break after a busy first half of the season. With an 82 game season teams typically step up the intensity in the second half of the season and it looks like this year’s second half will be very competitive.
In the East, only 6 games separate the 8 seed Raptors from the top seed Nets and each week seems to bring a new team at the top of the standings. This week the Nets are back as the number 1 seed in the conference and with the Bulls now only a half-game back. The 6 seed sixers are only 3 games back and have been on a tear over the last month led by Joel Embiid who put up 50 points in only 27 minutes against the Magic earlier this week. Betting.net is your one-stop shop for NBA betting action and be sure to check out our betting strategies page for tips on how to get an edge on the NBA action this weekend.
The Warriors have struggled over the last few weeks and are 4-6 in their last ten games. Draymond Green has been out for a few weeks with calf soreness and his absence has had a big impact on the Warriors defense recently. The Warriors will look to turn things around against the Jazz on Sunday in a big Western Conference matchup at Golden State. The Jazz are also 4-6 in their last 10 but only 6 games out of the top spot in the West. The Jazz have the talent and experience to make a deep run this year and I wouldn’t be shocked to see them finish in the 2nd or 3rd spot in the West when the season wraps up.
Two young western conference teams that look like they will be around for years to come face off Sunday in what should be an entertaining game to watch. The Mavericks have been playing well over the last month after a slow early season as Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis have been clicking offensively. The Mavericks are a team to keep an eye on at the trade deadline and if they can add one more star player to their roster they could put themselves in a position to compete with the top teams in the West. The Grizzlies are now up to the 3rd seed in the West and if they keep improving throughout the course of the year they could end up being serious title contenders this season. Ja Morant seems to be getting better each week and is starting to be considered in MVP discussions. If you haven’t had a chance to watch Morant this year you won’t be disappointed as he is one of the most explosive players in the league.
The Nets are one of the most intriguing teams to follow in recent history this season as they try to juggle a roster that looks different on each night. There is no doubt when the Nets have a full roster with Kyrie Irving, James Harden, and Kevin Durant leading the way that they are one of the best teams in the league. However, they have only been on the court together for a handful of games this year and now Kevin Durant is out with a knee injury. Despite the adversity, the Nets continue to play good basketball and remain the favorite to win the NBA championship later this year.
Kevin Durant was the favorite to win the MVP for most of the year but with it looking like he will miss a month of action he likely will not be in consideration for the award this year. I think players like Morant and Embiid are great values at this point of the season due to the impact they each have on their team and the likelihood that they will stay healthy throughout the whole season. As we have seen with Durant and Draymond Green, as players get into their 30’s it is difficult to make it all the way through a season without suffering some sort of injury setback.