The NBA’s crazy playoffs situation had started long before the last match was played and there is an interesting subplot emerging with a simmering feud between Australian superstar Ben Simmons and Utah Jazz centre Donovan Mitchell.
As All-Stars voting comes to a close, this week’s NBA features a smorgasbord of mouth-watering clashes highlighted by one of the biggest rivalries with the Cavaliers hosting last year’s champions the Warriors at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.
Last week’s NBA action was highlighted by the incredible feats of Australia’s Ben Simmons who became the first rookie since Shaquille O’Neal to record 31 points and 18 rebounds in the 76ers’ win over the Wizards.
Over the Thanksgiving holiday the NBA took a minor break but over the weekend there were some thrilling contests with the Celtics recording a second consecutive win after their 16-game winning streak came to an end in surprising fashion against the in-form Heat.
The recruitment of Chris Paul to compliment James Harden at the Rockets has proven to be a master stroke that sees them lead the West with an 13-4 record on the back of a seven match winning streak.
The Clippers meet Patty Mills’s Spurs and on Thursday the Lakers take on the ever improving Celtics in what has been one of the best rivalries over the past few decades.
The NBA season is well underway and one of the surprises of the season is the fact the defending champion Warriors aren’t leading the Western Conference. The recruitment of Chris Paul to compliment James Harden at the Rockets has proven to be a master stroke that sees them lead the West with an 8-3 record on the back of a three match winning streak.
Week 3 of the NBA features plenty of heavyweight contests, as the league’s 30 teams settle into the daily grind of their 82-game regular season. The slow-starting Los Angeles Lakers will look to shake off the rust as they travel to Portland to face the Trail Blazers on Friday lunchtime (AEST), while the Cleveland Cavaliers head to the capital to take on the Washington Wizards on Saturday (AEST).
It’s Week 2 of the NBA and the heavyweight contests are coming thick and fast. Australian sensation Ben Simmons is already earning rave reviews at the Philadelphia 76ers, but there’s plenty more Aussie interest across a handful of televised ESPN clashes over the weekend.
Golden State wrapped up their first two matches in California, comfortably accounting for Cleveland on both occasions. The combined winning margin in both games would be of huge concern for LeBron James and his Cavaliers; they lost the opening match by 22 points and followed it up with a disappointing 19 point margin.
The NBA Finals are once again with us for another season and it is a repeat of the 2014/15 and last season's series. UBET has installed the runner-up Golden State Warriors as favourites to emerge victorious in Game I and overall, while the all-star Cleveland Cavaliers, who boast LeBron James, Kevin Love and Aussie-born Kyrie Irving are expected to provide stiff competition.
It has been a record breaking season in the NBA so far in 2015-16. It has also been a historic one, mainly because of the retirement of Lakers legend, Kobe Bean Bryant.
With the NBA regular season rapidly drawing to a close, the remaining games take on extra playoff significance. The attention may have shifted a little to March Madness, but you won’t want to miss any of the upcoming NBA action either.
The NBA is much quieter this week than normal but the weekend will start with a couple of excellent match-ups, highlighted by the Knicks’ clash with the Cavaliers in Cleveland. Last week was obviously All-Star week and big man Anthony Davis won the MVP for the Western Conference after slamming down more than 50 points in an All-Stars match record, while Russell Westbrook was at his devastating best as he piled on a further 41 for the West.
The NBA this week (All-Star week) features a bunch of entertaining matches and on Tuesday the Thunder and Wizards started proceedings off in an entertaining, high-scoring clash in Washington. The highlights from last weekend’s action were LeBron James’s stunning three-pointer to send the Cavaliers’ match with the Wizards into overtime and Kevin Durant’s return to Oklahoma City where he went up against former teammate Russell Westbrook.
Cleveland sensationally threw a spanner in the Warriors’ works by winning on the road at Oakland’s Oracle Arena on Tuesday afternoon (AEST). LeBron James and Kyrie Irving starred for the Cavaliers, registering 41 points a pop in what could have been the final match of the season.