With the NBA not being in the “Bubble” any more, they’re now seeing how COVID-19 can affect a season. With numerous games being postponed, the NBA has had to make several changes to their COVID protocol and to their schedule. Even though some games have been postponed, the NBA season still continues to roll along. Let’s take a look at some of the upcoming games that NBA fans will be interested in watching so you can get ready and make your bets against their NBA odds.
Top NBA Games to Watch this Week
Thursday, January 21 – Los Angeles Lakers @ Milwaukee Bucks
After the Lakers loss to the Warriors on Monday night, they’re eager to get back out on the floor. Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks will be anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Lakers. Both teams will be coming off of a loss, as the Bucks were defeated by the new-look Brooklyn Nets on Monday. This one could be a preview of the NBA Finals, so many eyes will be watching this one, as three of the NBA’s top players in LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Antetoukounmpo will be on the court.
Thursday, January 21 – New York Knicks @ Golden State Warriors
Who would’ve thought that the New York Knicks would be involved in a game that many would want to watch? Now that Tom Thibodeau is at the helm of the Knicks, they’re playing some pretty good basketball. He has them playing hard on both ends of the floor, and has some young, exciting players. If the playoffs were tomorrow, the Knicks would be the #6 seed in the East.
Any time Steph Curry is on the court, it’s must-see TV. Curry is carrying the load for the Warriors this season. After a slow start, he has really picked things up, and is playing as well as he ever has. This should be a fun game, as the defensive-minded Thibodeau will look for ways to slow Curry down.
Friday, January 22 – Boston Celtics @ Philadelphia 76ers
This will be the second time that these two meet this week, as they’re scheduled to play on Wednesday night as well. Boston, who is currently sitting atop the Eastern Conference standings, will be without Jayson Tatum for Wednesday night’s contest. It’s yet to be determined if he’ll play in this one.
While we’re not sure of the status of Tatum for the Celtics, we do know that Kemba Walker has returned. Walker and Jalen Brown will be the focal points of the Celtics offense if Tatum isn’t able to take the floor. Brown has had an All-NBA season up to this point.
As for the Sixers, they should be at full strength, as Seth Curry will return from the COVID list, and Joel Embiid should be ready to go after taking time off to rest a sore knee. Embiid will be an issue for the Celtics, as they’ve struggled to guard bigs this season. With a full squad, and knowing that they could overtake the Celtics in the standings, we should see some good things from the Sixers. This could even be a potential Eastern Conference Finals matchup.