Even though the NBA season is young, we’ve already seen some results that are quite puzzling. Many of the teams considered to be favorites to win their conferences have been blown out at least once, and some even more than once. We’ve already seen players sitting out on the second nights of back to backs, and we’ve had some key injuries. The 2020-21 season is shaping up to be a unique season for reasons other than COVID. Let’s take a look at some of the top upcoming games to watch so you can get all set and make your bets against their NBA odds.
Top NBA Games to Watch this Week
Thursday, January 7 – Philadelphia 76ers @ Brooklyn Nets
The Sixers headed into Wednesday night’s game with the Washington Wizards with a 6-1 record. Doc Rivers has changed some things around in Philadelphia. The roster changes made in the offseason has also helped Philadelphia get off to a great start. Elton Brand and Darryl Morey have surrounded Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid with shooters.
The Nets started off the season on fire, but now they have come back down to Earth. Kevin Durant has looked great, as has Kyrie Irving. The rest of the team has had its ups and downs. Losing Spencer Dinwiddie for the season has also hurt the Nets. Until they defend consistently, they may have some issues.
Dallas Mavericks @ Denver Nuggets
Even though both teams have started off 3-4, these two teams are seen as top contenders in the Western Conference. Luka Doncic came into this season out of shape, but his play has still been stellar. Kristaps Porzingis will return soon, and the Mavs will be at full strength.
The Nuggets have shown flashes, but just haven’t been consistent as a team. The one consistent has been Nikola Jokic. The center has been a triple-double machine this season. If the Nuggets can put everything together, they’ll be one of the top teams in the West.
Friday, January 8 – Utah Jazz @ Milwaukee Bucks
The Utah Jazz are led by Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert. The Jazz have looked really good at times this season. Defensively, they need to find a way to get better, as they can’t count on outscoring everyone. Rudy Gobert can’t do it all himself, so others on the team will need to step it up defensively.
The acquisition of Jrue Holiday was the big change to the Bucks roster. He was brought in as the missing link to a Bucks championship run. Giannis Antetokounmpo got off to a slow start, but he has been back playing at an MVP level over the last couple of games.
Los Angeles Clippers @ Golden State Warriors
These two teams will play for the second time in three days. Both teams have had their ups and downs this season. When Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are both playing well, the Clippers are one of the top teams in the NBA.
Steph Curry got off to a slow start, but since Draymond Green has returned, Curry has been playing at another level. Steve Kerr has been letting Curry handle the ball more, and he has been a lethal scorer. If Curry can get some help from his supporting cast, the Warriors can be a tough group.