Coronavirus (COVID-19) NBA Update – Dec. 7th Edition

Coronavirus (COVID-19) NBA Update – Dec. 7th Edition

The Los Angeles Lakers made a move that could turn them into a dynasty while the Houston Rockets decided to part ways with one of their big time stars. Also, things are on track for a December 22 start to the new NBA Season. Check out last week’s professional roundball news so you can get all set to make your bets against their NBA odds for the rapidly approaching new season!

NBA COVID-19 Update – December 7th Edition

2020-2021 NBA Season

  • When: TBD
  • Where: TBD

2021 NBA Championship Odds

  • L.A. Lakers +275
  • L.A. Clippers +650
  • Milwaukee Bucks +600
  • Golden State Warriors +2500
  • Boston Celtics +1600
  • Brooklyn Nets +650
  • Miami Heat +1800
  • Toronto Raptors +2500
  • Denver Nuggets +1800
  • Houston Rockets +2500
  • Philadelphia 76ers +4000
  • Dallas Mavericks +2000
  • Portland Trail Blazers +4000
  • New Orleans Pelicans +6600
  • Utah Jazz +3300
  • Phoenix Suns +3300
  • Oklahoma City Thunder +10000
  • Atlanta Hawks +12500
  • Chicago Bulls +10000
  • Indiana Pacers +12500
  • Memphis Grizzlies +12500
  • Washington Wizards +15000
  • Minnesota Timberwolves +15000
  • Orlando Magic +30000
  • San Antonio Spurs +25000
  • Sacramento Kings +25000
  • Cleveland Cavaliers +50000
  • Detroit Pistons +50000
  • New York Knicks +50000
  • Charlotte Hornets +50000

NBA releases potential punishments for players and teams that break COVID protocols

Over the weekend, the National Basketball Association released an updated version of their health and safety protocols regarding the coronavirus. The key element of the document revealed how the league will punish teams and players that break the COVID rules.

The National Basketball Association reserves the right to punish players and teams with fines and suspensions. The NBA will give teams and players warnings before dishing out any punishment. 

If there is any league where players rule, it’s the National Basketball Association. So, don’t expect the league to go hard after players who don’t follow the rules. On the flip side, don’t expect many players to disregard the rules, either.

Lakers extend LeBron and AD

The Los Angeles Lakers extended LeBron for the next couple of years. The King decided to resign before the season started. It makes sense because LeBron wants to win three in a row and the best way to do that is to signal to the organization that he’s finishing his career in L.A.

After LeBron signed, Anthony Davis decided to go for the 5-year max. AD gets $190 million for those 5 years. When asked why he decided to stick in Hollywood, Davis said he has a history of injuries and wanted to ensure his future no matter what might happen. 

In other words, signing the max now instead of waiting after his final season made the most sense for AD. Davis and LeBron ensure the Lakers are good for at least two seasons. AD signing for 5-years ensures Los Angeles won’t have a problem attracting future free agents, which means the Lakers could go on a multi-year title run.   

Rockets trade Russell Westbrook to Wizards for John Wall

Wouldn’t you know it? The Houston Rockets made the first huge splash of the season. The Rockets traded the great Russell Westbrook to the Washington Wizards for John Wall.

The trade makes sense for both teams. Wall has had injuries problems the past couple of seasons. When he’s healthy, he’s a more traditional point-guard, a pass first point player, than Russell will ever be.

Westbrook and Harden played well together, but the two have a similar game. With Wall, the Rockets can play either The Beard at the point or JW. They can play the other at the 2 or 3, which means even during a game the Rockets can mix up the lineup to find the best matchups.

That’s good news for Houston heading into a season where the Lakers will be massive favorites to win the Western Conference. For Russell, a change of scenery to a place where he once again becomes the first option will only help him pick up his game.

Have a great week!


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