30 teams started on a journey towards an NBA title in December. 28 of those teams are now sitting at home, as the Milwaukee Bucks and the Phoenix Suns are the two remaining clubs. They’ll start their quest for the Larry O’Brien Trophy on Tuesday night, as the Suns will host the Bucks in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
While the NBA Finals are taking center stage, there are still many other happenings going on in the league as we speak. Let’s take a look at some of the events making news in the NBA right now so you can continue betting against their NBA odds.
2021 NBA Betting News & Rumors July 5th Edition
Will Giannis Play?
When Giannis Antetokounmpo came down awkwardly on his left leg and fell to the floor screaming in pain, many felt that his season was over. Many feared that he had torn his meniscus, or worse yet, his ACL. After an MRI revealed that there was no structural damage, then it became a guessing game as to if and/or when we would see his return.
After the Bucks defeated the Hawks in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Saturday night, everyone was asking if Giannis would be ready for the NBA Finals? Many reports indicated that Giannis would have played in Game 7 if it was necessary. We’ll see if he’ll be ready to take the floor in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night.
Let’s Hope that We’ve Seen Enough of the COVID Virus
Other than the Chris Paul positive test (and he was vaccinated yet still tested positive), the NBA should be thrilled that there were no other COVID issues throughout the playoffs. With all of the injury issues before and during the playoffs causing many of the game’s top players to miss time during the playoffs, the league doesn’t want COVID to take a player out of the Finals. Let’s hope that we’ve seen the last of the COVID issues this season.
Just over a week ago, there were seven NBA head coaching vacancies. Four of those have now been filled, so we’re down to three. The Orlando Magic, New Orleans Pelicans, and Washington Wizards are still looking for a new leader. The Pelicans job is the most intriguing of the three. They have one of the youngest teams in the league, and they have a great young core led by Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram. We’ll see if any of these vacancies will be filled by current San Antonio Spurs assistant Becky Hammon. Hammon is looking to become the first female head coach in major sports league history. She has been a candidate for many of this year’s openings.
With the 2021 NBA Draft set to take place on July 29th, we’re seeing and hearing lots of rumors. Many are speculating that the Detroit Pistons will take Cade Cunningham out of Oklahoma State University with the first pick in the draft. After that, it’s anyone’s guess. There are rumors going around that we could see a record number of trades on or near draft night. Many of these trades could involve big-name players and top picks in this year’s draft. As draft night gets closer, we’ll be hearing more and more.
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