On March 11th, Rudy Gobert changed the world. When it was announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19, not only did it put a halt to the NBA season, but it also put the whole world on notice. Once things settled down, the NBA returned to the Orlando bubble to resume their season. On October 12th, the 2019-2020 NBA season finally ended, as the Los Angeles Lakers won their 17th championship.
Fast forward just two months, and the 2020-2021 NBA preseason began. With games starting on December 11th, the NBA was back under way. This preseason will have a different look, as teams will play between two and four games in the NBA’s 49-game whirlwind nine-day preseason. Let’s take a look at some of the top NBA preseason games that we can look forward to watching this upcoming week so you can bet on their NBA odds.
Top 2020-21 NBA Preseason Games for the Week
Tuesday, December 15 – Boston Celtics @ Philadelphia 76ers
We’ll get our first look at the retooled Sixers under Doc Rivers. Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris, and Joel Embiid will be surrounded by the numerous shooters that the 76ers acquired or drafted this offseason.
As for the Celtics, they’ll be without star guard Kemba Walker until January, and Gordon Hayward left for Charlotte via free agency. Jayson Tatum will be looking to take the next step towards super stardom. Boston didn’t make a lot of changes this offseason while other teams in the East did, so the Celtics will be leaning heavily on Tatum and Jaylen Brown to lead the team.
Wednesday, December 16 – Los Angeles Lakers @ Phoenix Suns
The defending champs are ready to take the floor again. We’re not sure how much we’ll see of Anthony Davis and LeBron James, but it will be good to get a look at the improvements that the Lakers made in the offseason. Dennis Schroeder will take over the point guard position, and the Lakers also added Montrezl Harrell and Wesley Matthews. Talen Horton-Tucker has been impressive for the Lakers thus far in the preseason.
The Suns made a huge offseason trade to acquire Chris Paul. With Paul running the show, we’ll be looking for a huge season from Devin Booker, and DeAndre Ayton should progress more. Mikael Bridges was impressive at the end of the season, and the Suns signed Jae Crowder to give them a physical presence. The Suns went 8-0 in the bubble, and many are predicting big things from them this season.
Friday, December 18 – Brooklyn Nets @ Boston Celtics
This will be the second time that the nation gets to see the new-look Brooklyn Nets. With a healthy Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving the Nets are ready to make a run at the Eastern Conference title. The Nets will be an offensive force, but how will they play with rumors swirling that James Harden wants to come to Brooklyn to join them?
Friday, December 18 – Milwaukee Bucks @ New Orleans Pelicans
Jrue Holiday will return to New Orleans as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks. Many see Holliday as the piece that the Bucks needed to take the next step. Giannis and company will square off against Zion Williamson and the Pelicans. Williamson and Brandon Ingram will be asked to carry the load this season in New Orleans.