NBA Week 7 in review
A review of the key storylines happening around the NBA and how it will affect teams into the future.
The Cavaliers are finally clicking
The Cavaliers capped the week off by winning their 10th straight. This is silencing the many doubters who thought LeBron and his Cavs were over the hill and weren’t going to be able to lift when called upon.
LeBron was called upon to dampen a red hot Dennis Schroeder in the Cavs win over the Hawks. The power forward turned into a jaguar as he chased Schroeder down and blocked his shot to put an exclamation point on the victory and the Cavs ambitions for the season.
- LeBron shooting at 58.1% in November
- LeBron was 2nd in the NBA in points per game in November (29.6 ppg)
Thunderstorms on the horizon
It’s no secret that the Oklahoma City Thunder haven’t yet clicked. They’re accruing an even share of wins and losses which for such a star studded team is unacceptable.
Enter, paranoia. Paul George was acquired with many question marks such as the most obvious being…. He wants to go to LA right?
Well this may happen sooner than you think. Sam Presti, the Thunder’s GM is noticing his science experiment of meshing three big talents in Melo, George and Westbrook isn’t going according to plan.
New Plan: Trade George to the Lakers now instead of risking him walking away for nothing. George is said to be worth a Larry Nance, a Julius Randle and a first round pick. Not a bad haul for a player who’s set to walk for free in 6 months.
Paul bringing the pace
Chris Paul has always been known to be a floor general, usually slowing the pace of his offense to allow him to arrange his teammates, as he wants them. Well, no more of that in Houston under Mike D’Antoni. Houston’s offense has always been about going fast, and Paul is doing just that.
In the 70 minutes that Paul has been on the court without Harden the team is a +54 in differential. This is phenomenal for a guy in a new team with a new style and he’s also been playing well with MVP favourite James Harden.
It’s not that farfetched if the Rockets continue playing such unselfish ball to see them challenging for the title. With that said, their odds at the minute are as juicy as they’ll ever be.
Future Best Bet: Houston Rockets to win the NBA Championship
Upcoming tips - Wednesday
Detroit Pistons @ San Antonio Spurs
This game will see two contending teams in their respective conferences match up.
San Antonio comes into this game a little banged up. Gay, Parker and Aldridge are day-to-day on the injury list whilst the Pistons are pretty much at full health.
With the Pistons scoring at a rate of 105 points per 100 possessions look for them the run the old Spurs ragged.
If they don’t give up easy buckets they have the potential to spring the upset in this one.
The Pistons will likely be an underdog in this game, but I would feel confident at the odds to take them at anything better than -2
Best Bet: Detroit Pistons -2 or better