NBA Week 9 in review
A review of the key storylines happening around the NBA and how it will affect teams into the future.
Is a Boogie Cousins trade on the cards?
For reference the Pelicans haven't come out and stated they WANT to deal Cousins, but as they teeter on the edge of the playoffs they really don't have much depth and dealing cousins will land them a host of assets to improve their hopes of contending.
Most importantly, it's fun for us fans to speculate. So what are the likely DeMarcus Cousins trade packages?
Cleveland Cavaliers - Channing Frye, Iman Shumpert, 2018 First round pick (via Nets)
Milwaukee Bucks - Malcolm Brogdon, John Henson, Jabari Parker, Mirza Teletovic
Portland Trailblazers - Ed Davis, Maurice Harkless, Jusuf Nurkic, 2018 first round pick (lottery protected)
Toronto Raptors - OG Anunoby, Jonas Valanciunas, 2019 Second-round pick
Washington Wizards - Marcin Gortat, Kelly Oubre Jr., 2018 first round pick (top-10 protected)
An interesting menu for the Pelicans to choose from if they want to go down this path.
Oladipo on Fire!
On and on it goes. Yet another player that's flourishing playing away from Russell Westbrook. Oladipo has come out firing this season in his debut season with the Pacers. Victor Oladipo was labelled a bust last season in OKC and as we saw he's anything but.
Oladipo scored 47 earlier this month against the Nuggets. Not many players can drop 47 on the Suns let alone a competent team such as the Nuggets. Oladipo
Oladipo recently won his second Eastern Conference player of the week for week 8 which saw him lead the Pacers to four straight wins, 30.8 points, 7 rebounds, 4.3 assist and 1.8 steals. Dipo is balling at the moment and the Thunder must be kicking themselves for letting him go.
Christmas shopping in Chicago
Here at Oddschecker we love when we bring you NBA trade rumours, there's nothing more exciting to a fan that seeing the league switch up and sometimes, one trade could lead to a whole host of trades!
K.C Johnsons of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Bulls have started to make "preliminary enquiries" towards the trade value of two of their big men, Nikola Mirotic and Robin Lopez. These two are Chicago's highest paid players both earning around $13m a year.
Lopez is 29 and a consummate professional, which should make trading him easy for the Bulls. Mirotic on the other hand has been known to be difficult with teammates after his altercation with teammate Bobby Portis earlier this season. Mirotic is a good role player and if the price is right, he should be moved as well as he could prove to be a valuable asset to most teams.
Upcoming tips - Wednesday
Trailblazers @ Minnesota Timberwolves
- Portland is 5-2 as an Away Favourite
- Minnesota is 4-1 in Divisional games
The Blazers have been on fire recently notching consecutive wins on the road. The Wolves on the other hand have been as back and forth as a game of tennis.
Even though in the long run we like the Wolves to prosper, it’s hard to rationalize putting money on them at the moment.
McCollum and Lillard have been on fire. The Wolves defensive inefficiencies could leave them open for a big offensive night for the Blazers guards.
Best Bet: Portland Trailblazers -4 or better