NBA Week 15 in review
A review of the key storylines happening around the NBA and how it will affect teams into the future.
Parker transitions to bench role for the Spurs
A changing of the guard is here for San Antonio. Stalwart Tony Parker has opted to make way for Dejounte Murray to take over as starting point guard of the team.
Parker by no means is retiring but is relegating himself to the second team allowing for Murray to build on his impressive 8.9 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists per contest.
The Spurs already boast some of the most talented old fellas in the league with Pau Gasol and Manu Ginobili being as productive as anyone could have hoped for at their age.
The Spurs have seen Kawai going down indefinitely, it looks as though the Rockets should waltz to the division crown.
Houston is picking up their game
Don't look now but with an almost full complement of their stars, the Rockets took a big leap towards contention by outduelling the Warriors in their own arena.
The Rockets outshot Curry and the Warriors winning by 8 points earlier in the week. Curry was cold, recording a bucket on 5/20 from the field.
As seemingly the only rival to the Warriors in the West, the Rockets are in line for contention honours in the Western Conference Finals. The value to be had in Houston is still noteworthy, with the Rockets coming in at $5.50 to go through to the Finals.
Did you know, the Rockets are 17-0 when Harden, Paul and Capella are all healthy and in the line-up? Could be a strong recipe for success. It proved enough to beat the Warriors.
Tip: Western Conference Champions - Houston Rockets
Philadelphia 76ers @ Oklahoma City Thunder
Both teams have been in good form as of late. Philadelphia has recently disposed of the likes of Boston and Toronto whilst the Thunder have taken care of a host of sides recently including the cavaliers end route to a healthy win streak.
Philadelphia has the better stats of the two aside from points against. The Sixers have struggled defensively allowing 107.2 points per 100 possessions. The Thunder surprisingly are only allowing 101.3 per 100 possessions.
Philadelphia lost by 2 points on December 5th to the Thunder after being in control at the end of the game. I don't think Philadelphia's young stars are savvy enough to stick with Westbrook and George when they turn it on.
Tip: Oklahoma City Thunder -6 or better