Not a lot of a big change to win the 2021 NBA championship since our look that is last at odds as the Los Angeles Lakers are +220 favorites to repeat followed by the Brooklyn Nets at +300, Los Angeles Clippers are +400 and Milwaukee Bucks at +600. It would be a surprise that is huge those types of four does not win it all.
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The Nets made a statement that is big Tuesday (Feb. 2) by beating the Clippers 124-120 in a game that is terrific possible Finals preview – neither franchise has won an NBA name plus the Clippers have not also reached the NBA Finals.
Kevin Durant ended up being brilliant with 28 points in 11-for-13 shooting along side nine rebounds. He additionally made most of their free throws and played defense that is good Kawhi Leonard. It was the third game that is straight Durant has made at the least 11 shots, in which he has 52/45/87 shooting splits while ranking 2nd into the NBA in scoring.
Durant reached 500 points with all the Nets in only 17 games. That is tied up for the 2nd-fastest a person has already reached 500 points with a united team in NBA history. Only Wilt Chamberlain did it faster with the Warriors in 1959-60 (14 games).
James Harden returned from a absence that is one-game and had a triple-double to your tune of 23 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists. Harden hit 7-of-15 through the flooring and 8-of-8 through the relative line, finishing third on the team in scoring but first in the game with assists. Harden became the player that is eighth NBA history to achieve 50 profession triple-doubles. He joins Oscar Robertson (181), Russell Westbrook (151), Magic Johnson (138), Jason Kidd (107), LeBron James (95), Wilt Chamberlain (78), and Larry Bird (59).
The Clippers are fine, though.
Today, let’s speak about one player whom could certainly move the NBA futures chances by the March 25 Trade Deadline: Washington guard Bradley Beal, whom leads the NBA in scoring and has now get to be the player that is first at least 25 points in each of his first 16 games of a season since Michael Jordan in 1988-89.
Even with Beal and Russell Westbrook – who, amazingly, has lost seven games that are consecutive he’s a triple-double, 2 longer than some other player in NBA history – the Wizards stink. And so they aren’t likely to be good any time in the future. Beal has checked obviously frustrated from time to time with all the losing but hasn’t demanded a trade – yet. The other day, Beal became the player that is first NBA history to lose 10 straight games in which he scored 40 points.
When asked by a media member if he was frustrated with his team’s performance following a recent loss, Beal offered a simple response:
“Is the sky blue?”
Beal is under contract through the season that is 2021-22. A player is had by him option for the 2022-23 season that he could turn down in favor of free agency in 2022. Beal has so far expressed he wants to remain in Washington and has not indicated he prefers to be traded, but things can change very quickly in the NBA.
The Lakers don’t have enough to get him and neither do the Clippers or Nets or Bucks. But a team like Boston, Philadelphia, Denver or Utah could become a threat immediately to win all of it with the addition of Beal. The consensus that is general that Beal’s value is somewhere between what the Bucks gave up for Jrue Holiday and what the Nets paid for Harden. This offseason, Milwaukee shipped out two first-round picks and the right to swap two more first-round picks to the New Orleans Pelicans, along with Eric Bledsoe, to get Holiday. Brooklyn sent three first-round picks, Caris LeVert, and four pick that is first-round to your Houston Rockets for Harden.
The Nuggets are setup well with Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic in the lead. They’re among the best duos into the league and therefore are down to a start that is hot again, but they need a third star to get past the Lakers and Clippers. Denver would have to give up promising young forward Michael Porter Jr. in any package for Beal, however, and so far the united group has placed him off limitations.
Golden State even offers been mentioned as a landing that is possible with the Warriors building a package around rookie center and No. 2 overall pick James Wiseman and draft picks. Beal with Steph Curry would be frightening.
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