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NBA – Week 1 In Review

The 2021-22 NBA season is underway and we’ve been quickly reminded of how quickly things can change in this league. The Lakers will be hoping that continues following a slow start.

L-L-Lakers

A LeBron James-led team starting a season slow isn’t anything new.

Like many seasons past, the roster has been overhauled over the summer and it will take time for it all to gel. Still, the Los Angeles Lakers starting the season 0-2 is a talking point already. Perhaps it wouldn’t be if the second loss, in particular, wasn’t so ugly. They were barely ever in it against the Phoenix Suns. Worryingly for those not doing cartwheels over the signing of Russell Westbrook, their worst nightmares started to come true as he stalled the slightest sign of momentum when the Lakers threatened to make a late run.

They have plenty of time to sort things out. Nobody should be too worried unless they’re still playing like this on Christmas Day. Nonetheless, the Lakers have drifted from $5 out to $6 in the NBA Championship market.

Welcome back, baby!

The NBA season is underway and the Indiana Pacers reminded everybody of how quickly things can change in this league.

Leading the Charlotte Hornets by 21 points early in the second half, the Pacers capitulated. A 33-13 3rd quarter saw that lead extinguished before the beginning of the 4th quarter and the Hornets rode the momentum through to a 123-122 win.

Heat Catch Fire

The Milwaukee Bucks tipped off the 2021-22 NBA season with an impressive 127-104 win over the Brooklyn Nets in the opener. Giannis Antetokounmpo got straight back into his work and drilled the sort of three that sends shivers through the rest of the league. However, their second game didn’t go quite to plan. The excitement after ring night wore off and the Bucks faced a Miami Heat team that is always ready to pounce on a team displaying the slightest sign of being underdone.

Jimmy Butler added 21 points, four rebounds and six assists, Bam Adebayo dropped 20 points and collected 13 rebounds while Tyler Herro piled up 27 points on 10-18 shooting off the bench for the Heat to thrash the Bucks 137-95.

The Heat are a team that could make some waves this season. They need to stay healthy and have a few things go their way, but as we’ve seen already, they can mix it with the best teams in the NBA. Their price to win the championship has already come into $17 from $26 on opening night.

The Simmons Situation

It’s messy in Philadelphia.

Really messy…

Ben Simmons is in the building but says he’s not there enough mentally to get on the court with the 76ers. Front office sources leaked their concerns over Simmons faking mental health issues which is a very dangerous path to travel down. Whether he is or not, those claims haven’t done anything to help the situation.

The players, on the other hand, have been somewhat more understanding. While Joel Embiid made it clear that he isn’t being paid to “babysit” anybody, Tobias Harris is a little bit more understanding of the situation and holds out hope of a reunion when Simmons is ready.

Embiid, Harris, Tyrese Maxey and Furkan Korkmaz all scored 20+ for the Sixers to beat the New Orleans Pelicans in the opener before falling to the Nets 114-109 in game two. Their $21 to win the championship hasn’t moved as everybody eagerly watches the 76ers on and off the court, looking for a sign one way or the other. If they’re to stay together and build towards championship contention, it needs to start sooner rather than later.

NBA Winner Market Update

It’s early days but the championship market has seen a few changes following the first week.

The Heat are into $17 from $26, the Chicago Bulls have impressed to shorten to $41 from $51, and the Lakers have drifted out to $6 from $5.

NBA Championship Odds

TEAMSPRICE MOVE
Nets – $3.50Grizzlies – $101
Lakers – $6Knicks – $101
Bucks – $7.50Pelicans – $126
Warriors – $13Raptors – $126
Jazz – $13Pacers – $126
Suns – $14Hornets – $126
Clippers – $17Wizards – $151
Heat – $17Timberwolves – $201
76ers – $21Spurs – $226
Nuggets – $26Kings – $226
Mavericks – $31Cavaliers – $476
Hawks – $36Pistons – $476
Bulls – $41Rockets – $476
Celtics – $51Thunder – $476
Trail Blazers – $81Magic – $476

 

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