The latest week of NBA news is defined by Jamal Murray’s season-ending injury. As a result, the Nuggets look out of championship contention while the MVP race has all of a sudden started to heat up.

Murray Out For The Season

The Denver Nuggets copped a massive blow when Jamal Murray crumbled into a heap. It looked like an ACL injury straight away. Still, there was a tiny element of hope until Shams Charania confirmed Murray would be out for the remainder of the NBA season.

At 36-20 for 4th in the Western Conference, the Nuggets had risen to genuine championship contenders. Nikola Jokic is the $1.25 favourite to win the Most Valuable Player award through his 26.1 points, 11 rebounds and 8.8 assists per game. However, Denver’s record may yet be a factor. If they can’t continue to win games in the wake of Murray’s injury, Jokic’s current $1.25 will start to drift.

Joel Embiid is the most likely contender on the second line of betting to win MVP at $2.90. Embiid is coming for him, too. He became the first player in Philadelphia 76ers history to score 35 points in three consecutive games.

Tanking To Perfection

The Detroit Pistons are 17-39 with the worst record in the Eastern Conference and their quest to hold the #1 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft is going well thanks to games like this:

While the Minnesota Timberwolves (15-42) and Houston Rockets (14-42) have worse records, all three teams would have a 14% chance of the first pick on lottery night.

Curry Cooking

I liked Steph Curry as a smokey NBA MVP candidate before the season tipped off. He’s now out at $56, so that’s unlikely. However, it has nothing to do with Curry’s level of play. He has been excellent and ticked off a big record this week.

Curry passed Wilt Chamberlain for the most points scored in Golden State Warriors history.

The numbers kept coming later in the week. With 47 points against the Boston Celtics, Curry scored 30+ for the 10th consecutive game. Kobe Bryant is the only other player 33 years or older to ever score 30+ ten games on the trot.

His 11 three’s within that 47 points against the Celtics gave him 36 for the week – more than the Orlando Magic (33), Sacramento Kings (33), Washington Wizards (29) and New Orleans Pelicans (26).

Incredible.

Lakers Looking Good

After giving the Los Angeles Lakers a little spray last week, they beat the Brooklyn Nets and Utah Jazz this week. Although, short turnarounds and scheduling issues meant the Jazz weren’t playing with their best players. Still, it capped off an impressive week for this purple and gold group that continues to build nicely for when LeBron James and Anthony Davis return.

The Lakers play with the best defensive rating in the NBA per Cleaning the Glass. That is the most encouraging aspect of their play and the best argument for their $4.33 to win the championship.

NBA Against The Spread Standings

The New York Knicks are on FIRE against the spread at the moment. They’ve covered in each of their last nine games to leap the Phoenix Suns for first on the ladder.

After Week 17

Top 10
Bottom 10
Knicks (35-21-1)Thunder (25-30-1)
Suns (35-21)Timberwolves (25-31-1)
Grizzlies (34-20-1)Pelicans (25-31)
Clippers (34-23-1)Bucks (25-31)
Jazz (33-24)Kings (24-32)
76ers (30-23-3)Raptors (24-33)
Pistons (30-24-3)Pacers (23-32)
Hawks (30-25-1)Heat (23-32-1)
Wizards (30-26)Cavaliers (23-33)
Hornets (29-25-1)Rockets (18-38)

 

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