NBA Wednesday Action Preview
The action continues to come thick and fast in the NBA conference this coming week, with a further seven contests on Wednesday night (8 November). Here is a look at three of those matches.
Boston Celtics V Los Angeles Lakers
The Celtics look to continue their excellent start to the campaign against the Lakers. The Boston outfit currently sit at the summit of the Eastern Conference, having won their last five in a row, and they go into this latest clash as the red hot favourites against an out of sorts Lakers outfit.
It is admittedly early in the campaign, but the Celtics have started like a steam train and at present boast the best record in the NBA. If they continue in this vein, there will be very few teams with the ability to stop them and, quite frankly, the Lakers do not look like being one of them.
Perhaps the most exciting aspect of this Celtics side is its youth and exuberance. This season is a long and arduous one, and gas in the tank is a huge advantage to have – something Boston look to have in abundance.
Last week the Celtics scored over 100 points in a thrilling 101-94 over Oklahoma City, and on current form few Western teams will be able to live with them. For the Lakers, who have lost two of their last three and sit in 13th place out of 15, Wednesday night could be a long one indeed as Boston look to go marching on after their scintillating start.
Utah Jazz V Philadelphia 76ers
The Utah Jazz will strive to continue their recent run of good form against another side who look to be finding their feet on the court, the Philadelphia 76ers. Jazz have won their last three in a row and can come into this game brimming with confidence.
The 76ers, however, have also been playing some great ball of late, winning their last four on the bounce. Given the recent displays from both of these teams and the morale inside both camps, this could quite feasibly be the best game we see on Wednesday night.
However, in Donovan Mitchell, Utah may well have the most exciting rookie presently operating in the NBA. He is a competent defender and has also been scoring points for fun recently.
Mitchell scored 19 points against Los Angeles Clippers in a game the Jazz lost, and in wins over the Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers he scored 22 and 28 respectively. Should he continue this hot streak in midweek and the Jazz should add a fourth straight win to their recent run.
But the 76ers have their own golden boy, and Ben Simmons has more than proved his worth with performances in this early part of the season. In the side’s 121-110 victory over Indiana, Simmons managed to score 14 points, as well as 11 rebounds, 11 assists, three steals and two blocked shots, all in less than 40 minutes on the court and, in a game that could go down to wire, Simmons and the 76ers could just about nick this one.
Denver Nuggets V Brooklyn Nets
And finally, the Brooklyn Nets must look to arrest what has become an alarming slide in fortunes against the Denver Nuggets. The Nets have lost four on the trot and, if they are to ever turn around their poor performances and start to climb the ladder then there may be no better chance than against one of the most inconsistent performers in either conference.
The Nuggets have won two and lost two in their last four, and are arguably the most infuriating side to watch. The talent is undoubtedly there amongst their ranks, but rarely, or certainly not often enough, comes together to form a cohesive and productive unit.
Last time out, Denver went down to without doubt the greatest side out there at the moment, the Golden State Warriors, by a score line of 127-108. While Denver did not put in a disastrous showing, their slow start ultimately cost them dear, and they must ensure they do not make the same mistake in a game they should be winning.
The Nuggets ability to bounce back from these challenges they set themselves is admirable to say the least. However, against a side in such dour form as the Nets, they really need to be setting the tempo from the off rather than sitting back and waiting to react.
The Nets went down to the LA Lakers 124-112 in their last performance, and if they are to get a win here they need to exert pressure as early as possible. However, it is the Nuggets who go into this one as the favourites to take the victory.