The NBA continues to move forward and as we begin 2022, it is time for teams to shine and the jostling for playoff positions to begin.
We have a number of top games this week to look forward to, games that will impact the betting across both conferences in the league, so here is a look at the games you need to be watching this week from the NBA.
Monday starts us off with a bang as the Memphis Grizzlies head east to take on the Brooklyn Nets, who are current favourites to win the NBA Championship this season. The Nets sit second in the Eastern Conference, but give the feeling that they are going to go off, despite losing their last two games.
The Grizzlies come here in great form, having won their last four games, and will see this very much as a chance to lay down a marker and beat the team that everyone expects to contend.
Fresh off two home wins with no crowd in attendance, the Toronto Raptors are our team to watch on Tuesday night as they look to make it three in a row when the San Antonio Spurs visit the Scotiabank Arena.
The Spurs have lost three in a row prior to this one, and given that the Raptors are healthy, this looks like being a tall order for them.
The Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz have given us plenty of fun battles over the years, so let’s hope they give us another game to enjoy on Wednesday. Both teams can compete in the Western Conference, even if they are not considered favourites to win it, and this part of the season is all about getting position in the playoffs.
Starting the week, Utah are 3rd while Denver are in 5th, but the Nuggets have been much better of late, and have home court advantage at Ball Arena for this one.
On Thursday night, we stay out west with another game between two teams who will want to contend for the Conference title. The Phoenix Suns are currently right in the mix and they have the LA Clippers, a team who should be in the mix, but have so far disappointed this season, and come into the week only just clinging on to a playoff berth.
The Suns begin the week as just one of two NBA teams to lose single figure games so far this season, with the other being the Golden State Warriors, the only team above them in the standings right now.
This should be a very good game, potentially a classic if the Clippers turn up and play the way we know they can.
On Friday night we go back to Brooklyn for the Nets again, this time going up against the Milwaukee Bucks at Barclays Center. We start the week with these two as second and third in the standings, while the bookmakers have them as first and second favourites to win the Eastern Conference.
Should both of them get rolling on the same night, this is another game that could really be something special.
On Saturday night, two of the most popular franchises in the league go head to head, and it will be their second meeting of the week.
The Boston Celtics host the New York Knicks at the TD Garden, while two days earlier on Thursday, the teams will meet at Madison Square Garden. Two of the biggest names in NBA basketball going head to head in two of the most iconic sports arenas in the world, a treat for fans.
It may no longer be Steph Curry v LeBron James, but we can’t let Sunday go without mentioning the Golden State Warriors hosting the Cleveland Cavaliers to round off our weekend viewing.
The Warriors are being led brilliantly by Curry, and go into this week as the top team in the entire NBA, while the Cavaliers continue to perform above expectations and sit in a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.