The NBA season is only two weeks away and it’s already full of surprises. Here are some words about what’s happening in the league that you should know, including which teams you’re betting on, which players are turning their heads on, and why you shouldn’t give up on certain teams already.

Philly Depth

“Look, I’m all on the 76ers hype train. I’ve been candid about this being their best slate of the Joel Embiid era, which has more than enough potential to finish the best record in the East. They should go for 50+ wins, as they did Over the last three seasons of 82 games. Also, getting a full year off James Harden should give them another boost in the regular season.”

Do any of you recognize those words hailing the Philadelphia 76ers? These are mine from just a few weeks ago. And while the Sixers’ start was uneven, I endorse what I said before – mostly because I’m still a believer in Philly’s improved depth.

James Harden’s superb start to the season and Joel Embiid’s unexpectedly slow start grabbed most of the headlines amid the Sixers’ 0-3 record outside the gates. Lost in the rhetoric, however, was how hard New Philadelphia has been cutting out the gates to influence the Games in a positive way. But since Philly’s bench combined to score a woeful 34 points over the first three games of the season, it looks like the slow start and everyone’s favorite “it’s going to take a while” period is starting to fizzle out. As a result, the Sixers are back on the right track.

De’Anthony Melton’s rise in play was the easiest difference to notice. Whether off the bench or as a part-time starter during the Joel Embiid matches he missed due to injuries, he has been consistent on both ends of the field. George Niang’s night value depends primarily on whether he’s making quick shots or not, and he’s been in value lately. And while Montrezel Harrell didn’t look like the previous year’s sixth man, he did enough in his minutes.

The encouraging thing about each player’s contributions is that they feel sustainable. And if the hexagrams can get it, health is in their favor; Well, just re-read the quote above.

If you pull Siakam’s annual stats throughout his seven seasons as a pro, the first thing you’ll likely notice is the huge jump in production from year one to year seven. Point averages, rebounds and assists have risen steadily in all but one of his seven seasons. And that’s all before you learn about Siakam’s stats this year (26.1 points, 9.6 rebounds, 7.4 assists) in what will constitute his best season. And if you’re like me, what immediately jumps off the page is traffic.

It’s hard for me to give away 7.4 assists per game and treat them as if it’s common to see them even from a modern-day NBA striker – it’s not. The only strikers in recent years who have averaged many assists per game for an entire season are Luka Doncic, LeBron James, Draymond Green and Ben Simmons. Most consider all of these players to be elite playmakers. Sure enough, only seven games a season, Siakam has ways to go through the ranks of top playmakers. But even this small sample size of seven games for exceptional passing shows plenty of growth in how he approaches the game at the end of attack.

Simply play the movie and see how diverse Siakam’s gameplay is.

The easy things for Siakam are the assists that come in the transition, where he and the Toronto Raptors are the best in the league. Passes that really show his growth appear every night within the half-court offense. Whether by design or as a result of not defeating a defender on the rebound, Siakam often uses the post-roll to get the defense’s attention before locating an open teammate. He’s also constantly touching paint off the dribbling engine and spraying it to open shooters camped behind the line. There are also a few pickup passes that were shown that turned Pascal into a powerful playmaker.

Pascal Siakam’s toy industry is certainly something we’ve seen in extensions over the years, but now it seems like it’s more of a mainstay than a luxury.

Golden State Over

Here are some tips: If you’re looking for some NBA bets to place, consider taking a peek at what’s happening in the Bay Area, where all but one of the defending Golden State Warriors’ matches have arrived. You might be right in assuming that Stephen Curry’s attack has a lot to do with high goal aggregate – Golden State’s 118.7 points per game tied for the Phoenix Suns in the NBA. But Dubs’ defense is entirely responsible for all of this overpayment. They’re not the worst defense in the league (statistically), but they give an opponent more points per game (122.0) than any other team this season. As Steve Kerr said recently, some warrior outings are They look like little toys.

Milwaukee covers

A season ago, the Milwaukee Bucks had a losing track record. In the end it didn’t affect their wins and losses much, but they often found themselves in games that were closer than they should have been. Now, two weeks into this season, the 2020-21 world champion is the only undefeated team in the NBA and is one of four teams to have a 5-1 record against the spread. With the strength of another ridiculous season from Giannis Antetokounmpo and the best defense in the NBA, the Bucks have proven themselves to be trustworthy amid the current and unpredictable NBA. They do it without controversy, their second best player, Khris Middleton.

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Portland blankets

Portland was also bad against spreading during the 2021-22 season. Realistically, they were the worst, and a lot of that undoubtedly had to do with their numerous injuries, followed by a clear decision to chase the season through the All-Star break. But the past is in the past. Currently, Portland has put together a good roster to be clicked early in the season. The Blazers’ 5-1 record matches his anti-spread record for several reasons: 1) Damian Lillard has a caliber start to the season, 2) Anfernee Simons proves his 2021-22 break was no fluke and 3) Chauncey Billups was able to squeeze in a last-ditch exit From each player who was part of his night rotation.

If the Blazers can keep rolling with Lillard on the sidelines with a strained right calf, it might be worth your money.

(Photo by Pascal Siakam) / USA Today

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