1.) Golden State Warriors (9-1) Last Week: #4
Stephen Curry is leading the charge for the hot start Golden State is having this season. Curry’s 50 point outing last night moves the Warriors to 9-1 to start the season.
Some key takeaways from the hot start to the Warriors’ season
1.) Curry’s health has been good which is important for the Warriors’ success.
2.) Golden States’ defense has been excellent
3.) They are still without a full roster missing key pieces Klay Thompson and James Wiseman.
2.) Miami Heat (7-3) Last Week: #1
Despite dropping a game in a chippy blowout loss to the Denver Nuggets, the Miami Heat have played a good brand of basketball this season. The Heat move the ball well, have a balanced inside out attack, and play hard on both ends of the floo. Despite recently dropping a game to Denver, look ahead for Miami to remain hot with Jimmy Butler leading the charge for the Heat.
3.) Chicago Bulls (7-3) Last Week: #2
Despite dropping a couple of games the Bulls still have been one of the league’s best teams this year. The “core-four” for the Bulls which consists of Lonzo Ball, Demar DeRozen, Zach Lavine, and Nikola Vucevic have helped lead the Bulls to one of their better starts to the season in recent years.
Despite excellent scoring numbers by DeRozen and Lavine, Vucevic has been having a bit of a down year. The veteran center hasn’t been shooting the ball as well as we’ve been accustomed to seeing, Vucevic is an important piece for this Bulls roster his play will be vital for a deep run for Chicago this season.
4.) Utah Jazz (7-3) Last Week: #3
The Jazz just finished a brutal road trip where they had played 7 games in 7 cities in just 11 days, it comes as no surprise that they may have been quite fatigued at the end of the road trip.
Despite some struggles shooting from key players Jordan Clarkson, Donovan Mitchell, and Bojon Bogdonovich the Jazz have remained consistent in the win loss column as we have seen for the past few years. As the Jazz get ready for a homestand look ahead for the Jazz to get back to their winning ways.
5.) Philadelphia 76ers (8-3) Last Week: outside the top 5.
Last week the 76ers looked to be short handed with an injury to Danny Green and Tobias Harris heading to the shelf due to COVID protocols, despite being short handed the 76ers managed to have a good week and won six straight prior to their loss to the Knicks last night.
This week may be a little different for the 76ers as Joel Embiid hits the shelf as well as he has just entered the leagues health and safety protocols leaving the 76ers really short-handed as they play without their big three of Simmons (personal) Embiid, and Harris