Thursday, December 15, 2011

A look at the NBA season

There have been a lot of interesting happenings in the NBA offseason, as guys are getting traded, changing teams, and all with only a few weeks or time before the season begins. The lockout only allows for a few weeks before the season opener on Christmas day, which is not leaving teams with a lot of preseason time to gel. This could definitely make for some sloppy play early in the season as teams get used to each other and the systems they are in.

The biggest move this NBA offseason was the dealing of Chris Paul from the New Orleans Hornets to the Los Angeles Clippers. He is the best PG in the NBA, and one of the best playmakers in the history of the league. It will be a lot of fun to watch him pick-and-roll and throw alley oops to Blake Griffin. That will be one of the must-see teams in the NBA this season. How far the Clips can go will depend on Paul's health, as he is a guy that has battled knee injuries in the past. If he can stay healthy, the Clippers will be a tough team to play against. They would be an interesting team to do some TopBet sports betting on.

One of the biggest differences will be the schedule. They will play 66 games, but it will be in a shortened time frame. That means you could see teams playing 3 games in 3 nights, or as many as 7 games in only 9 days. This could definitely wear on a lot of teams, especially older ballclubs. This could provide opoportunities for younger, deeper teams to be better than expected, even if they don't have a lot of star power. That will be an interesting dynamic to watch in the NBA this season.