What a week (Jan. 30 to Feb. 5) this will be. The list of All-Star reserves will be revealed, news related to the trade deadline will start to heat up, and all the popular teams will have story-filled games in them. Let us look at some of the matchups featured in one of the season’s busiest weeks.
Jan. 30 and 31: Los Angeles Lakers in the Big Apple
It looks like LeBron James and the rest of his squad will have a busy time in New York. The Lakers will face Kyrie Irving‘s Nets in Brooklyn and then play in Madison Square Garden the next day to battle the New York Knicks. Look for all the celebrities in the front row seats. So naturally, fans will buy court-side tickets, especially if they want to see James make history. If they are lucky, fans will see him overtake Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the scoring record.
Feb. 2: Denver Nuggets versus Golden State Warriors
If the inconsistent Warriors want to get back on track, they might as well face the Nuggets, who are first in the Western Conference standings. This will be a true test for coach Steve Kerr and the rest of the front-office executives of the team. A win could recharge the Warriors and turn their season around. A loss would force them to listen to trade offers.
Feb. 2: Indiana Pacers versus Los Angeles Lakers
Old stories of Myles Turner or Buddy Hield joining the Lakers are going to be shared again and again, especially since the trade deadline is fast approaching. The Lakers already got Rui Hachimura from the Washington Wizards through a trade. So did the team close their transaction window already? Maybe not if Turner or Hield can put on a good show.
Feb. 4: Golden State Warriors versus Dallas Mavericks
What is not to like in this game? We have the Splash Brothers going against a triple-double machine in Luka Doncic. Both teams are also close to each other in the standings, with only a few games separating them. Additionally, the Warriors do not look like the defending champions, while the Mavericks are having an erratic January. To put it in another way, this game now has that “anybody-can-win-this” type of feel to it.
Feb. 4: Milwaukee Bucks versus Miami Heat
For Milwaukee’s fans, it does not matter that the Bucks are down 0-2 in their season series against the Heat so far. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton did not play, so you could say that those games did not count. However, Middleton, who will be coming back from injury, is now looking to assert himself as a key piece for the Bucks.
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