There is no doubt about it: the last two weeks were the most hectic in the basketball universe. Aside from the NBA action, hoop fans had to follow all the madness that the NCAA had to offer. With the Final Four taking place next week, the madness isn’t even over yet. Let us break down the top games before focusing on the NCAA.
Mar. 27: Philadelphia 76ers @ Denver Nuggets
MVP Battle? Yes, please. This is the one and only reason why this game is on everyone’s mind. As the season went on, there were times when Joel Embiid felt like the deserving MVP award winner before Nikola Jokic would do something spectacular and change people’s minds. So maybe the back-and-forth battle between the two MVP candidates can be decided in this game.
Mar. 29: Dallas Mavericks @ Philadelphia 76ers
Once upon a time, James Harden and Kyrie Irving were teammates in Brooklyn until one decided to go to Philadelphia. The other decided to move too and chose Dallas as his next destination. In the upcoming week, both of them will play against each other, but only one will have a fairy tale ending. Who will it be?
Mar. 29: Los Angeles Lakers @ Chicago Bulls
Patrick Beverley hosts his former team. Alex Caruso and Andre Drummond can also say the same thing. These three former Lakers will have their hands full on this particular night. Both the Lakers and the Bulls are floating around that tenth spot in their respective Conferences, so a win will be the ultimate goal in this matchup. Pressure must be in Beverley’s mind, though. In a recent interview, he said he wants to knock the Lakers out of contention. This game could be his chance to do it.
Mar. 31: Utah Jazz @ Boston Celtics
Grant Williams cannot wait for this game. Last time they met, Williams scored 23 points and had the hot hand from long range when he added several three-pointers. Too bad people will only remember the last play of that game. Williams was about to make the game-winning shot, but Walker Kessler blocked his attempt. That block preserved Utah’s one-point lead as the Jazz went on to win.
April 2: Too Many Games
Take your pick. With 26 teams scheduled to play on this date, there are a lot of storylines to watch out for. You can follow the Chicago Bulls versus Memphis Grizzlies game and see what Beverley, Dillon Brooks, and Ja Morant are up to. These three are loud-mouthed players who always cook something up just to rile up the viewers.
Other things to keep track of would be that spicy Golden State Warriors matchup against the Nuggets, which could serve as a Playoff preview. You also have Kristaps Porzingis returning to face a wild Madison Square Garden crowd when his Washington Wizards visit New York. Or you can just sit back and wait for the next day. So what’s happening the next day? Nothing much. Just a little thing called the NCAA Championship Game.
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