Can we just return to normal basketball where everything is about hoops and nothing else?
The past week was all about the Brooklyn Nets and their off-the-court problems. Thus, the fourth week (Nov. 7 to 13) of the NBA season cannot come soon enough. Fans want to see basketball news that is actually happening on the court.
Here are some of the upcoming games that should be on your radar.
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Nov. 7 and 13: Golden State Warriors vs. Sacramento Kings
Mike Brown wants a rematch. After losing to the Warriors in the first week of the season, the Kings seek to erase the memory of giving up 50 points in the second quarter of that game. The Warriors, who just lost all five games in their most recent road trip, look like a wounded animal right now. The Kings are aware of this losing streak and will be looking to gang up on the defending champions right away.
Nov. 7: Orlando Magic vs. Houston Rockets
Rookie War coming up soon. Jabari Smith Jr., who had the potential to be the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft, will be playing against the actual No. 1 pick in Paolo Banchero. Do not let the disparity in the statistics fool you. Banchero has the green light to shoot while Smith has to give way to Jalen Green.
Nov. 9: Los Angeles Clippers vs. Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers just want to end the streak. It has been a long time since the Lakers defeated their rivals in the regular season. You would have to go all the way back to that Orlando Bubble in 2020 to find their last win against the Clippers. In fact, they could have won their last meeting, but the Lakers had to endure Russell Westbrook’s off night. Fans will remember Westbrook missing all 11 of his field-goal attempts.
Nov. 11: Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
We could be witnessing a scoring battle in this match. Stephen Curry and Donovan Mitchell are almost equal in terms of points per game, field goals made per game, and field goal percentage. Both teams are going in opposite directions. though. The Cavaliers have been playing better since losing their first game of the season. The Warriors, on the other hand, have been trending downward since starting the season well.
Nov. 13: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Brooklyn Nets
The favorites before the preseason games started are meeting for the first time this season. Both teams had to go through early-season problems. The early losses due to poor performances from key players made it to the trending topics list in the world of social media. Adjustments were made, like the Lakers moving Westbrook to the bench and the Nets replacing their coach. It is time put those tweaks to the test.
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