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NBA Weekend Preview
The weekend is upon us, and it is the first weekend without a full schedule of college football in quite some time. Don’t worry, though, there is plenty of NBA action to fill the void left by college football’s absence, and plenty of very exciting games to look forward to. Here are the top five NBA games of the weekend, featuring the perfect Golden State Warriors, and many more interesting storylines.
Indiana Pacers vs. Detroit Pistons
This is an interesting matchup, as the Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons have strengths in different areas of the floor that should even out for a competitive game in the end. Indiana has plenty of guard talent and likes to play with a smaller lineup to move the ball quickly against their opponents, while the Pistons’ success relies heavily on the play of center Andre Drummond. Whichever team can get the most out of those strengths will get the win in this game, and expect another huge game for Drummond along the way.
San Antonio Spurs vs. Atlanta Hawks
Believe it or not, the San Antonio Spurs have the second best record in the NBA so far this season. While it was thought that the Spurs would need some time early in the season to accommodate the newly acquired LaMarcus Aldridge, they have integrated him into things right away and have continued to receive contributions from the rest of their squad. Against a Hawks team that has won two thirds of its games at home on the season, expect a close game in which both teams will be looking to play at a fast pace.
Golden State Warriors vs. Milwaukee Bucks
Entering Friday’s games, the Warriors are a perfect 23-0 on the season, with a chance to move to 24-0 at Boston prior to this Saturday matchup. It will be fascinating to see who is responsible for guarding Curry on the Bucks, who have been a lot of fun thanks to their young core of players this season. Asking that young core to be enough to stop the red hot Warriors, though, may be too tall a task.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Phoenix Suns
Both the Minnesota Timberwolves and Phoenix Suns are giving up over 100 points per game, and love to play an uptempo game. Combine that fact with the number of young, promising players on both of these teams and you’ve got a recipe for a really fun Sunday matchup. Number one pick in last year’s NBA Draft, Karl-Anthony Towns, will be the highlight in this one.
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Miami Heat
Two great position matchups will break out in this game, as power forwards Chris Bosh and Zach Randolph will square off, as well as point guards Goran Dragic and Mike Conley. Dwyane Wade and Marc Gasol will be involved in the game as well, of course, but the real fun here is watching those two battles between top five players at the power forward and point guard positions in the NBA.
By: Jason M. Sanin