W2W4: January 22-28

The NBA season seems to be in full swing, officially. Star players have been coming into their own, not excluding LeBron, Kobe, and Chris Paul who have all come on strong. Great matchups seem to lurk at every corner, whether it involves two high-profiles teams or two surprising contenders. Let me show you which games to watch THIS WEEK!

Los Angeles Clippers @ Los Angeles Lakers: Wednesday, January 25 at 10:30 PM ET on NBA TV

It’s a rematch of the Battle for LA as this time, the Clippers ‘visit’ their cross-town pals Los Angeles Lakers. Last time these two teams met, the Clippers took home the title as they handled the Lakers 102-94. Kobe Bryant would score 42 points, but it wouldn’t be enough as the the Clippers’ starting lineup took care of Kobe and the Lakers easily. Now 11 days later, Kobe looks to take revenge against a Clippers team that could be without Chris Paul and his aggravated hamstring.

It's the Battle for LA, round two. Kobe's looking for revenge against a hurt Clippers team.

New York Knicks @ Miami Heat: Friday, January 27 at 8:00 PM ET on ESPN

With Wade and Melo struggling with injuries and LeBron dealing with flu-like symptoms, this will be a game to see notice the depth and healthiness of both teams. This will be the first time that the Knicks and Heat will face each other in the young and shortened season, and the first time where the Big Three of New York will take on the Big Three of South Beach. The winner of this team is a coin toss, since both these teams are hurt and struggling, as I mentioned before.

It's the battle to see which team has the better Big Three. Which team has the better one, Knicks or Heat?

Chicago Bulls @ Miami Heat: Sunday, January 29 at 3:30 PM ET on ABC

It’s a rematch of the Eastern Conference Finals, where the Bulls lost to the Heat 4-2. This time however, the superstars of both teams, Derrick Rose of the Bulls and Dwyane Wade of the Heat, are both injured and could be out for the game. However, I would give the slight advantage to the Heat because with LeBron and Bosh both likely playing, the Bulls don’t have enough talent to match up with the Heat. Still, look for the Bulls to prove that they can win without their superstar and get revenge against a struggling Heat team

With Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade both bothered by injuries, can they still lead their team to a victory?

San Antonio Spurs @ Dallas Mavericks: Sunday, January 29 at 6:30 ET on ESPN

After starting losing to the Spurs earlier in the season, the Mavericks have rebounded back very nicely, winning 7 out of 9 and not allowing more than 91 points in any of those games. The Spurs however, are .500 since that win back on January 5th while playing with a terrible defense. The loss of Manu Ginobili has majorly affected the Spurs, as they don’t look like the team that was the number 1 seed in last year’s playoffs. Dallas however, looks like the team that won the Finals last year. Who will win the Semi-Battle for Texas?

The Semi-Battle for Texas should come down to the two veterans: Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki.


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Author:Curran Aiyer

Studying Finance, Business Analytics, and International Business at the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University with a minor in Spanish. Aspiring to change the world by driving education and the importance of staying informed. Looking to share my learnings and knowledge on behavioral economics and how that correlates with investing in yourself wisely. Originally from Philadelphia and trusting the process.

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