Sunshine/Overcast: Week 5

After another interesting week where Boston again can’t win, Miami are blowing leads again, and the Bulls are still without Derrick Rose, we’ve seen many younger teams step up and earn some sunshine throughout the week. However, some teams have just given up hope, giving them some overcast weather and possibly some rain or even snow! After we saw the superstar teams struggle last week, will they rebound? Or will more surprising teams take their nice weather? Let’s look at the best and worst forecasts for the remaining week!

Sunshine-filled teams: New Jersey NetsPhiladelphia 76ersLos Angeles Lakers

New Jersey Nets

The Nets? Are you kidding me? Yes, they were bound for success, and it finally came to them! After beating a tough Sixers team on the road, they go out to a Cleveland team that they can beat, and then go back to NJ for a nice game against the Raptors, whom they’ve beaten before. Deron Williams led the Nets to an OT win against the 76ers, and he can easily do it against teams like the Cavs and Raptors.

After leading the team to OT victory against Philly, Deron Williams can lead the Nets to two easy victories against the Cavs and Raptors.

Philadelphia 76ers

Sure, they lost to the Nets on Wednesday night but they still kept it close, and it’s just one minor flaw compared to what looks like a very nice season. The Sixers play the Bobcats and Pistons at home, where they are 8-2 and have only given up a limited amount of points. Although these are teams that Sixers have not played yet, both teams do not have any superstars to cover, so Philly should be able to keep up the stellar defense and win. And of course, get their tan on with the amount of sunshine they’re getting.

This Sixer has a right to be cheering: Philadelphia is going to have some sunshine this weekend after only facing Toronto.

Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers have been very inconsistent this season; after starting out the season 0-2, the Lakers won their next few games before completely collapsing, losing three straight. Now, after just beating their cross-town pals Clippers, the Lakers face the Bucks and Timberwolves on the road, which should be fairly easy games to win. By the time the Lakers get back to Hollywood, the sun will be back out and the term, “Sunny California” will be true yet again.

Kobe led his team to a win against the Clippers, and he can certainly do it again against the Bucks and Timberwolves.

Teams headed for some overcast: Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs

Minnesota Timberwolves

After signing Kevin Love to a 4 year deal worth $60-62 million deal, it will be tested whether it will be worth it or not. Looking ahead to their shortened schedule, they face the Spurs and the Lakers, who are looking to rebound from their late losing streak. Although the T’Wolves haven’t played the Lakers yet, they have played the Spurs, but they barely beat them without Manu Ginobili. All in all, this tough week will be the week to see whether the Timberwolves are on the brink of being a serious contender.

Kevin Love will have to prove he is worth the 4 year deal against tough teams like the Spurs and Lakers.

New York Knicks

Carmelo Anthony is probably the most criticized player right now, after his shots per game increased once he was traded from Denver to New York. Although last game he limited his shot count, there’s still no guarantee that he’s willing to give up the rock. The Knicks have the talent with Amare Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler, but if their chemistry isn’t good, then they can’t go anywhere. The Knicks face the Heat to end the week, and it doesn’t look good for them.

Melo and Amare better work out their issues fast if they want to have some nice weather to go with their ring-chasing.

San Antonio Spurs

The Spurs face the Timberwolves and the Dallas Mavericks to end the week, and I don’t think they’ll end it with sunshine. Minnesota beat the Spurs earlier in the season, but the Spurs easily handled the Mavs, back when Manu Ginobili was healthy. Now with Ginobili hurt and the rest of the Spurs barely able to keep their knees up, I doubt they will be able to put up much of a fight against young and competitive teams.

With Ginobili (left) out, Duncan (center) banged-up, and Tony Parker (right) struggling to play three quarters, the Spurs are going to have trouble competing with young teams.


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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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