🏀 It's NBA Opening Night!
After an offseason capped off by some crazy trades, tonight will be NBA fans' first chance to see some of the best in the West strut their stuff. We kick it off with the Lakers looking for revenge against Denver, then head to SF to see CP3 take on his old squad. We're back 🍿 (3 min read)
NBA Opening Night
After a flurry of offseason player movement, the dust has settled on the NBA and the regular season is set to begin tonight. With four of the West’s top teams set to take the court, this should be electric ⚡️
The Joker gets his NBA Championship ring tomorrow... So what does he plan to do with it? 👀💍🃏
Denver's Ring Ceremony begins at 7:00pm/ET on TNT ahead of Lakers at Nuggets at 7:30pm/ET!
— NBA (@NBA)
Oct 23, 2023
Spread: Nuggets -5
Moneyline: Nuggets -220, Lakers +184
When: 7:30PM EST on TNT
While the Lakers were able to strengthen their depth by adding big and talented athletes like Christian Wood, Jaxson Hayes and Taurean Prince to their rotation, the Nuggets are hoping that a handful of up-and-comers can step into the shoes of newly departed Bruce Brown and Jeff Green. Peep their lineup 👀
Denver Nuggets Opening Night Rotation
Michael Porter Jr.
— Swipa (@SwipaCam)
Oct 22, 2023
Tonight should be our first good look at whether the Lakers’ newfound continuity and additions on the margins can begin to close the gap between them and the Nuggets. Denver’s four-game sweep in last year’s Western Conference Finals was a little too easy, and just the third sweep of LeBron’s career 🃏
Spread: Warriors -1
Moneyline: Warriors -116, Suns -102
When: 10PM on TNT
Both of these juggernauts will get to show off their shiny new All-Star guards tonight, with Chris Paul making his Warriors debut and Bradley Beal suiting up as a Sun for the first time 🎉
"I've been fortunate in this league to play with the ball in my hands... Just because I play like that, it doesn't mean that I don't know how to play without it."
Chris Paul on fitting in with the Warriors offense 🗣
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPoints)
Oct 23, 2023
However, the Warriors will enter the game down a significant contributor, as Draymond Green is out and still nursing an ankle sprain. Still, after trading away Deandre Ayton, the Suns lack a serious rim protector on the roster, so neither team will have much rim protection to deal with the other’s high-powered offense 👨🍳
Suns official roster heading into the 2023-24 NBA season:
Udoka Azubuike… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
— Booker Muse (@DevinBookerMuse)
Oct 23, 2023
With both teams ripe with shot creators who can get to their spots and create for others, this could be one of the higher-scoring games of the season’s opening days 📈
Rematch or Preview?
All four of these teams surely enter the season with much bigger aspirations than an opening night win 👇
Three of the league’s last four champions (Nuggets, Warriors, Bucks & Lakers) are represented in this group
All four teams have made the Finals once over that same period
I’m really excited about the start of the NBA season tomorrow! The four best teams in the West will be featured on national TV: the Lakers vs. the Nuggets and the Suns vs. the Warriors!
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson)
Oct 23, 2023
After the Celtics and Bucks, who made major moves just a few weeks ago, all four teams playing tonight make up the next group of favorites to bring home a NBA title this year. Take a look at the championship odds 💰
MILWAUKEEEEEEEEE!! Let’s get it!!!! #BucksInSix#Extended
— Giannis Antetokounmpo (@Giannis_An34)
Oct 23, 2023
Perhaps Vegas is pricing in age/injury history and accounting for the strength of the West vs. the top-heavy East. There’s basically three tiers of favorites, each with two teams in them 🧐
Jokic is still probably the consensus best player in the NBA, so betting on him to win another ring at better than 5-1 odds feels like a steal
But I have a hard time believing the Suns are twice as likely to win a championship as the Lakers (or Dubs) without a legitimate backbone to their defense
Here’s what odds for the league’s top MVP candidates looks like heading into tonight’s opener 🏆
Nikola Jokic: +430
Luka Doncic: +550
Giannis Antetokounmpo: +600
Jayson Tatum: +750
Joel Embiid: +850
Stephen Curry: +1400
Kevin Durant: +1900
Devin Booker: +1900
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander: +1900
Even though a bet on Jokic might give you the best bang for your buck, I like a bet on Anthony Davis as a long shot (+3000). If AD can lead the Lakers to a top seed in the West, he could solidify his place as one of the game’s best. However, he needs to stay healthy…😬
Trivia Question: Who is the last player to win three consecutive NBA MVPs?
For My Parlay Gurus
I like the Lakers to get some revenge for their Western Conference Finals loss, and throw in the Warriors-Suns game going WAY over. Take a look 👇
Lakers ML @ Nuggets: +184
Suns @ Warriors OVER 235: -110
$100 on this bet would win you $442 — if we hit, make sure you email [email protected] for a chance to win up to $100*. Many will enter, only some will win 😉
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Trivia Answer: Despite LeBron and MJ winning four and five MVPs apiece, no player has gone back-to-back-to-back since Larry Bird did it from ‘84 through ‘86 (full list)
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