Our Weekend NBA Tips - 22/01/22

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James Budgen

Los Angeles Lakers vs Miami Heat

The Lakers have been one of the most spoken about teams this season for all the wrong reasons, as their roster construction this season has them currently as the eighth seed in the West, losing four of their last five games.

Miami, on the other hand, have had their injury struggles this season, with Bam Adebayo returning in their last game, but their rotation players have stepped up and are currently 2nd in the east despite their injuries.

The two teams have met once this season, with the Lakers winning at home and without LeBron James, but the two teams are coming into this game in completely opposite form, with the Heat winning 11 of their last 14 games.

With Anthony Davis out, the Lakers have employed James at centre a lot of the time, but the Heat with Bam Adebayo at centre, may have the perfect antidote for that lineup which has been semi-successful for the Lakers.

His ability to defend both the perimeter and the paint could prove very useful for Miami in this game, but LeBron James is LeBron James and could easily lead the Lakers to victory by himself.

Memphis Grizzlies vs Dallas Mavericks

For the fourth time this season, the Mavericks and the Grizzlies will be facing off against each other with Dallas winning two of their three meetings this season, including a recent 37 point victory at Memphis.

Despite being one of the best teams in the NBA in recent months, what could undo Memphis again in the game is their injuries, with Kyle Anderson, Desmond Bane, Dillon Brooks and Tyus Jones all likely to miss this game, whilst the Mavericks aren’t missing any key rotation players.

What is exciting about this game is the battle of two potential all-star starting point guards in Ja Morant and Luka Doncic, who in their last game, Doncic filled out the stat sheet on Morant. He scored 27 points whilst also grabbing 11 rebounds and 12 assists, and with the Grizzlies without their primary defensive stopper in Dillion Brooks, Luka could have his way against the Grizzlies again.

Boston Celtics vs Washington Wizards

This is the third meeting between these two sides this season, with their last two games coming at the start of the season, as the Wizards won both, and now this game is very important for the Celtics for potential seeding spots in the playoffs.

Currently, the Wizards are the eighth seed with the Celtics one spot behind in the ninth seed, meaning if the Wizards will have the tie-breaker advantage for seeding, and come playoff time, this could be very important, especially with the play-in tournament.

For the Celtics to advance this season, they need better performances out of Jayson Tatum. He is shooting a career-low of 41% from the field and 31% from three, and after a 5/19 performance against the Hornets in another important game for seeding, coach Ime Udoka needs more out of his star player.

Atlanta Hawks vs Charlotte Hornets

This game will see the battle of two up and coming point guards, Trae Young and LaMelo Ball, with Young and Atlanta Hawks are struggling this season with them currently placed 12th in the East after making the Eastern Conference finals last year. The Hornets, after missing the playoffs last season, are currently exceeding expectations and are seventh in the East.

Despite the team struggling, Trae Young is still getting his stats, averaging 27.9 points and 9.5 assists per game this season, and a double-double in his last two games, ending in victories could start to revitalise his team this season.
Despite LaMelo Ball being the bright young star of this Hornets team, they have a lot of talent which their last game vs the Celtics showcased, with both Terry Rozier and Miles Bridges scoring over 20 points, with LaMelo providing them with 10 assists.

What could help the Hornets for this game is that the Hawks will be without Bogdan Bogdanovic and Clint Capela who were valuable members of the team that got to the conference finals last season.

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