It has been another busy week in the NBA, with the Utah Jazz slowly but surely emerging as a surprise threat in the Western Conference, while the Philadelphia 76ers continue to hold sway in the East. While the action continues on the court, there is also a lot to report off the hardwood, with roster moves, COVID tests, and injuries, among other items, making headlines this week. We are going to catch you up on all those stories in this piece. Let’s get right to it so you can betting against their NBA odds.
2021 NBA Betting News & Rumors February 16th Edition
The hope was that we would be able to get through the season without seeing too much of a negative impact from COVID. To this point, things have not been that bad, but we now have some cancelled games beginning to pop up on the schedule. The San Antonio Spurs have had 4 players test positive for the virus, which means that they will see their next 3 games cancelled. The test came after a recent game with the Charlotte Hornets, who are now in contact tracing protocols. The Hornets will see their next 2 games cancelled as they wait to see if any positive tests come to light in the coming days.
While we are now seeing teams missing games due to COVID, we are also seeing one of the best players in the league set to miss games due to injury. Anthony Davis underwent an MRI recently, which revealed that he had a calf strain. While the injury could certainly have been a whole lot worse, the Lakers announced that he will miss 2-3 weeks, after which the injury will be re-evaluated. We will no more at that time, but it would seem that the Lakers might just sit Davis until after the All-Star Break, which comes in the early part of March.
Speaking of the All-Star Game, a number of prominent players have been vocal in disagreeing with the decision to play the game. As it stands now, it is still scheduled to go ahead on March 7, but we will wait and see how things play out in the next couple of weeks. The league is going ahead with plans as normal and recently announced that the NBA will return to action on March 10, giving players a few extra days off after the All-Star Game has been played. We can only hope that everything will go smoothly and that everyone involved stays healthy.
The Brooklyn Nets are beginning to slip into high gear with their amazing trio of Durant, Harden, and Irving, but they are still tinkering with their 15-man roster in an effort to get better still. Their latest move saw them waive Norvel Pelle on Tuesday morning, opening up a spot that allowed them to sign free agent forward Andre Roberson. This was a player that they came close to picking up last month, so it is perhaps not that surprising to see them finally go out and get the deal done.
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