The NBA season is now in full swing and it looks as though we are going to have some exciting races to follow in both conferences. There are, though, still concerns about the potential for a disruption to the season due to the pandemic, but we saw a couple of pieces of news this week that suggest things are looking very good in that area. We will get to that in a moment, but we also be focusing on some other headlines that are making news this week, so with a lot to cover, let’s get right to it and then can continue making your bets against their NBA odds.
2021 NBA Betting News & Rumors February 4th Edition
While the season began without too much of a hitch, there were some concerns about the ability to host an All-Star Game this season. The league and the player’s association had some work to do there, but when the voting began this week, it was viewed as a sign that progress was being made towards getting the All-Star Game in place. It now looks as though things will be finalized by the NBA and the PA sometime on Thursday, with the game expect to move from Indianapolis to Atlanta. There are no real details on how the game will look or what else will be involved, but more details should be coming ASAP.
There will almost certainly be several players who do not agree with playing the ASG, as well as a few who will likely opt out. After some wobble moments, the players and the league appear to be doing a good job of preventing outbreaks that could potentially have an impact on the schedule. Since January 27, there have been no positive COVID tests recorded, and while that is still a relatively small window of time, it should be viewed as a sign that everyone is taking things seriously.
As we get closer to the trade deadline, which comes next month, we are going to continue hearing rumors about players potentially on the move. One player that has come up recently is Victor Oladipo of the Houston Rockets. One team allegedly keeping an eye on the situation is the New York Knicks, who were apparently interested in acquiring Oladipo in the offseason. That did not play out, but that does not mean that they aren’t interested in getting him. This might well be a move that we see made once we get closer to the deadline.
It has not been the best start to the season for the Toronto Raptors, but it is clear that they are still more than happy with their front office. Bobby Webster, who joined the organization in 2013 as vice president of basketball management before taking the GM position in 2017, has been given a multi-year contract extension by the Raptors. Toronto went from strength to strength after hiring Webster as GM, winning a championship just 2 years later, so this is certainly not that much of a surprise.