Ben and Zach review the week that was in the NBA, including looking at key fantasy matchups, diving into what's hot in NBA Twitter, and much more.
What a week it was in the NBA. We start it off by revealing who we voted for in the All-Star Game (2:04). Then, we look at how well Ja Morant and Joel Embiid have played recently, plus grading how good LeBron is at being a GM (9:25). We also hail the return of Klay Thompson and what it means to the Warriors' playoff hopes (24:00). Finally, our Stat of the Week is none other than podcast favorite Kyle Kuzma (31:04).
The Chicago Bulls are in first place in the Eastern Conference so we look at how sustainable that is and if they have a shot at a Finals appearance (2:31). Then we look at the struggles of the Nets and why they've lost three in a row and if their Big Three can work together (13:01). The NBA is getting healthier and Josh Giddey makes history for OKC (34:12). Our Stat of the Week has TWO stats this week, too (38:19).
It's our 100th episode! We talk a lot about Russell Westbrook this week, how good he is and how much he helps and hurts the Lakers this season (3:55). The Grizzlies are one of the NBA's best teams and is DeMar DeRozan an MVP candidate? (15:40). Then, can the Cavs keep winning without Darius Garland and the Nets are fully healthy (28:27). Nikola Jokic is doing MVP things again for our Stat of the Week (32:20).
Happy holidays for our Christmas week episode! We're thankful for all our listeners around the world, so we listen to your voicemails first (2:28). Then, we talk about how Covid has hit the NBA with cancellations and replacement players galore (8:56). Are the Lakers good enough to make The Finals and win a championship? (19:44). There're plenty of Christmas Day games to talk about and we make our predictions for them (25:42). Plus, our Stat of the Week (31:29).
Steph has broken the three-point record! So, of course, we talk about LeBron and the Lakers being back...(1:27). Evan Mobley and the Cavs have shown teeth, are they playoff contenders? Are the Jazz Finals contenders? And the Knicks stink again (11:23). We also hit on things we want to see this week including the NBA taking action on COVID issues (23:05). KD is our Stat of the Week this week (29:15). Voicemail lin3, open 24/7: 773-273-9088
This week, we're talking everything Phoenix Suns with SB Nation's Dave King, including the win streak, DeAndre Ayton, and a possible Conference Finals run (22:26). We look at how COVID is spreading through the league and Embiid's comeback (2:44). Also, the Grizzlies are winning without Ja in a BIG way (6:20) and the Bulls are cruising with the help of Ayo (16:00).
We're back after a Thanksgiving break and we have A LOT on our minds. We start with our One Big Things from the week (2:44) which includes the Eastern Conference's dominance. Then, we buy the Knicks being bad and the Suns being good and sell the Blazers (10:55). We look at what we want to see this week (27:00) and Zach gives his bet of the week!
Another fun NBA week to recap AND we talk with the Washington Post's Wizards reporter Ava Wallace (38:17). Of course, we have some fun listener voicemails (2:15) and we give our One Big Thing of the week including Health and Safety Protocols and bad team finishes (7:18). Do we buy DeMar DeRozan as an MVP? What's going on with the T-Wolves and the Suns are on a nine-game win streak (15:40). We look towards this next week with things we want to see from the teams with double-digit wins and the Blazers (25:27). We have our Stat of the week, too (32:35). Listener Voicemail Line: (773)-273-9088
Jokic and his brothers want to fight the Morris Twins, so of course, we have to talk about who would win. We also listen to our listener voicemails (1:58) and debate if Jokic could beat Jimmy Butler in a fight and analyze why the 76ers have been so god (9:33). We play Dunk or Deny with Russell Westbrook's play this year and the Cavs' success (17:50). What We Want to See This Week consists of the T-Wolves, Hawks, and Lakers all playing better (34:13) and Steph makes another appearance as a Stat of the Week (41:52).
We're two weeks into the NBA season so it's time to start making big hot takes. We do our One Big Thing of the week around the league lacking a serious contender and new officiating changes (2:05). We then buy blowing up the Blazers and the Wizards' success and sell the Lakers being bad (13:45). We also give our Kyle Kuzma update (17:03). We look at what we want to see from teams this week (26:55) and have our Stat of the Week (36:45). Finally, Zach gives his bet of the week (39:15).
We've got one week of the new NBA season under our belts and with the new season comes new segments! We've got three new segments in the show, but first, give out our Voicemail Prompt (2:00) and listen to our voicemails (3:25). Then, in One Big Thing of the week, we talk the Bulls' undefeated start and the entertaining Hornets (7:00). In Dunk or Deny, we look at Davion Mitchell's defense and the Grizzlies' playoff hopes (10:35). We talk over what we want to see this week from the Celtics, Lakers, and Nets (21:10), and finally, Zach gives out a bet (32:50). Voicemail prompt: Which team that started poorly do you still believe in? Voicemail number: 773-273-9088
Folks, the NBA season is finally back! So that means it's our big Preview Episode! We listen to your feedback and expectations on the voicemail line (4:06) and then look at how each conference is going to stack up and who can be conference champion (9:05). We go over our sleeper teams and players (25:56) and then give out all our postseason award predictions (32:07). Finally, we look at the numbers and give some of our best bets for Opening Night and Wednesday's games (44:03).
In our last team preview episode of the offseason, we talk with Miami Herald sportswriter Anthony Chiang all about the Miami Heat, including Jimmy Butler and Bam's chemistry, Tyler Herro's role, their chances vs. the Nets, and where they can finish in the East (22:40). We also go through our voicemail (2:38) and talk about Ben Simmons holding out (6:31) and Kyrie missing games due to being unvaccinated (9:20). And Ben gets out all of his excitement about the Chicago Bulls' season (19:27).
New coach, same core, new hope? We talk with NBC Sports Boston's Amina Smith all about the Boston Celtics, including what to know about new head coach Ime Udoka, playoff expectations, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown's potential, and more! (3:04). Call our 24/7 hot takes hotline and leave your NBA thoughts to be played on the podcast: 773-273-9088
It's time to preview one of the Eastern Conference's top teams in the Brooklyn Nets. We talk with Jomboy Media talent and manager of Talkin' Nets Keith McPherson all about the Nets' offseason, Kyrie Irving's media day, what to expect from Kyrie, Harden, and KD, if the Nets can beat the Milwaukee Bucks, his thoughts on Steve Nash, and Patty Mills' upcoming season (7:37). We also hit on Michael Porter Jr.'s extension with the Denver Nuggets and whether he can live up to the money.
It's a double team preview day! We have SB Nation's BrewHoop's co-managing editor Mitchell Maurer on to talk everything Bucks, including Giannis's improvement, grading offseason moves, and expectations playing against the Nets (3:06). Then, we talk with Pistons Beat Writer for Detroit Free Press Omari Sankofa about the No. 1 overall pick Cade Cunningham, the Pistons' rebuild, expectations, and play-in game chances (22:58). Don't forget to call the 24/7 voicemail line with your NBA takes: 773-273-9088
Can the Bulls crack the top 5 in the East? We talked with Stadium host Camron Smith all about the Chicago Bulls, including grading their offseason additions, Coby White and Zach LaVine's futures, playoff expectations, chemistry, and Ayo (15:47). We also take a listen to your voicemails (2:49) and answers questions on the Lakers, John Wall, and the Detroit Pistons. Leave ALL your NBA takes on our voicemail: 773-273-9088
We go down to Memphis, TN this week to talk everything Grizzlies with SB Nation's Joe Mullinax. We talk about the Grizzlies' future, playoff chances, Ja Morant's improvement this season, and trade rumors, plus, Joe gives his Grizzlies Hot Take (15:31). The Voicemail line is hot, hot, hot as the takes keep flying in and is becoming the best part of the show (3:41). And finally, the newest Basketball HOF class getting enshrined this week (10:32). VOICEMAIL LINE: 773-273-9088
We go to Ohio this week to get the inside scoop on the Cavs' offseason with BasketballNews.com Editor and Writer Spencer Davies (7:10). We also go back to our voicemail with an interesting question about Chris Paul that splits Ben and Zach (2:05). Call and now Text (!) our voicemail line: 773-273-9088
We're joined this week by now-reoccurring guest SB Nation writer for Indy Cornrows Caitlin Cooper to preview everything Indiana Pacers including her thoughts on their starting lineup strength, new head coach Rick Carlisle, and her hottest take for their season (6:20). We also play some new voicemails we have from the Points Painters and preview what's to come in the next couple of weeks! Call our voicemail 24/7 to leave NBA takes to be played on the podcast: 773-273-9088
We start our offseason team preview series in Texas! We talk with SB Nation writer and podcaster Lauren Gunn all about the Dallas Mavericks, Luka's relationship with new head coach Jason Kidd, and her predictions for this upcoming season (4:10). Next, we head southeast to Houston where we chat with SB Nation's Lachard Binkley about Jalen Green, the young roster, and the Rockets' crucial upcoming season (27:00). We also give a listen to our new voicemail (2:40) which you can call 24/7 with your NBA takes at 773-273-9088!
We've got some show updates to give since we're now in the offseason. Including the start of our Voicemail line! Give us a call and voice your NBA opinions. Call 773-273-9088 to leave a message on our voicemail and we'll play them on the podcast! We also look at how the rookies are doing in Summer League, and Draymond calls out the Team USA haters.
We have a SHOW this week! It was a wild start to NBA free agency, so we bounce around the league looking at some of the bigger moves like the Bulls, Lakers, Wizards, and Heat. And, as always, we have to give out our winners and losers of free agency. Is there a new favorite to win the East? How will the Lakers all fit together? We try to answer all of these questions. Plus, a look at Team USA and Kyle Lowry's legacy in Toronto.
The Bucks are NBA Champs! We talk about their Game 6 win and what it means for Giannis (1:53). We look at everything we expect to happen in the offseason, including looking at some of the juicier trade rumors (9:30). Team USA did not have a good start to the Olympics, so we look at what's wrong (28:58) and overreact about the state of basketball education in the country (35:57). Finally, NBA Twitter was crazy once again this week, so we talk about Giannis and Chik-Fil-A, Ben Simmons ghosting the 76ers, and trade rumors galore (40:41).
We get you ready for everything Game 6! What do the Bucks need to do to win it all? How can the Suns force a Game 7? All of our keys to Game 6 in this episode (17:49). We also go through some bets we're eying (22:53). Also, we take a look at what NBA Twitter is talking about with CJ and Dame trade rumors and Team USA playing well (30:45).
We take a look at everything Game 5, including what the Suns need to do to win back at home and how Giannis can win his first Finals MVP. We give our Best Bets for Game 5 (16:48) and also take a look at some Dame trade rumors floating around Twitter and an unusual name gets added to Team USA for the Olympics (22:52).
The Bucks pull within one game of the Suns, so we get the scoop on everything Bucks with SB Nation/BrewHoops writer and podcaster Kyle Carr (26:37). We also review Game 3 and preview Game 4 of the Finals (1:36). We give our best bets for Game 4 (18:19) and look at some history that Giannis made (24:53). Our NBA Twitter talk consists of Giannis's shoe game, Cam Johnson's poster, and the Magic's new head coach (38:50).
It's FINALLY Finals time! We take a look at everything Phoenix Suns with SB Nation Suns writer and podcaster Dave King (26:49). We recap a fun Game 1 (2:08) with a historic Stat of the Week (6:42). We look at some good betting strategies and picks for Game 2 (20:32) and see all the fun NBA Twitter is having with Giannis and CP3 (53:59).
The Conference Finals are in full swing so we take a look at how each series is going, from the Suns/Clippers series (0:56) to the Bucks/Hawks (8:21). We also give some of our bets for the upcoming games (21:45). There were a lot of coaching vacancies filled this past week, so we talk about the best and worst ones and who we think will succeed with their new teams (25:53). Scottie Pippen had a lot to say about KD, Phil Jackson, and the Bulls in '94, and we ask if Dame will still be on the Blazers next season (42:24).
There are only FOUR teams left and we had some fun Game 7s this weekend. We talk all about those two Game 7s and what it means for each team, and also the disappearing act of Ben Simmons and what the 76ers should do with their $100 million man (1:29). Then we preview the Conference Finals matchups (22:10) and give our best bets for each game coming up (31:23). Finally, we have some new coaching candidate names becoming finalists for jobs (37:50).
It was a wild morning and afternoon in the NBA. Lots of big injury news (1:10), plus more coach firings (18:56), and LeBron tweeting at the NBA. We talk about all of it on the emergency pod because we just couldn't wait until next Monday.
The Suns are the first team to make it into the Conference Finals, so we talk about the impact CP3 has had on that team and how they were able to sweep the Nuggets (2:37). Is Chris Paul a top 5 PG of all time? (10:59). We also look at the coaching carousel and try to match available coaches with teams that need them (31:05). And on NBA Twitter, Suns fans fighting Nuggets fans while predicting the future (40:09).
We recap a fun Game 7 and look ahead toward all the Second Round series, and give our predictions for each one! Game 7 Recap: 1:04 Bucks/Nets: 9:20 76ers/Hawks: 14:40 Jazz/Clippers: 22:05 Nuggets/Suns: 29:11 Predictions: 38:35
We talk everything to expect with Game 5's, who looks dominant, and what is going on with all of the crazy NBA fans? 1:40 Playof Takeaways 2:40 Bucks sweep Heat 7:35 Nets/Celtics 11:20 Lakers/Suns 16:48 Nuggets/Blazers 21:18 Knicks/Hawks 28:01 Clippers/Mavs 32:22 76ers/Wizards 36:05 Grizzlies/Jazz Crazy Fans: 38:51
It's FINALLY playoff time! We recap all of the playoff series' Game 1's and what we expect to happen this week: Grizzlies/Jazz: 1:35 Lakers/Suns: 8:10 Knicks/Hawks: 16:20 Nets/Celtics: 20:57 Nuggets/Blazers: 24:30 Clippers/Mavs: 28:52 Heats/Bucks: 31:56 76ers/Wizards: 36:35
Our guest this week is Sports Illustrated's Gambling Expert Ben Heisler, we talk all about the NBA play-in games and what to expect for some playoff futures (19:31). We talk all about our predictions for the play-in games and who we expect to cover (1:35). The NBA Twitter discussion this week revolves around Dame Lillard winning a fan money and LeBron saying Steph Curry should be MVP (40:04).
With the end of the regular season almost here, we look at everything going on with the play-in games and how the Lakers might be playing chess (2:18). We look back at our preseason award predictions to see how correct we ended up being (11:25). We also discuss the legacy of Russell Westbrook and how his triple-double record impacts how people see him as a player (22:42). Finally, we react to the craziness of the NBA Twitter including huge Mother's Day gifts, Luka's punches, and Jaylen Brown's injury (31:05).
Our top story this week is all about the Los Angeles Lakers and their struggles in the recent weeks and what it will take for them to get to The Finals (1:20). Plus, we look at the implications of the Bucks-Nets game (10:06). We overreact about the NBA play-in games (15:50) and look at a new way to bet on the NBA before the playoffs start (21:38). LeBron comments on the play-in games (26:50) and Jayson Tatum scores 60 points and what it means for the Celtics (33:40).
With the final stretch of the season underway, we look at where things stand for the play-in tournament and who we think will get in (1:35). We also look at if Steph Curry deserves some MVP recognition (11:05). We look at what teams we're betting on to end the regular season (18:28), and overreact to Julius Randle winning the MVP (23:42). We talk about the goings-on of NBA Twitter, including Kevin Love's bizarre behavior (27:20). Finally, Bradley Beal is our Stat of the Week (39:15).
Our guest this week is SB Nation/Indy Cornrows writer Caitlin Cooper. We talk with her about everything Pacers, the MVP race, and if this season should come with an asterisk (17:45). We have two Stories of the Week that include the Knicks' resurgence and Steph Curry being hot, hot, hot (1:20). We have two new teams you need to start betting on (10:14), and we overreact to this NBA season being "off" (32:16). Finally, we react to NBA Twitter's talk of injuries, Zion to NY, and Coby White's wild mid-game text message (36:04).
We talk all about the Boston Celtics this week and how their play has improved towards the end of the season. Do we trust them in the playoffs, though? (1:17). NEW SEGMENT where we speak our truths on the Heat and Hawks (8:42). Betting Corner is still dominated by the Suns, and Zach has a key Zion bet (16:12). Kyrie fighting and RJ Barrett rising in our NBA Twitter discussion (21:27). And finally, our Stat of the Week is from Jayson Tatum (30:00).
It's our Denver-themed episode this week where we look at how good they have become after trading for Aaron Gordon (5:20). Can Jokic win MVP? Or does Dame have a shot at the award? (15:10). We look at the best to rely on if you want to win 1st half spread bets (22:46). Giannis is our Stat of the Week with an inside game in the paint (35:17).
The Nets have made yet another All-Star addition to their team, so we try to figure out what in the world the Brooklyn Nets are doing (1:30). After the trade deadline, we look at how some of the new players have been adjusting to their new squads (7:40). And the Pelicans still rule the Overs while the Suns are our best team to bet on in Betting Corner (21:47). We also look at James Harden's MVP comments and Draymond Green's craziness (30:08). Finally, our Stat of the Week is 'Zero'....(41:08).
It was a VERY exciting Trade Deadline in 2021, so we look at what all the big moves mean, including Vucivic to the Chicago Bulls, Oladipo to the Heat, Fournier to the Celtics, Aaron Gordon to the Nuggets, and a lot more. We look at who won and who lost the trade deadline day and also why some big names WEREN'T traded. Our Stat of the Week is a wild one about the Oklahoma City Thunder (44:34).
The first week of the 2nd half of the season in the books, we look at the directions of the best and worst teams in the league (3:46). We also look at the upcoming trade deadline and look at where some of the top trade-eligible players could end up (13:30). Finally, for Betting Corner, there's a new best team to bet on in the NBA (30:52). We also look at what's going on on NBA Twitter, including some Grammy talk (37:22), and find out why our Stat of the Week is '5' (45:27).
After a full day of All-Star activities, we recap the whole day, including the dunk contest, Giannis's MVP, and what changes could be made to future All-Star Weekends (0:50). With the 2nd half of the NBA season approaching, we give our predictions on what we expect, where the top teams can go, and some unexpected playoff teams (19:16). On Betting Corner, we look at what teams to bet on in the 2nd half of the NBA season and who to rely on to hit all of the overs (30:30).
We're joined this week by Stadium and MSG Network Host Camron Smith to talk about the Utah Jazz, All-Star selections, Chicago Bulls, and Damian Lillard's MVP case (18:40). Our Story of the Week talks about the Milwaukee Bucks' resurgence and their improved play (1:40). Our Betting Corner looks at the best and worst teams ATS and how dominant the Pelicans' overs have been (9:11). Lloyd Pierces firing from the Atlanta Hawks and bad officiating were trending on NBA Twitter this week (42:21), and Draymond Green and the entire Houston Rockets have our Stats of the Week (61:51).
This week, we go around the NBA and talk about Zach LaVine with ESPN 1000 radio host Chris Bleck (26:38). Our Story of the Week talks about the Nets' winning streak and how serious of a contender they can be in the East (3:00). On Betting Corner, we look at the hottest team to bet on right now and a new team has the most Overs on the year (18:00). NBA Twitter talks about the All-Star starters and Dame Lillard calls out the T-Wolves (67:03). Our stat of the week focuses on Jamal Murray and Joel Embiid (71:25).
This week we're talking Chicago Bulls basketball with guest Stephen Noh (24:41). We talk everything Bulls from Zach LaVine's possible all-star season to the play of the veterans to Billy Donovan's coaching. Our Top Story segment is a look at midseason MVP candidates and some outside shots we like to win the award (2:24). In our Betting Corner segment, we heap praise on the Utah Jazz, and talk about one team that continues to be undervalued (17:10). We also talk about the Bucks' struggles and Giannis's play (42:23) and overreact about Brad Stevens being on the hot seat (59:10).