2020-21 NBA Preview

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The NBA returns on Tuesday night. The league is back in action following an off-season that was less than 80 days.

The teams did have off for nearly six months prior to the re-start of the season. The Association was shut down from March 12th through the end of July due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Kevin Durant attempts to dunk the basketball against the Boston Celtics (Photo by the Brooklyn Nets/Instagram)

This new season is expected to last 72 regular season games. The playoffs are tentatively scheduled to run from May 22nd through July 22nd.

The coronavirus pandemic has caused the Toronto Raptors to be kicked out of Canada for this season. Canadian officials will not allow the team to travel to the country.

Therefore, the Raptors will call Amalie Arena their home for the adjusted season.

There are nine new head coaches with their respective teams this season.

The Los Angeles Lakers will look to repeat this season. They are one of the favorites to win, as the new season is just hours away.

The Lakers are currently three point favorites over the Clippers, according to Sports Betting Dime, to win tonight’s opener at The Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

In October, the Lakers defeated the Miami Heat in six games to win the 2020 NBA Championship. The Heat put up a valiant effort; however, Los Angeles was just took much.

The win gave the Lakers their 17th NBA Championship.

With a new season, there are new aspirations for teams around the league. While the Lakers have a stacked roster once again with the additions of Marc Gasol and Dennis Schröder, the rest of the league will attempt to take the ring away from them over the next several months.

The Brooklyn Nets are finally going to see the debut of Kevin Durant. He has been sidelined since June 2019 when he tore his Achilles’ tendon.

The Nets should be much improved under first-year head coach Steve Nash.

Durant’s former team took a huge blow in November. Klay Thompson — who was looking to return since June 2019 — tore his Achilles’ tendon in Los Angeles, California, as he was preparing for the new season.

Now, with his latest injury, Thompson will not play again until the start of the 2021-22 season at the earliest.

This was a huge blow to the Warriors, who were hoping to contend for the Championship this year.

There’s a new crop of rookies, who will grace the NBA floors at their respective home arenas around the league this season. Anthony Edwards was the No. 1 overall pick in November’s 2020 NBA Draft.

Edwards was not able to get much of the fan-fare due to the coronavirus pandemic. He was not the only one, as the NBA draft prospects were not able to travel to New York to have their pictures taken with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.

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