Although we haven’t quite reached the halfway point in the NBA season, we’ve over the holiday hump, so teams are either coasting or looking to string together a good amount of wins before the All-Star break. In the second week of the new year, the NBA schedule has a top team taking on the squad that the basketball world loves to hate to love. Read up and find out this week’s game of the week below.
The San Antonio Spurs have been a top team for quite a while now, and it seems as though, as long as Tim Duncan and Tony Parker are on the roster, that won’t change any time soon. If they’re not at the top of the Western Conference, they’re usually hovering around those parts. This season is no exception as they’ve once again solidified their position among the elite teams in the league by sticking to their brand of basketball, maintaining the same core players while switching out the role-playing pieces as needed.
Normally, the same could be said about the LA Lakers, but this season’s record has been anything but normal. Although they’ve kept Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Metta World Peace in the fold, as well as adding superstar center Dwight Howard and two-time MVP Steve Nash, the Lakers’ output has been largely underwhelming. Despite that development, they’re still one of the top teams to watch, and with their star power, they look to be on the verge of stringing together some wins and getting back on top.
This matchup, on January 9, will take place at the AT&T Center in San Antonio. Seeing as the Lakers will be on the road and will have played the Houston Rockets the previous night, we don’t expect them to fly away from San Antonio with the W. The chemistry that the Spurs have will overmatch the LA Lakers and their lack thereof.
Check out this week’s game, and also take a look at our Spurs and Lakers apparel to stock up on some of your favorite team’s gear.