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Stinar For Three, Episode 8: Best Games To Watch This Weekend

Fastbreak on FanNation reporter Ben Stinar sat down with publisher Tom Brew to talk about the best games to watch this weekend in Episode 8 of our daily video on hot topics around the league.

The NBA season is in full swing as all 30 NBA teams have begun their 2021-22 regular season. 

This upcoming weekend there are a lot of good games to keep an eye out on. 

Bucks at Spurs: 

The defending NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks take on one of the best dynasties in modern-day sports. 

While the San Antonio Spurs aren't quite the team they were over the last 20+ years that saw them win four NBA Championships, they do still have Gregg Popovich as head coach. 

Therefore, it's a good test for the defending champs to go into a building that has never been easy to win in, and go up against one of the best basketball minds in the history of the game. 

The Spurs crushed the Orlando Magic in their first game of the season, and the Bucks blew out the Brooklyn Nets. 

However, the Bucks got blown out themselves against the Miami Heat on Thursday. 

Suns at Lakers: 

This is a rematch from last year's first round of the playoffs that saw the Phoenix Suns knock off LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers in six games. 

There is not as much shame for James and the Lakers that they lost because the Suns ended up winning the entire conference and making the NBA Finals. 

However, this season's teams is a much different looking roster than last year. 

The Lakers have newcomers like Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony. 

Meanwhile, the Suns return most of their key-players. 

The game will be a great test for the Lakers to see where they are with one of the other elite teams in the conference (they lost to the Warriors on Tuesday). 

Both teams come in 0-1. 

Nets at 76ers: 

This game will be the one that draws all of the headlines on Friday. 

However, all of the headlines will be for off the court reasons. 

Ben Simmons does not appear as if he will playing for the 76ers anytime soon (see Tweet below from The Athletic's Shams Charania) and the Nets are without All-Star Kyrie Irving due to the team not allowing him to be a part-time player (he is not vaccinated and is not allowed to play in home games in New York City). 

Overall, it still is two of the best teams in the Eastern Conference squaring off, and they will both get a feel for where they are while each missing one of their best players.