Sacramento has opened 0-2. The Lakers looked good in their opener, but then lost two in a row. Houston is only 1-2 and Memphis is 0-2 (Houston's only win was against Memphis). Detroit lost last night to Toronto led by Loren Woods!
Slow starts by projected playoff teams is hardly unusual, but with the West being as competative as it is no team can afford to dig a deep a hole in November. There are several interesting games this evening:
Sacramento at Houston: Neither team is playing well, but the Kings may be in trouble. With their chemistry problems, an 0-3 start could be a serious problem for the Kings. McGrady scored 30 against Memphis last night, but Rockets are coming off a back to back. BTW, McGrady scored more than 1/3 of the Rocket's points last night. it could go either way.
Utah at Denver: The Jazz are coming off two impressive wins, but this is the second of back to backs and is being played in Denver. The Nuggets beat the Timberwolves at home on Thursday, but still do not look like they are playing well as a team. This is a game that the Nuggets should win, but the Jazz have playing better.
Memphis at Dallas: The Mavs have started with a home win against the Kings and a win in New Orleans. Memphis is 0-2 (losing to the Wizzards and Rockets at home). The Grizzlies have been shooting only 42.2% while permitting 45% shooting by their opponents. Memphis is coming off a very poor game last night where they shot only 35.1% and scored a mere 81 points against the Rockets. Memphis faces a serious risk of going 0-3. To make matters worse, they have a moderately difficult schedule for November which includes against Houston, Lakers, Portland (starting strong), Sacramento twice, San Antonio, and Minnesota. If Memphis continues to struggle they could be out of contention by December.
BTW, Portland is like Phoenix in that their first two games were against weak opponents. In their case, they beat Golden State and the Clippers. Sunday's game in Toronto will be their first test. Toronto has defeated the Rockets and Pistons, making them the biggest surprise so far.