5 Best Individual NBA Matchups in December
The 5 Best Individual NBA Matchups in December is strict as there are so many great NBA games including the Christmas matchups. Here is our look at the 5 Best Individual NBA Matchups in December.
Kevin Durant versus Lebron James
Quicken Loans Arena December 17th
The number one Best Individual NBA Matchups in December. Lebron James will be the host of this one, but when these two play each other, the venue doesn’t change much. A year ago, they were considered the best two players in the NBA, with James being 1A and Durant 1B. It is hard to find a flaw in the game of either one and every time they face each other; it comes to nuances and single moments that decide the winner. Durant has also improved his defensive play to the point he now guards James on most of the possessions. On the other side, James always takes the challenge of guarding the best player on the opposing team. Back from his foot injury, Durant is posting numbers that we are used to seeing: 28ppg on 53% shooting overall and 47% from behind the lane. James has always been a more all-around player with rebounds and assists on his resume. Cavaliers vs Thunder tickets start at $65.00.
Anthony Davis versus Marc Gasol,
Smoothie King Center December 1st
The number two Best Individual NBA Matchups in December. The game will be played in New Orleans, in what will be a battle of old versus new. Marc Gasol is arguably the best all-around center in the league right now, with Davis being the younger, more athletic and explosive player that would love to have that crown. To make things more interesting, both Gasol and Davis are as great defensive players as they are offensive. Few people can guard Gasol, as he has a plethora of moves, and he can also pass and facilitate the offence. Davis is not on that level yet, but he is as explosive as they come. And he now shoots 3s, which will take Gasol out of his comfort zone in the paint and force him to guard Davis at the perimeter. Simply put, a joy to watch. Pelicans vs Grizzlies tickets start at $5.00.
Kristaps Porzingis versus Dirk Nowitzki
Madison Square Garden December 7th
The number three Best Individual NBA Matchups in December. In the words of Dirk, “The kid is for real”. If there is one young player that resembles Dirk and his play that is Porzingis. The young Latvian player was heavily criticised for going so high to New York, but his play in the first month in the NBA has proven doubters wrong. He is big, quick, has a nice soft touch from outside, and can rebind and defend. Or in other words, everything Dirk can do, Porzingis can do as well, in addition to his great shot-blocking ability and defence. It is hard to see this turning into a shooting matchup between the two, as Carmelo might swoop in to take the spotlight, but if Kelly Olynyk could give Dirk his signature one leg stepback jumper, Porzingis can show the German he has soft touch as well. Mavericks vs Knicks tickets start at $74.00.
Carmelo Anthony versus Lebron James
Quicken Loans Arena December 23rd
The number four Best Individual NBA Matchups in December. The rivalry between these two goes back to their high school years as they managed to pack the venues and get national TV coverage for their duels even then. They went 1 and 2 in the 2003 Draft, and while many expected the two to battle for championship head to head, that hasn’t happened yet. James got two rings with Miami, while Carmelo is still looking for his first. And if there is one scorer that James has troubles guarding, that has to be Melo. The only thing that could make this matchup even more interesting is if the home arena was Madison Square Garden. Sadly, it isn’t, but that doesn’t mean these two won’t put on a show. Cavaliers vs Knicks tickets start at $62.00.
Blake Griffin versus LaMarcus Aldridge,
AT&T Center December 18th
The number 5 Best Individual NBA Matchups in December. We had to put someone’s name in this matchup, but you can say this is as best as they come. Spurs versus Clippers is an epic NBA matchup, as both teams are covered on every position with players that are as competitive as they come. Parker versus CP3, Danny Green versus Redick on the shooting, and then you have Duncan and Jordan in the paint. Speaking of Griffin versus Aldridge, these two were in the competition for best power forward in the league for quite some time, and they still are. Griffin is the more powerful player, while LaMarcus has that sweat touch from 18-feet that Blake is trying to add to his repertoire. Spurs vs Clippers tickets start at $60.00.
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