Another enjoyable week in the books. The Los Angeles Lakers encountered two Eastern Conference heavyweights with differing outcomes. Portland is still on “Dame Time,” Jimmy Butler made his return to the court, and the Memphis Grizzlies played their very first video game considering that January 18.

With a lot of teams near the 20-game mark, there is starting to be some separation in the Western Conference as the leading three groups retreat from the pack. The Eastern Conference is a different story with seeds one through 6 separated by 4 video games.

Trade reports started to fly last week, and a couple of gamers who could be on the relocation could shift the balance of power in the NBA. Eyes are on Washington and New Orleans, in particular, as both groups may become sellers by the March 25 trade due date. In spite of the deadline being almost 2 months away, a lot of totally free agents who signed with a brand-new team can be dealt after February 6.