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May 17th, 2022    

PTBN’s NBA-Team: Conference Finals Preview

We have finally reached the NBA’s version of the final four (The Eastern and Western Conference Finals), but are they the matchups we all thought they would be? Maybe not, but Adam Murray and Andrew Riche, Place To Be Nation’s NBA-Team on the Pop Feed, are here to preview them and predict some winners. Now that the Warriors are back in the conference finals with Steph, Klay and Draymond, are they ready to go back to the Finals or will the upset-happy Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks spoil the party in the Bay, too? The top seeds in the East between the Heat and Celtics, but how physical will it get after the Celtics went through a war against Giannis and the Bucks? Riche and Adam also talk about the Sixers’ failures, the upcoming NBA Draft lottery, defense still winning championships, and more! So suit up and take it out in episode 237 with the NBA-Team!

May 10th, 2022    

NBA-Team #236: 2022 Gone Fishin’ Part Two: The Weight of Expectations

With the 2021-2022 season in the books, we can now start to take a look back at some teams who had to deal with varying expectations, from a pencilled in Championship to absolutely none at all. In this episode, Andrew and Adam discuss ATL, LAC, CHI, CLE, LAl, CHA, BKN, and SA. Enjoy!

May 3rd, 2022    

PTBN’s NBA-Team: Conference Semis Preview

The NBA has found its elite eight teams as we move on to the second round of the Playoffs, and Adam Murray and Andrew Riche, are here to discuss all the matchups and recap the first round. Why is Adam so confident that the Embiid-less Sixers have zero chance against the Miami Heat? Will we finally get the epic Celtics/Bucks series that belly flopped three years ago? We’re Riche’s Pelicans a bigger scare for the Suns than the Mavericks are? Who wins the pace versus space battle between the Grizzlies and Warriors?
Should we get rid of the ref review cam so that they don’t think they are the stars of the show? A lot of questions, and we try to supply the answers and more! So suit up and take it out in episode 235 with the NBA-Team!

April 26th, 2022    

NBA-Team #234: 2022 Gone Fishin’ Part 1: Scratch & Win

With the 2021-2022 regular season in the books, we can now start to take a look back at some teams who quickly sunk to the bottom to collect all the possible lottery tickets they can. This episode Andrew and Adam discuss the shortcomings of the following teams: DET, IND, POR, ORL, HOU, WAS, OKC, SAC.

April 19th, 2022    

PTBN’s NBA-Team: 2022 First Round Preview

Someone fire up that Jim Mora sound bite because the NBA PLAYOFFS have finally begun and Adam Murray and Andrew Riche, Place To Be Nation’s NBA-Team, are here to preview all eight matchups. In this episode, the team talks about Heat/Hawks, Sixers/Raptors, Celtics/Nets, Bucks/Bulls in the East, then they discuss Suns/Pelicans, Mavericks/Jazz, Grizzlies/Timberwolves, and Warriors/Nuggets in the West. So suit up and take it out in episode 233 with the NBA-Team!

April 12th, 2022    

PTBN’s NBA-Team: Are You In, Off, or Out?

The regular season is just about over, but a lot of playoff and play-in races (along with some awards) are coming down to the wire, and Adam Murray and Andrew Riche, Place To Be Nation’s NBA-Team, are here to talk about all the scenarios! What should be the new term for playoff teams taking it easy? What should the Lakers ACTUALLY do now that their season is officially done? Can Toronto (and the vaccine-mandated Canadian border) make some noise as they surge thanks to Pascal Siakam and Scottie Barnes? Why does Adam believe that the MVP race is O-V-E-R? Riche and Adam also discuss play-in matchups, Jayson Tatum on a tear, and… the return of Kawhi Leonard?! Suit up, and take it out in episode 232 with the NBA-Team!

April 5th, 2022    

NBA Team 231: NCAA Team: Big Man on Campus: Part 2

As this year's Tournament comes to its conclusion, Andrew and Adam wrap up our discussion on the best prospects to walk through the respective campuses in the past 22 years.

March 28th, 2022    

NBA Team #230: The NCAA Team: Big Man on Campus Part 1

Now that the NCAA  tournament is in full swing, Andrew and Adam look back over this past century to debate who are the greatest NBA products to come out of all the college ranks. While some (Syracuse) are incredibly easy, others like UConn are a lot more difficult to peg. So sit back and enjoy some "oh yeah, he did go to that school" talk.

March 22nd, 2022    

PTBN’s NBA-Team: Super Max Me

After a gluttony of 50 and 60-point performances and very little movement in the standings, Adam Murray and Andrew Riche, Place To Be Nation’s NBA-Team, are ready to give you a nice serving of NBA basketball talk! Kyrie Irving is taking over on the road and Kevin Durant is taking over in Brooklyn, but is it sustainable? Are we in a word where the hottest team in the NBA… is the Minnesota Timberwolves? Who is in and out of the play-in? Riche and Adam also talk about LeBron and future members on the all-time scoring list, Karl-Anthony Towns going for 60 points and 17 rebounds, who will be eligible to renegotiate for super max deals, and much more! So suit up and take it out in episode 229 with the NBA-Team!

March 8th, 2022    

PTBN’s NBA-Team: A Seal Here and a Seal Here

No, Vince Lombardi is not back from the dead, but it looks like we have the dreaded glass ceiling in the NBA playoff standing. So Adam Murray and Andrew Riche, Place To Be Nation’s NBA-Team, are going to dive into the playoff/play-in scenarios. Why is Riche so excited about the new-look Pelicans… and Adam is suspicious about the sudden return of Zion Williamson? Is the Harden Honeymoon in Philly going to swoon all the way into June? They also discuss the Lakers, Kevin Durant’s return not being on national TV, and the Wizards trying to get back in the play-IN, and the  future NBA Champion Detroit Pistons?! Finally, Adam and Riche have another fiery debate about the most important team of our generation: Sam Hinkie’s 76ers. So suit up and take it out in episode 228 with the NBA-Team!

February 22nd, 2022    

PTBN’s NBA-Team: Back to the Futures

Betting season is gearing up for March Madness, Adam Murray and Andrew Riche, Place To Be Nation’s NBA-Team, are circling back to their own pre season win predictions for each team and see how they did. The results may surprise you. Riche and Adam also discuss the possibility of the Suns winning 60 or more games, awards predictions, some post-trade first looks, revisit the expansion draft last summer, and more! So suit up and take it out in episode 227 with the NBA-Team!

February 15th, 2022    

PTBN’s NBA-Team: Have Beard, Will Travel

The Super Bowl of NBA Twitter, the trade deadline, has passed, and Adam Murray and Andrew Riche, Place To Be Nation’s NBA-Team are coming in hot to talk about all the moves made this past week, from small to epic to shocking. How much better are the Sixers and Nets really after their blockbuster deal swapping James Harden and Ben Simmons? Why was the wildest moment involving the Kings and the Pacers? Did the Celtics tinker with their lineup a little too much now that they have an elite defense? Riche and Adam also talk about the Wizards, teams who didn’t make moves, Joel Embiid vs Giannis, and more! So suit up and take it in episode 226 with the NBA-Team!

February 8th, 2022    

PTBN’s NBA-Team: Watch Your Assets

A tradition unlike any other: The trade deadline is on Thursday, and Adam Murray and Andrew Riche, Place To Be Nation’s NBA-Team, are rolling out all the teams and all the names we might see getting handed off or handed over. Is the fantasy trade between James Harden and Ben Simmons really possible? Are the Portland Trail Blazers, with two max players, entering tank mode? Which teams might sneak in with some stealth deals to improve their playoff chances? Riche and Adam also discuss the Celtics, All-Star selections, the Norman Powell trade, and more! So suit and up and take it out in episode 225 with the NBA-Team!

January 25th, 2022    

PTBN’s NBA-Team: Ja Rules

It’s Ja Morant’s world right now and we are all living in it, and Adam Murray and Andrew Riche, Place To Be Nation’s NBA-Team, are here to talk about it, too, along with all things National Basketball Association. The Grizzlies and Cavs, who both won on MLK Day, are the new hot teams in the league, but will they get an offer they can’t refuse to beef up their rosters? Will Frank Vogel still be the head coach of the Lakers by the end of their road trip? Can they Atlanta Hawks get back in the playoffs despite being dead last in defense? Riche and Adam also discuss the Grayson Allen foul on Alex Caruso, Anfernee Simons, trades, Joel Embiid destroying the Magic, and much more! So suit up and take it out in episode 224 with the NBA-Team!

January 11th, 2022    

PTBN’s NBA-Team: The Blip

After a not-so-Merry Christmas for NBA fans during the Omicron variant surge, Adam Murray and Andrew Riche, Place To Be Nation's NBA-Team, have returned from the holiday break to start fresh on the new year for the 2021-22 NBA season. On this episode, they catch up on the replacement player wave, how teams are handling the health and safety protocol, and Kyrie Irving's road game return to the Nets. Is the worst wave of team stoppages behind us? Are the Atlanta Hawks going to miss the playoffs? Can Dirk Nowitzki score in an NBA game right now? Did Lance Stephenson really score 20 points in a quarter or was that a fever dream? Riche and Adam also discuss the Raptors' strange home court advantage... with no fans, DeMar DeRozan's buzzer beaters, the surging Memphis Grizzlies, and more! So suit up and take it out with the NBA-Team!

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