This is the Jump Ball’s weekly TV Guide for NBA fans. We point out what games are must watch TV each week.
Monday, 8 games on tap for the first Monday of the league.
Memphis Grizzlies (2-0) vs Houston Rockets (3-0)
The Grizzlies are coming off a big win against the Warriors are now heading to Houston to take on the Rockets. Second round rookie, Dillon Brooks has been a surprise so far for the Grizzlies.
Washington Wizards (2-0) vs Denver Nuggets (1-1)
The Wizards on starting a West Coast swing against the Nuggets. John Wall and Bradley Beal are off to a great start despite struggling from deep, shooting 16.7% and 28.6% from three. Nuggets star Nikola Jokic has struggled to score to start the season but still is averaging 10.5 boards and 7.5 assists. Will Barton and Gary Harris are red hot from three to start the season, it’s probably not sustainable all season but fun while it lasts.
Tuesday, it’s a 6 game slate but really only the late games are interesting.
New Orleans Pelicans (1-2) vs Portland Trail Blazers (2-1)
The Pelicans played the Warriors tough and then nearly blew a 20 point lead against the Lakers will head to Portland to play the Blazers. The Pelicans better shore up their three-point defense as the Blazers are leading the league in three point percentage hitting 48.6%. Evan Turner is also off to a fine start of the season giving the Blazers a boast and adding another playmaker to their lineup.
Utah Jazz (2-1) vs Los Angeles Clippers (2-0)
The rematch of last season’s playoff still has some bite despite a Gordon Hayward and Chris Paul moving on. This is the Clippers first real game after taking on the Lakers and Suns. The battle between Rudy Gobert and DeAndre Jordan will definitely be a fun one to keep an eye on. It’s early in the season but this is another one of those games that can affect the playoffs down the road.
Wednesday, 10 games on tap with ESPN hosting two games.
Houston Rockets (3-0) vs Philadelphia 76ers (0-3)
The last time the Rockets were in Houston, Embiid put on a show with 32 points but unfortunately this was his last game of the season. James Harden is picking up where he left off averaging 27 points and 8 assists, while Eric Gordon has looked good despite struggling with his long range shooting.
Indiana Pacers (1-2) vs Oklahoma City Thunder (1-2)
This is Paul George’s first game against the Pacers so I would expect him to really get up for this game. The Thunder are still trying to figure out the right ratio of shots between their big three. The game may turn ugly quickly if Myles Turner doesn’t play with a concussion.
Toronto Raptors (2-0) vs Golden State Warriors (1-2)
The Warriors are suffering from a championship hangover need to get their stuff together as the Raptors come into town. Keep an eye on promising Raptors rookie OG Anuoby, he can develop into quite a player for Toronto.
Bonus Game Washington Wizards (2-0) vs Los Angeles Lakers (1-2)
This game could turn into a blowout quickly but it will be fun to watch how rookie Lonzo Ball will fair against superstar John Wall.
Thursday, 5 games this night, two on TNT.
Boston Celtics (1-2) vs Milwaukee Bucks (2-1)
This is the second time these teams are playing in two weeks. Giannis Antetokounmpo is continuing his MVP run averaging 38.7 ppg, 9.7 rpg, and 5 apg while the Celtics are still trying to find the right mix of Kyrie Iso and team ball movement.
Los Angeles Clippers (2-0) vs Portland Trail Blazers (2-1)
The Clippers and Blazers have had some battles over the years going back to two playoffs ago. The Clippers will be without their best playmaker in Milos Teodosic indefinitely with the foot injury he suffered on Saturday night. This match up will come down to the three point line, as mentioned earlier the Blazers are the top three pointing team in the league and the Clippers so far lead the league in defense against the three ball.
New Orleans Pelicans (1-2) vs Sacramento Kings (1-2)
This won’t be a great game, might not even be a good one but its DeMarcus Cousins’ first game in Sacramento since being trade last year. The Jump Ball is more interested in seeing the reception he’ll receive in Sac-Town.
Friday, 9 games on the docket but two game really have my eye.
Oklahoma City Thunder (1-2) vs Minnesota Timberwolves (2-1)
These two teams on Sunday gave probably the best game so far this season. Carmelo Anthony hit a good ahead three and Andrew Wiggins banked in a game winner from a few steps past half court. This was a great game, Wiggins and Russell Westbrook were dueling down the stretch, Karl Anthony-Towns and Steven Adams were wrestling in the paint. This is a can’t miss rematch.
Washington Wizards (2-0) vs Golden State Warriors (1-2)
Wall, Beal and company continues their West Coast trip with a trip into Golden State. A matchup of Wall vs Steph Curry is definitely prime viewing. Wall plays with a chip on his shoulder and never feels he gets enough attention, this will be another chance to go at a top point guard in the league.
Saturday, it’s an eight game show for Saturday night
Houston Rockets (3-0) vs Memphis Grizzlies (2-0)
This will be a rematch from their game on Monday. The Grizzlies under coach Fizdale are trying to speed up the pace and will have their hands full with the Rockets who are the master of pace.
Philadelphia 76ers (0-3) vs Dallas Mavericks (0-3)
This may not be a great game but a fun battle between two potential Rookie of the Year candidates in Dennis Smith Jr and Ben Simmons. This is also an opportunity for Nerlens Noel to go at his old team as well.
Sunday, 7 games on the slate and to be honest none of them really interest the Jump Ball crew. This will be a good night to take a break from the NBA.
I have a sad announcement; about two weeks ago I began fostering a Husky named Thumper. He recently had a surgery but due to a blood clot developed while recovering, he passed away. He had been through a lot of pain in his life, yet I feel at ease that he got to experience love his last two weeks. Thumper wasn’t a good dog, he was a GREAT dog and will be missed greatly. Rest in Peace Thumper.