This is the Jump Ball’s weekly TV Guide for NBA fans. We point out what games are must-watch TV each week.
Monday, 3 games on Monday but not a great lineup, a great night to start Stranger Things 2.
Tuesday, 10 games on the deck with a few fun match ups.
Milwaukee Bucks (4-5) vs Cleveland Cavaliers (4-6)
The Cavs struggles has been the talk about at nausea but the Cavs have a way to bring it all together whenever they play a potential threat. The Bucks led by Giannis were the story to the start season but have now lost three straight, a win in Cleveland can get them back on track.
Charlotte Hornets (5-5) vs New York Knicks (5-4) Kristaps Porzingis has been on a tear and is on a mission to get the Knicks into the playoff a few more 40 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 blocks nights might get them there. This is also a battle of the rookies, Malik Monk who was convinced the Knicks would select him against Frank Ntilikina who has been coming on quite strong.
Los Angeles Clippers (5-4) vs San Antonio Spurs (6-4)
The hot Clippers have started to cool and now face 8 of their next 9 on the road starting with the Spurs. With Kawhi Leonard still out for San Antonio, this game will come down to a battle of the bigs. Can LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol contain Blake Griffin on the offensive end and attack DeAndre Jordan on the defensive side of the ball.
Bonus Game – Memphis Grizzlies (6-4) vs Portland Trail Blazers (6-4)
The Grizzlies are coming in off of a disappointing loss to the Lakers and will be looking to get back to their winning ways. The Blazers game away with a win at home against the Thunder on Sunday; this is another battle between teams that might be fighting for a playoff spot in April.
Wednesday, 5 games on the slate but only one has a chance to be a good one
Minnesota Timberwolves (7-3) vs Golden State Warriors (7-3)
The Wolves have given the Warriors trouble over the past two seasons and with the addition of Jimmy Butler they can really attack them on the defensive end. It appears the Warriors have found their swing winning games last week in a dominating fashion including a 141-point outburst against the Clippers.
Thursday, 5 games but the two on TNT definitely deserve your attention.
Cleveland Cavaliers (4-6) vs Houston Rockets (8-3)
Despite their struggles, as mentioned earlier the Cavs get up for their top-level opponents and the Rockets are just that. Considering James Harden just dropped 56 and LeBron James put 57 points on their opponents this last week, this will be a fun matchup to watch.
Oklahoma City Thunder (4-5) vs Denver Nuggets (5-5)
The Thunder are still struggling to find their way through incorporating three ISO heavy players on offense but are second in defensive rating according to basketball-reference.com. They’ll need as it appears Nikola Jokic has shaken off his slow start is beginning to round into form as he’s averaging 16.8 in the last five games.
Friday, an 8 game night agenda with a particularly fun match up between two guards.
Charlotte Hornets (5-5) vs Boston Celtics (8-2)
The Celtics are heading into this week with an 8 game winning streak and have a relatively soft schedule coming up so they can certainly add to it. This said, this game is not one of the soft ones, it can turn into a real fun battle between the “intellectual” Kyrie Irving vs the often overlooked Kemba Walker. If these guards get it going, it’ll be a fun battle to watch.
Los Angeles Clippers (5-4) vs Oklahoma City Thunder (4-6)
Griffin returning home, Russell Westbrook will have to gear up for the pesky Patrick Beverly going out him every time they are on the court together. This is the second game of a back to back for the Thunder and the Clippers can really take advantage if they push the pass. Another fun match up to watch for will be between Jordan and Steven Adams, could turn into a wrestling match.
Saturday, 11 games for Saturday with some fun ones to keep an eye on.
Los Angeles Clippers (5-4) vs New Orleans Pelicans (5-5)
Another battle for the last four spots in the West will be another battle of the frontcourts. DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis will give the Clippers with Jordan and Griffin everything they can handle. This game could come down to whose supporting cast can come through to help their stars.
Memphis Grizzlies (6-4) vs Houston Rockets (8-3)
The Rockets have only three losses going into this week but two of them are against these very Grizzlies. It is really tough to beat a team three times in a month and the Rockets haven’t forgotten about those games.
Philadelphia 76ers (5-4) vs Golden State Warriors (7-3)
This could turn into a really fun game, the Sixers’ rookie Ben Simmons has been great so far, getting two triple-doubles in his first nine games and with numbers comparable to a young Magic Johnson. The Warriors will get everyone’s best shot and watching Draymond Green battle with Joel Embiid (if he’s paying) should be a fun one.
Sunday, a 4 game Sunday but only one that is interesting.
Toronto Raptors (5-4) vs Boston Celtics (8-2)
The Celtics have been the best team in the East despite only returning four players and this might be one of their tougher games on their schedule for a while. The Raptors are playing just the way the Raptors always have, if DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry have a good game they win, they are pretty thin after that.