This is the Jump Ball’s weekly TV Guide for NBA fans. We point out what games are must-watch TV each week.
Monday, 11 game with a few games that are worth highlighting.
Washington Wizards (9-7) vs Milwaukee Bucks (8-7)
This is the second game of a back to back for the Wizards and it is not clear if John Wall will be back for the game but these two teams could easily be a playoff matchup come April. The Bucks suffered their first loss since the Bledsoe trade and will be looking to bounce back. Without Wall the onus will be put on Bradley Beal and Otto Porter to pick up the slack, not just scoring but also in creating for others.
Oklahoma City Thunder (7-8) vs New Orleans Pelicans (8-8)
The Thunder has to be careful not to get caught looking ahead to the Warriors and overlook the Pelicans. Coming off their loss to San Antonio the Thunder might catch a break Anthony Davis questionable due to a concussion. Replacing his 25.1 points and 11 rebounds are going be extremely difficult for the Pelicans that really struggled when he left the game on Friday.
Tuesday, 1 game on this Tuesday night that features two lottery, bound teams. If you are up for a tough game
Chicago Bulls (3-10) vs Los Angeles Lakers (6-10)
This game features a crop of young talent that is worth watching. Rookies, Lauri Markkanen, Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball along with Sophomores Brandon Ingram and Kevin Dunn are the ones to watch this game.
Wednesday, a huge night with 14 games and one major headliner.
Portland Trail Blazers (9-7) vs Philadelphia 76ers (8-7)
The Blazers Damien Lillard, CJ McCollum, and Jusuf Nurkic go head to head against Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. The Blazers will be in the midst of a five-game road trip when they come to Philly. The Sixers are coming off a good week, having owned LA and nearly stunned the Warriors on Saturday evening.
Denver Nuggets (9-6) vs Houston Rockets (13-4)
This has a chance to be a real high scoring affair; the first defensive stop might not happen until late in the third quarter. The Rockets have got Chris Paul back from his injury and are working him into the fold while James Harden has been on fire averaging 35.8 points over the last five games.
Golden State Warriors (13-4) vs Oklahoma City Thunder (7-8)
It is safe to say that Kevin Durant is public enemy number one in Oklahoma City but this game will not lose any drama if he misses the game with a sprained ankle. The Warriors are probably the most hated visitors in OKC. This will be the first time the Thunder’s big three will face the Warriors, and Durant’s first time coming to OKC as a champion. Expect the fans to be fired up for this one.
Thursday, no NBA games, but lots of Turkeys on the deck at the Jump, everyone has a great Thanksgiving.
Friday, 10 games to cure your Thanksgiving hangover. Just not a lot of games to get excited about.
Saturday, 10 games for Saturday night with a few ones to keep an eye on.
Portland Trail Blazers (9-7) vs Washington Wizards (9-7)
This game has the potential to be a battle of the backcourts, with the Blazers’ Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum going up against John Wall (assuming he’s healthy) and Bradley Beal of the Wizards. The Blazers are second in defensive rating in the NBA and will be tested in this one.
New Orleans Pelicans (8-8) vs Golden State Warriors (13-4)
The Pelicans gave Golden State all they could handle the last time they played. The Cousins-Davis duo poses a literal big challenge for the Warriors; they combined for 70 points and 29 rebounds. If the Pelicans can keep their turnovers down it could push the Warriors in their second game in less than 24 hours.
Sunday, 3 games for the NBA, but none of them are really interesting.
That is it for this week in the NBA!