Each Monday we’ll inform you what you might want to know heading into a brand new week of NBA motion.
1. NBA celebrates MLK Day
Week 14 begins on Martin Luther King Jr. Day because the NBA honors the civil rights icon with each on-court motion and off-court actions and discussions targeted on Dr. King’s pursuit of racial, social and financial justice.
Monday includes a full day of hoops with 9 video games on the schedule, together with 4 nationally televised video games on NBA TV and TNT:
- Boston at Charlotte: 1 p.m. ET, NBA TV
- Miami at Atlanta, 3:30 p.m. ET, TNT
- Phoenix at Memphis, 6 p.m. ET, TNT
- Houston at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV
You possibly can learn extra on every of these matchups, in addition to the 5 video games on NBA League Move in our MLK Day Viewer’s Information. This would be the thirty seventh yr that the NBA performs video games on the MLK Day vacation. We’ve got dug into every of the 358 video games performed up to now to showcase the highest performances and information from MLK Day lore.
2. Nationwide TV Highlight: 4 must-see video games
Along with the MLK Day video games, listed below are 4 extra video games you shouldn’t miss this week, together with the newest NBA International Sport in Paris.
Wednesday: Atlanta at Dallas (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Luka Doncic and Trae Younger will meet for the seventh time since they entered the league collectively in 2018 after being traded for each other on Draft night time. Luka holds a 4-2 benefit in head-to-head video games with Younger. In these first six video games, Doncic has averaged 22.7 factors, 9.7 rebounds and eight.3 assists for the Mavericks, whereas Younger has averaged 20.5 factors, 10.7 assists and three.2 rebounds for the Hawks.
Wednesday: Minnesota at Denver (10 p.m. ET, ESPN)
It is a milestone watch recreation as Nikola Jokic is on tempo to move Corridor of Famer Alex English as Denver’s all-time chief in assists on this recreation. Jokic enters Week 14 with 3,663 profession assists in 566 video games with the Nuggets and desires 17 assists to move English, who holds the franchise mark with 3,679 assists (in 837 video games). Jokic is averaging 9.8 assists per recreation this season. The Nuggets open the week internet hosting Portland on Tuesday earlier than this recreation in opposition to the Timberwolves. If Jokic hits his common, then he’ll transfer into first place on Wednesday.
Thursday: Chicago at Detroit (3 p.m. ET, NBA TV) — NBA Paris Sport 2023
The NBA returns to Paris for the primary time since January 2020 with the second of the 2 NBA International Video games for the 2022-23 season. The NBA Paris Sport 2023 includes a matchup between the Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons on the Accor Area in Paris. Chicago (20-24) enters Week 14 holding the ultimate spot within the Jap Convention Play-In subject and beat Detroit (12-35) of their first matchup this season, 132-118 on Dec. 30, behind a season-high 43 factors from Zach LaVine.
Thursday: Golden State at Boston (7:30 p.m. ET, TNT)
The Warriors received the primary rematch of the 2022 NBA Finals when the groups met in San Francisco on Dec. 10 as Klay Thompson (34) and Stephen Curry (32) mixed for 66 factors in Golden State’s 123-107 win over Boston. Can the Celtics get some payback when the Warriors go to TD Backyard — the positioning of Golden State’s title-clinching Sport 6 win again in June?
Friday: Memphis at Los Angeles Lakers (10 p.m. ET, ESPN)
If Ja Morant is enjoying on nationwide tv, then it is best to watch as a result of at any second he can ignite the NBA like no different participant in the mean time. Living proof: his jaw-dropping dunk over Indiana’s Jalen Smith on Saturday. What’s going to one of many brightest younger stars within the league have in retailer when the Grizzlies go to the town of stars in LA?
3. League Move Video games to Watch: 4 video games to circle
Wednesday: Sacramento at Los Angeles Lakers (10:30 p.m. ET)
The Kings will enter this matchup with the Lakers seeking to lengthen two streaks:
- Going for a fifth straight win
- Capturing for a sixth straight recreation scoring 130+ factors
Sacramento enters Week 14 because the highest-scoring crew within the league, averaging 120.0 factors per recreation. That quantity has climbed over the previous week because the Kings grew to become solely the eighth crew to ever rating not less than 130 factors in 5 straight video games. The one two groups with longer streaks are the 1966-67 Philadelphia 76ers (six video games) and the 1988-89 Denver Nuggets (seven video games).
Friday: Golden State at Cleveland (7:30 p.m. ET)
It is a matchup of two of the highest backcourts within the league: Curry and Thompson for Golden State and Darius Garland and Donovan Mitchell for Cleveland. The Warriors received the primary matchup this season, 106-101 on Nov. 11, behind Curry’s 40-point efficiency, which bested Mitchell’s close to triple-double (29 factors, 10 rebounds, 9 assists).
Saturday: Milwaukee at Cleveland (7:30 p.m. ET)
The Bucks (27-16) and Cavaliers (27-17) enter Week 14 sitting in third and fifth place, respectively, within the Jap Convention and are separated by only a half-game. (Observe: Philadelphia is fourth as a consequence of dropping the tiebreaker to Milwaukee). With so many groups bunched collectively within the standings, head-to-head tiebreakers may find yourself being essential. The Bucks lead the season sequence 2-1 coming into this recreation and might clinch the tiebreaker with a win.
Sunday: LA Clippers at Dallas (7:30 p.m. ET)
There is no such thing as a crew Doncic has confronted extra in his NBA profession than the LA Clippers. In 14 regular-season conferences, Doncic has averaged 32.5 ppg (his second-highest scoring common in opposition to any opponent), 8.7 rpg and seven.9 apg. In 13 playoff conferences (the Clippers eradicated the Mavericks in 2020 and ’21 in sequence that went six and 7 video games, respectively), these averages elevated to 33.5 ppg, 8.8 rpg and 9.5 apg. What’s going to this season’s main scorer (33.8 ppg) have in retailer when the Clippers go to Dallas? He scored 35 in a house win on Nov. 15 and scored 43 in a street loss on Jan. 10.
4. All-Star voting ends Saturday, Jan. 21
It is the ultimate name for All-Star ballots as fan voting for the starters ends at 11:59 pm ET on Jan. 21. Under is the newest set of fan vote returns launched by the NBA on Jan. 12.
LeBron James and Kevin Durant lead their respective conferences within the second fan returns of #NBAAllStar Voting offered by AT&T.
Followers account for 50% of the vote to determine All-Star starters. NBA gamers and a media panel account for 25% every.
The subsequent fan replace is Jan. 19. pic.twitter.com/SEwhsuNWcE
— NBA Communications (@NBAPR) January 12, 2023
When you’re not pleased with the place your favourite gamers stand within the voting, there are just a few days left to do one thing about it. Two days to bear in mind are as we speak (Jan. 16) and Jan. 20 as they’re the ultimate two particular “3-for-1 days,” the place every vote can be counted 3 times.
TNT will reveal the NBA All-Star Sport starters, together with the 2 crew captains, on Thursday, Jan. 26 throughout TNT NBA Tip-Off offered by CarMax. TNT may even announce the reserves, as chosen by NBA head coaches, on Thursday, Feb. 2 throughout TNT NBA Tip-Off.
5. Warriors to go to White Home
For the primary time in almost seven years, the Golden State Warriors will go to the White Home to have fun successful the NBA championship.
The Warriors final visited the White Home on Feb. 4, 2016 once they met with then-President Barack Obama to have fun the primary championship of their four-title run over the previous eight years. Solely Curry, Thompson, Draymond Inexperienced and Andre Iguodala stay from that first title crew.
“I am positively wanting ahead to it for the fellows which have by no means been,” Curry recently said. “I am enthusiastic about it and our households are. And it is one final alternative to have fun our championship final yr earlier than you type of put all the things within the rearview about what is going on to occur with the remainder of this yr.”