Our nightly look ahead to the schedule with a couple of notes and story lines so you can plan out your NBA viewing. All Times Eastern.
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7:30 Atlanta Hawks @ New York Knicks
The Knicks and Hawks are two teams heading in opposite directions. I don’t know if you’ve heard, but the Knicks have magically buttoned up their point guard problem and have gone on a bit of a run. Meanwhile, the Hawks announced today Joe Johnson has left knee tendinitis, and will not play agian until after the All Star break.
The real thing to watch for in this game is how much better the Knicks will be at integrating Carmelo Anthony. We’re trying to figure out just how dangerous the Knicks will be in the playoffs.
Couple of notes:
- It’s been exactly one year since the Carmelo Anthony trade. The Knicks are 30-35 since acquiring Anthony from the Denver Nuggets
- The Hawks are 5th in the league (.381) in 3FG%, and are the only Eastern Conference team with three players ranked in the top 15 in percentage
9:30 LA Lakers @ Dallas Mavericks (ESPN)
The champs are playing more like the champs again. The Lakers are holding players-only meetings and bickering. This game will go a long way in letting us know just how bad the problem is in Los Angeles. The Mavs are probably licking their chops at the chance to bet the straw that breaks Kobe’s back.
Couple of notes:
- The Lakers have gone 4-6 in their last 10 games at American Airlines Center.
- The Lakers are 1-6 on the road against teams at or above .500
Other story lines for tonight
7:00 New Orleans – Cleveland: The Cavs are looking for their third straight win.
7:00 Boston-Oklahaoma City (ESPN): The Thunder go for their 11th straight home win. The Celtics will be without a suspended Rajon Rondo.
7:00 Sacramento-Washington: The Kings try to avoid going winless in the 6th game of their 6-game trip.
7:00 Detroit-Toronto: The Raptors have lost four straight overall, and three straight to Detroit.
7:00 Indiana-Charlotte: The Pacers try to match a season high four-game winning streak.
7:30 Orlando-New Jersey: Brook Lopez matches up against Dwight Howard in his second game back from foot surgery.
8:00 Milwaukee-Chicago: All eyes on Derrick Rose as he continues to work his way from back issues/
8:00 Philadelphia-Houston: Philly has lost a season high four straight going into tonight.
8:00 Utah-Minnesota: Two team who have fallen below .500 play in their final game before the break. Who’ll climb to even?
9:00 Golden State-Phoenix: The Suns play their final game before the break, finishing a league-high 14 game February schedule.
10:30 Denver-LA Clippers: The Clippers look to avoid their first three-game losing streak of the Chris Paul era.