The Look Ahead for February 7


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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7:00: Utah Jazz at Indiana Pacers (NBA TV) pacers_text_logo

The Jazz are coming off a shocking loss to the New York Knicks, who were playing without Amar’e Stoudemire for the game and Carmelo Anthony for all but five minutes of the game (groin injury, out 1-2 weeks).  They’re also looking to avoid four straight road losses.  

The Pacers will be no easy test.  The Pacers bigs will be tested by Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson, but they’ll also have a chance to go off against them too… making this an interesting battle to watch.  At least, the most interesting battle to watch in a seemingly weak day in the NBA

Couple of notes: 

  • The Pacers have lost eight of their last 10 against the Jazz, including two of three at Indiana.
  • After a slow start in his first nine games in which he averaged 11.9 ppg/8.4 rpg, Paul Millsap has averaged 18.9/10.3 in his last 15 games.

Other story lines for tonight

7:30  Charlotte-Boston:  Paul Pierce is just 10 points from passing Larry Bird for second on the Celtics All-Time scoring list

7:30  Cleveland-Miami:  The Cavs try to hang around the 8th seed… sitting just a half game out going into tonight’s action

7:30  Phoenix-Milwaukee:  Michael Redd returns to Milwaukee for the first time after leaving the Bucks

8:00  Sacramento-Minnesota:  Minnesota tries to move above .500… but it will have to do it without the suspended Kevin Love

10:30  Oklahoma City-Golden State:  The Warriors try to avoid their seventh loss in nine games to the Thunder

John’s Picks:  
Indiana, Boston, Miami, Phoenix, Minnesota, Oklahoma City

Last night: 6-4
Season:  35-18