The Look Ahead for March 9


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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lakers_text_logo 8:00  LA Lakers @ Minnesota Timberwolves wolves_text_logo

Did you know only 2.5 games separate the Timberwolves from the Lakers out West?  The only teams better than Minnesota (7-3) over the past 10 games have been Oklahoma City (9-1), Chicago (8-2) and Miami (8-2).  The Lakers, meanwhile, are coming off back-to-back losses to Detroit and Washington, so their pride is a little hurt.  Expect Kobe Bryant to rise up in this one, but can the upstart Wolves respond and gain even more ground? 

Couple of notes:

  • The Lakers have beaten Minnesota 17 straight times, 11 in a row at Target Center, since the Wolves’ double-OT win on Mar. 6, 2007
  • Minnesota is 18-6 when allowing less than 100 points.  They are 3-13 when allowing more than 100 points.

clippers_logo8:30  LA Clippers @ San Antonio Spurs spurs_logo

The Clippers complete our “must watch LA teams” theme tonight… so I hope you’ve got picture-in-picture or something.  The Spurs are holding on tight to the second seed, while the Clippers… who have been scuffling lately… are locked in a division battle with their roomates, the Lakers.  The Clippers are only a few percentage points ahead, and if they keep dropping the way they have, this could be a preview of the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.

Couple of notes:

  • This ends a six game, 10 day road trip for the Clippers
  • Tim Duncan is 19 points away from catching Clyde Drexler (22,195) for the 25th place on the NBA’s all-time career-scoring list

Other story lines for tonight

7:00  Utah-Philadelphia: Can the Sixers avoid a letdown after a huge win to hold on to their division lead Wednesday night?

7:00  New Jersey-Charlotte:  The Nets go for their 2nd win in six days against Charlotte.

7:30  Portland-Boston:  Boston tries to rebound from an embarrassing loss to Philly before leaving for an eight-game road trip.

7:30  Atlanta-Detroit:  The Pistons have won seven of their last 10 games at home.

8:00  Cleveland-Oklahoma City:  OKC goes for its 15th straight home win.

8:30  New York-Milwaukee: An anxious New York fan base is still waiting for Carmelo Anthony to jel with Jeremy Lin.

9:00  New Orleans-Denver: New Orleans’ only road win against an above .500 team came against the Nuggets.  Can they make it two?

10:00  Dallas-Sacramento:  Dallas tries to regroup after a tough loss to Phoenix last night.  They’ve now lost seven of 10 games.

John’s Picks:  Minnesota, San Antonio, Utah, New Jersey, Boston, Detroit, OKC, New York, Denver, Dallas

Last night:  0-2
Season:  89-62