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HOW TO WATCH NBA GAMES THROUGH ALL-STAR WEEKEND

Mike Shara

It’s All-Star Game week, everyone! Cue the polite golf claps as Team LeBron and Team Durant get ready to put on a defensive exhibition the likes of which no one has ever seen before (JK – I was just making sure you’re paying attention). Before the festivities begin in Cleveland Friday, there are a few really interesting regular season games on tap this week – eventually, anyway – and now that the NFL season is over, bettors can start really focusing on basketball for a while. It certainly doesn’t appear that baseball is going to be around to bet on anytime soon. 

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I honestly don’t know how they chose a game to show on TV tonight. None of them deserve to be witnessed by human eyes. Monday night’s schedule might set a record for the most uncompelling interconference games played on one night in NBA history. Look at this slop: Orlando/Denver, OKC/New York, Portland/Milwaukee, Toronto/New Orleans, Sacramento/Brooklyn…just yuck. They should play them all under pretend Covid circumstances – no one in the seats – because no one should have to pay to see any of them. It’s like the NBA schedulers are trying to build anticipation for the weekend’s All-Star festivities by lowering viewers’ expectations in the days beforehand. Anything would look good after this! Put it this way, out of a slate of nine games, the best one that NBA TV could find to broadcast is San Antonio at Chicago. Maybe just catch up on the new half-season of Ozark Monday night…

Things do pick up after that, though – Boston, winners of 9 straight, will travel to face the Sixers in what could be James Harden’s Philly debut, Dallas takes on Miami in a rematch of the Mavs’ only two finals appearances ever, and the short-handed Clippers take on the Suns in Phoenix the night after they had to host the Warriors. Thursday has a good Milwaukee/Philly game on TNT to wind viewers up before the All-Star festivities begin. A rough few pre-All-Star game matchups for Philly and the Clips, though, no?

I’ve posted all the All-Star Game’s major events below, too. The games and events listed below are all national broadcasts. During the weekend, NBA TV will have several events broadcast like press conferences, etc. that are not listed here, but might be interesting for basketball junkies. Check your local listings to see when your team plays.  All times listed are at EST. 

MONDAY FEBRUARY 14
San Antonio @ Chicago  8 pm   NBA TV
Golden State @  L.A. Clippers  10:30 pm   NBA TV

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 15
Boston @ Philadelphia   7:30 pm   TNT
L.A. Clippers @ Phoenix   10 pm   TNT

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 16
Brooklyn @ New York  7:30 pm   ESPN
Utah @ L.A. Lakers  10 pm   ESPN

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 17
Philadelphia @ Milwaukee  8:30 pm  TNT

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 18
NBA All-Star Celebrity Game  7 pm   ESPN
NBA Rising Stars Game   9 pm   TNT

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 19
(1) NBA Skills Competition (2) Three-Point Contest (3) Slam Dunk Contest   8 pm   TNT

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 20
NBA All-Star Game   8 pm (pregame coverage begins at 6 pm)   TNT

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