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HOW TO WATCH NBA GAMES THROUGH APRIL 3

Mike Shara

Just two weeks remaining in the NBA regular season schedule, folks. Pretty incredible, isn’t it? Think of how different things were just six months ago when the 2021-22 season began. Back in those simpler times, we all couldn’t wait to watch the newly refurbished Los Angeles Clippers and their crosstown rivals, the new-look L.A. Lakers (featuring newly acquired Russell Westbrook!) battle all season for superiority in the Western Conference. How’d that work out? The only superstar on both teams who has stayed healthy this season has been Westbrook and I’m sure there were plenty of nights when the Lakers wished he’d pull a hamstring and miss a chunk of time. Well, at least they aren’t paying him much…oh wait…

On the other coast there was also huge optimism in NYC for the Knicks (oops) and the Nets (might get there eventually…), Atlanta was feeling good after their trip to the East Finals last year (sorry, ATL) and anyone who suggests they had Phoenix and Memphis as the runaway #1 and #2 seeds in the West are either about to get very rich or are a liar.

The reality is that, instead, we have several surprise teams from the flyover states who are still very much in the playoff picture with two weeks remaining, fighting for seeding or to at least reach the play-in round (i.e., Cleveland, Charlotte, Minnesota). This week will go a long way to determine whether their miraculous seasons continue and, if so, for how long. The eagerly anticipated matchups start right away on Monday as Golden State travels to Memphis to face the Grizzlies. Both L.A. teams (technically both are still in postseason contention) play Tuesday on TNT, both facing better teams in Dallas and Utah while trying to stay alive beyond the end of next week.

ESPN’s Wednesday night doubleheader features two more juicy games with Boston hosting the suddenly struggling Miami Heat and then Golden State hosting the top-seeded Suns in a preview of what would certainly be a very entertaining playoff series. The Bucks are in Brooklyn for a great matchup Thursday night on TNT and then Friday sees the aforementioned top two teams in the West meet in Memphis on NBA TV.

After a month-long absence, Sunday marks ABC’s return to national afternoon coverage with Dallas traveling to Milwaukee early and then the Lakers hosting the Nuggets before NBA TV has the Raptors and Heat clashing Sunday evening to cap off a pretty solid week of games.  Remember that the only games I’ve mentioned here are national broadcasts. Big games will be happening all week long on local networks, too (Milwaukee/Philly and Boston/Toronto for two examples) – so check your listings to make sure you’re up to date on when and where your team plays down the stretch.

MONDAY, MARCH 28

Golden State@Memphis8pmNBA TV

TUESDAY, MARCH 29

LA Lakers@Dallas7:30 pmTNT
Utah@LA Clippers10 pmTNT

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30

Miami@Boston7:30 pmESPN
Phoenix@Golden State10 pmESPN

THURSDAY MARCH 31

Milwaukee@Brooklyn7:30 pmTNT
LA Lakers@Utah10 pmTNT

FRIDAY, APRIL 1

Phoenix@Memphis8 pmNBA TV
New Orleans@LA Lakers10:30 pmNBA TV

SATURDAY, APRIL 2

Brooklyn@Atlanta7:30 pmNBA TV

SUNDAY, APRIL 3

Dallas@Milwaukee1 pmABC
Denver@LA Lakers3:30 pmABC
Miami@Toronto7 pmNBA TV
New Orleans@LA Clippers9:30 pmNBA TV

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