HOW TO WATCH NBA GAMES THROUGH FEB. 6
Now that there is only one NFL game remaining on the schedule and it’s two weeks from now, the NBA schedule makers can really dominate the national broadcasting landscape of pro sports for the next while. They’ve clearly made some adjustments accordingly – there isn’t a day this week that doesn’t have at least 6 or 7 games scheduled and every day there is at least one national broadcast because they no longer have to compete with Monday Night Football or playoff games on Saturdays and Sunday evenings. Right now, they’re like those crazy kids in The Breakfast Club – roaming the hallways, singing at the top of their lungs without any fear of reprisal because they know that Vice Principal Vernon (who represents the NFL in this thin analogy) is in his office and can’t find them.
Early in the week, there are several good matchups on National channels, starting with new Head Coach Steve Nash bringing the circus that is the Brooklyn Nets to Phoenix, where he is nothing short of an absolute legend. I’m sure Nash would like nothing better than to go into the desert and throw a big road upset on his former team, which currently has the best record in the NBA this year.
It’s nice to see Memphis get a nationally televised game on ESPN on Wednesday (even if it is against an underwhelming Knicks team). The Grizzlies have taken a spot among the best teams in the Western Conference and Ja Morant needs to be seen more on a national stage. He might be the most exciting player in the NBA and in my mind is as legitimate an MVP candidate as anyone right now (except maybe Joel Embiid). Speaking of “The Process”, the best interconference game of the week might be his 76ers playing in Dallas Friday night. Both teams have played very well lately, and ESPN will give you a chance to watch them test each other’s championship mettle.
The only televised game on Saturday is ABC’s Game of the Week-type deal which unfortunately features two under .500 teams that have dramatically underperformed expectations this year – the Knicks and the Lakers. Honestly, at this point I think I’d rather watch the Oklahoma City-Sacramento game that night instead. Maybe they can sell the NY/LA game as a spirited rematch of the 1973 NBA Finals. I think a few current Lakers players were rookies that year, so it should be intense.
All games listed below are on national broadcasters and listed at EST. To keep an eye on your local team, check your listings for local broadcasts and times.
MONDAY JANUARY 31
Miami @ Boston 7:30 pm NBA TV
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 1
Washington @ Milwaukee 7:30 pm TNT
Denver @ Utah | 10 pm TNT
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 2
Memphis @ New York | 7:30 pm ESPN
Denver @ Utah | 10 pm ESPN
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 3
Phoenix @ Atlanta | 7:30 pm TNT
L.A. Lakers @ L.A. Clippers | 10 p.m. TNT
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 4
Atlanta @ Toronto | 7:30 pm NBA TV
Philadelphia @ Dallas | 10 pm ESPN
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 5
New York @ L.A. Lakers | 8:30 pm ABC
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 6
Atlanta @ Dallas | 6 pm ESPN
Milwaukee @ L.A. Clippers | 9 pm NBA TV