Chris Paul,Jrue Holiday
Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) is defended by Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday during the first half of Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals, Saturday, July 17, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

HOW TO WATCH NBA GAMES THROUGH FEBRUARY 13

Mike Shara

It’s the last full week of NBA action before the All-Star break happens on the weekend of the 18th to the 20th of February. There have already been a few significant trades made the last few days (Caris Levert to Cleveland, Norman Powell and Robert Covington to the Clippers) and the Trade Deadline is Thursday so there could be plenty of roster shuffling happening this week, adding some possible intrigue to this week’s slate of games.

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Monday’s only nationally televised game is a possible Finals preview as the Phoenix Suns, who have to be viewed as the favorite in the West right now, face the Bulls in Chicago. DeMar, Zach and company have lost 2 of their last 3 but still retain first place in the Central Division and as of today would be the #2 seed in the East. It will be interesting to see if they also add a player before the deadline to keep up with the Cavaliers, who were rolling even before they added Levert. 

The resurgent Celtics, winners of 7 of their last 8, travel to Brooklyn Tuesday night to face a Nets team that has dropped eight straight and appears to be in a bit of disarray under rookie Head Coach Steve Nash. Then on Thursday night the Suns are in the national spotlight with another tough matchup, this time facing the defending champion Bucks at home in the late TNT game. There’s also an interesting Sunday afternoon matchup between Atlanta (playing better, too) and Boston in case you don’t care to watch 18 hours of Super Bowl pregame hype.

The Saturday night prime time game on ABC features the obligatory Lakers showcase game, but if everyone’s healthy it should be a fun one – they’ll face the Warriors in San Francisco. As much as I harp on network television’s insistence on broadcasting way too many Lakers games, we probably should all relish the chance to watch Lebron do what he’s doing at his age. For a 37 year-old to be playing at the level he’s at is literally unprecedented in the league’s history. For reference, check out his numbers this year at 37 to MJ’s in his final season in Chicago at age 34. LBJ is crushing him in every category. Same should be said for Chris Paul (who turns 37 in May). They’re both living legends and they’re both defying their ages with a fury. We should savor our opportunity to witness it.

Games listed below are nationally broadcast. As usual, check your listings to see which local broadcasts are available in your area.  All game times listed are at EST.

MONDAY FEBRUARY 7
Phoenix @ Chicago  8 pm   NBA TV

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 8
Boston @ Brooklyn  7:30 pm   TNT
Milwaukee @ L.A. Lakers  10 pm  TNT

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 9
Chicago @ Charlotte  7:30 pm   ESPN
Golden State @ Utah   10 pm   ESPN

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 10
Brooklyn @ Washington   7:30 pm  TNT
Milwaukee @ Phoenix    10 pm   TNT

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 11
Denver @ Boston  7:30 pm   NBA TV

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 12
L.A. Lakers @ Golden State  8:30 pm   ABC

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 13
Atlanta @ Boston   2 pm  ABC

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