HOW TO WATCH NBA GAMES THROUGH MARCH 13
I’m writing this having just finished watching the Suns and Bucks play Sunday afternoon in a rematch of last year’s Finals and man, if anyone tries to say that all regular season NBA games lack stakes or aren’t fiery or competitive or exciting just isn’t even trying to pay attention. That was as close, well-played and exciting a game as I’ve seen in a good while and it happened in early March, just one day after Lebron James proved yet again how extraordinary his gifts remain by scoring 56 and single handedly defeating Golden State in a game the Lakers had no business winning – especially without Anthony Davis. So much for guys ‘mailing it in’ in March, huh?
This week there are a few nationally televised games that could feature as much excitement if things break the right way. Right away on Monday night, NBA TV is showing a Golden State/Denver matchup that should hold a lot of viewers’ attention. The Nuggets aren’t back at full strength – Michael Porter Jr. and Jamal Murray haven’t returned yet, but they both are expected to return before the end of the regular season and this matchup could be a preview of a Western Conference playoff series that would be exceptionally fun to watch. Those same two teams meet on TNT Thursday night as well.
Thursday night’s early game on TNT sees Brooklyn facing Philadelphia for the first time since The Trade ™ a few weeks ago. James Harden and Seth Curry will likely play, but we still don’t know if Ben Simmons will be suiting up for the Nets (I have my doubts). Expect that game to draw a lot of eyeballs either way. On the weekend, we have a potential 2022 Finals preview as the Bucks travel to San Francisco to face the Warriors (kind of a tough week for the Dubs, no?) Saturday night on ABC. Sunday’s ABC games are intriguing, too – with the two metropolitan New York City teams meeting at MSG and then Dallas facing the Celtics in Boston in a meeting of two of the league’s hottest teams. The late ESPN game that night will hopefully showcase another herculean effort from LBJ as he’ll try to single-handedly beat a really good Phoenix team. Watching The King do what he’s doing at his age is always worth watching, even if the rest of his team is generally worth ignoring.
Remember that these are listings only for nationally televised games. Your favorite teams will be broadcast on local networks. Check your local listings to make sure you don’t miss any of your hometown team’s games. You never know when you’ll tune into a regular season gem!
MONDAY MARCH 7
Golden State @ Denver 9 pm NBA TV
TUESDAY MARCH 8
New Orleans @ Memphis 7:30 pm TNT
LA Clippers @ Golden State 10 pm TNT
WEDNESDAY MARCH 9
Phoenix @ Miami 7:30 pm ESPN
Portland @ Utah 10 pm ESPN
THURSDAY MARCH 10
Brooklyn @ Philadelphia 7:30 pm TNT
Golden State @ Denver 10 pm TNT
FRIDAY MARCH 11
New York @ Memphis 8 pm NBA TV
Washington @ LA Lakers 10:30 NBA TV
SATURDAY MARCH 12
Milwaukee @ Golden State 8:30 pm ABC
SUNDAY MARCH 13
New York @ Brooklyn 1 pm ABC
Dallas @ Boston 3:30 pm ABC
LA Lakers @ Phoenix 9 pm ESPN