Four national TV games and the Clippers on the NBA schedule today, so we can all pretend like we have NBA League Pass and watch 10 hours of hoops.
It's Martin Luther King Day, which would be NBA Christmas if Christmas weren't already NBA Christmas. The Clippers tip off against the Warriors at 1 PM Pacific, but the NBA day starts at 10 AM with the Pacers visiting the Grizzlies on ESPN. In addition to that game, there's one on NBA-TV (same time as the Clippers, so you better fire up the DVR if you want to see that one) and a TNT double header featuring the Spurs and the Lakers (not against each other).
Indiana at Memphis, 10:00 AM, ESPN
Sacramento at New Orleans, 10:00 AM
Houston at Charlotte, 11:00 AM
Minnesota at Atlanta, 11:00 AM
Brooklyn at New York, 12:30 PM, NBA-TV
LA Clippers at Golden State, 1:00 PM, Prime Ticket
San Antonio at Philadelphia, 4:00 PM, TNT
LA Lakers at Chicago, 6:30 PM, TNT
Washington at Portland, 7:00 PM
The Pacers-Grizzlies game pits the league's two best defenses together and promises to be really, really ugly and boring. If you love watching great defensive teams, this game is for you. Most people will find it excruciating is my guess.
The Nets-Knicks game is the new, cool East rivalry, and with the Nets playing well again, it could be interesting. But (a) it's opposite the Clippers game and (b) it's the East, so it doesn't really matter.
The Spurs are on the road to face the Sixers in the first TNT game, and the Clippers would love for Philly to pull the upset, but even with Manu Ginobili out, it's hard to imagine the Spurs losing. San Antonio has lost six of their last nine road games, but most of those losses game to very good teams like the Thunder, Nuggets and Grizzlies, so it's hardly a huge red flag for the Spurs.
The Lakers visit the Bulls in Chicago in the late TNT game, and the Lakers could really, really use a win after starting their road trip in Toronto yesterday with a loss. With a lot of tough games in the week ahead, the Lakers slide down the standings could easily continue if they don't start playing better NOW.