Every night in the NBA is busy, but this week starts with a wonderful and crazy Monday night.
All 30 teams are in action with a bonanza of live games – and even better, tip-off is 15 minutes apart, so there’s going to be six straight hours or more of uninterrupted basketball from the best players on the planet.
The way the fixtures are put together means that about six minutes after whatever game you start watching, another game will start.
Basketball’s invitation comes before a voluntary famine, as the NBA’s decision to hold no games on US Election Day (Tuesday, November 8) has had the opposite effect the day before: a night in which every team in the league The court will take
Every game will be available to NBA League Pass holders and ‘NBA CrunchTime’ will cover you with live look-ins on every game, especially in the closing moments of tight contests, similar to NFL RedZone coverage. .
Monday’s NBA games and tip-off times
- 12am (midnight): Wizards @ Hornets
- 12.15am: Rocket @ Magic
- 12.30am: Thunder @ Pistons
- 12.45am: Pelicans @ Pacers
- 1am: Sun @ 76ers
- 1.15am: Bucks @ Hawks
- 1.30am.: Trail Blazers @ Hat
- 1.45am: Raptors @ Bulls
- 2am: Celtics @ Grizzlies
- 2.15am: Knicks @ Timberwolves
- 2.30am: Nuggets @ Spurs
- 2.45am: Nets @ Mavericks
- 3pm: Kings @ Warriors
- 3.15am: Lakers @ Jazz
- 3.30am: Cavaliers @ Clippers
A surprising amount of talent will take the court with a host of players with All-Star credentials resuming their careers, including first-timers like Jae Morant and Andrew Wiggins, though LeBron James will be left out. has been done. Los Angeles Lakers visit Utah Jazz with left foot injury.
The league is expected to draw more than 285,000 fans across 15 different arenas. That’s more than four times the single-game record of 62,046 at the George Dome when the Atlanta Hawks hosted Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls on March 27, 1998.
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Orlando Magic’s No. 1 overall pick Paulo Banchero has started the season in historic fashion, becoming just the seventh rookie in league history to score 20 points or more in the first five games of his career. His debut performance was the first 25-point, five-rebound, five-assist effort by a first-year player since James.
Even with those numbers, Banchero is getting early Kia Rookie of the Year competition from an unlikely source. Benedict Maturin, the sixth overall pick, has shown himself to be an NBA-ready scoring machine. The Pacers’ rookie sixth man has scored double-figure points in each of his games, including a trio of 25-plus-point performances.
Banchiru (12.15am) and Mathurin (12.45am) each take the floor within the first hour of Monday’s packed schedule.
Will Booker Relight Philly?
A single game by Zion Williamson, and career averages by Jordan, Elgin Baylor and Wilt Chamberlain. Those are the only examples of players who have scored more points than Devin Booker against the Philadelphia 76ers, who have made the practice of scorching the Sixers almost routine.
Phoenix’s three-time All-Star entered Monday against Philadelphia, averaging 29.7 points in a career-high 14 games, and hasn’t lost to the Sixers since Jan. 2, 2019.
Will he have another big night?
Portland to blaze the longest trail
The Blazers drew the short straw for the furthest trip on this all-hops day. Portland will make the long seven-hour, 2,700-mile flight to South Beach to take on the Heat.
The game will feature two of the more consistent All-NBA talents of the past decade (Damen Lillard and Jimmy Butler) as well as two up-and-coming young guards (Portland’s Anfernee Simmons and Miami’s Tyler Herro).
Morant vs. Tatum
Electric air defense meets silky smooth shooting in this clash of U25 star power. Neither the surging Grizzlies nor the defending East champion Celtics got off to the start they wanted. It’s a high chance for each of them to win a statement against a dynamic opponent.
Busy night for NBA officials
It’s not just the teams, the field staff and the fans who will come out collectively. Fifteen games means 60 referees on site (three plus one substitute per game). This does not include the replay center, which would require substantial monitoring of a continuous and simultaneous stream of basketball broadcasts.
Then there’s the pitching staff, digital teams and all the behind-the-scenes work that goes into the entire league in about six hours.
Luca vs. K.D
Donk has been on a literal tear to start the season. The three-time All-Star scored more than 30 points in each of the first seven games of the season, a feat not accomplished since Chamberlain (now at eight).
Durant, meanwhile, has hardly seen his dominant scoring ability diminished by the Nets’ overall struggles. The 12-time All-Star is averaging his highest points per game since his MVP and scoring title season in 2013-14.
California, let’s have a party.
The Warriors built a championship dynasty, which is still active after last season’s title through the draft. The Kings have enjoyed many more top draft picks, yet suffer the longest playoff drought among the four major sports leagues in the United States.
Those resumes will go head-to-head on Monday. Golden State will feature the success stories of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Jordan Poole.
The Kings, meanwhile, are looking for their first All-Star not named DeMarcus Cousins since 2004.
Watch more NBA live this weekend as the Atlanta Hawks host the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday from 12.30am. The 76ers then host the Hawks on Saturday night from 12.30am. The Minnesota Timberwolves travel to the Cleveland Cavaliers in our Sunday game from 11pm, all three at Sky Sports Arena.