Non-National Games Of The Week (Dec. 3-Dec. 9)
Clippers @ Jazz: Utah is undefeated at home, adding another layer to an interesting game. Look for DeAndre Jordan and the rest of the Clippers' centers to have their hands full with Al Jefferson and the rest of the Utah big man rotation. Should be a fun one.
Lakers @ Rockets: A potentially entertaining game featuring the two best shooting guards in the Western Conference (at the least) right now. Look for Jeremy Lin to try and make some noise in this one.
Timberwolves @ Celtics: Even though Ricky Rubio will not be playing here, the potential of Kevin Garnett and Kevin Love butting heads makes this compelling.
Bucks @ Spurs: With their backcourt as the headline attraction, the Bucks have had a solid start to their season. They will need Larry Sanders to continue his surprisingly strong play in order to hold off the Spurs in San Antonio.
Raptors @ Kings: For the big man nerds like me, Jonas Valanciunas and DeMarcus Cousins make this watchable. Otherwise, much less so.
Warriors @ Nets: Even though Gerald Wallace did not play the last time these two teams went at it, the Warriors did get a nice win that helped fuel a strong recent stretch. This game will mark whether Golden State can continue that against a high-level opponent on the road. Deron Williams should be a tough cover for Stephen Curry.
Nuggets @ Pacers: Two of the more interesting teams in the league could combine for an incredibly fun game in Indy. Paul George and Andre Iguodala each have athleticism to spare and have more talent on the defensive side of the ball.
Rockets @ Spurs: Another moderate challenge for Los Spurs in San Antonio. Tony Parker’s speed should give the Spurs an advantage over Lin and the Rockets unless Omer Asik can have a monster game.
Magic @ Kings: Just kidding.
76ers @ Celtics: Another good PG matchup in the form of Jrue Holiday vs. Rajon Rondo along with a bevy of watchable swingmen. This game also could hold some relevance for the playoffs depending on how the rest of the season turns out for these two.
Knicks @ Bulls: Not nearly the game it could be if everyone were healthy, yet still a rivalry with enough sizzle to keep an eye on it.
Hawks @ Grizzlies [Game of the Week]: I heartily enjoy watching both squads here, especially when Josh Smith’s game is clicking for the 9-5 Hawks. Al Horford and the aforementioned Smith will have to do battle with the best big man combo in the league so far this season while the perimeter has plenty of scoring talent as well.
Mavericks @ Rockets: The two most evenly matched teams in Texas square off in a weekend showcase. OJ Mayo has stepped up his game this year and will need to have a strong game on both ends if Dallas wants to hold off Houston.
Bucks @ Nets: Beyond both teams being feisty and fun so far, I am intrigued to see how Monta Ellis and Joe Johnson fare against one another here.
Jazz @ Lakers: Utah bookends this week of non-national games with another big game against a foe from Los Angeles. In this one, they have to face the Lake Show at Staples which should challenge their young big man contingent as well as smaller guys like Mo Williams and Gordon Hayward who will need to shoulder tougher loads in order to get a huge road win.