October 06 2010: A basketball rests on the court during a game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Charlotte Bobcats at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The Thunder won 97-93. (Photo by Lance King/Icon SMI/Icon Sport Media via Getty Images)

Last week was a crazy week in the NBA. The Cavaliers are in complete disarray. In the Eastern Conference, the 76ers are surging winners of 8 of their last 10 games. On the other hand, the Pistons have lost 7 in a row and have fallen out of the playoffs. The Pelicans suffered a huge loss with Demarcus Cousins tearing his achilles and will be out for the season. Also, the Bucks fired coach Jason Kidd.

Onto this week, the calendar is turning to February and we are moving closer to the All-Star weekend. Teams are jockeying for playoff positions and every game means a little more. This week, there are marque games and some games under the radar. If you can only pick one game a night these are the games you should be watching.

Five Games


Who: Boston Celtics @ Denver Nuggets

Time: 9:00 PM

How to Watch: NBATV

The East conference leading Celtics travel to the Mile High city to take on the Denver Nuggets. The Celtics have been struggling recently. Boston is second in scoring defense, giving up 98.5 points/game. The Nuggets have won three games in a row, and are 19-6 at home. As of Monday, the Nuggets are holding onto the 8th seed in the West.


Who: Minnesota Timberwolves @ Toronto Raptors 

Time: 7:30 PM

How to Watch: NBA League Pass

The Timberwolves travel north of the border to take on the Toronto Raptors. Both teams are high scorers this season, as the T-Wolves are 6th (109.1 points/game) and the Raptors are 4th (110.9 points/game). Entering Monday, the Raptors are second in the East and the T-Wolves are 4th in the West. The Raptors are 17-4 at home.


Who: Miami Heat @ Cleveland Cavaliers 

Time: 7:30 PM

How to Watch: 7:30

The Miami Heat travel to Cleveland to take on the Cavaliers. Entering Monday, the Heat are one game back of the Cavs for the third seed in the East. They are tied with the Washington Wizard at the top of the SouthEast division. The Heat are third in scoring defense at 101.3 points/game. The Cavs enter the week losing seven of their last ten games. The Cavs are fifth in scoring at 109.7 points/game.


Who: Houston Rockets @ San Antonio Spurs

Time: 8:00 PM

How to Watch: TNT

The Southwest division leading Rockets travel to San Antonio to take on the Spurs. As of Monday, the Rockets are four games ahead of the Spurs. This is a game featuring one of the top offenses in the Rockets, (114.1 points/game) and the Spurs top scoring defense (97.4 points/game). Rudy Gay is out until after the All-Star break. The Spurs are 20-4 at home this season, however the Rockets own the season advantage at 1-0.


Who: New Orleans Pelicans @ Oklahoma City Thunder 

Time: 9:00 PM

How to Watch: NBA League Pass

The New Orleans Pelicans travel to Oklahoma City to take on the Thunder. This will be the third game for the Pelicans without Demarcus Cousins. Entering Monday, the Pelicans are a game and a half back of the Thunder for the fifth seed in the West. The Pelicans come in third in the league in scoring at 111.1 points/game. On the other hand, the Thunder come into the week fourth in the league in scoring defense at 101.8 points/game. The Thunder have won 7 games in a row. Also, the Thunder lost defensive specialist Andre Roberson for the year. The Thunder are 18-7 at home this season.

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