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The action doesn’t stop! Here’s what you can tune into for your NBA fix this week

 

WEEK 8 HIGHLIGHTS

  • NBA Mexico Games 2017 will be Thursday (Brooklyn-Oklahoma City) and Saturday (Brooklyn-Miami).

 

  • Stephen Curry needs five three-pointers to reach 2,000 for his career. The Warriors play tonight in New Orleans before Wednesday’s ESPN game at Charlotte, where Curry’s father, Dell, is the franchise’s all-time leader in scoring and three-pointers made.

 

  • On Thursday (TNT), the NBA’s hottest rookie scorer, Utah’s Donovan Mitchell, goes head-to-head with NBA scoring leader James Harden, who scored 56 points against the Jazz last month.

 

  • Also on Thursday (TNT), the 76ers and Lakers meet for the first time since Joel Embiid’s historic performance (46 pts/15 reb/7 ast/7 blk) for Philadelphia at Los Angeles last month.

FULL LINE UP

 

Milwaukee Bucks @ Boston Celtics – Monday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV

  • This is the third meeting between Boston and Milwaukee this season. Each team has won on the other’s home floor. The Bucks have since added point guard Eric Bledsoe to their lineup.

 

Washington Wizards @ Portland Trail Blazers – Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 10 p.m. ET, NBA TV

  • This matchup potentially pits two of the NBA’s top backcourts in the Wizards’ John Wall and Bradley Beal vs. the Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. Wall has been out with a knee injury and it’s not certain he will play. Either way, the shooting guard matchup is one to watch as Beal and McCollum are two of the NBA’s premier scorers and budding stars.

Golden State Warriors @ Charlotte Hornets – Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. ET, ESPN

  • Two-time MVP Steph Curry was raised in Charlotte, where his father, Dell Curry, played for a decade (1988-98) with the Hornets. Curry went to high school in Charlotte and played his college at ball nearby Davidson College.   

Los Angeles Lakers @ Philadelphia 76ers – Thursday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. ET, TNT

  • In the last meeting, on Nov. 15 in Los Angeles, Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid became the first player in NBA history to post at least 46 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists and seven blocks in a game.

Golden State Warriors @ Detroit Pistons – Friday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. ET, ESPN

  • The Pistons have already won on the road at Golden State, Minnesota, Oklahoma City and Boston on their way to posting the second-best record in the Eastern Conference through Nov. 30. This is a balanced team that plays together at both ends.
  • Detroit’s Ish Smith appeared in six games with the Warriors in 2011-12, one of 10 teams he has played for since going undrafted out of Wake Forest in 2010. He has found a niche with the Pistons.

Boston Celtics @ San Antonio Spurs – Friday, Dec. 8 at 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

  • The Celtics had three first-round picks in the 2001 NBA Draft (10, 11 and 21). Rumor has it, they were prepared to select Tony Parker with the last of those three picks. Parker was even given a Celtics hat while sitting in the crowd at Madison Square Garden. At the last minute, Boston shifted to North Carolina’s Joe Forte, who played eight games with the Celtics and was out of the NBA by 2003. Parker, who was later selected 28th by the Spurs, is a six-time All-Star and four-time NBA champion.

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