A resurging Los Angeles Lakers, Deron Williams and John Wall will all feature this week in games on ESPN Australia.[caption id="attachment_15017" align="aligncenter" width="558"] Photo Credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images[/caption] This week on ESPN we've got a stellar line up of games which includes the revival of the Los Angeles Lakers and the returning to form Deron Williams. Lets have a look at this weeks games…
UTAH JAZZ VS NEW YORK KNICKSTime & Date: Tuesday 19th March from Energy Solutions Arena Coverage: LIVE on ESPN & ESPN HD at 1:30pm AEDT (See TV Guide for other games and times) 2 teams that have fallen off the pace in the month of March are the Utah Jazz and the New York Knicks. While New York's blazing start to the season still holds them in good playoff positioning, the Jazz aren't as lucky. They're falling out of the playoff picture rather quickly as the Los Angeles Lakers have overtaken them for the 8th seed in the west. This is obviously the opposite as to what Utah expected as they made a key decision at the trade deadline to hold onto their best bigs in Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap. The playoffs are virtually assured for the Knicks and the top 8 teams in the east right now. Positioning is now a key aspect as to who will move on and contest the top dogs like Miami and Indiana. The Knicks can't keeping dropping games if they're any hope to get a favourable match up in the playoffs and Utah can't drop any games at all if they want to be in the playoffs. Watch For: Mo Williams Williams has spent a long time on the bench for the Jazz with injury. Now he's back, the charge to the playoffs for Utah needs to be lead by Mo if they want to make some serious noise in this league, just like Ty Lawson is doing for the Denver Nuggets.
DALLAS MAVERICKS VS BROOKLYN NETSTime & Date: Thursday 21st March from American Airlines Centre Coverage: LIVE on ESPN & ESPN HD at 11:00am AEDT (See TV Guide for other games and times) The revival of Brooklyn's Deron Williams has come out of nowhere. All reports coming out of Brooklyn have been that Deron's been banged up all year, can't dunk and that thinking he'll get back to putting up the 20 and 10 numbers he had in Utah were over. Now, still banged up and nearing the end of a long 82 game season, he's back! Shooting a high percentage, racking up assists and most importantly wins for a Nets team gunning for the playoffs. There's plenty of intrigue heading into this game vs the Mavericks, it's the team Deron Williams turned his back on to stay with Jay-Z and the Nets. Williams is a Texan so he's heading home to possibly a hostile crowd that's desperate for their Mavs to stay in the playoffs. All the right ingredients for a good game. Will Dirk Nowitzki put the team on his back and score the ball more? Will he share it with O.J Mayo and Vince Carter with the season on the line? Only time will tell. Watch For: Joe Johnson How many quality wing defenders do the Mavs have...? If you've said none, watch out for an aggressive Joe Johnson. He'll be looking to find his feet after recent injury troubles and who better to do it against than the Mavs.
LOS ANGELES LAKERS VS WASHINGTON WIZARDSTime & Date: Saturday 23rd March from The Staples Centre Coverage: LIVE on ESPN & ESPN HD at 1:30pm AEDT (See TV Guide for other games and times) A Wizards game on ESPN couldn't have come at a better time. They're in their best form of the season, knocking off teams night after night and doing it behind crazy performances from John Wall night after night. With Kobe Bryant gambling to define the odds and play on a sprained ankle after a few days that Tony Parker is taking 3-4 weeks to rest, he's super serious about getting the Lakers into the playoffs any way he can. How the medical staff cleared him to play is a mystery as it's probable he's done more damage to his ankle, therefore needing to miss more time. The Washington Wizards may have a serious chance of knocking off the Lakers at Staples because it doesn't look like the Wizards are playing for the lottery at the moment. Watch For: John Wall He's putting up career numbers right now with double digit assists, sky high field goal percentages and plenty of points. It looks like he's got plenty of energy to burn before the Wizards finish the season.
These are the games you can catch on ESPN Australia via Foxtel this week. Who you got to come up big in these games this week?