There's no reason to miss the NBA LIVE on ESPN this week with the Indiana Pacers @ Houston Rockets, the New York Knicks @ Minnesota Timberwolves and the Memphis Grizzlies @ Chicago Bulls.Last week the NBA continued on ESPN with the Golden State Warriors behind Stephen Curry's triple-double cruising to victory over the New York Knicks. Lets see what you can look forward to this week on Foxtel! Minnesota Timberwolves vs New York Knicks Time & Date: Thursday 6th March from Target Center Coverage: LIVE at 12:00pm AEDT Two red hot prolific scorers go head-to-head on Thursday as Carmelo Anthony will carry his New York Knicks to Minnesota to try and tame Kevin Love and the Timberwolves. For all those who have tracked the progress of Kevin Durant and Anthony over January and February they've let Kevin Love completely slip below their radar. Love is known for putting up big time numbers but for the month of February he average more points (34) per game than Kevin Durant, grabbed more rebounds (14.1) than Dwight Howard and drained more three's per game (3.1) than Kyle Korver. These statistics are also translating to Timberwovles wins even though they've had Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Martin missing games due to injury, Minnesota have won four out of their last five games. Enter the New York Knicks whose campaign for the playoffs has been derailed by almost every distraction possible. Anthony is still performing at a superstar level trying to score the Knicks out of trouble despite suffering some tight losses and some blow outs, he hasn't given up on the Knicks just yet. Ricky Rubio has played inspiring basketball of late, his ability to run an offense and rack up assists was critical in the T-wolves shocking 104-91 win over the Indiana Pacers just recently. Watch For: Tim Hardawar Jr. When watching the Knicks Hardaway Jr has become the main spark plug off the bench and his energy is what keeps the Knicks afloat when challenging for a win. Chicago Bulls vs Memphis Grizzlies Time & Date: Saturday 8th March from United Center Coverage: LIVE at 11:00am AEDT Don't look now but the Chicago Bulls are red hot, they are the real deal. Since losing Derrick Rose for the season and surprisingly trading fan favourite Luol Deng for an immediately cut Andrew Bynum, the future of the franchise was unpredictable. Coach Tom Thibodeau defied all by proclaiming the Bulls still had high playoff aspirations and has continued to give heavy minutes to Jimmy Butler and Joakim Noah. They're right in the thick of the playoff seeding after winning eight of their last nine games and pose a huge challenge for the Memphis Grizzlies. While the Bulls have one of the best bullying big men in the league in Noah, he's going to be outnumbered 2-1 by the impeding opposition of Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol. Make no mistake Memphis will create a dog fight and the Bulls will try to win at their own game. Memphis are looking to spark some fear into their opposing Western Conference teams as they showed in 2011 that even as an 8th seed they have the ability to defeat the No.1 seed in a seven game playoff series. At the point guard position Mike Conley is a step above the level of starter Kirk Hinirch, Conley and Hinrich both minimize the effect of penetrating guards but Conley has the reliable jump shoot and passing game to secure two points when required. Watch For: Taj Gibson. As the Bulls' 6th man he brings an efficient scoring punch off the bench while still maintaining a solid shot block defensive presence in the paint. It's not uncommon for him to receive more minutes than Carlos Boozer on any given night due to his amazing potential in a starters role. Houston Rockets vs Indiana Pacers Time & Date: Saturday 8th March from Toyota Center Coverage: LIVE at 1:30pm AEDT The Houston Rockets, quiet a the trade deadline for the first time in at least five years must have faith in their current squad to contend for a title and this match-up with the Indiana Pacers will serve as a measuring stick to those expectations. Scoring is the name of the game for Houston as they rank third in points per game, although this offense may struggle against the Pacers. Houston's offense mainly comes from isolation plays for James Harden and Dwight Howard, as there are 21 teams in the league that distribute the ball more frequently for more assists than the Rockets. Points in the paint will not come as easy for Dwight Howard as they usually do, challenging Roy Hibbert in the paint is no easy task which means he'll have to earn all his points and will not be able to take advantage of an open offensive glass. Evan Turner, recently acquired from the Philadelphia 76ers had his best game as a Pacer against the Boston Celtics, as he recorded an efficient 17 points with three rebounds and two assists in 26 minutes. A higher production level they could have recieved out of the departing Danny Granger. Jeremy Lin is in need of a form reversal, the Rockets can not afford him to be quiet or contribute lots of turnovers during the playoffs because turnovers in this game will lead to wide open Paul George dunks that are worth more than two points. Watch For: Lance Stephenson. Another bench player, Stephenson will be the key to the ball movement for Indiana. They need to get the less than impressive Rockets defense moving side to side to create open shots.