This week ESPN features 3 games including a Saturday Doubleheader with San Antonio Spurs at Memphis Grizzlies and Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Lakers!Last week the NBA continued on ESPN with the Atlanta Hawks chalking up another win over the New York Knicks and the Denver Nuggets outlasted the Minnesota Timberwolves by three points at home. Lets see what you can look forward to this week on Foxtel. Dallas Mavericks vs Houston Rockets Time & Date: Thursday 21st November from American Airlines Center Coverage: LIVE at 1:30pm AEDT The streaking Jeremy Lin and Houston Rockets roll into Dallas to face the Mavericks in what shapes up to be offensively, a master class game. With Houston's retooled roster, they're 1st in the league at rebounding (thanks to Dwight Howard) and 2nd in the league in scoring. With this good comes the bad, the Rockets are 29th in the league in points allowed which is hard to imagine from a Dwight Howard team, but Monta Ellis and the Mavs will take full advantage of this on Thursday. The Dallas Mavericks with their personnel have decided to play up-tempo and are 4th in the league in scoring. While Mavs owner Mark Cuban is still saying this is Dirk Nowitzki's team, Ellis is their leading scorer and is taking more shots per game. Their playoff chances more so rest on Ellis more than Nowitzki as he moves closer to retirement. Watch For: Jeremy Lin. In the last week Lin has had the hot hand and after struggling for minutes with Patrick Beverley to start the season, Lin's come into his own to retain his minutes. His averages over the last seven days are 25.5 points, 5.8 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 3.3 three's per game on 52% shooting.
Memphis Grizzlies vs San Antonio Spurs Time & Date: Saturday 23rd November from the Fed Ex Forum Coverage: LIVE at 12:00pm AEDT The Memphis Grizzlies have looked nothing like the Western Conference Finalists they were last season, and now they'll face the San Antonio Spurs in a rematch relatively under strength. San Antonio have been trotting along quietly, as they usually do, to a 9-1 record to start the season, with an opening night win over the Grizzlies included. The Griz however have struggled to pick up new Coach David Joerger's up-tempo offense and are paying the price in the loss column. This roster, maintained from last season, are accustom to a slow, half court offense and that's how they like it to set up their half court defence. Their biggest problem is that Mike Conley is no Ty Lawson or Tony Parker and Zach Randolph is no Kenneth Faried or Tim Duncan. With a league topping 9-1 record, the Spurs have been in cruise control blowing teams out with wide open three's. Memphis should know how to corral the Spurs after their playoff series last season. Watch For: The Spurs bench scoring punch of Marco Belinelli, Manu Ginobili and Patty Mills often separate themselves from the Grizzlies bench, they are a more cohesive, entertaining unit.
Los Angeles Lakers vs Golden State Warriors Time & Date: Saturday 23rd November from the Staples Center Coverage: LIVE at 2:30pm AEDT It appears the Golden State Warriors are well on their way to a 50 win season thanks to their strong play out of the gates which has earned a 7-3 record. Despite their best efforts, the Los Angeles Lakers are sporting a losing record with Kobe Bryant still sidelined. That 12th placed finishing position for the Lakers in the Western Conference posted on ESPN in the pre-season is looking accurate now. Wins have been few and far between but Laker land would have been happy when Steve Blake nailed the game winner over the Rockets in Houston, which would have provided some closure on the Dwight Howard saga. These two teams have already played each other in the pre-season and in their regular season opener. The Warriors thumped the Lakers by 31 points led by 38 from Klay Thompson and 24 from David Lee. The Lakers almost got over the Grizzlies earlier this week when as they only lost by three points. L.A come into this game with a 4 day lay off so there will be no excuse for the Lakers if they lack energy. Watch For: Steph Curry. There's no way 40 year old Steve Nash or Steve Blake can stay in front of Curry or Klay Thompson on the perimeter. One of them could go for 40 points like Thompson got close to in their last match-up.