We have two games this week with the resurgent New Orleans Pelicans taking on the high scoring Minnesota Timberwolves in the frozen north and Lob City strolling into Dallas to face battle with a Mavericks team trying to cement their playoff hopes.
Last week we were treated to the Boxing Day bonanza with the Miami Heat outlasting the Los Angeles Lakers 101-95, the Houston Rockets stunning the San Antonio Spurs 111-98 and the Los Angeles Clippers controversially losing to the Golden State Warriors 105-103 at Oracle Arena.
Let's see what you can look forward to this week on Foxtel.
New Orleans Pelicans vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Time & Date:
Thursday 2nd January from the Target Center
LIVE at 12:00pm AEDT
The New Orleans Pelicans head to the cold depths of Minnesota for a Western Conference showdown between two young and exciting teams.
With Anthony Davis back from his hand injury, the Pelicans will look to try and put all their talented pieces together against an equally talented Minnesota side led by a red hot Kevin Love.
Davis was putting up gaudy numbers before his injury and posting a very impressive PER so it is nice to have him back on the floor.
His task won't be easy in this game matching up against the front court size of Nikola Pekovic & Kevin Love.
Love has been on a tear recently with 9 of his last 10 games producing double doubles (five included five or more assists) and four games with 30+ points.
Add in the supporting cast of Ricky Rubio, Kevin Martin & Corey Brewer and the Pelicans have a tough job if they want to walk away with the win.
Watch For -
The Front Court Battle - The skill and length of Anthony Davis against the bulk of Nikola Pekovic and the all round dominance of Kevin Love against the three point threat of Ryan Anderson. This is a must see game between two teams desperately trying to keep in touch with a playoff spot in the West.
Los Angeles Clippers vs Dallas Mavericks
Time & Date:
Saturday 4th January from American Airlines Center
LIVE at 12:30pm AEDT
The Los Angeles Clippers start a two game Texas road trip against the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday and will look to continue their strong run.
Behind the superstar play of Blake Griffin - averaging 28.4ppg & 11.4rpg in his last seven games - and Chris Paul, the Clippers are starting to look like the Western Conference power that they have the potential to be.
Doc Rivers is slowly working his magic into the playing group and DeAndre Jordan is now looking like a starting quality player that can handle 30+ minutes a game.
Their opponents are no slouches either with a cast of seasoned veterans capable of doing some damage when they want.
Monta Ellis is thriving under Rick Carlisle, Dirk Nowitski is being Dirk Nowitski and Jose Calderon compliments them both nicely with his dead eye shooting and passing wizardry.
This match-up is expected to be a close contest with neither side willing to give an inch so prepare yourself for another quality game on ESPN.
Watch For -
Blake Griffin - Blake has been playing with a confidence in his game that was missing last season and the results speak for themselves. His free throw shooting has improved dramatically and that gives him the power to be aggressive with the ball and become the dominant player everyone expects him to be.
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