The new week begins with a star-studded 10-game slate.
Here's the full schedule, biggest storylines and optimal viewing plan to get you ready for Monday's action.
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|Game||Time||U.S. | Candian Broadcast|
|Los Angeles Lakers at Atlanta Hawks||7:30 p.m.||TSN 4|
|Charlotte Hornets at Miami Heat||7:30 p.m.||League Pass|
|Minnesota Timberwolves at Cleveland Cavaliers||8:00 p.m.||League Pass|
|New York Knicks at Chicago Bulls||8:00 p.m.||League Pass|
|Portland Trail Blazers at Milwaukee Bucks||8:00 p.m.||League Pass|
|Sacramento Kings at New Orleans Pelicans||8:00 p.m.||League Pass | NBA TV Canada|
|Houston Rockets at Oklahoma City Thunder||8:00 p.m.||League Pass|
|Phoenix Suns at Dallas Mavericks||8:30 p.m.||NBA TV | TSN 5|
|Memphis Grizzlies at San Antonio Spurs||8:30 p.m.||League Pass|
|Detroit Pistons at Denver Nuggets||8:30 p.m.||League Pass|
All times listed are Eastern Standard Time
Games on Sportsnet, TSN and NBA TV Canada are not available live on League Pass
Lakers wrap up road trip in Atlanta
The Lakers bring their league-best 11-2 road record to Atlanta. It's the final contest on the defending champion's seven-game road trip.
The Lakers have won seven of their last eight clashes with the Hawks, including three of the last four at the State Farm Arena.
Atlanta will be without De'Andre Hunter, who has played a key role in the team's success this season. For Los Angeles, LeBron James and Anthony Davis are game-time decisions.
Lillard, Blazers ride momentum to Milwaukee
The short-handed Trail Blazers travel to Milwaukee following their thrilling buzzer-beating victory in Chicago.
The Bucks have won seven of their eight last games against the Trail Blazers. Additionally, the Trail Blazers haven't won in Milwaukee since Nov., 2013 and Damian Lillard is 4-8 in 12 career matchups against the Greek Freak.
Will the trend continue or will the Blazers upset the Bucks without Jusuf Nurkic, CJ McCollum and Derrick Jones Jr.?
Devin Booker set to return
24 hours before their second matchup with the Mavericks in three days, the Suns upgraded Devin Booker to questionable.
The 2020 NBA All-Star has missed the team's last four games with a hamstring injury. Without him, Phoenix has gone 2-2.
The Mavericks have been spiralling over the past couple of weeks, losing their last five games and eight of their last 10. Can Luka Doncic turn things around?
Optimal Viewing Plan
7:30-8:00 p.m. - Start with Lakers and Hawks, which is headlined by three All-Stars in LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Trae Young.
8:00-9:00 p.m. - Switch over to Blazers-Bucks when it tips-off. Portland is coming off a win in Chicago where Damian Lillard came up clutch and Milwaukee is looking to snap out of a two-game skid.
9:00-Bedtime - With there being so many early games, now would be a good time to survey the league. It's worth checking back in on Lakers-Hawks as it comes to a close. Kings-Pelicans could be interesting as well, as could Rockets-Thunder. The Rockets have been one of the hottest teams in the league lately, winning five straight.
Finish the night with Luka Doncic and the Mavericks hosting the Suns, who will be welcoming back Devin Booker, but keep a close eye on Bucks-Blazers as it enters the final quarter. There are few things more exciting than watching Lillard in the clutch.
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