Sunday's NBA action includes an exciting set of 10 games.
Here's the full schedule, biggest storylines and optimal viewing plan to get you ready for the star-studded action.
|Game||Time (ET)||U.S. | Canadian Broadcast|
|Celtics @ Wizards||1:00 p.m||NBA TV | NBA League Pass|
|Timberwolves @ Raptors||7:00 p.m||NBA League Pass | SN One / SNO|
|Spurs @ Hornets||7:00 p.m||NBA League Pass|
|Pelicans @ Pistons||7:00 p.m||NBA League Pass|
|Trail Blazers @ Mavericks||7:30 p.m||ESPN | TSN 4 / 5|
|Bucks @ Thunder||8:00 p.m||NBA League Pass|
|Magic @ Suns||9:00 p.m||NBA League Pass | NBA TV Canada|
|Lakers @ Nuggets||10:00 p.m||ESPN | TSN 5|
|Grizzlies @ Kings||10:00 p.m||NBA League Pass | SN One|
|Cavaliers @ Clippers||10:00 p.m||NBA TV | NBA League Pass|
All times listed are Eastern Standard Time
Games on Sportsnet, TSN and NBA TV Canada are not available live on League Pass
MVP clash in Denver
Ball Arena will be witness to two of the top three MVP candidates as Nikola Jokic and LeBron James face-off as the Nuggets host the Lakers.
With career-high averages of 26.7 points, 11.3 rebounds, 8.3 assists, and 1.6 steals, Jokic ranks second on ESPN's PER. On the other hand, LeBron, in his 18th season, is averaging 25.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 7.9 assists without missing a single one of the team's 27 games. Heading into the 10-days slate, he leads the league in ESPN's Real Plus-minus .
In a rematch of the 2020 Western Conference Finals, the Lakers will put their seven-game win streak on the line.
Mavs revival faces Lillard, Trail Blazers test
There's a small revival going on in Dallas.
The Mavericks are finally healthy and seem to be gaining momentum, having won four straight and five of their last six. On the flip side, the Trail Blazers are still missing key starters in CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic but have been able to ride the storm, having won six of their last eight.
This could be an entertainer with a lot of points as both teams rank in the Top 10 for offence but bottom 5 in the league for defence.
Bucks, Pelicans, Kings look for bounce-back wins
Heading into Sunday's schedule, multiple teams come in with two straight losses, both of which snapped some crucial momentum they had built up.
Milwaukee had won five straight including one in Denver but now has lost two on the trot in Phoenix and Salt Lake City. The Pelicans had won four straight and six of their last eight before losing games in Chicago and Dallas. Sacramento, too, had won seven of eight before losing two straight - on to the 76ers and one to the Orlando Magic.
While these teams look to get back in the W column, Devin Booker and Phoenix Suns will extend their current five-game win streak which includes some impressive wins over the Bucks, the Celtics, and the 76ers.
Optimal viewing plan
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Check out the first half of Celtics-Wizards on NBA League Pass. Can the league's leading scorer in Bradley Beal keep the game interesting and help the Wizards, with the worst record in the league, spring a surprise?
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - The Raptors are back in Tampa after their Super Bowl road trip but they only play one game against the Minnesota Timberwolves before heading out back on the road. Catch the game on SN One / SNO. After the first quarter, also check-in with a must-watch game from Dallas between the Mavericks and the Trail Blazers on TSN 4 / 5.
8:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. - Scroll by the schedule to see if any of the early games are a close contest - The Pistons have built a reputation of springing surprises, Spurs-Hornets could be an entertaining watch with LaMelo Ball. Otherwise, continue switching channels between the Raptors-Timberwolves game and the Trail Blazers-Mavericks game.
10:00 p.m. - Bedtime - Cap-off the night by watching two MVP candidates take on each other in Denver on TSN 5. Do stay aware of the other late games on NBA League Pass as the Kings host the Grizzlies and the Clippers host the Cavaliers.
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