There are a total of five games on the schedule. Two games jump out to me in particular. The Golden State Warriors visit the Miami Heat on NBA TV and the Sacramento Kings head to New Orleans to take on the Pelicans.
Golden State Warriors @ Miami Heat 7:30 pm
The 10-2 Warriors are on a five game winning streak. This will be their second game on a five game road swing. They are currently 5-1 on the road.
After dropping three games in a row the Heat have won three of four. Dwyane Wade is still out with a hamstring injury but Miami has gotten strong play from both Chris Bosh and Mario Chalmers.
The Heat will have their hands full as the Warriors are third in points per game, first in assists per game and 10th in points allowed. In the last five games Steph Curry and Klay Thompson have hit a combined 30 three pointers.
Chris Bosh has to continue his hot shooting to keep the Heat close. Bosh has already matched his double-double total from last season after his 20 and 10 against the Hornets. Chalmers has been averaging 19.4 ppg, 6.2 apg while shooting 56% from the field in the last five games.
Golden State can put up big numbers in hurry like they did against the Lakers when they scored 136 points. They can also win close games like they did against the Thunder.
The Heat can’t afford to get off to a sluggish start like they did when the Clippers were in town.
Sacramento Kings @ New Orleans Pelicans 8:00 pm
These two teams played last week and the Pelicans won by six points at Sacramento.
The matchup of Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins did not disappoint as Davis had 28 points, nine rebounds and three blocks. DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings with 24 points, 17 rebounds and two blocks.
This will be the Pelicans first game without Eric Gordon who tore his labrum on Saturday against the Jazz. Austin Rivers will most likely be in the starting lineup.
Once again Davis and Cousins will be the matchup to watch as both players will have big games. The role players for both teams need to deliver. In the previous matchup the Pelicans got great contributions from Ryan Anderson, Tyreke Evans and Eric Gordon.
The point guard matchup of Darren Collison and Jrue Holiday was a draw as both players shot 3-10. Collison finished with 13 points and 10 assists while Holiday had nine points and nine assists.
The Kings need a win here as their next three games are against the Rockets, Spurs and Grizzlies.