With no “real” football this weekend (the Pro Bowl doesn’t count), the eyes of the sporting world will be squarely on the NBA. Here is a rundown of the bigger games of the weekend to consider.
On Saturday, two of the more intriguing matchups include the Brooklyn Nets (26-16) at Houston Rockets (22-22) and the Los Angeles Clippers (32-12) at Portland Trail Blazers (21-21).
The Rockets have a tenuous hold on the final Western Conference playoff spot after losing eight of their last nine games, including 105-95 home loss to the Denver Nuggets as a 3-point home favorite on Wednesday. The Nets enter as the NBA’s hottest team having won 10 of their last 11 games straight up.
Sunday’s slate is headed by the Miami Heat (27-12) at Boston Celtics (20-22) and Oklahoma City Thunder (33-10) at Los Angeles Lakers (17-25).
Miami and Oklahoma City are the No. 1 seeds in their respective conferences and will go favored in this spot. Boston currently has a tenuous hold on the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, while the Lakers are outside of the playoff picture in the Western Conference and are fading fast.