MLK Day NBA Schedule 2013: Full Listing for Monday's Matchups
The NBA is celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a full slate of thrilling NBA action on Monday, Jan. 21.
There will be no Miami Heat or Boston Celtics, but the thought of watching Carmelo Anthony drop another 35-plus on the Brooklyn Nets or Blake Griffin jamming on the Golden State Warriors should suffice just fine.
Here's a complete rundown of the MLK Day NBA schedule.
Indiana Pacers at Memphis Grizzlies, 1 p.m. ET
The Pacers and Grizzlies will meet for the second time this season. Indiana took Memphis down 88-83 the last time these two teams met, which was on New Year's Eve.
The Griz have dropped three straight, while the Pacers have won five of their last seven and are getting an elevated level of play from Paul George.
With trade rumors swirling around Grizzlies star Rudy Gay (h/t Yahoo! Sports), his play will be something to keep an eye on.
Sacramento Kings at New Orleans Hornets, 1 p.m. ET
It's a battle between two of the NBA's worst teams, but since it'll mark the first time these teams meet this season, there will be a few things to look out for.
For one, DeMarcus Cousins is one of the most talented, exciting and crazy young players in the NBA. That always makes for good television, doesn't it?
On top of that, No. 1 overall pick and rookie Anthony Davis will be going up against Cousins, and I think I speak for everyone when I say that we all love a good unibrow.
Houston Rockets at Charlotte Bobcats, 2 p.m. ET
Another rookie will take center stage on MLK Day as Kemba Walker looks to lead his Bobcats over the bearded wonder, James Harden, and the Rockets.
Given Charlotte's terrible defense, the odds are pretty high we'll see another great game from Harden, who's averaging better than 26 PPG.
This one could be a blowout, but those are cool sometimes, right?
Minnesota Timberwolves at Atlanta Hawks, 2 p.m. ET
The Josh Smith drama in Atlanta will add a little bit of spice to this matchup with the Timberwolves.
Here's a Bill Walton parody Twitter account to put things into perspective for you:
Josh Smith is suspended 1 gm for conduct detrimental to his team. After scoring only 58 pts on Mon, isnt every Hawk detrimental to the team?— Not Bill Walton (@NotBillWalton) January 16, 2013
Without Kevin Love, Minnesota finds itself in the basement of the Northwest Division, while Atlanta is keeping pace with the Miami Heat in the Southeast Division.
The T-Wolves actually beat the Hawks by five back on Jan. 8 thanks to a monster double-double from Nikola Pekovic.
Brooklyn Nets at New York Knicks, 3:30 p.m. ET
Brooklyn vs. New York promises to be one of the best—if not the best—game of the day.
These two have met twice already this season, with the Nets winning the first game in overtime fashion and the Knicks winning the second meeting on a Jason Kidd three with 24 seconds on the clock.
Carmelo Anthony is averaging 40 points against Brooklyn this season, but with the Nets being 9-2 under P.J. Carlesimo, this game has all the pairings to be another classic.
Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors, 4 p.m. ET
It's always a show when Blake Griffin and the Clippers come to town, and that's exactly what the Bay Area will get Monday.
For once, the Clippers are the best team in LA, while the Warriors have been one of the most exciting teams this season, with Stephen Curry and David Lee having All-Star-caliber seasons.
Oddly enough, Golden State has actually beaten the Clips twice already this season, while the Clippers have won once.
Who wouldn't want to watch Blake Griffin throw it down on dudes and Stephen Curry make it rain from downtown?
San Antonio Spurs at Philadelphia 76ers, 7 p.m. ET
That sound isn't the squeaking of shoes on the hardwood; it's the creaking of a number of Spurs' bones as they enter the Wells Fargo Center.
All jokes aside, San Antonio is still one of the best teams in the league, while Philly is sinking fast in the Atlantic Division.
The Spurs already have a win over the Sixers this year. San Antonio handed Philadelphia a 23-point loss on Jan. 5 in Texas.
The matchup between Jrue Holiday and Tony Parker is what will make this game worth watching—I promise you.
Los Angeles Lakers at Chicago Bulls, 9:30 p.m. ET
The Lakers and Bulls are playing Monday night, and Phil Jackson isn't the coach of either team.
Los Angeles has been playing better of late and so has Chicago, most notably with its 39-point drubbing of the Hawks on Jan. 14.
With Pau Gasol healthy again, the Lake Show is at full strength, but will it be enough to beat the Bulls and, more importantly, make the playoffs?
Tune in to find out.
Washington Wizards at Portland Trailblazers, 10 p.m. ET
You may not want to end your night watching the NBA's worst team play the Trailblazers, but what if I told you one of the few wins Washington has this season actually came against Portland?
In fact, it was the Wizards' first win of the season after starting the year with 12 straight losses.
With John Wall back in the mix for Washington, watching Wall versus rookie Damian Lillard will not disappoint in the final game of the night.
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