After an exhaustive workweek, we're all given a free pass for fighting some heavy eyelids today.
But for the 22 teams in action tonight and the global fanbase glued to these contests, we all must remember that Saturday was never meant to be a day of rest.
If this plays out as a sleepy Saturday, then upsets could rain down from the basketball heavens all night long. Championship contenders dot tonight's 11-game slate, most of which are matched up with teams from the opposite end of the NBA landscape.
The Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder and Golden State Warriors won't polish any title resumes tonight, but they could send out some alarm signals by not filling the win column. The Indiana Pacers and Los Angeles Clippers both square off with preseason championship hopefuls, but the standings suggest their opponents are not actually in the same class.
So, toss back a few Red Bulls—or whatever you crazy kids need to stay awake—and keep your focus off the fact that you might own the world's most comfortable recliner. A few yawns here and there are forgivable, but don't let the Sandman spoil what should be a sensational Saturday night.
Saturday Night's Lineup
Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Bobcats, 7 p.m. ET
Dallas Mavericks vs. Orlando Magic, 7 p.m. ET
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Washington Wizards, 7 p.m. ET
Atlanta Hawks vs. New York Knicks, 7:30 p.m. ET
Indiana Pacers vs. Chicago Bulls, 8 p.m. ET
Denver Nuggets vs. Houston Rockets, 8 p.m. ET
Boston Celtics vs. Minnesota Timberwolves, 8 p.m. ET
Philadelphia 76ers vs. New Orleans Pelicans, 8 p.m. ET
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Milwaukee Bucks, 8:30 p.m. ET
Utah Jazz vs. Golden State Warriors, 10:30 p.m. ET
Brooklyn Nets vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 10:30 p.m. ET (NBATV)