Tonight is the second of our five straight nights of CrunchTime. Gather ’round your favorite app-supporting device – the most effective of the NBA, curated for you and yours, will soon arrive.
Streaming at 8:30 ET on the NBA App, Jared Greenberg and 2016 NBA champion Channing Frye will take you across the league, offering a gentle stream of eye-catching plays, mind-boggling jams and knuckle-whitening moments throughout the night.
The crew can even offer some betting and fantasy basketball advice for those trying to slam on the competition.
Listed below are among the must-see matchups and storylines from Tuesday night’s slate.
Board Man is Back in Town
The Toronto Raptors and the LA Clippers feature an unusual variety of talented big wings.
Two-time Finals MVP and Raptors legend Kawhi Leonard.
Seven-time All-Star Paul George.
Two-time All-NBA team member Pascal Siakam.
Reigning Kia Rookie of the 12 months Scottie Barnes. Defensive Player of the 12 months candidate OG Anunoby.
Marcus Morris Sr., Robert Covington, Terrance Mann, Gary Trent Jr., 2008 NBA All-Rookie Second Team alum Thaddeus Young – if we’re being honest, any variety of Raptors could theoretically qualify as sizable wings.
They are saying that iron sharpens iron; that applies to Tuesday’s game, as a series of two-way talents face off. Kawhi Leonard attempting to attain on OG Anunoby seems objectively intriguing.
Each teams are within the neighborhood of .500, with the Clippers attempting to move out and the Raptors searching for a spot. As Kawhi returns to Toronto with the Clippers for the third time, who will grab the win on CrunchTime?
West’s Top 2 Face Off
The Memphis Grizzlies beat the Suns Friday night. Afterwards, Suns coach Monty Williams expressed his concerns.
“We got to get back chasing something and without delay I feel just like the prey,” Williams said. ”I don’t like that feeling. I told our guys the identical thing. We got to get our edge back right from the jump.”
The Grizzlies are right near the highest of the pack within the West and Ja Morant feels high quality about their possibilities.
Dillon Brooks, third in the newest Defensive Player Ladder, reportedly announced his plans to welcome the Suns to Memphis throughout the game.
”We fear no person. We got a distinct sort of swag to us,” Brooks said after Friday’s game. ”We got these guys (Tuesday) so we’re going to be ready.”
The Suns are coming off a 128-125 loss to the Nuggets on Christmas Day, as Aaron Gordon elevated the team over Landry Shamet’s valiant effort.
Can they rise to the challenge Tuesday in Memphis?
The Jalen Brunson Appreciation Society
The Recent York Knicks and Dallas Mavericks had polar opposite results on Christmas Day. But there are a bunch of similarities between the 2 franchises, each currently sitting in playoff positions.
The Mavericks’ Frank Ntilikina, Theo Pinson, Reggie Bullock, Tim Hardaway Jr., and Kemba Walker all once played for the Knicks. Jason Kidd is remembered fondly by each franchises; Derek Harper and such. They’ve each been within the Kristaps Porzingis business previously.
But notably, fans in Dallas and Recent York City share an appreciation for the skills of Jalen Brunson – a gifted playmaker who chooses when to create and rating with grace, keeping the rhythm alongside the jagged stylings of Julius Randle and RJ Barrett.
After 4 seasons with Dallas, Brunson is averaging profession highs in points, assists and steals as the start line guard and primary facilitator for the Knicks.
The Mavericks have struggled to seek out their balance in his wake, but currently appear to be rounding into form.
They’ve won three straight, including a 124-115 Christmas Day overcome the Lakers.
The Knicks have settled in recently as well, aided by the emergence of the explosive Quentin Grimes, and appear to be becoming a classic tough Thibs team.
They didn’t hold on against the Sixers on Christmas, hampered by a late injury to Brunson. But they’re 7-3 of their last 10, with two – perhaps three? – players potentially pushing for All-Star nods.
Which team will earn bragging rights and take a step toward the playoffs? Tune in and see on CrunchTime.
Here’s the complete Tuesday night slate:
7 p.m. ET: Lakers @ Magic
7 p.m. ET: 76ers @ Wizards
7:30 p.m. ET: Rockets @ Celtics
7:30 p.m. ET: Clippers @ Raptors
8 p.m. ET: Suns @ Grizzlies
8 p.m. ET: Spurs @ Thunder
8:30 p.m. ET: Knicks @ Mavericks
10 p.m. ET: Hornets @ Warriors
10 p.m. ET: Nuggets @ Kings