Hello everyone! We’re almost at NBA All-Star Weekend, so there’s almost a completely full slate of games tonight! 28 teams are taking the floor tonight, and four will play tomorrow night. Here’s a review of tonight’s games that feature at least one former Kentucky Wildcat.
7:00pm ET on ESPN: Indiana Pacers (29-26) at Cleveland Cavaliers (38-16). This is the first game of an NBA doubleheader on ESPN tonight. This broadcast will be very different because Dick Vitale and Bill Walton will be commentating. DeAndre Liggins will be coming off the bench for the Cavs tonight.
7:00pm ET on NBA League Pass: San Antonio Spurs (42-13) at Orlando Magic (21-36). Jodie Meeks is out after surgery on his thumb.
7:30pm ET on NBA League Pass: Philadelphia 76ers (21-34) at Boston Celtics (36-19). If you want to see James Young play, he’s actually gotten over 10 minutes during the Celtics’ last two games, and they are playing the Sixers, who will all but certainly give the Celtics another for the win column. Jahlil Okafor is available to play tonight, but Joel Embiid is out due to a knee injury, so look for Nerlens Noel to pick up more minutes.
7:30pm ET on NBA League Pass: Charlotte Hornets (24-31) at Toronto Raptors (32-24). Patrick Patterson will not play tonight; he’s got a left knee contusion.
8:00pm ET on NBA League Pass: New Orleans Pelicans (22-34) at Memphis Grizzlies (34-23). Two Wildcats will play in this one: Anthony Davis and Andrew Harrison. Terrence Jones is out tonight with a right thumb sprain. Memphis sits in sixth place in the Western Conference, so every game is important for them to win.
8:00pm ET on NBA League Pass: Miami Heat (24-32) at Houston Rockets (40-17). Kyle Wiltjer was recalled from the Rio Grande Valley Vipers this morning, so we may see him on the court tonight in Houston.
9:00pm ET on NBA League Pass: Minnesota Timberwolves (21-35) at Denver Nuggets (25-30). The Nuggets are sitting in eighth place in the Western Conference, so winning every game possible is critical for their playoff push. Both teams have several players out with injuries right now. Karl-Anthony Towns and Jamal Murray will play in this one.
9:00pm ET on NBA League Pass: Portland Trail Blazers (23-32) at Utah Jazz (34-22). Trey Lyles and the Jazz are wowing NBA fans this season, sitting at fifth place in the West, a big improvement over last season. This looks like an easy win on paper, but Portland has Lillard and McCollum, one of the best backcourt duos in the league.
9:00pm ET on NBA League Pass: Los Angeles Lakers (19-38) at Phoenix Suns (17-39). The Lakers are 14th and the Suns are 15th in the West, so if you watch this one, it won’t be for any reason other than to see the former Wildcats: Julius Randle, Eric Bledsoe, Devin Booker, Brandon Knight and Tyler Ulis. All are healthy and active for tonight.
9:30pm ET on ESPN: New York Knicks (23-33) at Oklahoma City Thunder (31-25). Enes Kanter is out with a fractured bone in his forearm.
10:30pm ET on NBA League Pass: Sacramento Kings (24-32) at Golden State Warriors (46-9). DeMarcus Cousins, Willie Cauley-Stein and Skal Labissiere will be in Oracle tonight to face the number one team in the West. He has played in only one game of their last five, but if this game gets away from the Kings, Skal might get some playing time. It all depends on how the game goes. I fully expect DeMarcus and Willie to put in hard work. The Kings have won their last four games, and they defeated Golden State on February 4 in overtime.
There you have it, a rundown of where you can see some former University of Kentucky Wildcats in the NBA tonight. Enjoy!