NBA Game Rankings: 11/21/10

Oct 19, 2010; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings guards Beno Udrih (19), left, and Tyreke Evans (13) during the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center. The Kings defeated the Clippers 96-94. Photo via Newscom


There’s only four games on the schedule for tonight, and it’ll be hard to top what turned out to be a fantastic night of games last night. You had Rudy Gay‘s buzzer beater. You had Blake Griffin scoring 44. And you had Stephen Jackson recording the first triple-double in Bobcats’ history. It was quite a night in the Association, and we’ll see if any of these games can bring us that same kind of entertainment.

Here’s a look at today’s game rankings:

#4: Washington Wizards (4-7) at Detroit Pistons (4-8) – 6:00 PM ET, Regional

The only real bright spot I can find in terms of this game is the fact that John Wall is back in the lineup for the Wizards. I’m still waiting for the Pistons to trade Richard Hamilton and/or Tayshaun Prince, and until the Pistons decide to do that, I just don’t think their whole rebuilding project is gonna start gaining steam. Hamilton and Prince can be key contributors on a potential playoff team, and if the Pistons are gonna get someone decent in return, they better trade them sooner rather than later.

#3: Boston Celtics (9-3) at Toronto Raptors (4-9) – 1:00 PM ET, Regional

Don’t look now, but the Raptors are on a two game winning streak, and may actually be in a pretty good spot here. The Celtics are coming off of a tough loss to a Kevin Durant-less Thunder team on Friday, and could be a little sluggish in the early going. Still though, don’t get too excited yet Raptor fans, as I think the Celtics will find a way to win this one.

#2: New Orleans Hornets (10-1) at Sacramento Kings (4-7) – 6:00 PM ET, NBA TV

This game could actually be pretty entertaining. The Kings have to start playing to their potential at some point, and this could be the perfect win for them to start a nice little run. People have been waiting for the Hornets to start heading downhill but it just hasn’t happened yet. Tyreke Evans is gonna need to step up big for the Kings here, and if he does that, this one could come down to the wire.

#1: Golden State Warriors (7-5) at Los Angeles Lakers (11-2) – 9:30 PM ET, Regional

Now you wanna talk about entertaining. This game should be entertaining…..and then some. You’ve got Monta Ellis averaging 27.7 points per game, and you’ve got Kobe Bryant averaging 26.1 points per game. Needless to say, there will be some points scored in this one. The Warriors are going to struggle in the frontcourt however, as the Pau Gasol-Lamar Odom duo has just been unstoppable as of late. Golden State will score a lot, but it’ll be how well they play defense that will determine whether they can pull out a win.

Who ya got tonight? Warriors or Lakers?

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