NBA Game Rankings: 12/22/10

The surprise of the night in the Association last night was the Milwaukee Bucks going into Los Angeles and taking it to the Lakers in the second half. The Lakers certainly didn’t look like a championship team, as their defense was just awful. But you also have to give credit to Bucks’ backup point guard Earl Boykins, who stepped his game up big time in the absence of Brandon Jennings. The Bucks are starting to look like that playoff team that a lot of us anticipated they would be before the season started.

Here’s a look at tonight’s schedule:

#9: Detroit Pistons (9-19) at Toronto Raptors (10-18) – 7:00 PM ET, Regional

#8: New Jersey Nets (9-20) at New Orleans Hornets (16-12) – 8:00 PM ET, Regional

#7: Utah Jazz (20-9) at Minnesota Timberwolves (6-23) – 8:00 PM ET, Regional

#6: Cleveland Cavaliers (8-20) at Atlanta Hawks (18-12) – 7:00 PM ET, Regional

#5: Houston Rockets (13-15) at Los Angeles Clippers (8-21) – 10:30 PM ET, Regional

#4: Chicago Bulls (17-9) at Washington Wizards (7-19) – 7:00 PM ET, NBA TV

#3: Philadelphia 76ers (11-17) at Boston Celtics (22-4) – 7:30 PM ET, Regional

#2: Denver Nuggets (16-10) at San Antonio Spurs (24-3) – 8:30 PM ET, Regional

#1: Oklahoma City Thunder (20-9) at New York Knicks (16-12) – 7:30 PM ET, Regional

Who ya got tonight at MSG? Thunder or Knicks?

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