Happy Sunday everyone, and more importantly, happy holidays! Thanksgiving is over even though leftovers might still be lingering around in the refrigerator, and that means it’s officially Christmas season. The Christmas spirit is flowing through my veins, and since it is indeed the season of giving, I’ll give you the choice of what you want the game of the day to be.
Indiana Pacers at Los Angeles Clippers- Put an asterisk next to this one since as of this writing it’s still uncertain as to whether Chris Paul, dealing with a strained hamstring, will play. If he does play this matchup becomes one of the few in the first month of the season that could conceivably end up a Finals matchup in June. Simply put, it’s a matchup between the best defense and the second highest scoring offense in the league, but there are so many interesting matchups within the matchup. Can the Pacers defense corral Chris Paul (if he plays); can Paul get his teammates open looks against one of the most athletic and disciplined defenses in the league; how does the athletic frontcourt duo of Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan matchup up against the size and brute strength of David West and Roy Hibbert; will Blake Griffin, the league’s biggest on court nuisance, piss off any of the Pacers, and will it result in a fight; which bench will produce more? Let’s just keep our fingers crossed and hope Chris Paul plays, otherwise this matchup loses its luster.
The Pick: Indiana 98, Los Angeles 92
National TV: None
Local TV: FSMW (Indiana) and FSW2 (Los Angeles)
Time: 3:30 p.m. EST
Minnesota Timberwolves at Oklahoma City Thunder- The duel between these two teams became a must watch back on March 23rd, 2012 when they played a double overtime thriller that was so good I permanently switched over to it midway through the fourth quarter and completely forget about March Madness. Love, Durant, Westbrook, Rubio, Kevin Martin’s return to Oklahoma City and the Pekovic/Perkins matchup that will not produce a single smile all night. So much star power, so much fun, and in all likelihood so many points. This is a game you definitely don’t want to miss. The prospect of Love, Martin, Durant and Westbrook combining for 150 points combined gives me the same feeling in my stomach that I get when I wake up on Christmas morning.
The Pick: Oklahoma City 117, Minnesota 109
National TV: None
Local TV: FSN (Minnesota) and FSOK (Oklahoma City)
Time: 7:00 p.m. EST