NBA week 13 is here, and it’s a great reminder that the league is GLOBAL! The Celtics and 76ers head to London town this week for a highly anticipated matchup! Here’s your week 13 preview!
Can you believe it? — We’re just days away from being halfway through the 2017-18 NBA season. Time flies when you’re having fun, huh? When Thursday’s games are complete, we will officially hit the midway point of the season; the official time when things start to get intense and the goods separate themselves from the greats. Check out week 13’s schedule, storylines, milestones and more, below! Click here for photos of the NBA’s latest campaign — This Is Why We Play.
First things first, the NBA is global! — The NBA London Game 2018 between the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers will take place on Thursday, January 11] at 3 PM on NBA TV. The Celtics head into Thursday’s matchup on a six-game winning streak, and the 76ers aren’t far behind, as they’re on a four-game winning streak. If you’re unable to catch the game, Boston and Philadelphia will have a rematch one week later, on Thursday, January 18 in Boston at 7 PM ET on TNT.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Minnesota Timberwolves: Wednesday, January 10 at 8 PM ET on ESPN. — Jimmy Butler will be the player to watch in Wednesday’s matchup, as he’s been a force for the Timberwolves, between his stellar defense and ability to be a consistent scorer. Can OKC’s “Big Three” — Carmelo Anthony, Russell Westbrook and Paul George — work together to keep their momentum as a tripod? Can they handle Butler, Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, who have been shining together?
Toronto hosts Cleveland on Thursday, January 11 @ 8 PM ET on TNT. — This marks the two teams’ first matchup of the season. The Raptors are playing at an NBA-best [14-1] at home, and overall they are 16-3 in their last 19 games. Cleveland, who had a hot streak in past weeks, are currently going through some mid-season tough times, despite Isaiah Thomas‘ gradual return. Toronto and Cleveland are currently second and third in the Eastern Conference.
The Warriors head out on a five-game road trip, where they will visit the Bucks on Friday at 8 PM ET on ESPN. — Kevin Durant, who missed the last two games with a calf injury, kicks off week 13 just 25 points shy of 20,000 for his career; which, if he nails it, will make him the youngest to achieve the accolade. He will go head to head with the “Greek Freak” Giannis Antetokounmpo who is second in the league in scoring with 28.7 points per game. And, Antetokounmpo led the league in the first round of All-Star Game voting, doing the unthinkable… beating out LeBron James.
The NBA All-Star dates are quickly approaching and here’s what’s to come!
January 11 — Second fan returns of NBA All-Star Voting 2018
January 15 — Fan voting concludes at 11:59 PM ET
January 18 — All-Star Game starters revealed [6 PM ET, TNT]
January 23 — All-Star Game reserves revealed [7 PM ET, TNT]
January 25 — All-Star Game team rosters revealed [7 PM ET, TNT]
February 18 — NBA All-Star Game played in Los Angeles [8 PM ET, TNT]
NBA G League News — NBA G League Showcase 2018 features the league’s 26 teams playing two regular-season games each over four
days from Wednesday-Saturday [January 10-13] in Mississauga,
Ontario, home of defending champion Raptors 905. The NBA G League Showcase — which is entering its 14th year — is intended for NBA scouts and team personnel to evaluate up-and-coming talent. The event coincides with the period of the season when NBA teams can sign free agents to 10-day contracts.
Week 13 Milestones
Dwyane Wade, Cavaliers — 71 points to pass Larry Bird [21,791] for 32nd place on all-time scoring list.
Kyle Korver, Cavaliers — One made 3-pointer to pass Paul Pierce [2,143] for solo fourth place all time.
David West, Warriors — The next game will mark his 1,000th.
Dirk Nowitzki, Mavericks — Eight made free throws to pass Jerry West [7,160] for sixth place all time.
LeBron James, Cavaliers — 136 points to become the seventh player ever to score 30,000 points.
HollywoodLifers, who do you have this week?