Week 8 of the NBA kicks off with 4 key matchups and more! Check out this week’s preview and see what’s to come!
It’s week 8 of the NBA season, and it’s a jam-packed one to say the least! Below is this week’s schedule, along with the week’s hottest storylines and other notable details you should know heading into the highly anticipated matchups!
Oklahoma City Thunder @ Detroit Pistons – Monday, December 3 at 7 PM ET, NBA TV (*Players Only Telecast*) — Detroit’s Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin are combining to average more than 43 points and 25 rebounds, which could be a major issue for OKC. Will the dominant front court duo be too much for Russell Westbrook, Paul George and the rest of the OKC squad?
Philadelphia 76ers @ Toronto Raptors – Wednesday, December 5 at 8 PM ET, ESPN — Philadelphia newcomer Jimmy Butler is settling in just fine with his new team. In fact, he’s averaging 18.6 points on 51.0 percent shooting in just eight games since joining the 76ers in a trade with Minnesota. The four-time All-Star has also notched two game-winning shots. But, let’s not forget about the Raptors, who’ve been on fire since acquiring Kawhi Leonard in a DeMar DeRozen trade to San Antonio.
Houston Rockets @ Utah Jazz – Thursday, December 6 at 10:30 PM ET, TNT — James Harden leads the NBA in scoring (31.1 ppg) and steals (2.47 spg). And, Utah’s Rudy Gobert of France leads the NBA in field goal percentage. Houston’s Clint Capela of Switzerland led that category last season. But, can the struggling Rockets overcome their slump to pull out a road win against the Donovan Mitchell led Jazz?
Golden State Warriors @ Milwaukee Bucks – Friday, December 7 at 9:30 PM ET, ESPN — It’s a matchup that will pit two of the best teams in the league against one another once again. The Bucks won at Golden State 134-111 on November 8. Stephen Curry, who previously injured his groin, returned to the court on December 1 at Detroit. Golden State’s Kevin Durant has called Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo his favorite player to watch and a “force” with the potential to be “the best player to ever play.” Milwaukee’s Brook Lopez has reinvented himself as a three-point shooter. So, who will take the win when Golden State travels to Milwaukee? — This will be a game to watch!
NBA MEXICO GAMES 2018 — NBA Mexico City Games 2018 during Week 9 features Orlando taking on Chicago on December 13, followed by the Magic vs. Utah on December 15 at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City.
- NBA TV will air the December 15 game between Orlando and Utah (5 PM ET).
- This is the third consecutive season the NBA will play two regular-season games in Mexico City.
- Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic and Chicago’ Zach LaVine are among the East’s early-season standouts.