There are eight games without a clear marquee matchup on a very League Pass-friendly Monday night - here's a look at the evening's NBA schedule:
New York Knicks vs. Philadelphia 76ers, 7:00 p.m., MSG, CSN-Philadelphia: The Knicks coasted past Philadelphia Sunday afternoon on the strength of another great 3-point shooting performance and 27 points from Carmelo Anthony. They rematch a day later, with Andrew Bynum's return still uncertain for the Sixers.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Brooklyn Nets, 7:30 p.m., NBATV, YES, FS-North: The Nets look to move to 2-0 in Brooklyn in their second game in their new arena. The Timberwolves continue an East Coast trip after an ugly 24-turnover loss to the Toronto Raptors. Brandon Roy has played poorly in both of his games back in the league, scoring only four points on 0-for-3 shooting in his last game.
Phoenix Suns vs. Miami Heat, 7:30 p.m., FS-Arizona, Sun Sports: The Miami Heat had a nice, easy win in their season debut, but have since been blown out by the Knicks and needed a four-point play by Ray Allen and 40 points from Chris Bosh to get a three-point win over the Nuggets. The Suns should be an easier opponent, as the team has looked sketchy in their first season without Steve Nash, losing 115-94 to the lowly Orlando Magic Sunday night.
Utah Jazz vs. Memphis Grizzlies, 8 p.m., RTRM+, SPSO: The Grizzlies open their home slate at the FedEx Forum Monday night after splitting a pair of West Coast games to start the year. Mo Williams has looked good in his first few games for the Jazz including a 29-point outing against San Antonio, while Marvin Williams has been shakier.
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Dallas Mavericks, 8:30 p.m., CSNW, FSSW: This game will help Los Angeles Lakers fans decide which of their early losses was more embarrassing. The Dallas Mavericks are banking on starter's minutes from Brandan Wright and a resurgence from Elton Brand and Chris Kaman to look competent in the post against LaMarcus Aldridge, who has done the lion's share of the scoring for Portland. Damian Lillard has looked like a real find in his first three NBA games, averaging 21.3 points.
Indiana Pacers vs. San Antonio Spurs, 8:30 p.m., FSIN, FSSW: Another year, another Spurs team that wins all the time. They eked out a win against the Hornets and needed a Tony Parker buzzer-beater to beat the Thunder, but they're still 3-0. Indiana has yet to play a true quality team, but already lost a game to the Charlotte Bobcats.
Golden State Warriors vs. Sacramento Kings, 10 p.m. CSBA, CSCA: The Kings are still looking for their first win of the season, although they've put forth good efforts. DeMarcus Cousins hasn't been great, averaging 15.3 points on 18 shots, while David Lee and Carl Landry have traded double-doubles for the Warriors.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 10:30 p.m., FSOH, SPSO: Kyrie Irving and Chris Paul will square off at point guard in a game that should be a win for the Clippers, who have already knocked off a pair of likely playoff teams in the Lakers and Grizzlies.