The Indiana Pacers and San Antonio Spurs have a combined five losses this year — less than half of any team in the Atlantic Division — and they play Saturday night in San Antonio in what should be one of the best games of the early season. The Pacers lost to the Western Conference-leading Blazers on Monday and have another shot to beat another of the league's elite on the road.
Here's the rest of the menu for Saturday in the NBA (All times Eastern).
7:30 p.m., RSN, Fox Sports Ohio, FSW-LAC
The disappointing Cavaliers appeared to be turning a corner after big wins over the Bulls and Nuggets this week, but Friday night they were blown out by the Hawks and seem back at square one. Things don't get any easier Saturday night when they host the Clippers. The results of this game likely won't be suspenseful — at least Clippers fans hope they won't be — but this is appointment viewing because of the Chris Paul-Kyrie Irving matchup.
8 p.m., SSO-Memphis, CSN Bay Area
After their blazing start, the Warriors have cooled off of late and are teetering toward .500. They should be fine once Andre Iguodala returns, but this team needs a hot streak in a bad way. That could come Saturday night in Memphis, which should be a fun watch just to see the clash of styles. The Grizzlies are missing a key cog of their own in Marc Gasol, but Tony Allen hounding Steph Curry all night long should be the key matchup that swings this game.
The Main Course
Indiana Pacers at San Antonio Spurs
8:30 p.m., Fox Sports Southwest, Fox Sports Indiana
This is a big one. Although injuries have put a serious damper on the season's first quarter, undoubtedly its high points have been the matchups between the league's best teams. Whether it's Thunder-Clippers, Warriors-Thunder, Pacers-Blazers, each of the games has lived up to the billing and more. With two of the most complete teams in the league squaring off, this figures to be another excellent game. The matchup between Paul George and Kawhi Leonard is something NBA fans will be looking forward to for the next decade.
The Side Dishes
8 p.m., Sun Sports, Fox Sports North
Now this should be fun. Both of these teams love to get up and down the floor. The Timberwolves are seventh in the league in percentage of points via the fast break, per NBA.com's stats database and while the Heat are in the bottom half of the league in that category, they are the most lethal team when they do decide to run. The Timberwolves have a losing record so far this year — a massive disappointment considering they have playoff aspirations and are mostly healthy — but they're always a fun watch. Also: Michael Beasley revenge game!
10 p.m.. NBA TV, KGW, Fox Sports Southwest-Dallas
At this point, with the Blazers 17-3, every game in the Moda Center (R.I.P. Rose Garden) is a must-see. The crowd is electric and the Blazers are playing a beautiful brand of basketball. The games are reaching Warriors territory in terms of just how much fun they are to watch. Add LaMarcus Aldridge and Dirk Nowitzki trading turnaround midrange jumpers and Damian Lillard and Monta Ellis squaring off, and this is clearly the second-best game of the night. NBA TV chose well.
Pass It On
7 p.m., CSN Philadelphia, Altitude
The Nuggets need to bounce back after a rough week, including a dispiriting loss to the Celtics on national television Friday night. The 76ers are finally falling back to earth, losing two of their last eight games. There will be a lot of running in this game, but lots of turnovers as well.
8 p.m., WGN, Fox Sports Detroit
Luol Deng is a game-time decision as the Bulls' injury woes continue. The Pistons have won three straight games and could be beginning to separate themselves from the morass that is the Eastern Conference. Or, Brandon Jennings could shoot 25 times and the Bulls could win by 20. If that happens, the score will likely be 60-40 between these two teams.
8:30 p.m., YES, Fox Sports Wisconsin
This game is so depressing it gets only one sentence.
9 p.m., CSN CA, Root Sports
I don't care how bad they are, the Kings are a watchable team. Isaiah Thomas is the most exciting bench player in the league this side of Jamal Crawford, and he's on fire of late. The Jazz look much better now that Trey Burke is healthy and in the lineup.