NBA viewing guide: Injury-ravaged Grizzlies host Magic, Nuggets visit Washington

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Orlando heads to Memphis in a battle of beat-up teams, and John Wall and Ty Lawson will race around in Washington.

It's a light Monday schedule in the NBA, with only six games on tap. None of these can be considered major matchups, but we're going to tune in anyway because we can't help ourselves. Here's what's on the menu:

The appetizers: Bobcats vs. Warriors

7 p.m. ET, NBA League Pass

Charlotte faces trouble at home against a Golden State team that appears to be hitting its stride in the last four games.

Can Charlotte lean on Al Jefferson? Jefferson is coming off a win where he took 21 shots and made just six, but Charlotte certainly must continue to dump the ball down to its big man. Too many jump shots by Kemba Walker and Jeffery Taylor could lead to transition opportunities for the Warriors, and that could doom the Bobcats. Charlotte is 29th in the NBA in offensive efficiency, per Basketball-Reference, and will need to grind it out if it expects to win.

Reading material: Ben Swanson of Rufus on Fire digs in to Kemba Walker's struggles offensively, and Golden State of Mind saw promise in the Warriors' last game, where defense helped the team top Memphis.

76ers vs. Clippers

7 p.m. ET, NBA League Pass

No more pouting. Doc Rivers wants more results and less whining from his Clippers, and playing defense against a young, fast-paced Philadelphia squad will be a decent enough test.

Will Los Angeles hold the Sixers under 45 percent shooting? Philadelphia's 49.1 percent mark on two-pointers is ninth in the NBA, but they're the league's third-worst three-point shooting squad. Simply put, the Clippers' big men in DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin shouldn't allow easy buckets in the paint. If the 76ers have a decent shooting game, there will be few excuses for Los Angeles' defense.

Reading material: Clips Nation is grading DeAndre Jordan with a progress report, and Liberty Ballers examines the Rudy Gay trade and how it affects the tanking race.

Wizards vs. Nuggets

7 p.m. ET, NBA League Pass

Perhaps a battle between the Nuggets and Wizards ends up being the most entertaining game of the night, with the two speediest point guards on the planet going up against one another. Ty Lawson and John Wall have been filling it up lately, and both their teams have rebounded from rough starts to the season.

Do the Wizards get enough off the bench? Washington's reliance on its starters has gotten it back from an ugly start, but against an up-tempo, high-scoring Denver team, the Wizards will need to find points elsewhere. Unfortunately, there's just no scorer to highlight there -- if Nate Robinson is outscoring the Wizards' bench alone, it'll be tough to see the Nuggets losing, even if it's on the road.

Reading material: Bullets Forever's Thomas Pruitt wonders if Washington should go small, Denver Stiffs' Quinn Glasnapp says the Nuggets' awesome bench needs to outperform the Wizards' reserves.

The main course: Grizzlies vs. Magic

8 p.m. ET, NBATV

Both teams are dealing with major injuries, so there will be minutes and touches afforded to those who'd otherwise be benched.

Who sticks out among the injured? Nikola Vucevic, Marc Gasol, Tony Allen, Ed Davis and now Quincy Pondexter -- injury replacements will play a key part of this matchup. For the Magic, both Glen Davis and Andrew Nicholson and proved capable of big scoring nights this season. For the Grizzlies, well, it's starting to look bleak.

Reading material: Grizzly Bear Blues: Joe Mullinax delves into the numbers and predicts a Memphis win, Orlando Pinstriped Post: If you somehow missed Victor Oladipo singing "Ain't No Sunshine" with Regis Philbin, watch this now.

Side dish: Jazz vs. Trail Blazers

9 p.m. ET, NBA League Pass

On Friday, the Blazers wiped the floor with Utah, scoring 39 points in the first quarter and 40 in the third en route to a 130-98 win. This was a total embarrassment for the Jazz, so let's see if things are any different at home.

How will Trey Burke fare against Damian Lillard? A few days ago, Lillard thoroughly outclassed Burke. Lillard finished with 20 points on 7-for-9 shooting, plus six assists. Burke had seven points on 3-for-9 shooting, and just one assist in only 16 minutes.

Reading material: Blazer's Edge's impressively detailed game preview, SLC Dunk: Tough times in Utah

The dessert: Kings vs. Mavericks

10 p.m. ET, NBA League Pass

Rudy Gay won't be in the lineup for Sacramento, so the Kings will have to go with a makeshift rotation, according to the Sacramento Bee's Jason Jones. That should mean all the shots in the world for Isaiah Thomas and DeMarcus Cousins, and that could be quite fun.

Will Thomas keep killing it as a starter? The former No. 60 overall draft pick has been putting up ridiculous per-minute numbers this season, and perhaps the best part of the Gay trade is the fact that he'll now get to run his own team. Thomas can say goodbye to the Sixth Man of the Year award, but I imagine he's more than happy to do so. Monday will be his first start of the season, and he should be able to put up some nice numbers against Dallas' Jose Calderon-Monta Ellis backcourt.

Reading material: The Hook: Tom Ziller on Rudy Gay, Mavs Moneyball: Hal Brown gets super statistical

Kevin Zimmerman and James Herbert contributed to this article.

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