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NBA schedule 2014: What can Anthony Davis and the Pelicans do for an encore?

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We're keeping an eye on Dirk Nowitzki and Anthony Davis when the Mavs meet the Pelicans in our early game, then checking in on Derrick Rose's health as the Bulls face the Timberwolves in our feature. Finally we close the night with Kobe and the Lakers, who travel north to face the Warriors in our fun nightcap.

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Oh no, not this again! Derrick Rose hurt his ankle Friday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers. He says it's "just" a sprain. But with Rose's history, any injury is going to take on added meaning until proven otherwise. Rose's Chicago Bulls are in action, traveling to a new-look Minnesota Timberwolves team that traded Kevin Love during the offseason in exchange for 2013's and 2014's No. 1 overall picks, Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins. Elsewhere in the league, keep an eye on the Dallas Mavericks and New Orleans Pelicans, as Dirk Nowitzki and Anthony Davis face off. To cap the night, we head west to watch the dramatic -- and apparently not very good -- Los Angeles Lakers meet the Golden State Warriors.


Dallas Mavericks at New Orleans Pelicans, 7 p.m. ET

Anthony Davis came up a block shy of a triple-double in New Orleans' season opener, scoring 19 points, grabbing 17 rebounds and blocking nine shots in a 101-84 victory over the Orlando Magic on Tuesday. What will he do for an encore? This time the competition is a little better with Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavs, coming off a 120-102 victory over the Utah Jazz. Dirk found a lot of success against New Orleans last season, averaging nearly 26 points per game.

For more about the game:

Mavericks: Mavs Moneyball
Pelicans: The Bird Writes

Main Course

Chicago Bulls at Minnesota Timberwolves, 8 p.m. ET (NBATV)

Chicago plays its first back-to-back of the season after dropping a 114-108 overtime loss to the Cavs on Friday. Saturday night the Bulls meet a reconfigured Minnesota club that traded Kevin Love to bring in 2014 top overall pick Andrew Wiggins, 2013 top pick Anthony Bennett and 26-year-old Thaddeus Young. Things have gotten off a bit slow for Wiggins and Bennett -- Wiggins has scored 14 points in 42 minutes on the floor, while Bennett scored 13 in 28 minutes. Young, however, has has carried the Timberwolves with nearly 23 points per game. Chicago already has to deal with more Derrick Rose injury news. The 2011 MVP sprained both his ankles against Cleveland. His status for Saturday's game is still up in the air.

For more about the game:

BullsBlog a Bull
Timberwolves: Canis Hoopus


Los Angeles Lakers at Golden State Warriors, 10:30 p.m. ET (NBATV)

Kobe Bryant wants Jeremy Lin to run the offense. Lin would probably just like the basketball. Kobe leads his 0-3 team with nearly 24 points per game across the first three contests, but he also takes nine shots per game more than anyone else on his team to do it. So, typical Kobe. While the Lakers are fun for all the wrong reasons, the Warriors are going to be fun for the right ones, led by Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala and Andrew Bogut. They opened the season with a 95-77 victory, but Saturday marks their home opener for the year.

For more about the game:

Lakers: Silver Screen and Roll
Warriors: Golden State of Mind

The leftovers

All times ET

Memphis Grizzlies at Charlotte Hornets, 7 p.m
Toronto Raptors at Orlando Magic, 7 p.m
Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers, 7 p.m
Milwaukee Bucks at Washington Wizards, 7 p.m
Indiana Pacers at Atlanta Hawks, 7:30 p.m
Brooklyn Nets at Detroit Pistons, 7:30 p.m
Boston Celtics at Houston Rockets, 8 p.m.
Denver Nuggets at Oklahoma City Thunder, 8 p.m.
Phoenix Suns at Utah Jazz, 9 p.m.