With the league about a third into the regular season, teams are fighting for spots at both the Western and Eastern Conferences.
To the east, fourth-ranked Brooklyn Nets are four and a half games apart from twelfth-ranked Washington Wizards.
In the west it is even narrower. In between the “Beam Dream Team” Sacramento Kingscurrently ranked fifth, and the Oklahoma City Thunder, now ranked 14, span a gap of just three and a half games.
It is still early. But with playoff placement still unclear and the potential rewards of the long season beginning to loom in sight, the clock is ticking, bringing us closer to CrunchTime.
Starting at 8:30 p.m. ET on the NBA App, Jared Greenberg and 2016 NBA Champion Channing Frye will guide you through the league, giving you a front row seat to some jaw-dropping plays, jaw-dropping jams and heartbreaking moments from today To play.
The crew will also offer some betting and fantasy basketball tips for those looking to dive into the competition.
Here are some of the best matchups and storylines from Monday night’s seven-game list.
Will the Butler do it again for Miami?
The Miami Heat must feel like they’ve stepped off a roller coaster. They’ve beaten league leaders Celtics and title-focused Clippers in their last five games. They also lost to the Grizzlies, Pistons and to the Spurs on Saturday night.
Jimmy Butler (21.8 points, 6.7 rebounds, 6.0 assists per game) was in the middle of the action in the clutch and ground the buckets coolly in the decisive moments.
He took home the heat against the Celtics and almost ended the game before that Jaylen Brown’s wondrous threesome that ties the gamethen in overtime with icing a turn that amazed Mike Gorman and Brian Scalabrine.
Against the Clippers, Jimmy’s Clutch performance deserves full focusas he scored the final eight points for the Heat to end the game.
But Butler couldn’t quite complete the mission against Spurs as the team fell short despite his 30 points, eight of which came in the fourth quarter.
Butler and the Heat take on the upstart Indiana Pacers at 7 p.m. ET on Monday.
The Pacers have defied expectations with a youthful core and an explosive offense, including Rookie of the Year contestant Bennedict Mathurin (17.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg) and current NBA assist leader Tyrese Haliburton (20.2 ppg, 11.0 apg, 4.3 rpg).
The Pacers have 133 points against the Nets on Friday night. including 35 from Haliburton, but couldn’t quite hold on as Brooklyn walked away with a 136-133 win. They get another chance to win on Monday.
Tonight in CrunchTime youth versus experience, exuberance versus cleverness.
Hawks face off against red hot Grizzlies
Two of the league’s younger and most talented teams will be on NBA TV at 8:00 p.m. ET as the Hawks fresh on stage AJ Griffin’s cracking bucket against the Bulls on Sunday nighthead to Memphis to challenge the Grizzlies.
Griffin could have even more chances to shine with Trae Young due to lower back strain, as well as several other Hawks regulars. The first-round rookie averages 10 points in 20 minutes per game, but his point production jumps to 18 if he surpasses the 30-minute mark.
The Grizzlies are aiming for their sixth straight win. The Hawks are trying to maintain the momentum of their thrilling win last night. Who will keep it going at CrunchTime?
A four part wing special in LA
Jayson Tatum (30 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 4.0 apg) and Jaylen Brown (26.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 3.6 apg); Kawhi Leonard (11.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 3.5 apg) and Paul George (23.7 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 4.7 apg). Playoff proven. All-NBA Contenders.
Two teams with championship dreams and a pair of superstar wings will look to take another step forward in game two of tonight’s NBA-TV doubleheader at 10:30 p.m. ET.
The Celtics had rolled along like a freight train before hitting a familiar roadblock in San Francisco that the Warriors reminded them and the rest of the world. who exactly won the 2022 NBA championship.
The Clippers sent the Wizards up and down Saturday George’s 36 points and Kawhi’s 13 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
Four of the game’s best, carried by strong supporting cast, with visions of an NBA title dancing in their heads. Two talented teams looking to move into the next phase of the season.
Oh, and Blake Griffin, Clipper legendpay a visit to the old workplaces in Los Angeles.
Watch that and the rest of the evening’s action on CrunchTime, streaming on the NBA App. Here’s Monday night’s entire list.
7 p.m. ET: heat @ pacemaker
7 p.m. ET: Nets @ Wizards
8 p.m. ET: Falcons @ Grizzlies
8:30 p.m. ET: Thunder @ Mavericks
8:30 p.m. ET: Cavaliers @ Spurs
10pm ET: Timberwolves @ Trailblazer
10:30 p.m. ET: Celtics @ Clippers