Talking points ahead of this weekend’s live NBA action on Sky Sports | NBA News

Sky Sports’ weekend NBA action is just around the corner, so we’ve taken a look at the teams involved, the permutations, where you can access coverage and live streams, and more…

Saturday’s NBA action

Los Angeles Lakers vs Philadelphia 76ers

Where to see: Sky Sports Main Event HD (00:30), Sky Sports Arena HD (00:30)

The 76ers will be hoping the Lakers injury tally news is true. They ruled LeBron James questionable with an ankle problem and would have watched Anthony Davis, in explosive form, exit the game early in the loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers with flu-like symptoms.

The rumor came true against the Toronto Raptors as both sat out action while their team buckled with a 126-113 loss.

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Highlights of the Los Angeles Lakers vs. the Toronto Raptors in Week 8 of the NBA season

If the pair doesn’t make it to the weekend clash either, it simplifies the winning equation for their opponents. They have struggled enough without Tyrese Maxey in attack, despite the return of James Harden after a month-long injury layoff.

Without James or Davis on the court, the chances of them being whitewashed, or worse, subject to a 55-point performance, become zero. All they have to do is “score more points”.

Expect a close game, but one that the 76ers should be able to overcome as they get past a weather-beaten Lakers side that will most likely want to rotate anyway when they face the Detroit Pistons the next day.

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San Antonio Spurs vs. Miami Heat

Where to see: Sky Sports Main Event HD (22:00), Sky Sports Mix (22:00)

What to predict in a game where one team is clearly committed to the “Great Tankathon”?

Indeed, Spurs could not have spoken louder about their attempts to snap up Victor Wembanyama, and in doing so they could forgive us for being so vocal in predicting their downfall this weekend.

Especially against that particular Heat team who are finally putting the pieces together with five wins in their last six games.

Most recently, there was a surprising victory in overtime over the best team in the league, the Boston Celtics.

It wasn’t a single effort. Instead, Bam Adebayo, Tyler Herro, Kyle Lowry and Jimmy Butler snagged 20+ points and shared the spoils in what seemed the perfect approach to deny the Celtics another audacious win.

When fit and healthy, this particular quartet should be more than enough to provide Spurs with exactly what they seem to be craving: another defeat.

NBA action on Sunday

Boston Celtics vs. Golden State Warriors

Where to see: Sky Sports Arena HD (01:30)

It’s a repeat of last summer’s NBA playoff duel, although this time it’s a very different matter.

The Warriors got past the Celtics that game, and there’s been a notable drop since then. In Boston, on the other hand, things couldn’t be rosier. In fact, the Celtics have the best league record and arguably the best attacking duo in Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum.

The Warriors have just suffered back-to-back losses, first to the Utah Jazz, where Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins all sat out, and then to the undermanned Indiana Pacers, where rookie Andrew Nembhard overwhelmed both James and Curry in the space of a week .

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If Curry stays as fit as Green, who is working on a recurring back problem, they may have a chance to outperform their opponents. If you slip up, the house of cards could collapse.

Our predictions point to an overtime win for the Celtics.

Phoenix Suns vs. New Orleans Pelicans

Where to see: Sky Sports Arena HD (20:30)

The Phoenix Suns are in free fall and they know it.

They only scored 100 points against the Boston Celtics.

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Highlights of the Boston Celtics vs. the Phoenix Suns in Week 8 of the NBA season

In the Dallas Mavericks clash, they never recovered from falling 15 points behind in the first quarter and allowing Luka Doncic to trample on one in a criminal way.

But maybe you can forgive them. It’s a lot easier to swallow such stinging truths when you know your top players Chris Paul (heel), Torrey Craig (groin) and Cam Johnson (knee) are sidelined.

Well, Paul was back among the starters and proved no more successful than anyone on Thursday against the Celtics. It’s not clear if a hasty return could give the Suns a much-needed victory, especially with the Pelicans in their form.

The offense is led by Jose Alvarado, who scored a season-high 38 points against the Denver Nuggets in less than 27 minutes off the bench.

In fact, with Alvarado’s help, they’ve won nine of their last 11 games and currently sit second in the Western Conference. It’s impressive enough without considering they did it with injuries.

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If they can get past Nikola Jokic and co without Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram, this weekend’s game against the Suns should be a breeze.

Los Angeles Lakers versus Detroit Pistons

Where to see: Sky Sports Arena HD (23:00)

It’s a pretty quick turnaround for the Lakers after their clash with the 76ers the previous day.

Which, of course, means this could be the perfect chance for the Pistons to pick up a win against a heavily rotated (and perhaps injury-ridden) Lakers side.

Anything is possible with Bojan Bogdanovich at the helm. The Pistons star proved that as he did what he could to secure victory for his team against the Miami Heat on Tuesday.

Bogdanovic scores 28 points in the second half, 14 of them in the fourth period. The goal from seven threes in the last seven minutes proved to be the perfect conclusion.

If the Lakers are slightly fatigued, then our predictions tip the Pistons in favor of victory.

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