This week's top 5 in-demand NBA matchups

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This week promises some exciting matchups. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images)

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Here’s a look at the most intriguing games in the NBA this week.

LAC at Houston

Thursday, March 5 at 8:00 p.m. ET

The Rockets are 1.5 games behind the Clippers in the West, but LA should watch out because Russell Westbrook is coming for them. Westbrook was unleashed in the Rockets’ OT win against the Celtics, and the Rockets are looking more and more like the dominant team they were expected to be. Then again, so are the Clippers. Everyone is finally healthy and they won four straight games last week. These two teams will be battling with each other (and the Nuggets) for that No. 2 seed in the West, and they can’t let a single winnable game slip through their fingers.

Milwaukee at LAL

Friday, March 6 at 10:30 p.m. ET

Bucks vs. Lakers has a major chance to be a barn burner of a match-up. The Bucks prevailed when the two teams met in December, and since then Giannis Antetokounmpo has been helping to keep the Bucks on a blistering 70-win pace. The Lakers have both a 5.5-game lead in the West and a dominant, revitalized LeBron James. This is the final game between these two teams this season, and it could very well be a preview of a possible Finals matchup. Two powerhouse teams facing off just can’t be missed.

Miami at New Orleans

Friday, March 6 at 8:00 p.m. ET

The Heat have been stumbling after starting the season so hot. They’ve struggled on defense and barely managed to eke out a .500 record in February. Meanwhile, the Pelicans are making their move. Zion Williamson is looking more and more comfortable every game and the Pels are just 3 games out of a playoff spot. The Pelicans aren’t an easy win anymore, and though the Heat don’t seem to be in danger of a major collapse, the Pels are exactly the kind of team that could give them some trouble.

Utah at Boston

Friday, March 6 at 8:00 p.m. ET

The Celtics are trying to recover from being roasted by the Rockets in overtime, and handling the Jazz could be just what the doctor ordered. The Jazz are looking to get back on track after snapping a four-game losing streak, but the Celtics are the kind of team that can smell blood in the water. The Jazz are 5th in the West and 6.5 games up on the 8th place Grizzlies, but their vulnerability is showing. They need to beat the Celtics, which they were unable to do last week.


Sunday, March 8 at 3:30 p.m. ET

The Lakers sit atop the West with a comfortable 5.5 game lead over the Nuggets and Clippers, but the Lakers have something to prove against the Clippers. They’ve lost both games they’ve played against the Clippers this season, and time is running out to make that right. The two teams will face off just two more times before the end of the season, and while every single win is important when you’re driving toward the playoffs, wins against the Clippers mean even more. LeBron with a chip on his shoulder against Kawhi Leonard and Paul George? You won’t want to miss it.