NBA League Pass games to watch: Week 11 of the 2021-22 season
Monday, December 27
Memphis at Phoenix, 9:00 p.m. ET
The Suns have not lost consecutive matches since losing two straight games Oct. 23-27 to drop to 1-3 this season after four games. Since then, they have gone 25-3 and are just behind Golden State for the best NBA record. The Warriors had the best of the Suns on Christmas Day and the Suns are looking to bounce back against the Grizzlies on Monday. Memphis comes off a victory in Sacramento on Sunday for breaking a three game slip; can they do two in a row by knocking out the Suns?
Tuesday 28 December
Los Angeles at Houston, 8 p.m. ET
Speaking of streaks, the Lakers are looking to avoid their first six-game losing streak since 2017-18 when they visit the Rockets on Tuesday night in Houston. Of the 160 players who have been able to play in their team’s last five games, LeBron James ranks second in scoring (31.6 points per game on 55.8% shots) behind Damian Lillard of Portland. However, LeBron’s production didn’t lead to wins for LA, which comes in Week 11 at 16-18 and seventh in the Western Conference.
wednesday 29 december
Charlotte at Indiana, 7 p.m. ET
It’s the third meeting of the season between the Hornets and the Pacers. The first two games were both decided by one possession and a combined total of just four points – both wins for Charlotte. The Hornets used a 24-0 run in the third quarter as they rallied against the Pacers in the season opener for both teams on October 20. The Pacers tried to win their own comeback in the second meeting on November. 19 years old, but the Hornets held on after losing a good chunk of their 25-point lead in the second half. What do they have in store for chapter 3?
Thursday, December 30
Cleveland at Washington, 7 p.m. ET
The Cavs, who have a number of players who entered health and safety protocols between Dec. 16-19, may pick up some key players this week. Cleveland enters Week 11 in fifth place in the Eastern Conference – three games ahead of the seventh-placed Wizards, who enter Week 11 without Bradley Beal and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. The teams split their first two meetings of the season, with Cleveland claiming the most recent victory on Dec. 3 behind a total of 60 points from Darius Garland and Jarrett Allen.
Friday December 31
Chicago at Indiana, 3 p.m. ET
The Bulls and Pacers have shared their first two games this season, Chicago claiming the most recent victory on Dec. 26 in Zach LaVine’s opener after missing two weeks in health and safety protocols. The 15-day absence didn’t slow down LaVine’s momentum as he scored 32 points in the win – his fourth game with 30 points or more in his last five games played. Caris LeVert led the Pacers in scoring against Chicago (19.5 points per game), while Domantas Sabonis is averaging a double-double (17.5 points per game, 13.5 points per game).
Saturday January 1
LA in Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m. ET
Nets coach Steve Nash said on Monday there was a “good luck” Kevin Durant is quitting health and safety protocols this week as he has been sidelined since December 18. The Nets went 1-1 with Durant off – beating the Lakers on Christmas Day behind the combined 70 points of James Harden and Patty Milles – but recovering the league’s top scorer will certainly be a boost. During a scored 30 points or more in the last four games he’s played – tied with Stephen Curry and LeBron James for the longest active sequence in the league. Will KD be ready to start 2022 with 30 more coins?
Sunday January 2
Miami at Sacramento, 6 p.m. ET
The Heat and the Kings regularly play close games. Dating from January 2017, eight of their last nine meetings were decided by a single digit – including five by five points or less. Will this trend continue when these teams first meet this season? While the Heat will likely be without Kyle Lowry due to health and safety protocols, they have just recovered Jimmy Butler after an eight-game absence (tailbone contusion) as he helped the Heat defeat the Magic on Sunday.