| Your NBA weekend viewing guide – Where and when to watch the games in SA

Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Utah Jazz controls the ball against the LA Clippers in the fourth quarter of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles on Wednesday, 17 February 2021. (Photo: Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images) Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Utah Jazz controls the ball against the LA Clippers in the fourth quarter of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles on Wednesday, 17 February 2021. (Photo: Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images)

Here are all the NBA games taking place this weekend and
where to watch it in South Africa.

Chicago Bulls @ Philadelphia 76ers, Saturday, 20 February,
02:00 CAT (Live, ESPN – DStv 218)

The weekend will tip off bright and early for NBA fans in
South Africa when Joel Embiid (Cameroon) and the three-time NBA champion
Philadelphia 76ers host two-time Slam Dunk Champion Zach LaVine and the
six-time NBA champion Chicago Bulls in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Embiid has just been selected a starter in the upcoming 70th
NBA All-Star Game which will take place in Atlanta, Georgia on 7 March. This is
not a surprise as the Sixers’ centre continues his best offensive season yet
while scoring 29.7 points per game (fourth in the NBA) on a career-best 54
percent from the floor. The Sixers are on top of the Eastern Conference with a
19-10 record and will want to keep it that way.

Meanwhile, the Bulls will be boosted by their two
consecutive wins earlier this week, especially their 25-point come back in
their Wednesday night close-win against the Detroit Pistons. Zach LaVine is an
offensive juggernaut this year, elevating his game to a career-high 28.5 points
per game (sixth in the NBA). The Bulls may be ninth in the East (12-15), but
the season is still young and they will look to challenge their Eastern
Conference rival when the ball goes up in Philly.

Utah Jazz @ LA Clippers, Saturday, 20 February, 05:00 CAT
(Live. ESPN – DStv 218)

The ESPN double-header will continue when the currently
hottest team in the league, the Utah Jazz, take on the Los Angeles Clippers at
Staples Center in LA, California at 05:00 tomorrow morning. The Jazz (24-5)
have won nine in a row and will want to make it 10 come Saturday morning. In
his fourth NBA season, 24-year old Donovan Mitchell (24.2 points per game) is a
team leader, but aspirations will be high for everyone on that team. Mitchell
will count on Rudy Gobert who is the NBA’s third rebounder (13.4 rebounds per

One thing we can be sure of though, the Clippers will also
be hungry. They have lost only four more games than the Jazz so far (21-9) and
are mentioned among this season’s favourites to lift the Larry O’Brien Trophy
in July. However, there are some clouds on the horizon. Although Kawhi Leonard
was selected to his fifth NBA All-Star Game last night, the two-time NBA
champion and two-time NBA Finals MVP will miss his third straight game due to
leg injury. Also, Paul George (24.4 points per game) has missed the last six
games with toe injury and will sit this one out too. In Leonard and George’s
absence, the Clippers will turn to super sub Lou Williams (12.4 points per
game) and Africa’s own 2019 NBA champion Serge Ibaka (Republic of Congo; 11.8
points, 6.7 rebounds per game) to lead them out and there is little doubt that
they will leave everything on the floor. This Western Conference showdown is
not to be missed!

Boston, MA. - February 17: Jayson Tatum #0 of the

Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics tries to avoid Trae Young #11 and Solomon Hill #18 of the Atlanta Hawks during the fourth quarter of the NBA game at the TD Garden on 17 February 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

Atlanta Hawks @ Boston Celtics, Saturday, 20 February,
midnight (Delayed, e.TV – DStv 194)

For the third consecutive week, South African fans will be
able to watch Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and the 17-time NBA champion Boston
Celtics. One of the most exciting teams to watch is currently fifth in the East
(14-14), but with only four losses more than the conference leaders
Philadelphia 76ers.

The Hawks are two losses behind and will try to make sure
that the gap gets event smaller. Trae Young is fourth in assists this season
(26.5 points and 9.3 assists per game) and scored 40 in the Hawks win over the
Celtics earlier this week. Clint Capela is the third shot blocker in the NBA
(2.2) and it is his fourth consecutive season where he averages a double-double
(14.3 points and 14.0 rebounds per game). With their two superstars healthy,
the Hawks will like their chances.

Boston Celtics @ New Orleans Pelicans, Sunday, 21 February,
22:30 (Live, ESPN – DStv 218)

The NBA action-packed weekend will come to a close on South
African television screens with a primetime matchup between the Boston Celtics
and New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday night. The Celtics will be coming off of the
Friday night battle at home vs Atlanta, while the Pelicans will be back home
after a trip to Phoenix, Arizona. Pelicans leader, Zion Williamson, is shooting
with a monster 62 percent from the floor and has quickly become one of the most
exciting players in the paint. With Brandon Ingram (2020 NBA All-Star), Eric
Bledsoe and Steven Adams (2011 NBA Rookie of the Year) not afraid to give it
their all, the conclusion to this NBA action packed weekend promises to be an
exciting affair.

All the games of the 2020-21 season are available on NBA
League Pass (7-Day Free Trial).