TBJ Top 5, featuring a Jazzy affair

Seven games tonight, none of them particularly enthralling. Outside of our No. 1 choice, every good team is playing a not-so-good team. That can be fun, for sure, but those aren’t the kind of games that really knock you over.

On to the choices.

Utah Jazz at Miami Heat
After a slow start, the Jazz are being their typically Jazzy selves. No, they’re not playing flats on the fifth or syncopating rhythms, but they’ve started clicking offensively and have considered adding a pianist to their combo. That’d really fill out the sound.

New York Knicks at Milwaukee Bucks
Sure, Andrew Bogut says things between him and Amar’e Stoudemire are “fine,” but let’s just wait and see what Bogut does when Amar’e goes up for a breakaway dunk. Yeah, letting Stoudemire finish so that he doesn’t have to suffer a gross injury is my bet as well.

Denver Nuggets at Indiana Pacers
For whatever reason, I have a feeling this is going to be a high-scoring affair. The Pacers aren’t as bad at defense as you’d imagine but the Nuggets can put up points in a hurry. At the very least, the Pacers are going to try their best to keep up as they play the eighth fastest basketball in the NBA. Weird, considering they have Roy Hibbert.

Minnesota Timberwolves at Los Angeles Lakers
OK, this is going to be high-scoring, for sure. The T-Wolves are last in the league in defensive efficiency and the Lakers are first in offensive efficiency. I haven’t had to take a math course since senior year of high school, but I’d say that adds up to points galore.

Los Angeles Clippers at New Orleans Hornets
No Eric Gordon for the Clippers tonight, so it’s just Blakey GrifGriffs that draws the eyes. Well, him and Chris Paul, who you should be watching as often as possible. If not, he might Julius Hodge you.