It’s the first night of the second half of the NBA season, so you’re going to want to pace yourself because we’ve got a lot of basketball to watch over the next four months. Maybe that’s why there are very few good matchups tonight.

Atlanta Hawks at Los Angeles Lakers
Kinda hard to remember, but the Lakers are in the midst of a three-game losing streak, including a loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in their last game before the All-Star break. It’ll be interesting to see if the Lakers care during this half of the season.

Boston Celtics at Golden State Warriors
Just about the most diametrically opposed matchup you can have in the NBA, and these two teams haven’t played each other yet, so it’ll be interesting to see how that goes down. Odds are it’ll be a big Celtics win, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be exciting.

Los Angeles Clippers at Oklahoma City Thunder
Four years ago, this would have been a game between the Sonics and Clippers and it would have featured Mickael Gelabale and Cuttino Mobley. Bit of an upgrade these days.

Memphis Grizzlies at Denver Nuggets
Call me crazy, but I bet Carmelo Anthony doesn’t play for the Nuggets tonight. Don’t want him to roll an ankle and ruin the “Yeah Carmelo” remix.

Indiana Pacers at Washington Wizards
Sure, why not?