Monday's NBA Guide: Celtics March On
Boston at Denver, 9PM ET
Did the Celtics convince you they'd be OK without Kevin Garnett for a few weeks? Boston's trouncing of porous Phoenix might set the panic dial back a few notches, just as a Nené injury could push Denver's to max.
The defense between the Suns and the Nuggets, of course, is defense. Denver allows 3.6 fewer points per 100 possessions than Phoenix. While Steve Nash and slow big man rotations left Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen ablaze, perimeter work from Dahntay Jones and Chauncey Billups matched with great activity from Chris Andersen should help keep the Boston guards in check.
What should be most fun to watch, however, is (of course) the match-up between Paul Pierce and Carmelo Anthony. Let's hope Denver's injury problems up front don't force 'Melo to play a bigger position, because battles like this don't come around every night.
Atlanta at Utah, 9PM ET
Hear those footsteps, Denver and San Antonio? They sound ... jazzy.
Check out FanHouse's roundtable discussion on the Jazz, and stay tuned for Utah-focused Rotation on Tuesday.
Indiana at New York, 7:30PM ET
Philadelphia at New Jersey, 7:30PM ET
New Orleans at Sacramento, 10PM ET
Golden State at L.A. Clippers, 10:30PM ET