The NBA returns with the Martin Luther King Jr. Day triple-header on Monday, live on Sky Sports USA.
Dallas Mavericks @ Milwaukee Bucks, 7pm
Luka Doncic will be absent for the Mavericks after he was ejected from their defeat to the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.
Harrison Barnes and Tyreke Evans will be expected to carry the scoring load with Doncic unavailable.
Dennis Smith Jr. will also miss the game, but coach Rick Carlisle has confirmed the second-year point guard will rejoin the team on Tuesday despite wanting a trade.
The Bucks have the NBA’s best record at 33-12 for the season and, heading into their win over Orlando Magic on Saturday, they had the best defense in the league and the fifth-best offense.
With the Mavericks holding a 4-19 record on the road, the Bucks, led by Giannis Antetokounmpo, will expect to extend their four-game winning streak.
New Orleans Pelicans @ Memphis Grizzlies, 10.30pm
The Pelicans’ star man Anthony Davis will miss out. He has been sidelined for a fortnight with a sprained finger.
Davis has career-best averages in points (29.3), rebounds (13.3) and assists (4.4) this season, so his absence will be felt heavily by a Pelicans team who had been struggling even with their star man.
Big men Julius Randle and Nikola Mirotic are likely to get a rare chance to play together in Davis’ absence and are both likely to enjoy a greater share of the offense.
At 21-25, the Pelicans are four games behind the final playoff spot in the Western Conference and will hope the margin isn’t bigger by the time Davis returns.
Marc Gasol, the Grizzlies’ best player, is also likely to miss out as the struggling Grizzlies try to end their five-game losing streak.
Live NBA: New Orleans @ Memphis
The home side, like their visitors, have plenty of problems. Their 19-27 record means their playoff hopes might have already slipped away.
Houston Rockets @ Philadelphia 76ers, 1am
James Harden is the NBA’s most in-form player, and some might argue its best.
In his past three games he has twice posted 50 points, then scored 48 against the Los Angeles Lakers, including an overtime salvo that won the game.
Stopping Harden, the reigning MVP, is central to the 76ers’ hopes.
Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid’s own form gives the Sixers hope, despite slipping to a last-gasp defeat to Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night.
Live NBA: Houston @ Philadelphia
Embiid racked up 31 points and Simmons scored 20 in that game but the Sixers’ generosity at the other end of the court will be a worry with Harden coming to town.