NBA preview 2-8 February 2024
NBA preview 2-8 February 2024

The National Basketball Association (NBA) will take centre stage for viewers on GOtv, as they tune into ESPN for some thrilling regular season action this week.

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The first live NBA game of the week arrives on the morning of Friday 2February, as the Utah Jazz and the Philadelphia 76ers meet at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City.

The Jazz's Lauri Markkanen has downplayed comparisons to Hall of Famer Dirk Nowitzki: "I don’t think it’s easy to live up to that but I think there are similar similarities. Still, a long way to go. So it’s nice for [people to] say and it gives me more motivation to get better."

On the evening of Sunday 4 February, the Detroit Pistons will look to claim a home win over the Orlando Magic.

The Pistons have endured a nightmare season – including a record-equalling 28-game losing streak – but coach Monty Williams insists that they are showing signs of improvement,

"Like I said at the beginning of the season, we're going to have to improve month by month,” Williams explained. “Our record doesn't reflect it, but we're growing."

The focus shifts to midweek, with the morning of Wednesday 7 February bringing a battle between the Chicago Bulls and the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Timberwolves will hope that Rudy Gobert continues his great work in the defensive phase of the game: "We talk about winning that battle with that guy in front of you all the time," coach Chris Finch said. “I think when you have Rudy behind you playing the way he’s playing, it gives you even more confidence."

The final live game of the week arrives on the morning of Thursday 8 February and pits the Los Angeles Clippers against the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Pelicans' Brandon Ingram believes he has come through a low patch of form and is beginning to produce his best basketball: "Just playing a little bit freer, taking what the defense gave me,” he explained.

“I don't miss a lot of shots. So, when I start to miss shots, I'm thrown off a little bit. But also, I got to have a short memory, continue to keep shooting. That's what I tried to do."

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NBA broadcast details

Friday 2 February

04:00: Utah Jazz v Philadelphia 76ers – LIVE on ESPN 2

Sunday 4 February

22:00: Detroit Pistons v Orlando Magic– LIVE on ESPN

Wednesday 7 February

03:00: Chicago Bulls v Minnesota Timberwolves– LIVE on ESPN

Thursday 8 February

05:00: LA Clippers v New Orleans Pelicans– LIVE on ESPN 2