NBA League Pass games to watch: Week 22 of the 2021-22 season
Monday, March 14, 2022
LA Clippers at Cleveland, 7 p.m. ET
Toronto at Los Angeles Lakers, 10:30 p.m. ET
With less than a month left in the regular season, every remaining game takes on added importance as teams seek to lock in their position in the playoffs or Play-In race. On Monday, we focus on the 6/7 Eastern Conference race as the Cavs try to hold on to their one-game lead over the Raptors for the No. 6 spot (and a guaranteed playoff spot), while the Raptors are looking to get out of the Play-In Tournament (our 7-10).
The Cavs and Raptors open Week 22 against a team from Los Angeles as the Cavs host the Clippers and the Raptors visit the Lakers. Cleveland enters the week having lost seven of its last 10 games, while the Raptors are riding a three-game winning streak.
Washington at Golden State, 10 p.m. ET
Draymond Green is set to play for the first time in over two months as he returns from a back injury which forced him to miss the last 32 games. While Draymond dressed on Jan. 9 for Klay Thompson’s rematch, he was immediately out after the warning. This will be the first time Green, Thompson and Stephen Curry have shared the court since Klay was injured in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals.
Tuesday, March 15, 2022
Brooklyn at Orlando, 7:00 p.m. ET
Kevin Durant is coming off a 53-point performance against the Knicks on Sunday; what does he have in store for the Magic when the Nets travel to Orlando to open Week 22. Kyrie Irving will be available for the Nets, who also posted a 50-point game last week against Charlotte. The Magic are coming off an overtime loss to Philadelphia on Sunday after eliminating Minnesota and New Orleans last week.
Wednesday, March 16, 2022
Atlanta at Charlotte, 7 p.m. ET
If the Play-In tournament started today, it would be Eastern Conference Game Nine-Ten – a knockout game where the loser’s season is over and the winner plays the loser of the Seven-Eight game with the winner of this game earning the No. 8 seed of the playoffs. The Hawks lead the season series 2-1 and a win tonight would lock in the head-to-head tiebreaker with the Hornets if it were needed at the end of the season to determine seeding and potential home-court advantage. in the Play-In.
Chicago at Utah, 9:00 p.m. ET
This is a game between the No. 4 seed in the East (Chicago) and the No. 4 seed in the West (Utah). The Bulls enter Week 22 having won back two in a row and have just picked up Alex Caruso as they seek to regain their health and prepare for a playoff series. The Jazz enter the week after a win at Sacramento that saw Jordan Clarkson score a career-high 45 points. The competition is getting tougher for the Jazz this week, as they start with Milwaukee before hosting Chicago.
Friday, March 18, 2022
Dallas at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. ET
The Mavs (7-2) and Sixers (6-2) have been two of the best teams in the league since the All-Star break. Dallas won the first meeting of the season with the returning Sixers on Feb. 4 behind a 33-point triple-double from Luka Doncic.
New Orleans at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. ET
This is the first of two meetings between the Pelicans and Spurs in eight days that could have major implications for the Play-In tournament. New Orleans enters Week 22 with a one-game lead over the Blazers and a two-game lead over the Spurs for the final Play-In spot. However, the Spurs are 2-0 in the season series with the Pelicans and can clinch the season series with a victory on Friday. These head-to-head encounters between teams vying for position will be crucial in the final four weeks of the season.
Saturday, March 19, 2022
Los Angeles at Washington, 8:00 p.m. ET
LeBron James enters Week 22 with 105 points to pass Karl Malone for second place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Based on his current average of 29.7 points per game — a rating that got a nice boost after his 50-point game against Washington last Friday — LeBron needs four games to pass the Mailman. This game with the Wizards is the Lakers’ fourth game of the week, so another major milestone for LeBron could be in play when this game hits.
Sunday, March 20, 2022
Memphis at Houston, 3:30 p.m. ET
San Antonio at Golden State, 8:30 p.m. ET
The basketball gods demand that I have at least one Grizzlies game on the weekly watch list and I will comply by hosting this game with the Houston Rockets. Not only do we see Ja Morant vs. Jalen Green – two of the best dunkers in the game today – we can spotlight another playoff run as the Grizzlies and Warriors battle it out for the No. 2 seed in the West behind Phoenix.
The Grizzlies enter the week with a half-game lead over the Warriors and currently hold the tiebreaker as they lead the season series 2-1 with another meeting coming up at the end of the month. (March 28 in Memphis on NBA TV).