NBA Games Tonight on 1st February: Timing for Lakers vs Hawks & Other Matchups

Published 02/01/2021, 7:00 AM EST
Jan 30, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) works on Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) during the second quarter at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports


Sunday night was not very lucky for the Utah Jazz. The Denver Nuggets finally ended Utah’s eleven-game winning streak with a blowout 128-117 win. All credit goes to their lead scorer, Nikola Jokic, who ended the game with 47 points while Jazz’s lead scorer, Bojan Bogdanovic, had just 29 points on the scoreboard. However, Monday night is going to be a jam-packed one for the NBA with many more interesting games to look forward to.

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Heat vs Hornets

On one side, there are the Hornets, who look like they’re coming alive again in the East. They’ve won their last two games and just defeated the Milwaukee Bucks by double figures in their last outing. On the Heat’s front, the good news is that Jimmy Butler is finally going to be back in the lineup after missing 10 games owing to the COVID-19 protocols.

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But a lot of their other team members are either questionable or out for this matchup. Tyler Herro, Game Vincent, Goran Dragic, Avery Bradley, and Andre Iguodala are questionable. And Meyers Leonard, Maurice Harkless, and Chris Silva are completely ruled out. Only Terry Rozier is questionable for the Hornets.
Time and venue: 7:30 PM ET, American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida.

Lakers vs Hawks

The Lakers unmatched winning streak away from home ended thanks to the Philadelphia 76ers. Meanwhile, the Hawks aren’t doing too badly as they won their last matchup against the Washington Wizards. So far, Kris Dunn, Bogdan Bogdanovic, and De’Andre Hunter are out for this game for the Hawks with Trae Young and Onyeka Okongwu probable. Unfortunately for the Lakers, LeBron James and Anthony Davis are questionable too.
Time and venue: 7:30 PM ET, State Farm Arena, Atlanta, GA.

Cavaliers vs Timberwolves

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Jan 31, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. (22) controls the ball against Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards (1) in the third quarter at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports
Both these teams faced each other on Sunday night as well. Even though the Timberwolves won that game, the better team on paper is the Cleveland Cavaliers. Expect the Cavs to avenge their first loss without Kevin Love and maybe even Lamar Stevens. With Karl-Anthony Edwards out along with Naz Reid and Juancho Hernangomez, the Timberwolves’ chances at a win look bleak.
Time and venue: 8:00 PM ET, Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland.

Bucks vs Trail Blazers

The Milwaukee Bucks have been on a two-game losing streak, unlike the Blazers who just won their last game against the Chicago Bulls after Damian Lillard came up big with his 44-point performance. Hence, Portland has momentum on their side, which makes them a better choice for a predicted winner. If Giannis Antetokounmpo doesn’t play as he is questionable for this matchup, there is no way the Bucks have a chance. Zach Collins, Jusuf Nurkic, and CJ McCollum are out for the Blazers with Derrick Jones Jr. probable.
Time and venue: 8:00 PM ET, Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Rockets vs Thunder

The Houston Rockets have finally found their rhythm and will want to add on to their five-game winning streak. It looks like adding John Wall to the lineup was a good call after all. Meanwhile, OKC has just suffered a big blow after their loss to the Brooklyn Nets. Dante Exum and David Nwaba are out for the Rockets, but the Thunder has it worse. Ty Jerome, George Hill, Josh Hall, and Trevor Ariza are all out for OKC. The result of this matchup is quite predictable, with the Rockets adding another W to their tally.
Time and venue: 8:00 PM ET, Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City.

Bulls vs Knicks

While the Bulls are riding a three-game losing streak after their defeat against the Blazers, the Knicks also just came from a loss against the LA Clippers. Both teams are near to each other on the Eastern conference board. The Knicks are the favorites to win this matchup, as the Bulls enter this game without Wendell Carter Jr. and Otto Porter Jr while the Knicks might be missing Nerlens Noel.
Time and venue: 8:00 PM ET, United Center, Chicago.

Pelicans vs Kings

As they square off on Monday night, the Kings and Pelicans will both be hoping to bounce back from their losses. Sacramento had their three-game winning streak snapped by the Miami Heat and the Pelicans had their streak broken by the Rockets. In this matchup, Naji Marshall and Steven Adams are listed as doubtful to play for New Orleans and Nemanja Bjelica is probable to play for Sacramento. This win is significant for both teams to pull themselves up in the West.
Time and venue: 8:00 PM ET, Smoothie King Center, New Orleans.

Spurs vs Grizzlies

The last time these two teams met, the Memphis Grizzlies came out victorious with a 10 point margin. Undoubtedly, Memphis has a much better team than the San Antonio Spurs and is expected to win again. However, the game-changer could be the injury-ridden Grizzlies who have Sean McDermott, Killian Tillie, Jontay Porter, Grayson Allen, Jaren Jackson Jr., Jonas Valanciunas, and Justise Winslow as out while San Antonio is as healthy as ever.
Time and venue: 8:30 PM ET, AT&T Center, San Antonio.

Mavericks vs Suns

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Dec 23, 2020; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) defends against Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic (77) in the first half at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
In their two-game mini-series, the Phoenix Suns prevailed over the Dallas Mavericks last time by 111-105. They have met once before this in which the Suns were also winners. But if Devin Booker is doubtful for this game, the Suns might have trouble maintaining their dominance against the Mavs. Cameron Payne and Dario Saric are also out for Phoenix, while the Mavs have no injuries.
Time and venue:  8:30 PM ET, American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX.

Nuggets vs Pistons

The Denver Nuggets are just coming from a proud win against Utah Jazz, whose eleven game streak the Nuggets ended. The Pistons, as usual, are struggling to stay alive in the East. As long as Denver has Nikola Jokic, Detroit doesn’t stand a chance against them. Killian Haye will be absent from their side, while PJ Dozier, Gary Harris, and Greg Whittington won’t play for the Nuggets.
Time and venue: 9:00 PM ET, Pepsi Center, Denver.
With so many games lined up for you to enjoy, which one are you looking forward to the most?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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