NBA ‘Rivals Week’ is a new addition that the NBA implemented in late January of the 2022-2023 campaign. The week will feature 11 nationally televised games from January 24th through 28th.
New this year: "NBA Rivals Week"
11 rivalry games from Jan. 24-28:
– Lonzo Ball/LaMelo Ball
– Nikola Jokic/Joel Embiid
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) August 17, 2022
Like others, Lonzo and LaMelo Ball’s matchup will be for bragging rights.
The Ball brothers have met three times in the past two seasons, all in the regular season. Lonzo has a 2-1 winning record over LaMelo. During those three games, Lonzo averaged 11.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, and 5.7 APG per game, while LaMelo averaged 17.3 PPG, 7.0 RPG, and 9.0 APG.
This new twist is NBA’s attempt to spice up its regular season, and it seems to be treading in the right direction.
Each game during ‘Rivals Week’ will be aired on ABC, ESPN, TNT, and NBA TV over five days.