Though the time in between the Super Bowl and opening day in baseball seems like a lull in the sports world, there’s actually plenty to entertain sports fans. The first full week of the 2018 Winter Olympics and several other marquee events should thrill sports fans the world over.
It is getting close to crunch time In the NBA and NHL, and games are starting to have real playoff implications. All of the shocking moves at the NBA trade deadline should make for an interesting end of the season. The Cleveland Cavaliers shipped out half a dozen players in a bid to turn their season around and compete for another championship. The way the new Cleveland players are able to mesh with their teammates could make or break the Cavs’ season.
In addition to meaningful games, the NBA will showcase its brightest stars during the 2018 All-Star Game. During last year’s game, the two teams combined for 374 points and there’s no reason to expect a more defensive game this season.
A number of matchups between the most exciting and well-rounded teams in the NHL are also on deck this week. Teams like the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Winnipeg Jets are playing great hockey and have a shot at being the first Canadian team to hoist the Stanley Cup in more than 20 years.
The Olympics also got underway, and we can expect a number of high-flying aerial competitions on both skis and snowboards, heart-warming stories of perseverance, and decades-old grudges between hockey powerhouses — and that’s just in the first full week of competition.
In order to determine the best games of the week, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed scheduled games and events among the most-watched sports leagues, including the Olympics, NCAA men’s basketball, the NBA, and the NHL for the week of February 12-18. Games were selected based on several factors, including the quality of the teams playing, the presence of well-known and high-quality players in the game, how likely an event is to draw many viewers, and the history of the teams. Teams might have long-standing rivalries, or more recent animosity. The week is from Monday to Sunday.