Last year at this time, fans were waiting for sports to return from their pause caused by the coronavirus pandemic. This Memorial Day weekend, however, is jam-packed with action across the sports world.
Fans in the Pacific Northwest will be pulling for Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers in their first-round NBA playoff series against Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets, but there is other action across the NBA, NHL, MLB and even college sports to check out this weekend.
Here’s when and how to watch the Portland Trail Blazers this weekend:
Terry Stotts’ crew dropped Game 3 Thursday night in front of 8,000 lively fans at Moda Center as the Nuggets took a 2-1 series lead. The Blazers will be looking to even the series on Saturday before heading back to Denver for Game 5 on Tuesday, June 1.
- Game 4: Saturday, May 29 | Nuggets at Blazers, 1 p.m. PT (NBC Sports Northwest, TNT)
What are the best NBA games to watch Memorial Day weekend?
The winner of the Blazers-Nuggets series will take on the winner of the heavyweight series between the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers. Devin Booker, Chris Paul and the Suns won an impressive Game 1 before LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Lakers bounced back in Game 2. The Lakers grabbed control of the series with a Game 3 win Thursday night at Staples Center in L.A.
- Game 4: Sunday, May 30 | Suns at Lakers, 12:30 p.m. PT (ABC)
Elsewhere in the West, former Oregon Duck Dillon Brooks and the No. 8 seed Memphis Grizzlies picked up an eye-opening Game 1 win against the top-seeded Utah Jazz. Donovan Mitchell returned for Utah in Game 2 and propelled the team to a convincing victory in Game 2. Brooks, Ja Morant and the Grizzlies will host Games 3 and 4 in front of a raucous Memphis crowd on Saturday and Monday, respectively.
- Game 3: Saturday, May 29 | Jazz at Grizzlies, 6:30 p.m. PT (ESPN)
- Game 4: Monday, May 31 | Jazz at Grizzlies, 6:30 p.m. PT (TNT)
Another former Oregon Duck, Payton Pritchard, is in the NBA playoffs, but he may not be for long. His Boston Celtics bounced back in Game 3 against the Brooklyn Nets, but they still trail the series 2-1. If the Nets win Game 4, they will have the chance to clinch the series in Game 5 on Tuesday, June 1.
- Game 4: Sunday, May 30 | Nets at Celtics, 7 p.m. ET (NBC Sports Boston, TNT)
What are the best NHL games to watch Memorial Day weekend?
With Seattle getting an NHL team next year, Pacific Northwest hockey fans should be tuned into the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Kraken will join the Pacific Division in the 2021-22 season, and only one team from the NHL’s original Pacific Division is alive in this year’s playoffs. The Vegas Golden Knights bested the Minnesota Wild in a Game 7 Friday night to advance to the second round, where they will take on the Colorado Avalanche.
- Game 1: Sunday, May 30 | Golden Knights at Avalanche, 5 p.m. PT (NBC)
In the Central Division, two Eastern Conference foes will battle in the second round. The Carolina Hurricanes beat the Nashville Predators in six games, while the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the interstate Florida Panthers in six games.
- Game 1: Sunday, May 30 | Lightning at Hurricanes, 5 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
Up in the North Division, the Toronto Maple Leafs are on the verge of the second round. Toronto has a 3-2 series lead over the Montreal Canadiens, and the winner will go on to face the Winnipeg Jets in the second round. A potential Game 7 would take place on Monday.
- Game 6: Saturday, May 29 | Maple Leafs at Canadiens, 7:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
Out East, only two teams are left. The Boston Bruins took down the Washington Capitals in a five-game first-round beatdown while the New York Islanders knocked out the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games. The B’s and Isles will now square off in the second round to determine the true king of the East Division.
- Game 1: Saturday, May 29 | Islanders at Bruins, 8 p.m. ET (NBC)
What are the best MLB games to watch Memorial Day weekend?
Hopeful baseball fans that want to see an MLB team in Portland can tune in to the Oakland A’s this weekend. While Oakland team owner Dave Kaval said there is no planned trip for A’s brass to visit Portland, the City of Roses stands as an intriguing possibility for relocation.
- Saturday, May 29: Angels at Athletics, 1:07 p.m. PT (NBC Sports California)
- Sunday, May 30: Angels at Athletics, 1:07 p.m. PT (NBC Sports California)
- Monday, May 31: Athletics at Mariners, 1:10 p.m. PT (NBC Sports California)
Here’s when and how to watch Oregon Ducks baseball this weekend:
The college baseball season is heating up as well. The Ducks end their regular season with a road game against the Cal Bears.
- Saturday, May 29: Oregon at California, 1 p.m. PT (Pac-12 Networks)