Vance McCullough, the voice of @XFINITYSports, delivers his analysis of the five key games to watch online, paired with five Twitter follows to give you insider information on the matchup. Have a matchup that you’d like Vance to feature? Tweet @XFINITYSports with the hashtag #5ToFollow.
|1. Napoli vs. Arsenal|
Details: Wednesday, December 11 @ 2:30 PM ET – Stadio San Paolo – Naples, Campania, Italy
Watch Here: Fox Sports 1 on XFINITY
Why Watch? The leaders in Group F will take on Napoli Wednesday afternoon, and if Napoli wants to stay alive in the Champions League, they must get the full three-points. Arsenal holds a lead over the Group with a total of 12-points, three more than Napoli (9). Napoli is tied with Borussia (9) for the second spot in the Group, but will need a win as Borussia holds a superior head-to-head record. Can Napoli take control of their own destiny by disarming the powerful Gunners? Arsenal has looked dominant all season long, with the addition of Ozil and emergence of Aaron Ramsey, so it won’t but easy, but it can be done.
#5ToFollow Insider: Jeremy Wilson
Mr. Wilson is the Deputy Football Correspondent for The Telegraph, and he believes something special could happen for Napoli. Follow him while you’re streaming the match to see if he’s on to something.
|2. Philadelphia Flyers vs. Chicago Blackhawks|
Details: Wednesday, December 11 @ 8:00 PM ET – United Center – Chicago, IL
Watch Here: NBCSN on XFINITY
Why Watch? Claude Giroux is back on the top line and looking better than ever, as the Flyers visit the NHL’s top team, the Chicago Blackhawks. The Flyers are at the end of a two-week road trip and will be out for an upset against eh reigning World Cup Champions Wednesday night. The Hawks are looking like a strong contender to challenge for the Cup once again, but losing two of their last three at home makes this match interesting. Will Kane continue his current point streak against Philly or will we see an upset on the ice on NBCSN?
#5ToFollow Insider: Tracey Myers
Tracey is a CSN Chicago’s Insider and will be tweeting #BlackHawksTalk all season long. Make sure you’re following her for the Hawks run at a repeat.
|3. Dallas Mavericks vs. Golden State Warriors|
Details: Wednesday, December 11 @ 10:30 PM ET – Oracle Arena – Oakland, CA
Watch Here: ESPN on XFINITY
Why Watch? The string music will be ringing out when the MAVS and Warriors tip-off in Oakland, as two hot-handed shooters will look to dominate the game. The offense will be what they’re serving up and it will come by the boat load, as Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis will try and out shoot Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. The Oracle Arena has seen some classic clashes, as the eighth seeded ’07 Golden State squad eliminated the top seeded MAVS. Dirk hasn’t forgotten and says revenge is always a factor when he enters that arena. Look for the score to be well over 200-points and the night to end with offensive fireworks between these Western Conference foes.
#5ToFollow Insider:Nate Parham
SB Nation’s NBA blogger for the GSW is your main follow for Wednesday’s best NBA game. He’ll be bringing you the best from the Bay Area, as he’s live from the Oracle.
|4. Maryland vs. Boston College|
Details: Thursday, December 12 @ 7:00 PM ET – Silvio O Conte Forum – Chestnut Hill, MA
Watch Here: ESPNU on XFINITY
Why Watch? ACC Hoops highlight the night on ESPNU as the Terps and Eagles begin conference play. Maryland has a team full of bangers and they like to work the ball down low, making their money in the paint. Look for Layman and Smotrycz to do most of the heavy lifting for the turtle’s Thursday night. BC is on the hunt for a strong start to ACC play and could make a major statement with a win over Maryland. They’ve got a superb sophomore shooter, Olivier Hanlan, who is averaging just under 20 ppg (19.2) and will give opponents fits with his range. With Hanlan up top, and Ryan Anderson on the block (18 ppg 6.4 rpg) this has the makings of an ACC classic that all hoop heads should be streaming!
#5ToFollow Insider: Brian Favat
Follow Brian for a courtside seat to the game online. He’ll be tweeting out the top plays on the court and the hashtags to follow on Twitter.
|5. Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trailblazers|
Details: Thursday, December 12 @ 10:30 PM ET – Moda Center – Portland, OR
Watch: TNT-OT with XFINITY
Why Watch? Two of the top teams in the Western Conference look to shift the standings Thursday night on TNT. The West’s best Trailblazers (18-4) will welcome the Rockets for a clash of the centers on the court. All eyes will focus in on Dwight Howard and his aggressive attack against the rugged defense of Robin Lopez. Howard is a physical specimen, but Lopez is an enforcer for PDX and will take nothing for no one. In the backcourt, James Harden and Wesley Matthews makes for must see TV. Matthews is easily one of the most underrated two-guards in the NBA and this could be a spotlight-stealing showdown, but upstaging James Harden doesn’t happen much. Keep an eye on all the matchups in this grand finale to #5ToFollow!
#5ToFollow Insider: Chris Haynes
Click follow and enjoy an inside look at the Blazers, from shoot around, to the in game stats, and the locker room recaps, Haynes will be tweeting it all out.