Phoenix Suns vs. Golden State Warriors
The Suns host the team they have been trying to emulate the past couple of seasons: the run-and-gun Golden State Warriors, led by sharpshooter Steph Curry. The Warriors have made it to a higher plane, making the NBA playoffs, while the Suns just missed last season. These two exciting teams should be shooting and scoring from the opening tip to the final horn.
US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 602.379.7824, 6 p.m., $26-$284
Arizona Fall League Championship Game
NOVEMBER 1 AND 15
Local baseball fans have two epic chances to see the game’s best young players who are not currently on MLB rosters at the Arizona Fall League’s championship game. Each Major League Baseball League team designates several players for league play, and more than half of them will end up on MLB rosters, according to past results.
Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 E. Osborn Rd., Scottsdale, Saturday, November 15, 1:08 p.m, $8 adults, $6 kids and seniors 55+
Arizona Cardinals vs. Detroit Lions
The much-improved Detroit Lions visit the Cardinals in a game that could go a long way toward deciding the playoff prospects for both teams. Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is big time, as long as his line can keep him upright and intact. Wide receiver Calvin Johnson may be the best in the game at his position. In any case, he’s got the league’s best nickname: Megatron.
University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Drive, Glendale, 602.379.0102, Sunday, November 16, 2:25 p.m. $56-$80
ASU Football vs. Notre Dame
The Sun Devils can take a monster step toward a major bowl game, not to mention a fine overall season, if they can defeat Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish have the two major ingredients for a shot at the national championship: a terrific defense; and one of the nation’s best quarterbacks in Everett Golson.
Sun Devil Stadium, 500 E. Veterans Way, Tempe, 480.965.2381, TBA, prices vary
ASU Men’s Basketball vs. Chicago State
With the departure of star guard Jahi Carson, most people around Tempe expect the Sun Devil men’s basketball team to stink up the place. To prevent this, coach Herb Sendek has taken a different tack in recruiting. Instead of going after the nation’s top prep stars—which the Sun Devils rarely land—they’re recruiting junior college players. The early returns have been encouraging and we’ll see the fruits of Sendek’s labor versus Chicago State in the first game this month.
Wells Fargo Arena, 634 E. Veterans Way, Tempe, 480.727.0000, 8 p.m., $10-$60