Thursday night in the NBA will feature the last games on the schedule before the teams take a break for the upcoming All-Star Weekend. Tonight’s matchups will be just an easy night heading into the break.
Miami Seeks Another Road Win In Charlotte
The Miami Heat go for their fifth straight road win when they arrive in Charlotte for this Southeast Division matchup. The Heat hold an 8.5 game lead over the second-place Hornets in the division and are just 6-4 in their last ten games overall. However, the Hornets could fall out of second place with a loss tonight as the Atlanta Hawks trail them by just a half-game in the standings.
Both teams will be missing some key players in this game. Gordon Hayward and Jalen McDaniels will be out for the Hornets with sprained ankles, and the Heat will be without Victor Oladipo and Tyler Herro, who are both nursing knee injuries. Markieff Morris will also miss the game for Miami for reconditioning.
The Heat will have no problem against a struggling Hornets team and pick up another win away from home.
Wizards Take On Shorthanded Nets
The Washington Wizards go to Brooklyn to face the Nets for the fourth and final time this regular season. Washington won the last time these two teams met and held off the Nets for a 113-112 win one week ago.
The Nets will be without Kyrie Irving at home for this game. He led the Nets with 31 points in the loss last week. Kevin Durant is still nursing a knee injury, and Ben Simmons won’t yet play for Brooklyn as he’s out with back problems. However, their newly acquired point guard should be available after the All-Star break.
Brooklyn didn’t need any of their superstars as they erased a 28-point deficit to beat the Knicks last night at Madison Square Garden 111-106, with Cam Thomas coming off the bench to score 21 points to lead them to victory. However, they will need another solid effort from the reserves tonight if they hope to get their third straight win.
Washington has lost seven of their last ten games and also played last night, losing to the Pacers 113-108. Indiana broke a seven-game losing streak with the home victory.
The Nets will get the victory at home against the struggling Wizards.
Sixers Travel To Milwaukee
The Philadelphia 76ers will go to Milwaukee and face the Bucks in this matchup of two top Eastern Conference teams. The Sixers will try to cool down Giannis Antetokounmpo after he scored 50 points and pulled down 14 rebounds against Indiana on Tuesday night. He has taken over the lead in the NBA scoring race from the Sixers’ Joel Embiid and averages 29.4 points per game. The Bucks are now 20-10 at home on the season.
Philadelphia is coming off one of their worst losses in franchise history as they were humiliated at home on Tuesday night by the streaking Boston Celtics 135-87. Joel Embiid scored 19 points and was three for nine from the field as the Sixers only had two players score in double-figures. The team shot 28.7% from the field and only had 23 field goals the entire game.
This will be a close matchup, with the Nets picking up their third straight win on their home floor.