Several games are on the schedule tonight in the NBA playoffs first round. The teams will change cities and battle in game three of their respective series. Here’s a look at tonight’s matchups.
Memphis Hits The Road Against Minnesota
One of these teams will move ahead in the seven-game series tonight at the Target Center in Minneapolis. In Game One at home, Memphis was shocked but came back in the second game to blow out the Wolves 124-96 and tie the series. The Grizzlies will look to take back the home-court advantage and get their second win in a row on Thursday. They had the third-most wins on the road in the regular season.
The T’wolves were the number-one scoring offense in the league during the regular season, but couldn’t get over 100 points in Game Two. Minnesota also needs to do a better job on the boards and repeat what they did in game one when they were +11 in rebounding.
Memphis will get the close win to go up 2-1 in the series.
Mavericks Hope Doncic Returns in Game 3 vs. Utah
The Western Conference first-round will move to Utah for game three between the Dallas Mavericks and the Utah Jazz. On Saturday afternoon, the Jazz took game one of the series 99-93 but rallied to come from behind for a 110-104 victory in game two at home. Dallas was without their All-NBA point guard Luka Doncic, and he is questionable for tonight’s game.
The Jazz lost Game Two by letting Dallas bombard them with three-pointers as they hit 22 of 47 from long distance. They were up by two points with just under five minutes to play and gave up a 13-4 run to trail by seven with 33 seconds to play. Utah hit 11 three-pointers of their own and outrebounded the Mavs by 19 but came up just short.
Utah will get the win at home as It’s unlikely Dallas will shoot the lights out again tonight.
Warriors Look for 3-0 Lead Tonight vs. Nuggets
The Denver Nuggets hope to get back into the series against Golden State at home. On Monday night, the Warriors went up 2-0 in the series with a 126-106 victory at home. Denver won three of the four games against the Warriors in the regular season. In the most recent matchup at home, Denver lost 113-102. They want answers on defense and hope to make tonight’s game more competitive.
The Warriors have taken their play to another level in the postseason and have a mostly healthy roster in their quest for the NBA title. They certainly look like they can threaten the top teams in the conference with their recent play, including the Phoenix Suns.
The Nuggets need help but won’t get much against this playoff-ready Warriors team, who will take the victory to go up 3-0 in the series.