The NBA on Thursday has several games scheduled, some with important division positions at stake as the season starts to wind down. A couple of tonight’s games will turn up the heat.
Grizzlies Hope to Move Past Warriors In West
The Memphis Grizzlies will hit the road tonight as they travel to Boston to face the Celtics. They are looking for their third straight victory and have moved to within a half-game of the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference. Memphis is 19-6 in their last 25 games overall as their momentum keeps carrying them towards the top of the standings.
Boston has been making a move themselves recently in the east. They’re sixth overall in the conference, just 4.5 games behind the first-place Miami Heat, and have an identical 19-6 record in recent games. After going 1-2 on a recent road trip, they returned home to defeat the Hawks 107-98 on Tuesday night. A win tonight would move them to within two games of the Philadelphia 76ers in the Atlantic Division.
This game will be close throughout, with Boston taking a slim victory at home.
Warriors Hope To End Recent Decline
The Golden State Warriors have an important road matchup on the schedule as they go to Dallas to face the Mavericks. They trail the Phoenix Suns, who just earned their 50th victory of the season, by seven games in the Pacific Division. Since their recent nine-game winning streak, the team has won two of their last six games and is in danger of falling to third place overall in the Western Conference NBA standings.
These two teams recently played on Sunday, with Dallas coming from behind and outsourcing the Warriors by 20 points in the fourth quarter to get the victory 107-101. The Mavericks have won two in a row and are 8-2 in their last ten games overall. A win for Dallas in the final regular-season game between these two teams would give them a 3-1 record against Golden State.
The Warriors need a win on the road but won’t avoid taking their third straight loss against the surging Mavs.
Heat Continue Dominance In Eastern Conference
The Miami Heat look to get back into the win column after losing to the Bucks last night in Milwaukee. They’ll be moving on to Brooklyn to face the Nets in the return of Kevin Durant from a recent knee injury. The All-NBA forward has been out for six weeks after spraining his MCL. Brooklyn had a dismal 5-16 record during his absence, losing eleven straight at one point.
This season, the Heat have won both games against the Nets and are holding a slim one-and-a-half-game lead in the Eastern Conference standings over the Chicago Bulls. Miami is 8-2 in their last ten games, with wins in four of their last five games, but hasn’t been able to put any distance between themselves and the leading teams in the conference. Boston is currently in sixth place in the conference, but only 4.5 games separate them from the Heat in the standings.
The return of Durant won’t be enough for Brooklyn as the Heat will win this important road game.