It’s Friday, which means, for many people, it’s time to enjoy the weekend. This begins by catching the NBA action Friday night. There are several good games lined up to give bettors something to think about.
Sixers Continue Deep Run
The Philadelphia 76ers defeated the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves 117-94 and added their third consecutive victory in the NBA. They’re now 43-22 in the Eastern Conference, reaching third place in the standings. They meet the Portland Trail Blazers tonight to try to keep the run going.
The Blazers lost 115-93 to the visiting Boston Celtics in their last game and stopped a two-game winning streak. That pushed them down to 31-35 in the Western, guaranteeing they took the bottom spot and stay out of play-in positions.
The Sixers are a dynamic and compact team when developing and scoring. Therefore, they should be able to put up 110 to 120 points in total. Portland, on the other hand, is an intense group but too unstable in its collective proposal. Therefore, it might only be able to put up 100-110.
Still, this promises to be an open and high-scoring duel, although favorable to the Sixers due to their better balance between the lines and home-court advantage.
The Wiz Face The Hawks
Another game on tap for Friday night will be the clash between the Washington Wizards and the Atlanta Hawks. This will be a repeat of a duel that was played a few days ago on this same stage, which ended in a 122-120 win for Atlanta. The Wizards will desperately seek to take advantage of being the home team to try to consummate a good result against an opponent who has beaten them in the last two meetings on their own court.
Atlanta, for its part, managed to break a mini-bad streak of two consecutive losses by beating this squad. It was an important victory to continue staying in eighth position in the Eastern Conference general table.
Atlanta has shown that it can put up a fight on the road, but they remain a vulnerable squad that hasn’t left its best version on defense, averaging 117.1 points per game. However, their forte is in their offense, which registers an average of 117.2 points per game.
The Wiz seem to be out of sorts lately, and the Hawks are still fighting to stay alive. This will be a high-scoring affair, but Atlanta will take the game.
Timberwolves Tear It Up With The Nets
Another great option tonight is Minnesota Timberwolves against the Brooklyn Nets. The Timberwolves will look to take advantage of playing at home to overcome a rival who will appear somewhat tired in this event. Minnesota’s recent loss to Philly hurt, but they’re still in playoff position, specifically seventh in the Western Conference.
The Nets saw activity on Thursday in a tough clash against the Milwaukee Bucks, a game in which they competed ferociously, cutting a great distance of points on the scoreboard. However, it wasn’t enough, as Brooklyn ultimately lost – not strange against a franchise like the Bucks.
The Nets are in sixth place in the Eastern, and they will seek to surprise again in a condition that has not been bad for them. However, they’re suffering a large number of casualties due to injury and will be tired after yesterday’s loss. As a result, the Timberwolves will take full advantage of the predicament and, despite not putting up strong performances lately, secure a win.