Mid-December NBA action continues, and this Tuesday night will feature top games to stay on the lookout for. The Conference-leading Suns will play the Lakers while Dallas prepares to face Timberwolves in a home-and-home series. The Pacers will also attempt to raise the temperature over in Miami.
Suns Hope to Extend Conference Lead over Lakers
The Phoenix Suns are now 24-5 and first overall in the Pacific Division standings. With three consecutive wins, the Lakers are next for Phoenix. However, an additional win over the LA squad will be more than necessary to hold on to the narrow margin between themselves and the Golden State Warriors.
With a significant 137-106 beating of the Charlotte Hornets and a comeback by scoring leader Devin Booker, the Suns saw their championship potential shine again as they took over the Western Conference lead spot. Booker leads the team with 22.9 points per game, followed by Chris Paul, who has 10.1 assists per game.
On the other hand, the purple and gold are still pursuing brighter days. Lakers are now fourth in the Pacific Division. With a 16-15 season record, the squad commanded by NBA star LeBron James will attempt to put two consecutive defeats at Chicago and Minnesota behind them with a home win at Staples Center that could turn their season around.
In brief, the Suns should have everything set to walk away with a win over Los Angeles Tuesday night.
Dallas Pushing for Division Lead over Timberwolves
The Dallas Mavericks will continue to hang on to the second spot of the Southwest Division by seeking quick revenge over the Minnesota Timberwolves this Tuesday night. It all starts with leaving their recent 105-115 loss to the Wolves behind.
Even after a third-quarter 38-30 rally, the Mavs’ effort proved insufficient last Sunday night. Tim Hardaway led the Dallas squad with 28 points, while Maxi Kleber added 11 assists. To Hardaway, it was a tight game through all quarters, yet the team still lacks efficient offensive-defensive transitions to allow for better positioning on the court.
For the Timberwolves, Karl-Anthony Towns led with 24 points and six assists, followed by Jarred Vanderbilt with ten rebounds. The squad is attempting to climb up the Northwest Division standings from third place. With a 14-15 season record, Minnesota will try to achieve their second consecutive win over Dallas to earn their 15th victory of the season.
Despite Wolves’ latest win against them, the Mavs will try to take advantage of their home court and get a solid win.
Pacers to Raise Some Heat at Miami
Indiana Pacers currently are fourth in Central Division with a 13-18 season record and will now attempt to overcome the Heat in Miami this coming Tuesday night. With a 3-2 record over their last five games, Indiana will try to hold on to the winning hype from their recent outcomes.
Currently, the Pacers are led by Malcolm Brogdon, averaging 19.7 points and 6.2 assists per game, followed by Domantas Sabonis with 11.8 rebounds per game. To Brogdon, even though there is a six-game gap between their current fourth spot and Milwaukee´s third, it’s too early to rule out a potential comeback with a run towards the playoffs.
As for Miami, leading the Southwest division with an 18-13 season record is reviving some championship hopes that fans thrived on in the power couple James and Wade era. Tyler Herro leads Miami with 20.3 average points per game, followed by Kyle Lowry with 8.2 assists. To Lowry, Miami is marching on a positive streak again, and they will attempt to confirm this with a home win over Indiana this Tuesday night.
Still, Miami should have no major difficulties bringing out some of that Heat to surpass Pacers tonight.