The NBA has several matchups in store for this Thursday night. The Bucks will go to Orlando to face the Magic, the 76ers will face the East-leading Nets on their home court, and Golden State will travel to Denver to face the Nuggets.
Bucks Seek Fifth Straight Win
The Milwaukee Bucks will try for their fifth win in a row when they travel to Orlando for this Eastern Conference matchup against the Magic. They are currently in second place in the Central Division, trailing the Chicago Bulls by just one game. This is the second straight game these teams will face each other, with the Bucks coming away with a 127-110 win on Tuesday night.
Orlando, who has struggled all season, sits at the bottom of the Southeast Division with a 7-28 record and has lost three straight. The Magic have at least nine players that will not be available for this game due to injuries and health and safety protocol.
The Bucks are playing some of their best basketball of the season and our first NBA pick this week is that they will win this game easily over the struggling Magic.
Sixers Look to Go Three Games Over .500
The Philadelphia 76ers have won two straight games and are now 18-16. They hope to extend their streak but first must get past the Eastern Conference-leading Brooklyn Nets. Philly is sixth in the conference and second in the Atlantic Division, six games behind Brooklyn.
The Nets won two straight over the Clippers and Lakers on their recent west coast swing. PG Kyrie Irving resumed practicing with the team after they decided not to include him in team activities because of not being vaccinated for COVID-19. However, he still can’t play at home.
The Nets should win this matchup on their home court, with Durant and Harden playing at the top of their games.
Nuggets Look for Second Straight Win Over The Warriors
The Denver Nuggets are looking to beat the Golden State Warriors for the second game in a row in this home-and-home series. Denver held the Warriors to only 86 points and led by 24 points at halftime. It came down to the final seconds and the Warriors had one last chance. However, Andre Iguodala missed a three-pointer with the clock running out,
Denver will be at home for this Thursday night matchup, and it should be another close and exciting game. Both teams are dealing with players being out of the lineup, but the two main stars in this game, Jokic and Curry, should make this contest very competitive.
Denver is the underdog on their home court, and it should be a close game with the Warriors avenging their loss on Tuesday to come away with the win.