As March Madness goes on break until the Sweet 16 games start later this week, the NBA is keeping the basketball schedule full. The regular season ends on April 9 and the next three weeks are going to go by fast. While they look to the postseason, several teams are still fighting for position.
Sixers Face The Bulls
The Philadelphia 76ers return home to the Wells Fargo Center after three games on the road. They now star in a tough duel against the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference tonight. The Sixers have had impressive growth in the campaign and picked up eight victories in a row, which is why they hold the second spot in the Eastern Conference. Led by Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey, coach Doc Rivers’ team dreams of the crown.
For their part, the Bulls, 10th in the Eastern, escaped from the lack of success they’ve been experiencing and added two wins in a row, first against the Minnesota Timberwolves (139-131) and then the Miami Heat (113-99). With this favorable balance, they have, for the moment, a ticket to the play-in. DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine are the fundamental pieces to improve the average and continue climbing in the remainder of the classification.
Due to their great string of victories and the locals, the Philadelphia has emerged as the favorites tonight, although there’s no doubt that the Bulls will be dangerous. Chicago is on the rebound and aspire to win a place in the play-in playoffs.
The needs of both teams will be reflected in offensive strategies tonight, running up the score, but the Sixers take the win.
Knicks Welcome the Wolves
The New York Knicks will be at home tonight to face the Minnesota Timberwolves. They’re on a great run, chalking up three victories in a row, including a 116-110 win over the Denver Nuggets. That put a ticket to the Eastern Conference quarterfinals within reach.
On the other side, things are completely different for the Timberwolves. They’ve added three consecutive losses, falling to 10th in the Western Conference. That’s the cutoff for the play-in, and they can’t afford to take any more hits. Coach Chris Finch will try to correct mistakes in his strategy, but he needs to have Naz Reid, Jaden McDaniels, Mike Conley and company at their best on the court.
The Knicks are firmly on the path to victory, and, in the company of their fans, they are favorites in this duel against the Wolves. In addition, the Knicks have proven themselves against the Wolves already this season, and will be able to do it once again tonight.
The Grizzlies Roar in Memphis
The Memphis Grizzlies hosted the Golden State Warriors last Saturday and won 133-119. They have scored four wins and one loss in their last five games, gradually managing to recover their level of play. At 43-27, they’re now second in the Western and ready for the next phase of the competition.
The Mavs visited the Los Angeles Lakers last Friday and won 111-110, but it wasn’t easy. They now have two wins in a row, leaving behind a losing streak of losses that followed them around. Dallas has had difficulty this season, but is hanging on. They’re 36-35 in the Western, good enough for seventh place.
The Grizzlies are a dynamic and vertical team when attacking. The Mavericks, on the other hand, have lowered their production in recent weeks, emphasized much more since the injury of Luka Doncic.
This promises to be an even duel, although favorable to the Grizzlies due to the greater effectiveness and strength shown by their starting five and their second unit.