The NBA on Monday features several important games on the schedule as the regular season has less than three weeks remaining. Here’s a look at a few of the matchups on tap for tonight.
Utah Seeks Fourth Straight vs. Nets
The Utah Jazz will try to extend their current winning streak to four games against the Brooklyn Nets tonight. They handed the Knicks a 108-93 defeat on Sunday night in the first game of their current six-game road trip. Utah is fourth in the Western Conference standings, two games ahead of the Dallas Mavericks and just 2.5 games behind the Golden State Warriors.
The Nets have turned things around after a few long losing streaks throughout the season, including an eleven-game winless streak that ended in mid-February. They have won five of their last six games, including a 128-123 victory over the Portland Trailblazers on Friday night.
They are eighth in the Eastern Conference, 2.5 games behind the Toronto Raptors, and will again be without Kyrie Irving tonight as they will for all home games until the New York city COVID-19 mandate is lifted.
After two days of rest, the Nets will get the win against a road-weary Utah team playing on their second consecutive night.
Bulls Hope To Stop Free Fall vs. Toronto
The Chicago Bulls are glad to be back at the United Center after losing all three games of their recent west coast road trip. Chicago is now 2.5 games behind division-leading Milwaukee and just a half-game ahead of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Central Division standings. Since their six-game winning streak, Chicago has only won two of their last ten games.
The Raptors are winners of six of their last seven games and are now just 3.5 games behind the Sixers and Celtics, who are tied at the top of the Atlantic Division. They lead the Nets by three games in the standings.
Last night’s 93-88 win over Philadelphia was their sixth straight victory on the road. However, the team is one game behind the all-important sixth position in the conference and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Bulls return home after an ugly road trip to get the victory.
Red-Hot Wolves Hit the Road vs. Dallas
The Minnesota Timberwolves are currently the hottest team in the league, winning four straight and ten of their last eleven games. Tonight, they have a chance to get to within a half-game of the Mavericks in the Western Conference standings with a victory. However, they could be without Karl-Anthony Towns, who is questionable with a forearm contusion.
The Wolves lead the NBA in scoring with 115.5 points per contest, even though they only shoot 45.5% from the field, which is 22nd in the league. The team is coming off a victory on Saturday 138-119 against the Milwaukee Bucks, who were without Giannis Antetokounmpo for the game.
Dallas just went 3-2 on their recent road trip and have lost two straight after winning eight of their previous nine games. Their defense is second in the NBA, giving up just 104.1 points per game, and they have held opponents to 34% shooting from three-point range this season. A win tonight would be their fourth in the last five games on their home court
With Towns questionable for the Wolves tonight, the Mavs will get the victory at home.