The NBA All-Star Weekend is coming up, marking a break in the season. It’s a time for teams to realize what’s at stake as they head into the home stretch, and there are several interesting games on tap for Tuesday night.
The Bucks Continue Strong Performances
The Milwaukee Bucks continue at a hectic pace. They have seven wins in a row, going 12-3 streak in their last 15 games. They’re second in the Eastern Conference, just behind the Boston Celtics. At home, they’ve won eight of the last 10 and aren’t slowing down. The squad does not report significant injury news, except for the case of Bobby Portis due to knee problems.
On the Celtics side, although the team is not going through a streak equal to that of its opponent, it’s not that far off either. Boston has won its last four games, going 6-4 in its previous 10 meetings. In addition, as a visitor, the Celtics have taken seven of the last 10.
Where Boston does present difficulties in relation to its opponent is in the injury section. Jaylen Brown, affected by a facial trauma (accidental collision with Jayson Tatum in the game against the 76ers), continues to recover. Marcus Smart won’t be in the game, and Tatum is doubtful.
The recovery of key pieces would make the difference for the Celtics. However, that’s not likely to happen, and the Bucks are going to walk all over them.
The Raptors Look For Redemption
While the 10th-ranked Toronto Raptors have endured a tumultuous season thus far, star player Pascal Siakam says that despite the season being just 24 games old, his confidence has not wavered.
The Raptors’ coach, Siakam, says the Raptors have enough faith in their current roster to handle the situation after days of discussion (and criticism) about the lack of front-office work at the trade deadline during the offseason. While there have been many tumultuous times for the 10th-ranked Toronto Raptors in the past couple of seasons, their star player Pascal Siakam says their confidence hasn’t wavered even though there are only 24 games left to play.
While the Raptors have been facing criticism about the lack of front-office personnel at the trade deadline over the past two months, Siakam says they are confident their current roster will be able to handle the situation.
Tonight will be the fourth and final game scheduled between the Raptors and the Orlando. After winning back-to-back games on December 9 and 11, the Magic lead the season series 2-1. This is the last game for the Raptors before the NBA All-Star game, but they’re going to drop a third.
The Kings And Suns In a Close Battle
The Phoenix Suns receive the Sacramento Kings, positioned in third position in the West, currently occupying fifth with one less win, but three more losses. The Arizona Footprint Center, therefore, will light up in a duel of the West. The home team, led by Monty Williams, is still without Kevin Durant, out due to a knee injury, but they have a 7-3 record in the last ten games.
The Kings, who have maintained that privileged position in the conference for many weeks, find themselves 20-12 against rivals from the West. They’re playing the second game of the series between these two, hoping that Fox & Sabonis, both present at the All-Star next Sunday in Salt Lake City, will be on their game. They won’t be able to give all the glory to Keegan Murray this time.
The Suns and Kings met for their first game of the season on November 29, and the Suns walked away with a 122-117 victory. However, that was with Monk and Devin Booker at the helm. They won’t have either tonight, but that shouldn’t be a problem.
In the last four years, the Kings dominate the face-to-face with seven victories to five for the Suns. However, the Suns have the advantage tonight and should secure their second straight win.