The NBA Playoffs continue Thursday, with several teams continuing their winning streaks. Based on how they’ve performed so far, the Philadelphia 76ers won’t likely give up its lead, either. However, the Sacramento Kings may be running out of steam.
Nets Battle the Sixers
One of the matches that will be played this Thursday will be Game 3 between the Sixers and the Brooklyn Nets. It’s a game that has Philly one step away from sweeping their opponent. As expected, the Nets have not had any chance when facing their rival on the road and finally get a chance to score at home after their most recent, 96-84 loss.
The Sixers are on a roll and don’t appear to be slowing down. They’ve been solid both at home and on the road, although this doesn’t mean they can start taking it easy. The Nets have found a lot of success on their own court, and they’re going to come into tonight’s battle more desperate than ever to keep the series alive.
The 76ers were 25-16 on the road during the regular season and come into tonight’s game on a three-game winning streak. They’ve taken their last seven games against the Nets, and are now ready to add one more. The Nets will try their best to protect their own court, having gone 23-18 at home in the regular season.
As difficult as Brooklyn hopes to make the game, they’re going to come up just short. The Sixers offer unparalleled depth and are firmly set on a title fight.
Warriors Hoping For Some Mojo
The Golden State Warriors lost the first two games of the series against the Kings, even though they fought until the bitter end. Game 1 finished 126-123 and Game 2 was 114-106, and the Warriors are going to fight harder tonight.
Golden State’s objective is clearly to add their first victory in the series and break the bad luck streak. At the moment, Stephen Curry is still the best player for the Warriors, as he almost always scores 25-30 points on average. He needs to bump it up a little tonight, as well as find help from the rest of the crew.
The Kings started this playoff race with everything on the line. Now, the goal of the squad is to try to steal a game in their two visits to Golden State and practically liquidate the Warriors. For now, the franchise is sustained by the work of the De’Aaron Fox-Domantas Sabonis duo, which helped secure the first two victories.
This game is shaping up to be an even duel, although favorable to the defending NBA champs due to the great performance that they usually give at home. However, with Draymond Green suspended for stepping on Sabonis in Game 3, the Warriors are going to have to work for the win.
Klay Thompson and Andrew Wiggins are two vital elements in Golden State’s plan, with the former securing 3-pointers and the latter securing points and defense. They’ll be the go-to targets in today’s game and will help the Warriors pick up a much-needed win.
Suns Hope To Clip the Clippers
The Los Angeles Clippers host the Suns at home after stealing a game in Arizona. They’re keeping the series tied 1-1 after winning Game 1 110-115 and losing Game 2 123-109. Now the team’s goal is to add two wins at home and practically ensure they advance.
The Clippers are a compact and balanced team by nature, so they are expected to move up and down the court to wear out the Suns. However, thanks to the Devin Booker-Kevin Durant duo, the Suns will attack from the initial tip-off.
Arizona’s aggressiveness is going to show in tonight’s game. Russell Westbrook has been promising for the Clippers, but he won’t be able to compete with Booker and Durant, who are each shooting over 50%.
The Suns take the lead after tonight.