The NBA season resumes on Tuesday night with a few interesting matchups scheduled. Here’s how the teams will matchup in tonight’s action on the hardwood.
Bulls Hope To End Recent Slide Against Nets
The Chicago Bulls and Brooklyn Nets clash for their first meeting of the season at Barclays Centers tonight. The Bulls had won two straight at home before losing two close games to the San Antonio Spurs and Philadelphia 76ers.
Chicago is currently third in the Central Division behind the Cleveland Cavaliers and Milwaukee Bucks. DeMar DeRozan recently became the 50th player in NBA history to score 20,000 points and leads the team, averaging 25.6 points per game.
The Nets broke a four-game losing streak with their victory over the Indiana Pacers in their last game. Kevin Durant led them with 36 points in the victory on Monday night, which they hope is the first of many consecutive wins.
The Nets also hope that Ben Simmons can overcome his troubles and return to the All-Star-caliber player he was a few years ago. Brooklyn is 2-5 on the season and sits at the bottom of the Atlantic Division standings.
The Nets win their second straight for the first time this season.
Warriors Bring Losing Streak To Miami
The Golden State Warriors and Miami Heat clash tonight at FTX Arena. The teams will wrap up their regular season series early this year, as the Warriors defeated the Heat 123-110 five days ago at home. However, the defending champions have gotten off to a slow start and come into tonight’s game with a 3-4 record.
The Warriors are now 2.5 games behind the Phoenix Suns in second place in the Pacific Division. Golden State has lost two straight on the current road trip, with the last defeat coming to the Detroit Pistons 128-114.
Miami has had an even more disappointing start to the season than their opponents. The Heat are 2-5 on the season and have also lost their last two contests. They’re two games behind the Atlanta Hawks in the Southeast Division and return home after losing two of three on the last road trip. After going to Portland and handing the Trailblazers their first season defeat, they lost the final two games of the west coast swing at Golden State and Sacramento.
The Heat defend their home floor and get a close victory.
Wolves Continue Road Trip In Phoenix
The Minnesota Timberwolves travel to face the Phoenix Suns in a Western Conference matchup on Tuesday night. The Wolves had their two-game winning streak broken by the San Antonio Spurs, who they played for the third time in the last four games on Sunday, and are 1-2 against them already this season.
They’re 4-3 and are third in the Northwest Division behind the Portland Trailblazers and Utah Jazz. The team has high expectations as their big three of Rudy Gobert, Anthony Edwards, and Karl-Anthony Towns become more familiar.
The Suns are off to a fast start and are 5-1 on the season, with victories in their last four games. They have wins over the Los Angeles Clippers on the road and the Warriors at home during the current streak and have won by at least 13 points in each game. The Suns are at the top of the Pacific Division, with a 3.5-game lead over the second-place Warriors.
Phoenix wins for its fourth straight at home.