As we approach All-Star Weekend, several games are on the schedule tonight in the NBA. Here’s a look at a few of the most important matchups for Tuesday night:
Mavs Try To Avoid Second Straight Loss
The Dallas Mavericks will go to Miami tonight to face the Eastern Conference-leading Heat. Dallas had won four straight before their two-point loss to the Clippers on Saturday. Luka Doncic was unstoppable in this game, with 45 points, 15 rebounds, and eight assists, but it wasn’t enough to help his team get the win. Jalen Brunson added 22 points for Dallas in a losing effort.
The Mavericks are still trailing in the Southwest Division and are six and a half games behind the Memphis Grizzlies, who have won five straight games.
The Heat are looking for their sixth straight win as they lead the Southeast Division by eight and a half games over the Charlotte Hornets. On Saturday, Miami handed the Brooklyn Nets their 11th straight defeat as they were able to hold off Kyrie Irving and his 20 fourth-quarter points to get the 115-111 victory. A win tonight would give them their longest streak of the season of six games.
The Heat will get their 20th win of the season at home to take the season series against Dallas.
Celtics Look To Extend Streak
The Boston Celtics are currently the hottest team in the league and are looking for their ninth straight win on Tuesday night as they travel to Philadelphia to face the 76ers. They can move to within one game of the Sixers in the Atlantic Division standings with a victory.
On Sunday afternoon, Jason Tatum scored 38 points to lead the Celtics past the Atlanta Hawks 105-95. He also added ten rebounds and three assists. Jaylen Brown added 17 points and nine rebounds for Boston, who won their fifth straight at home.
The 76ers have won two straight and are awaiting the debut of their newly acquired All-Star point guard James Harden who was brought to Philly in last week’s blockbuster trade with the Nets.
Unfortunately, he’s nursing a sore hamstring and will also miss Sunday’s upcoming All-Star game. However, he should be able to play his first game for the Sixers against Minnesota on February 25.
Boston will pick up its fifth straight win on the road to extend their current streak.
Clippers Look To Get Back To .500 vs. Suns
In the final NBA pick for today, the Los Angeles Clippers are looking to get to 30-30 on the season but unfortunately must travel to Phoenix to play the Suns on Tuesday night. They are currently third in the Pacific Division but are 18.5 games out of first place.
The Clippers hold eighth place in the Western Conference, two games ahead of the Lakers. So far, they split the season series with Phoenix, winning in their first matchup of the season.
The Suns have won five straight and are 16-1 in their last seventeen games overall. They are coming off a victory on Saturday against the Orlando Magic, 132-105. Devin Booker scored 26 points for Phoenix, who had nine players score in double-figures in the win. Deandre Ayton added 17 points and ten rebounds for the Suns.
The Clippers will have to wait to get back to the .500 mark as Phoenix will get the victory at home.