Several great matchups are on the schedule in the NBA on Tuesday as teams scramble for position in the standings. Here’s what to expect in a few of tonight’s key games.
Clippers Seek Fourth Straight On The Road In Dallas
The Los Angeles Clippers and Dallas Mavericks meet for the first time this season in a battle of Western Conference contenders. LA is a half-game behind the Phoenix Suns in the Pacific Division standings and has won six of its last eight games.
The Clippers are coming off a 122-106 victory in Houston last night, which was their third straight road win. Paul George continues to lead LA without Kawhi Leonard, scoring 22 points with eight rebounds and five assists against the Rockets.
The Mavericks are 7-5 on the season and trail the Memphis Grizzlies by a game in the Southwest Division standings. After losing two straight on their most recent road trip, Dallas recovered to get a 117-112 on Saturday, which was their fifth consecutive win at American Airlines Arena. The NBA’s leading scorer, Luka Doncic, continued his offensive assault this season with 42 points, 13 rebounds, and ten assists in the victory.
Dallas wins to keep the steak alive.
Spurs Seek To End Slump in Portland
The San Antonio Spurs continue their road trip tonight in Portland, where they will face the Trail Blazers. The Spurs started the season 5-2 and then proceeded to lose their next five games.
They broke the streak by handing the Milwaukee Bucks their second loss of the season on Friday night but were then blown out by the Golden State Warriors by 37 points on Monday. San Antonio is fourth in the Southwest Division standings, three games behind the first-place Memphis Grizzlies.
The Trail Blazers are in a three-way tie with the Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz for first place in the Northwest Division. They hope to improve on their 3-2 record at home after going 4-2 on their most recent road trip.
Portland lost their last game in Dallas on Saturday after winning three straight in Miami, Charlotte, and New Orleans. Jerami Grant scored a season-high 37 points in a losing effort against the Mavs.
Portland gets back into the win column at home.
Nets Continue Road Trip In Sacramento
The Brooklyn Nets and Sacramento Kings tip off in an interconference battle at Golden 1 Center tonight. The Nets are playing the third of a four-game west coast road trip and will be without suspended point guard Kyrie Irving for the seventh straight game tonight.
Brooklyn lost their last contest on Sunday to the Los Angeles Lakers 116-113 as they continue to try and improve on their last place standing in the Atlantic Conference. Kevin Durant led the Nets with 37 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists in the loss.
The Kings have been playing solid basketball recently as they go for their fourth straight win at home on Tuesday night. After starting the season 0-4, they have turned things around and are now 6-6 on the season and third in the Pacific Division standings by 1.5 games behind the Phoenix Suns.
Domantas Sabonis dominated in the Kings’ 122-115 win over the Golden State Warriors at home on Sunday with 26 points and 22 rebounds. With that performance, they picked up their first win in three tries against their division rivals this season.
Sacramento defends its home floor with a close victory.