Several games are scheduled in the NBA as teams get set for the first weekend of action in December. Here’s what to expect in a few of the matchups on tap for tonight.
Nuggets Face Hawks In Battle of Division Leaders
The Denver Nuggets travel to face the Atlanta Hawks in the first of a two-game southern road trip. Denver is seeking its fifth straight win on Friday night and now has a 2.5-game lead over the Utah Jazz in the Northwest Division standings.
The Nuggets are coming off two straight home wins over the Houston Rockets, the last being a 120-100 victory on Wednesday night. Denver swept the season series against Atlanta last season.
The Hawks are holding on to a slim one-game lead over the Washington Wizards in the Southeast Division standings. They haven’t won two straight games since handing the Milwaukee Bucks their first loss of the season on November 7. Atlanta broke a three-game losing streak with a 125-108 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.
The Nuggets win for the fourth straight game on the road.
Raptors Seek First Season Win Over Nets
The Toronto Raptors visit Barclays Center tonight to face the Brooklyn Nets. The Raptors are 11-10 on the season and sit in third place in the Atlantic Division, 6.5 games behind the Boston Celtics. The Raptors have struggled so far this season and have yet to put together at least a three-game winning streak.
Toronto’s numbers have been down from last season and they’re currently 19th in the league with 110.7 points per game. They are also 28th in the league in field goal percentage at 44.6%.
Brooklyn has been winning since Kyrie Irving returned to the lineup. The Nets have moved out of the basement in the Atlantic Division and are now 6.5 games behind the Celtics in fourth place.
They have now won three straight and six of their last eight games and can move ahead of the Raptors in the standings with a win tonight. Brooklyn beat the Washington Wizards in their last game 113-107 on Wednesday, with Kevin Durant leading all scorers with 39 points.
The Nets win for their sixth straight at home.
Lakers Go For Another Road Win In Milwaukee
Los Angeles continues its mission to get out of the bottom of the Pacific Division standings when they visit the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night in the NBA. The Lakers have turned things around since their last five-game losing streak.
Since starting the season with a 2-10 record, they are 6-2 and have won two straight on the road. LeBron James had 31 points, eight assists, and seven rebounds as the Lakers won convincingly over the Portland Trailblazers 128-109 in their last game on Wednesday.
The Bucks are 15-5 and are first in the Central Division with a two-game lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Their 11-2 record at home is only second to the Phoenix Suns and Boston Celtics this season and they are 6-1 against the Western Conference.
Milwaukee is also third in the league, giving up just 107.1 points per game. Milwaukee is currently on a three-game winning streak after their 109-103 win against the New York Knicks on the road this past Wednesday.
The Bucks defend their home floor with a win.