The NBA features a full slate of games coming up on Wednesday, including an exciting clash of division leaders. Here’s what’s anticipated for some of the action around the league.
Jazz and Hawks Try To Extend Win Streaks
The Utah Jazz and Atlanta Hawks will battle on Wednesday night at State Farm Arena. Both teams have won their last three games and are at the top of their divisions. Utah’s rebuild before this season has shown immediate results. They have the best record in the Western Conference at 9-3 and are first in the Northwest Division by a game over the Portland Trailblazers and Denver Nuggets. They are also the top-scoring team in the league, averaging 118.3 points per game.
Atlanta is 4-1 at home after handing the Milwaukee Bucks their first loss of the season, 117-98, on Monday night. It was their fourth straight win against the Bucks on their home floor. Atlanta was without Trae Young but got 24 points off the bench from rookie A.J. Griffin to halt the Bucks’ season-opening streak at nine games. Young missed the game with shin soreness and is listed as day-to-day for tonight’s contest. The Hawks are third in the league in scoring this season, averaging 116.5 points per game.
The Hawks win for their third straight at home.
Knicks and Nets Clash In Brooklyn
The New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets meet for the first time this season at Barclays Center. After a 3-1 start, the Knicks have now lost four of their previous six games and are 5-5 on the season. They’re third in the Atlantic Division and are two games behind the Boston Celtics in the standings. New York won their second straight road game on Monday against the Minnesota Timberwolves 120-107 after losing their first three away from home.
The Nets’ disappointing season saga continues as they try to improve on their 4-7 record and last place standing in the division. They won two straight road games before losing Monday night 96-94 at Dallas and are 3-2 since losing four straight. Ben Simmons had missed two straight games with knee soreness but came off the bench to play 16 minutes in the loss. Brooklyn is also without the suspended Kyrie Irving for the next two games as he finishes serving his recent five-game suspension.
Brooklyn gets a much-needed win at home.
Lakers Face Clippers In Pacific Division Battle
The Los Angeles Lakers take on the Los Angeles Clippers at Crypto.com Arena as the Lakers try to get their first road win of the season. Since their season-high two-game winning streak, the Lakers have lost three straight and now have a 2-8 record. They’re at the bottom of the Pacific Division standings, five games behind the Phoenix Suns. The Lakers lost their second game this season to the Jazz 139-116 on Monday night.
The Clippers started the season 2-4, but have now won four of their last five games. Their 6-5 record puts them 1.5 games behind the Suns in the division and two games ahead of the Golden State Warriors. LA will again be without Kawhi Leonard for tonight’s game with stiffness in his surgically repaired knee. They have missed his offensive production and need to improve on their league-low 103.8 points per game.
The Clippers win for their fifth victory in six games.