The NBA playoffs continue to take shape. There’s still plenty to be decided, although the various series this week have already helped define what is coming next.
Denver Closes the Deal
The Denver Nuggets closed out the deal against the Minnesota Timberwolves with a tight 112-109 victory Tuesday night. With the win, Denver sealed its ticket to the second round. In addition, the fact of winning in the fifth game allows them to get a couple of extra days of rest before the start of the next phase.
Jamal Murray’s 35 points and Nikola Jokic’s 28 were enough to seal the victory for Denver. Now, the Nuggets will face the Phoenix Suns, who also did their thing Tuesday night.
For the Timberwolves, it was a season full of ups and downs ends. This premature end means looking for answers to improve the team and compete in the Western Conference. Minnesota needs to find more support for star shooting guard Anthony Edwards, who won’t be able to do it alone.
The Suns are expected to take down the Nuggets, even though they topped the Western. Should that happen, Phoenix could also take the conference.
Lakers One Step Away
The LA Lakers’ 117-111 overtime win over the Memphis Grizzlies puts them one step away from sealing their ticket to the second round. The advancement of LeBron James and company would be a significant achievement after injuries and the inconsistent performance of the Los Angeles squad.
For its part, Ja Morant’s injury has affected Memphis greatly, leaving them in trouble against a Lakers team with more depth on the bench. Memphis will need a miracle to return in the series. For now, Game 5 on Wednesday night will be crucial for both teams. However, the Lakers are on track to capture another win.
Kings and Warriors Continue Battle
The series between the Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors has not disappointed basketball fans. The series is tied at two games after a tight 126-125 win in the fourth game. The outstanding performance of Steph Curry relived the best moments of the Golden State dynasty; his 32 points were crucial in sealing the win.
On the other hand, the Kings received what was expected from De’Aaron Fox, who led his team with 38 points. Fox will remain the key for Sacramento as it seeks to advance to the next round. However, the road looks uphill. The odds show the Warriors as favorites at -300. When it comes to the playoffs, it’s hard to bet against Curry and his support group.
The Suns ended their series against the LA Clippers with a 136-130 victory Tuesday night. This series was characterized by games with a lot of offense.
For the Clippers, a positive season ends with a disappointing result. The Clippers were hoping to achieve more this season. However, they will need more than 14 points from Russell Westbrook to go further.
As the Suns prepare to face the Nuggets, they’re working out a few bugs. They know that Denver will be a more balanced opponent than the Clippers and they can’t afford to make any mistakes. For Phoenix, they will need more from Devin Booker, whose 47 points in Game 5 were decisive, in the second round to defeat the Nuggets.