It’s a slow night for basketball fans tonight, as there are only three games on the schedule. The NBA is preparing for the All-Star Game on Sunday, featuring Team Giannis and Team LeBron, and the halfway point of the season.
Bucks Continue Strong Run
The Milwaukee Bucks are on an 11-game winning streak as they face the fading Chicago Bulls tonight. The Bulls have dropped five in a row and can’t find a way out of their skid.
The Bucks are allowing 118 points on 45.4%, picking up 114.9 points on 46.4% shooting. Giannis Antetokounmpo continues to prove himself, averaging 35 points a game, while Jrue Holiday tacks on an average of 19.5 points.
The Bucks are doing well from behind the paint, shooting an average of 35.9%, but they’re really shining on defense. At 49.2 rebounds a game, Milwaukee is able to control the court well.
The Bulls haven’t been shooting poorly, averaging 113.3 points a game, but they’re hurting on defense. They’re allowing just as many points, which is part of the reason they have run into trouble. In addition, they’re not able to hit the long shots, only making 35.8% of their goals from beyond the arc.
As their troubles continue to follow them wherever they go, the Bulls are going to drop another game tonight. The Bucks have their eyes on the prize and aren’t going to slow down.
Wolves Hope To Have Gobert
It was Rudy Gobert of the Minnesota Timberwolves who played both sides of the ball against Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night. During a 124-121 victory over the Mavs, he scored 21 points on nine of his nine attempts and grabbed 14 rebounds. Therefore, Bradley Beal, Kyle Kuzma and the rest of the Washington Wizards will have to be ready for Gobert when they play the Wolves tonight at Target Center.
However, they might get a break. Gobert is questionable, according to Minnesota insiders, as he recovers from a groin injury. Karl-Anthony Towns, suffering from a calf strain, was already listed as out, and Kyle Anderson is questionable.
The Wiz is looking for their seventh win in 11 games, as well as a spot in the Eastern Conference postseason run. Washington is going to attack with everything they have tonight, putting the Wolves in a difficult spot.
The Wizards crushed the Wolves the last time these two met. They won 142-127 in a game that had them just barely the favorites and, despite Minnesota’s problems, go into tonight’s game as the underdog.
Both of these teams are well-matched on both sides of the ball. However, expect Washington to take the lead, especially if Gobert is out or playing injured.
Suns Heat Up The Courts
A marquee game will be played by division rivals the Phoenix Suns and the LA Clippers to close out the action on Thursday night. The Suns have a record of 32-27, while the Clippers are close behind, with 32-28.
The Suns have won the two meetings this season and are looking for a hat trick. It won’t be easy, especially if Kawhi Leonard continues his deep runs. On Tuesday, he scored 33 points, grabbed seven rebounds and provided four assists in a 134-124 victory over the Warriors.
Still, the Suns are starting to look as though they are the team with the best record in the NBA as of late. In their last six, they took five and in their last 14 games, they have won 11. They’re now fourth in the Western, just five games behind the Denver Nuggets and one ahead of the Clippers.
Devin Booker is back for the Suns, and that should have the Clippers worried. Phoenix are better at rebounding and assists, and they’ll play on both tonight for the win.
The All-Star Bonus
Last year, Team LeBron edged out Team Durant 163-160 for the All-Star victory. This year, the competition is even stronger. However, currently the favorites with the sportsbooks, Team LeBron is going to take another win.