Several games are on the NBA schedule Tuesday night as teams fight for early position in their divisions. Here’s what to expect in a few of tonight’s matchups.
Mavs Visit Pelicans In Southwest Clash
The Dallas Mavericks and New Orleans Pelicans meet on Tuesday night in a division matchup. Dallas won its first game of the season in a blowout at home over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday after their opening 107-105 loss to the Phoenix Suns on the road. The Mavericks won three of four over New Orleans last season and have a 50-24 advantage all-time against the Pelicans.
New Orleans is 2-1 on the season after dropping their last game in overtime to the Utah Jazz 122-121 on Sunday. They’re third in the league in scoring offense, averaging 125 points per game, and their defense is ranked 17th in the league after three games, allowing 114 points.
Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson both left the game early against Utah. Ingram has been ruled out for tonight with a concussion, while Williamson is listed as day-to-day with a hip injury.
Dallas gets its first win on the road in New Orleans.
Clippers Travel To Face Winless Thunder
The Los Angeles Clippers meet the Oklahoma City Thunder in a Western Conference matchup as the Thunder look for their first win of the season. LA has won two straight after dropping the season-opener against the Phoenix Suns at home and are tied for first in the Pacific Division standings. This team is one of the favorites to represent the conference in the NBA Finals, with Kawhi Leonard now back in the lineup after missing almost all of last season.
OKC has been competitive in its first three games but is 0-3 and at the bottom of the Northwest Division. Their rebuilding mission was derailed this year after their number-two overall pick, Chet Holmgren, broke his foot, putting him on the shelf for the entire season. To add to their injury woes for this matchup, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is listed as day-to-day with a hip contusion, and Josh Giddey is questionable for tonight’s game with a sprained ankle.
LA wins for their third straight on the road.
Warriors And Suns Battle For Top Of Pacific Division
The Golden State Warriors travel to Phoenix to take on the Suns to decide first place in the division standings. Golden State is 2-1 following their 130-125 win over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday.
The Warriors are second in the league at 125.3 points per game but must do a better job on defense, where they’re 24th after giving up 120.7 points in their first three games. Steph Curry has been the leader of this offense, averaging 33.3 points per game so far.
Phoenix comes back home for its second game at Footprint Center. They got revenge on the Dallas Mavericks in a rematch of last season’s playoffs in a 107-105 win in the season opener and then split a pair of road games after beating the Clippers in LA and losing in overtime to the Portland Trailblazers.
Chris Paul became the third player to record more than 11,000 assists in their win over the Clippers, joining Jason Kidd and John Stockton. He also became the only player in history with 20,000 points to go along with his 11,000 assists in a career.
The Suns win convincingly at home.