The NBA season continues on Thursday night with six games on the schedule and several interesting clashes. Here’s what to expect in tonight’s exciting matchups.
Celtics Look To Extend Streak In Brooklyn
The Boston Celtics travel to face the Brooklyn Nets in one of the most anticipated matchups of the night. Boston recovered from a two-game losing streak to win its last four games.
The Celtics still sit atop the Eastern Conference standings with a 30-12 record and lead the Nets by two games. Last night, Jaylen Brown scored 41 points to lead them to a 125-114 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. Boston has now won eight of its previous ten games.
The Nets come into tonight’s game after having recent success on the road. They’ve won nine of their previous ten games away from Barclays Center and return home to extend their five-game winning streak. However, they’ll be without Kevin Durant, who will be out for a month with a sprained knee.
Brooklyn has been the hottest team in the NBA over the past month. They have won 18 of the previous 20 games on their quest to sit at the top of the Eastern Conference. A win tonight would put them within one game of making that a reality.
Boston wins over the shorthanded Nets.
Bucks Face Heat In Battle of Division Leaders
The Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat battle on Thursday as leaders of their respective divisions. The Bucks are first in the Central Division with a 27-14 record and lead the Cleveland Cavaliers by 1.5 games in the standings.
Since a recent slump where they lost five of six games, Milwaukee has won four of the previous five games and two straight on this current road trip. The Bucks were in Atlanta last night and got a 114-105 victory against the Hawks.
Miami leads the Southeast Division with a 22-20 record and holds a 2.5-game lead over the Hawks. However, the Heat have at least been consistent this season, only losing more than two straight games once in the first half of the schedule.
They’re 4-2 in the previous six games and got a one-point win over the Oklahoma City Thunder at home on Tuesday night after Jimmy Butler got an and-1 in the final seconds and put the game away with the ensuing free throw for a 112-111 victory.
Milwaukee wins to extend its road winning streak.
Mavs Hope To End Road Streak In Los Angeles
The Dallas Mavericks continue their current road trip as they visit Crypto.com Arena for the second straight game to face the Los Angeles Lakers. Dallas is 23-19 on the season and is third in the Southwest Division standings behind the Memphis Grizzlies by 5.5 games.
Since a seven-game winning streak, the Mavs are 1-3 and have lost two straight on the road. They were defeated on Tuesday night by the Clippers 113-101 in their last game, with Luka Doncic scoring 43 points in a losing effort.
The Lakers have been winning recently and are now just three games below .500 with a 19-22 record. However, they’re 12th in the Western Conference and 3.5 games behind the Sacramento Kings in the Pacific Division Standings. Los Angeles’s five-game winning streak was snapped on Monday night in Denver, 122-109, as Nikola Jokic recorded his 11th triple-double of the season.
The Lakers get back into the win column at home.