Tonight’s NBA schedule features some key matchups. Fans will be in for a treat as some big-name stars face off in key matchups as teams look to solidify their playoff positioning. There will be no shortage of action in tonight’s games.
The Nuggets Look to Capture some Magic
The Denver Nuggets visit the Orlando Magic in a matchup that features two clubs trending in different directions. This meeting marks the second time these clubs play this year. Denver took the first meeting 119-116 on January 16. DeAndre Jordan scored 25 points for the Nuggets. Markelle Fultz added 20 points for the Magic.
The Nuggets lead the Western Conference with a 38-17 mark. Despite their impressive record, the Nuggets have struggled on the road going 12-13. They have currently won four of their last five, including a 146-112 blowout of the Minnesota Timberwolves in their last outing.
The Magic have also struggled at home with a 13-14 mark. Orlando has dropped 10 of 16 games decided by less than 10 points. They have won three of their last five, despite dropping a 102-98 decision against the New York Knicks in their last contest.
Denver star Nikola Jokic leads the club with 24.7 points per game and 11.3 rebounds. Orlando power forward Pablo Banchero has averaged 20.2 points per game this season while shooting 75.3 from the field.
Overall, this matchup looks to be a one-sided affair. Expect the Nuggets to keep rolling past the Magic.
The Suns Look to Shine in Atlanta
The Phoenix Suns pay a visit to the Atlanta Hawks in what looks to be a highly entertaining matchup. The Suns are riding a three-game winning streak as they head into Atlanta. The Hawks will look to snap the Suns’ streak at home.
Phoenix has struggled away from home, going 11-17. The Hawks have a winning record at home, going 13-11. The Suns are 3-8 in games under 4 points, while the Hawks are 6-4.
This matchup is the second meeting between both teams. The Hawks bounced the Suns 132-100 on February 2. The Hawks’ Dejounte Murray scored 21 points, with Mikal Bridges adding 23 for the Suns.
The Suns’ reported acquisition of superstar Kevin Durant should provide a psychological boost for Phoenix. Durant is not expected to be in the lineup for tonight’s game. Nevertheless, the Suns should get a jolt from the news.
Expect the Suns to get revenge on the Hawks to even the season series.
The Nets Look to Snare the Bulls
The Chicago Bulls look to stomp the Nets in an Eastern Conference clash. Both clubs are looking to bolster their playoff aspirations. The Bulls are clinging to their playoff hopes with a 26-28 record. The Nets are 32-22, currently occupying the #5 seed in the East.
Brooklyn has a solid 22-11 against conference opponents this season. The Bulls are 20-15 versus conference rivals. This game is the third meeting between the clubs. The Bulls took their last contest 121-112 on the heels of Patrick Williams’ 22 points.
The Nets reportedly traded Kevin Durant to the Suns for a substantial return. There is no telling what impact trading away their leading scorer will have on the Nets. But the rest of Brooklyn’s bench will certainly need to pick up the slack to stay in contention.
Expect the Bulls to pull out the win on the road.
A Clash of Titans
The Milwaukee Bucks hit the West Coast in the late game as they take on the Los Angeles Lakers. This game features a clash of titans as superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo squares off against newly-crowned all-time leading scorer LeBron James.
The Bucks are second in the Eastern Conference with a 37-17 mark. The Lakers are near the bottom in the Western Conference with a 25-30 record.
The Lakers are even at home this year with a 13-13 record. The Bucks are above water on the road going 14-12.
This game marks the second meeting between these two clubs. In their last meeting, Anthony Davis scored 44 points for the Lakers, leading them to a 133-129 victory. Antetokounmpo added 40 points for the Bucks.
Expect another high-scoring affair in this matchup. The Bucks should get revenge this time around.