The NBA season continues on Friday night and has several great matchups on the schedule, with just over a quarter of the season finished. Here’s how the teams match up for tonight’s exciting action:
Kings Look To Even Up Series Against Cavaliers
The Sacramento Kings face the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse. The Kings are second in the Pacific Division with a 13-10 record but are just two games behind the Phoenix Suns for the division lead. Sacramento lost their last game on the road against the Milwaukee Bucks 126-113 to break a three-game winning streak and are 3-4 in their previous seven games.
The Cavaliers are 16-9 on the season and are third in the Eastern Conference behind the Bucks and the Boston Celtics. A win tonight would be their eighth straight in this arena and add to their league-best 11-1 record on their home court.
After a four-game winning streak, Cleveland is 4-2 in its last six games, with their last win coming at home against the Los Angeles Lakers 116-102. They beat the Kings in their first meeting of the season 127-120 in Sacramento.
Cleveland wins to add to their home streak.
Lakers Seek Road Win In Philadelphia
The Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers meet for the first time this season at Wells Fargo Center tonight. Los Angeles had a rough start to the season, losing 12 of its first fourteen games, but avoided a complete disaster by winning eight of the following ten matchups.
They’re now 10-14 but still at the bottom of the Pacific Division standings. LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Patrick Beverly are all listed on the injury report as game-time decisions for tonight’s contest.
Philadelphia is currently on a three-game losing streak after another road loss to the Houston Rockets 132-123 on Monday in a game decided in double-overtime. The Sixers are currently fourth in the Atlantic Division standings with a 12-12 record and are 5-5 in their last ten games.
James Harden returned to the lineup for Philadelphia on Monday after missing 14 games with a strained tendon in his foot. However, he struggled from the field, shooting just 4 for 19. They hope his return will help them improve their 27th-ranked scoring offense.
The Sixers win four their fourth victory in five games at home.
Bucks Look for Revenge In Dallas
The Milwaukee Bucks go to Dallas to face the Mavericks and wrap up their regular-season series. The Bucks won the first matchup 124-115 almost two weeks ago on their home floor.
The Bucks lead the Central Division with an 18-6 record and have a 2.5-game lead over the Cavaliers in the standings. Since a recent stretch where they lost three of four games, Milwaukee is 7-2 and has won its last three on the road. They beat the Sacramento Kings 126-113 on Wednesday for their third win since losing to the Lakers in their previous home contest.
Dallas comes into this game on a three-game winning streak and has won four of its last five games since a recent 1-5 stretch. They’re currently third in the Southwest Division standings, trailing the New Orleans Pelicans by three games.
They beat the Denver Nuggets on the road 116-115 in a thriller on Tuesday night for their second straight road win after losing six in a row away from home. A win tonight would equal the Mavs’ longest streak of the season.
Dallas wins a close one for their fourth in the last five games.