Tuesday night features a full schedule of games as the NBA All-Star weekend is now less than two weeks away. Here’s a look at a few of the key matchups on the slate for tonight.
Boston Looking for Sixth Straight
The Boston Celtics now find themselves on a five-game winning streak as they prepare to travel to Brooklyn to face the slumping Nets. Brooklyn has now lost eight straight and will play this first game back from a five-game road trip without any of their big-three available. James Harden is officially listed as questionable for tonight’s game, Kevin Durant will not be available until after the All-Star game, and Kyrie Irving cannot play home games due to his unvaccinated status.
Boston is now 30-25 on the season and can take over sole possession of third place in the Atlantic Division with a victory. Their current win streak is their longest of the season, and they’ve won seven of their last ten games, but they will face a much tougher test on Friday when they host the Denver Nuggets.
The Celtics will extend their streak tonight against a shorthanded Nets squad.
Suns Face Another Tough Eastern Conference Opponent
The Phoenix Suns’ final stop on this east coast road trip will be in Philadelphia, where they’ll face the Atlantic Division-leading Sixers. Phoenix has won 17 of its last 19 games and has an NBA-best 21-5 record on the road. Both teams won their previous games against the Chicago Bulls, with Philly recovering from two straight losses against the Mavs and Wizards.
Philadelphia needs a win in this game as their lead in the division has dwindled to just 2.5 games over the Toronto Raptors, who have won six games in a row. Joel Embiid needs to continue his dominant play after scoring 40 in their win against the Bulls on Sunday. They will have their hands full on Tuesday night and can’t afford to give up any ground to the Raptors, who will face one of the worst teams in the west, the Oklahoma City Thunder, tomorrow night.
Phoenix will get another win to finish 3-1 on their road trip.
Bucks Face Lakers After Taking Over First Place
The Milwaukee Bucks have moved into first place in the Atlantic Division NBA standings after picking up their third straight win on Sunday against the Clippers 137-113. They will play the Lakers tonight on the same floor at Crypto.com Arena and must get their third consecutive win on their current road trip to hold onto their lead in the division.
Los Angeles is now 17 games behind the Phoenix Suns in the Pacific Division and has been hovering around the .500 mark all season. They’re currently at 26-28 on the year and are ninth in the Western Conference. Los Angeles is 2-4 in their last six games and has won their previous two at home.
The Lakers are 3-3 since Anthony Davis returned to the lineup on January 25 and need to start running off some wins to make sure they end the season in position for a playoff spot. This team needs to make a lot of improvement if they hope to contend for an NBA title.
The Bucks will get their fourth straight against a now healthy Lakers team that just can’t seem to string together enough wins.