There are several games on the schedule tonight in the NBA as the teams fight for position in their respective conferences. The end of the season is rapidly approaching, and every point counts.
Bulls Look to End Losing Streak
On Monday night, the Chicago Bulls will start their current road trip in Philadelphia against the Sixers. They are trying to avoid their fifth straight loss and get back to the top of the Central Division. They recently fell out of first place after losing to the Milwaukee Bucks 118-112 on Friday. A win tonight would put them a half-game ahead of the Bucks, who have the night off.
Philadelphia is also looking to hold onto their lead in the Atlantic Division standings, where they lead the surging Boston Celtics by just one-and-a-half games. They had won five straight and seven of their last nine games before losing to the Miami Heat on the road on Saturday 99-82. It was only the Sixers’ eleventh road loss of the season, which is third-best in the NBA. They are now three games behind the Heat in the Eastern Conference standings.
The Sixers will hand Chicago their fifth straight loss as they defend their home court.
Jazz vs. Mavericks in Key Conference Matchup
The Utah Jazz will play the final game of a five-game road trip tonight as they face the Dallas Mavericks. The team is 3-1 on this current stretch away from home and seeks their third win of the season against the Mavericks, who they beat in their last home game 114-109. After a horrible stretch in January where they had a 2-11 record, the Jazz have won ten of their last twelve games and lead the Nuggets by 2.5 games for first place in the Northwest Division.
Dallas is looking for its fifth straight win and has been on a recent hot streak in which they have also won ten of the last twelve. The Mavericks have remained in second place since the Grizzlies took over the division lead a few weeks ago and are now four games behind them in the division standings. This season, Dallas is 22-11 at home and has won six of the last seven games at American Airlines Center.
The Mavericks will get their first win against the Jazz this season in a close matchup.
Golden State Continues Free-Fall
The Golden State Warriors travel to face the Denver Nuggets in the final of our NBA picks today as they continue their descent in the Western Conference and are tied with the Memphis Grizzlies for second in the standings. They have lost four straight and eight of their last ten games after running off nine wins in a row. In their last game on Saturday, they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers as LeBron James torched them for 56 points in the 124-116 loss.
Denver has been overlooked when talking about the top teams in the league recently as they have been one of the hottest teams with a 10-2 record in their last twelve games overall. They are now just 2.5 games behind the Utah Jazz in the Northwest Division standings and hold the sixth position in the Western Conference playoff race. Denver will also have a huge advantage in this game as the Warriors have decided to rest both Steph Curry and Klay Thompson tonight. A win would be the Nuggets’ sixth in their last seven games at home.
The Nuggets should win easily at home, with the Warriors being shorthanded in this one.