As the season approaches its halfway mark, the NBA continues to feature top game action, and Tuesday night will be no exception. The league´s top-seeded Warriors will face the Nuggets, Miami will play the ascending Wizards, and the steady Cavs will visit the ailing Pelicans.
Unbreakable Warriors Face Nuggets in San Francisco
The Golden State Warriors are holding on to the lead in the Pacific Division and top the Western Conference standings. Their next game is Tuesday night at home, just three nights after defeating the Phoenix Suns 116-107. No player on the team could have envisioned a better end to 2021.
Golden State is currently 27-6 on the season and 4-1 in their last five games. Stephen Curry continues to command the Warriors with 27.9 points per game, followed by Draymond Green with 7.5 assists and 7.9 rebounds per game. They are currently standing fourth in the league with 111.6 points per game and fifth with 28.1 assists.
As for the Denver Nuggets, a 16-16 season mark might not be enough against Golden State. The Nuggets are 2-3 in their last five games and are currently led by Nikola Jokic with 25.9 points and 7.2 assists per game. To Jokic, Golden State is simply their biggest challenge so far and their first chance at breaking away from their .500 season record.
There is no question Denver will have to climb a steep hill as they face dominant Warriors who should be able to walk away with a win on Tuesday night.
Miami Search for Fourth Consecutive Win over Wizards
The Miami Heat are not just 21-13 on the season but have also managed to stretch their Southeast Division lead to 3 and a half games. Their closest division rivals are the Wizards, and Miami is set to extend their margin even further against them on Tuesday night.
Miami is led by Tyler Herro, who is averaging 20.2 points per game, followed by Kyle Lowry with 8.2 assists per game. The squad has had many solid performances, but their recent revenge win over the Pistons proves the team can act quickly to correct their mistakes, resulting in wins.
On the other hand, the Wizards are slowly making their way to the top of the division standings. They are now looking to climb in the Eastern Conference and get themselves within playoff range. Bradley Beal continues to command Washington by averaging 23.3 points and 5.9 assists per game.
The Wizards may be on the rise, but Miami has above and beyond to hold onto their current position and will not let a chance to extend their win margin go to waste.
Cavs to Surpass Ailing Pelicans
The Cleveland Cavaliers are now third overall in Central Division and fifth in Eastern Conference standings. However, with a 7-1 record over their last eight games, the squad is looking to keep their level of consistency throughout their upcoming games.
The Cavs are still relying on Darius Garland´s solid offensive output, having averaged 19.5 points and 7.3 assists per game. The squad delivers solid performances yet remains just steps behind top seeds like the Heat, Bucks, Bulls, and Nets. Yet, the margin separating the Cavs and the Eastern Conference-leading Nets is only three and a half games.
On the opposite end, the New Orleans Pelicans continue to struggle against their marked inconsistency. The squad is now 12-22 and fourth in the Southwest division. Other than Brandon Ingram, who tops the Pelicans with 22.9 points and 4.9 assists per game, the team is not consistently putting together solid efforts to win games.
Although New Orleans gradually corrected their current season slump by getting four consecutive wins, they took a 117-112 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday. However, the Cavs should have what it takes to get a solid victory against this Pelicans squad.