Tuesday night brings some top-level NBA Action, with the second-place team in the Western Conference, the Phoenix Suns, hosting the Toronto Raptors. Later, the show will go on when the Golden State Warriors play an away matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies. Finally, it’s the Eastern Conference-leading Chicago Bulls, who will face the Detroit Pistons at United Center tonight.
Suns look to Outshine Fighting Raptors
In the first of our NBA picks we look at the Suns vs Raptors. Phoenix is attempting not to let a recent 123-100 loss to the Miami Heat upset their outstanding performance throughout the current season. However, the Suns are ready to take it back rather than losing the lead conference spot to the Golden State Warriors.
To do so, Phoenix is all set to visit the Toronto Raptors at Scotiabank Arena in Ontario. For the Suns, a 30-9 season record and still leading the Pacific Division is not enough. The squad is currently commanded by Devin Booker, who is now 23.6 points per game, followed by Chris Paul with ten assists per game.
As for the Raptors, a 20-17 season record has allowed them to clinch the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference. Toronto is now third overall in the Atlantic Division, and coming in with six consecutive wins, they are more than ready to face a top league team. In addition, the squad, led by Fred VanVleet with 22 points and 6.7 points per game, is more than ready to continue stretching that winning streak.
Warriors to Defend Conference Lead Over Climbing Grizzlies
Standing as one of the only two squads to have reached the 30-win mark, Golden State Warriors are not ready to let go of their current conference-leading spot. So, the team is all set to visit the Memphis Grizzlies at FedEx Forum in Tennessee tonight.
Every win counts for the Warriors, especially when the Suns are trailing right behind them with the same number of wins. With two recent losses to the Mavericks and the Pelicans, the Warriors quickly recovered to pull a solid 96-82 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night.
As for the Grizzlies, the path is a bit steeper yet not that overly challenging. The squad is now 28-14 and still leading the Southwest Division. The Grizzlies are among two teams looking to close that gap between them and the top two teams in the Warriors and Suns. With Desmond Bane on a roll and averaging 17.7 points per game, the Grizzlies may have what it takes to exceed Golden State´s top-performing gameplay level.
Dominant Bulls to Take On Struggling Pistons
The Chicago Bulls have caught some attention, especially after taking over the lead spot of the Eastern Conference. The Bulls have a 26-11 season record and are first in the Central Division. Still, tied with the Bucks with 26 wins each and just one victory ahead of the trailing Brooklyn Nets and Miami Heat, the Bulls simply need to keep stretching their positive streaks.
So far, Chicago is 9-1 in their last ten games. With one recent 113-99 loss to the Dallas Mavericks, the squad needs a quick recovery to find their way back to some solid consistency and keep leading conference standings.
Detroit is now 9-30 and at the bottom of the Central Division standings. Cade Cunningham leads the way with 15.7 points and 5.4 assists per game. But, for the Pistons, it’s all about leaving their unfortunate numbers behind.
With two consecutive wins over the Orlando Magic and a Western Conference top team in the Utah Jazz, the Pistons might have found what it takes to face the Bulls. But, they might still fall short of surpassing the Chicago squad.