The NBA is back in action, with some of the league’s top teams going head-to-head. Here’s an in-depth look at a few of the matchups in store for fans Tuesday night.
Lakers Continue Road Trip vs. Knicks
The Los Angeles Lakers try to break a two-game road losing streak tonight at Madison Square Garden against the New York Knicks. LA is ranked 13th in the Western Conference and is at the bottom of the Pacific Division with a 23-28 record. They’ve lost the first two games of the current road trip and are 3-3 in the previous six games.
Last night the Lakers were across the river in Brooklyn, where they lost to the Nets 121-104. LeBron James and Anthony Davis missed last night’s game and are listed as day-to-day on the team injury report.
The Knicks are coming off a two-game road trip where they split two games against the Boston Celtics and the Nets. New York is 27-24 and in seventh in the Eastern Conference. They’re also fourth in the Atlantic Division standings, with a nine-game deficit between themselves and the first-place Celtics. They lost to the Nets on Sunday for the ninth straight time by a 122-115 score at Barclays Center.
New York gets a close win against the ailing Lakers.
Hornets Look To Extend Streak In Milwaukee
The Charlotte Hornets go for their third straight win as they travel to Milwaukee to face the Bucks at the Fiserv Forum. Since a five-game losing streak, the Hornets have won four of the last six games but have lost two in a row away from home.
Their 15-36 record has them at the bottom of the Eastern Conference, and they trail Southwest Division-leading Miami by 13 games in the standings. In their last matchup, the Hornets beat the Heat 122-117 at home on Sunday.
The Bucks have been dominating opponents recently during the current winning streak, averaging 133.5 points per game during the four-game stretch. They have a three-game lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Central Division standings and are second in the Eastern Conference by 2.5 games behind the Boston Celtics. On Sunday, the Bucks handed the New Orleans Hornets their eighth straight loss as Giannis Antetokounmpo torched them for 50 points in the 135-110 blowout.
The Bucks win big over the lowly Hornets.
Pelicans Hope To End Season-Long Streak In Denver
The New Orleans Pelicans bring an eight-game losing streak into Denver to face the Nuggets on Tuesday night. Since briefly leading the Western Conference standings, the Pelicans have lost 13 of their last 16 games and have fallen to eighth in the conference with a 26-25 record.
However, they’re still third in the Southwest Division standings, 6.5 games behind the Memphis Grizzlies. Zion Williamson is still out of action for New Orleans with a hamstring injury and will be re-evaluated in a week.
The Nuggets are the top team in the Western Conference with a 34-16 record and lead the Memphis Grizzlies by two games. They’re also first in the Northwest Division by 8.5 games over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
They hope to avoid losing their third straight game as they return home from a three-game road trip where they went 1-2. Since winning nine consecutive games, Denver is 2-2 and took a defeat against the Philadelphia 76ers, 126-119, in their last contest on Saturday.
Denver ends the streak with a convincing win at home.