Here are three games of interest that will be on the NBA schedule on Tuesday night.
Golden State vs Indiana
The Pacers are currently riding a five-game winning streak, which is good enough to keep them two games ahead of the Heat in the East. However, with both Indiana and Miami playing on Tuesday night, this game against Golden State is going to be important. Golden State is 6-4 in their last 10 and sitting just a ½ game ahead of Phoenix and Dallas. 3rd thru 8th in the East may not be that interesting, but the race between Indiana and Miami is heating up and every game counts. And with where the Warriors are sitting in the West, they need wins equally as bad. Keep an eye on the matchup between Andre Iguodala and Paul George. George is still in the conversation, albeit a few spots back, for the MVP race. With the hot start to the season that he had, if he can carry Indiana to crucial wins at the end of the season, then he’ll make a strong case to be put in the conversation with LeBron James and Kevin Durant. However, Iguodala is a lock-down defender who leads the Warriors with 1.9 steals per game and he’ll look to show that against George on Tuesday.
Miami vs Houston
After losing to the Clippers last week, the Rockets returned to form on Saturday with a win over the Pistons. Now they’ll get ready to play the defending champions on their home court, looking to get a gauge of where they are at for this season. Many people wonder if the big two –or maybe two and a half if you consider the likes of Jeremy Lin or Chandler Parsons – of James Harden and Dwight Howard can hang with the big three for Miami. LeBron has been on an absolutely tear since the All-Star break, which has been fueled by what appears to be a semi-healthy Dwyane Wade. The last three games for the Heat were against the Bulls, Knicks and Bobcats. In those games the leading scorers were Chris Bosh, James and Wade, respectively. It goes to show that this team is heating up – no pun intended- at the perfect time. Despite losing to LA last week, Houston is still 8-2 in their last ten. As pretty as that may look, the only way to show that those wins are valuable is by knocking off a team like the Heat. Miami and Houston should be one of the better matchups of the night on Tuesday.
LA Clippers vs Phoenix
The reason that the Clippers and Suns are an interesting matchup is because both teams is floating around the top half, for the Clippers, and bottom half, for the Suns, of the Western Conference Playoff race. Things could get more intriguing if things perfectly line up and these two teams match up with one another in the playoffs. The Clippers have won four in a row and are 7-3 in their last 10. The newly acquired Danny Granger has yet to suit up for the Clippers, but that hasn’t stopped them from rolling teams in the last month. The Suns are having one of their best seasons since a guy named Steve Nash left. Led by Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic, who may be having the best year of his career with 20.6 points per game, the Suns find themselves in the playoff hunt and just five games back of the Clippers in the Pacific Division. A win on Tuesday would not only help the Suns keep ahead of the Mavs in the playoff picture, but it’d also help them make ground on the Clippers and Warriors. If the Warriors happen to lose on Tuesday and the Suns win, we could be looking at an entirely shuffled playoff picture.
Also on Tuesday night will be matchups between the Spurs and Cavs, 76ers and Thunder, and Pelicans and Lakers. Six games are on tap for Tuesday, and the playoff picture could look completely different on Wednesday morning.
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