Январь 10, 2019

NBA Match Previews – 11th January Friday

Heat v Celtics

It’s a battle of the Eastern Conference when the Boston Celtics play their second game of a back-to-back when they visit the Miami Heat. Boston Celtics welcome the Indiana Pacers in a matchup of teams in a solid fixture in the playoff picture on Wednesday, coming out victorious with 135-108 as the final score. Miami Heat, meanwhile, lost to the Denver Nuggets in a 103-99 defeat in their last game on Tuesday.

Boston Celtics are currently at the 5го spot in the Eastern Conference standings with 25 victories and 15 losses. They were also at home when they hosted the Pacers. They took the fifth spot in the table, five games behind the Toronto Raptors for the top position in the standings and the Atlantic Division. Boston Celtics’ strength is on their defensive end, being at the 3rd place in the scoring defense. Jayson Tatum, Kyrie Irving, Marcus Morris, Gordon Hayward, Jaylen Brown, and Al Horford all contributed in Celtics’ points in the first half of the NBA season.

On the other hand, Miami Heat recently suffered their second consecutive loss when the Denver Nuggets visited them on Tuesday. Miami Heat’s performance so far this season has been above average since they are at the 5го place in the scoring defense but 20го in the number of assists. Josh Richardson, Goran Dragic, Rodney McGruder, and Dwayne Wade have all contributed in securing the victories for the team. Miami Heat is currently standing at the 7го spot in the Eastern Conference table with 19 wins and 20 defeats.

Nuggets v Clippers

In the Western Conference, the Los Angeles Clippers will be making a trip to the Rocky Mountains when they take on the Denver Nuggets. The Clippers will be coming into this game fresh off the back of a 128-109 home victory against the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday. The Nuggets, on the other hand, recently capped a back-to-back set on the road when they won against Miami Heat in a 103-99 victory.

The LA Clippers will be seeking to claim their fourth consecutive win; they came out victorious on their third straight game when they dominated the Hornets for the 9го straight time at the Staples Center on Tuesday. Lou Williams led the Clippers with 27 points and 10 assists in just 25 minutes off the bench to secure their victory. The Los Angeles Clippers have been in great form recently. They are currently placed at the 4го spot in the Western Conference table with 24 victories and 16 defeats, also winning seven of their previous ten games.

In the meantime, Denver Nuggets bounced back from their defeat to the Houston Rockets on Monday by claiming the victory when they visited the Miami Heat on Tuesday. The Denver Nuggets haven’t been really making a big impact but they’re definitely climbing up the Western Conference standings with six wins in their previous seven games. The Nuggets will be entering their game against the Clippers by leading the Western Conference by a game over the Golden State Warriors. They will be looking to keep up their form after winning against the Miami Heat.

Spurs v Thunder

Two Western Conference teams will be looking to make move to improve their positions in the standings. The Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs will meet for their NBA clash at the AT&T Center. Oklahoma City will be coming into this game fresh off a 119-117 home defeat against Minnesota Timberwolves in a Northwest Division match on Tuesday.

The OKC Thunder will be looking for consistency after splitting their previous ten games. They are currently averaging on 111.7 points on 45.5% shooting. Paul George is averaging 26.8 points and 8 rebounds, while Russell Westbrook is on 21.2 points and 10.3 assists. Oklahoma City are currently seated at the 3rd spot in the conference table with 25 wins and 15 losses. As of current records, they won five of their previous seven away games.

On the other hand, the San Antonio Spurs will want to claim another victory after coming out victorious in six of their previous eight game so far this season. The Spurs are currently averaging on 111.9 points on 48% shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging on 22.56 points and 6.4 assists, while LaMarcus Aldrige is on 20 points and 8.6 rebounds. The San Antonio Spurs are placed at the 78го spot in the standings with 24 wins and 18 losses so far this season, also winning their last six home fixtures.

The Spurs will be very much eager to bounce back from their upsetting defeat to the Memphis Grizzlies just recently. However, it is obvious that Oklahoma City Thunder are simply the better side overall since they really improved their defensive strategies lately.

По @EliaasMJ

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