Январь 21, 2019

NBA Match Previews – 22nd January Tuesday

76ers v Rockets

The Philadelphia 76ers will be looking to bounce back from their rough setback when they welcome the Houston Rockets at the Wells Fargo Center for some NBA action. The 76ers will be coming into this game fresh off the back of a disappointing two-point home defeat to the Oklahoma City Thunder over the weekend. Philadelphia will have to make progress fast if they want to secure a victory against the Houston Rockets.

The Houston Rockets will be seeking for stability after splitting their previous eight games. They are currently averaging on 112 points on 44.7% shooting, with James Harden averaging on 35.7 points, and 8.5 assists, while Eric Gordon is on 16.2 points and 2.2 assists. The Rockets, however, lost six of their previous nine games on the road. The Rockets also managed to rally 21 points to cause an upset against the Los Angeles Lakers when they ended Saturday night’s game with an overtime that resulted in a close 138-134 score line. James Harden came through with another stellar performance on Saturday’s game and his 19го straight game of scoring at least 30 points.

The 76ers, on the other hand, are enjoying possibly their best run in the season despite their recent loss against OKC. They won seven of their last 10 games so far this season, though they did come out victorious in five of their last seven games at home. Joel Embiid steered the team with 31 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists during their loss against the OKC Thunder. Ben Simmons continues to dominate, scoring at least 20 points in four of his previous five games which included 20 points during Saturday’s loss.

Jazz v Trail Blazers

The Portland Trail Blazers will take on the Utah Jazz at the Vivint Smart Home Arena for their NBA clash. The Utah Jazz will be looking forward to secure their seventh victory in a row when they welcome the Portland Trail Blazers. The Utah Jazz are currently one of the hottest teams in the NBA league and they will be hoping to make things hotter in their clash against Portland.

Even though it happened halfway through the season, Utah Jazz just became the defensive monster almost everyone anticipated to witness after they conquered that end of the court last season. As of now, Utah Jazz is averaging on 39.6 defensive rebounds, 7.0 steals, and 6.3 blocks per game. Their defensive ability is one of the major reasons why Jazz will be taking on the Trail Blazers quite confident and riding high on a six-game winning run. They won eight of their previous nine games and they will be looking forward to secure another victory following their domination of the Cleveland Cavaliers in a 115-99 victory at home on Friday.

The Portland Trail Blazers, on the other hand, have been in great form lately considering they won eight of their previous 11 games. They are also at the 4го spot in the Western Conference standings. They will be aiming to secure their third consecutive victory following their win against the Pelicans when they visit Utah on Tuesday. Damian Lillard led the Trail Blazers with 24 points and 8 assists, CJ McCollum and Jake Layman each scored 20 points, while Jusuf Nurkic produced 15 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 assists. Both teams have been on fire lately; however, a victory for Utah is expected especially with their remarkable form lately as well as the home court advantage.

Lakers v Warriors

The Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Lakers will meet at the Staples Center for their anticipated NBA clash. The Warriors will be heading to their matchup against the LA Lakers fresh off the back of a 112-94 victory on Friday against the LA Clippers.

The Golden State Warriors will be looking for an opportunity to secure another victory to keep their seven match-winning streak going. They seem to be improving well as the season progresses. Aside from the fact that they won their last six games on the road, the Warriors have Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and now DeMarcus Cousins to rely on. Despite a rough start to the season, the Warriors are now back at the top of the Western Conference standings, surpassing the Denver Nuggets with 32 wins and 14 losses.

The Los Angeles Lakers need to come out victorious in this game after splitting their previous eight games. However, this is already a challenge for the Lakers considering that they are without LeBron James, Rajon Rondo, and the recently injured Lonzo Ball. This season has been quite a struggle for the Lakers—injury wise. They also lost five of their previous eight games at home this season.

По @EliaasMJ

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