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The largest video games remaining within the 2018-19 season

Boston Celtics

Present report: 37-23

The Celtics have had an inconsistent season to this point – as they’ve overwhelmed the 4 golf equipment above them within the Japanese Convention standings, but in addition misplaced to a few of the 4 with the worst information within the league.

“I don’t even know what to say,” Sensible mentioned quietly late Saturday night time after a 126-116 loss to the now 16-44 Bulls. “I ain’t received no phrases. I ain’t received no phrases.”

The Celtics might want to present up on each ends of the ground when push involves shove. Boston may very nicely meet with Philadelphia or Indiana within the first spherical because of the logjam between the third and fifth seeds within the East. Due to this fact, their remaining assembly with every crew may have playoff implications as a preview or a sport that dictates seeding.

The Celtics are behind the Raptors within the standings however may win the season sequence Three-1 with a win at Scotiabank Area on 26th February.

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Kylie Irving – Boston Celtics

 

Houston Rockets

Present report: 34-25

Houston Rockets beat the Golden State Warriors for the third time in a row – and it was with out Harden. The consequence implies that the Rockets have gained all three video games in opposition to NBA champions this season.

“You may are available right here and win on a Monday night time in February or a Tuesday night time in November or December,” Paul, who had 17 assists on the night time, mentioned. “However within the playoffs is when it’s a must to beat a crew 4 out of seven occasions. It’s nice tonight that we gained this however in two days y’all will overlook this. All of us will.”

The Rockets go on to have the distinctive alternative to finish a season sweep over the defending champion Warriors on 13th March.

Houston shut the season in Oklahoma Metropolis in opposition to the Thunder, who they’ve fallen defeat to 2 out of thrice this season. Seeding may very a lot nonetheless be in play throughout the sport as will probably be the final night time of the common season.

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Harden Houston Rockets

 

Portland Path Blazers

Present report: 36-23

The Blazers can be trying to cement themselves among the many West’s prime 4 groups down the stretch run as they’re wanting good after three wins in a row, all by at the least 14 factors. Nevertheless, they are going to be confronted with a lot of checks alongside the best way.

On seventh March the Blazers will look to keep away from a season sweep by the hands of the Thunder, who’ve gained the primary three conferences between the groups this month.

Portland will head on to play Denver on fifth April and seventh April, earlier than travelling to LA to tackle the Lakers – who’ve two consecutive wins over the Blazers this season.

Portland is poised for a robust common season end.

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Denver Nuggets

Present report: 41-18

Popping out of the All-Star break, it was necessary that the Denver Nuggets received off to a particularly quick begin. Doing that on the highway in opposition to an excellent Dallas Mavericks crew was going to be a problem, however the Nuggets discovered a option to maintain enterprise.

The Nuggets have a tricky schedule by means of the remainder of the NBA season, so each win to any extent further will rely. Denver remains to be in rivalry for the No. 1 seed within the West and may have a tricky take a look at of their fourth and remaining assembly with Northwest-division foe Oklahoma Metropolis on 29th March.

The Nuggets will go on to tackle the Warriors within the fourth assembly in a sport which could possibly be the distinction in who earns the West’s prime seed.

Denver will proceed to play its remaining highway sport of the yr in a tricky surroundings in Utah ought to seeding be within the air, earlier than closing at residence in opposition to Minnesota.

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Denver Nuggets

 

Indiana Pacers

Present report: 40-20

Having swept a set of back-to-back video games popping out of the All-Star break, the Pacers will search for their third straight-win on Monday night time in Detroit.

Whereas the Pacers are chasing a top-four seed and homecourt benefit within the first spherical of the playoffs, the Pistons (28-30) are one in all six groups battling for the ultimate three playoff berths within the Japanese Convention.

The Pacers are Four-7 in opposition to the East’s prime groups this season (Milwaukee, Toronto, Boston and Philadelphia) and may have extra alternatives to make statements earlier than the season ends and all of it begins on 10th March after they go to the Sixers. MVP Paul George and the Thunder will go on to go to Indiana on 14th March in what would be the second time since Geroge was traded within the 2017 offseason.

On fifth April the Pacers will host the Celtics in what could possibly be a possibility for a press release win and implication for playoff seeding between the groups.

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Saboni for the Pacers (Picture by Andy Lyons/Getty Photographs)

 

Philadelphia 76ers

Present report: 38-22

This week the 76ers will go to the Thunder and they are going to be gunning for revenge. The pair have a historical past which dates again to their triple-overtime sport a season in the past the place Oklahoma received the very best of Philly.

The Bucks defeated the 76ers earlier this season earlier than Jimmy Butler’s arrival so it’s protected to say this can be a utterly completely different crew than the one Milwaukee noticed in October. If the Sixers need to show their legitimacy as a title contender will probably be an excellent time to do it on 17th Match.

Just some days later Philly will face the Celtics who’ve been victorious over the 76ers for 4 consecutive video games and 7 of their final eight in opposition to Boston relationship again to final season’s Japanese Convention Semi-Finals.

It is going to be an necessary sport for the Sixers in the event that they need to attain the NBA Finals, because the Celtics could possibly be one of many groups standing of their manner.

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76ers

 

Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder

Present report: 38-21

After a disappointing first-round exit, and a season stuffed with struggles, the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder have bounced again in 2018-19 as among the finest groups all through the NBA.

Oklahoma sits within the third spot out West, solely a sport behind the two-seeded Denver Nuggets. Ought to the Thunder drop their sport in opposition to the Nuggets on 26th February, it should price them within the season sequence and any potential tiebreaker come playoff time.

Simply a few days after Thunder will host the 76ers – and there’s no love-loss between the pair. Oklahoma swept the season sequence a season in the past and have an opportunity once more ought to they stroll away victorious from this sport.

On 16th March, the Thunder will go on to make their case because the second-best crew within the Western Convention. The Warriors have been defeated by the Thunder by 28, so taking the season sequence could be the easiest way to ship a message to a crew they may see within the WC Finals.

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Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder Paul George

 

Toronto Raptors

Present report: 44-17

The Raptors will host the Celtics on 26th February, who’ve overwhelmed Toronto twice this season inflicting them to path the season sequence 2-1. The house crew will need to get this final matchup to offer them some momentum in case the pair face off within the playoffs.

The Raptors can be feeling extra assured after they go up in opposition to the Lakers, as earlier this season they have been in a position to defeat LeBron and the Lakers with out their star-player Kawhi Leonard. Whereas it’s extra prone to lean in the direction of the Lakers, if the Raptors have been to stroll away with a win, it could possibly be a fantastic confidence enhance, driving themselves of previous playoff woes.

The Raptors and Thunder will face off in back-to-back video games in March as they meet on 20th March. Kawhi Leonard can be trying to take down Paul George, who has been having an MVP season.

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Ross- Toronto Raptors

 

Golden State Warriors

Present report: 42-17

The Rockets went to Oracle Area with out James Harden and someway beat the Golden State Warriors, 118-112, in one of many largest upsets of the common season. The Warriors performed all 5 of their All-Star starters to no avail, shedding for the primary time in 11 tries when Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Inexperienced, and DeMarcus Cousins all suited up. But, the Warriors remained calm.

“We’ll be nice,” Inexperienced mentioned. “We have now to focus in and lock in. The sport’s gotta matter. From the beginning of the sport tonight, it didn’t seem like it mattered. It didn’t really feel prefer it mattered. The sport has to matter extra.”

The Warriors stay to have excessive hopes for his or her oncoming video games. The Warriors may have their likelihood to hunt revenge on the 76ers in 2nd March. Golden State has not misplaced to the identical Japanese Convention crew twice all season they usually’ll make sure to make a press release in opposition to one of many groups that may compete to win a championship come playoff time.

The Warriors will proceed to face the Nuggets, who they beforehand beat by 31 factors in Denver throughout their final assembly. This sport may very nicely decide which crew will obtain home-court benefit all through the Western Convention Playoffs.

Lastly, on 4th April, the Warriors will match up with the Lakers – who they’ve defeated by double-figures within the earlier two conferences.

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Curry – Golden State Warriors

 

Milwaukee Bucks

Present report: 45-15

Statistically talking, the Bucks have been the very best crew within the NBA this yr, as they rank fourth in offensive score, first in defensive score, and sport the very best internet score (9.6) by far, with Golden State (6.9) and Boston (6.2) behind them.

The Bucks have one of many best remaining schedules within the NBA. As of Sunday afternoon, the opponents for his or her remaining 23 video games had a successful proportion of 46.6 %, the third-lowest within the league.

As of Monday, the Bucks will play five-straight highway video games, together with a four-game West Coast swing following the sport in opposition to the Bulls.

“It’s going to be robust, however we all know we need to be nice,” Bucks wing Khris Middleton mentioned. “(To do) the issues we need to do, we now have to win on the highway. We’ve been examined all yr lengthy. It’s going to be some robust highway video games; the West is tough to play. I believe guys are going to be prepared mentally and bodily we now have to maintain our our bodies, however take it one sport at a time. Every sport means one thing for us.”

On 1st March, the Bucks will face the Lakers, the place Giannis Antetokounmpo can be trying to proceed his case as the very best participant within the NBA in opposition to LeBron James. Milwaukee will proceed on to face the 76ers on 17th March – who’re thought of to be essentially the most gifted crew within the East by many following their strikes on the Commerce deadline.

An fascinating quirk within the schedule aligns two of the highest groups of their respective conferences to face off the ultimate sport of the season on 10th April. Ought to this sport play off any significance on playoff seeding, we are going to get to see what could possibly be a possible NBA Finals matchup in June.

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Milwaukee Bucks

 

 


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