After a relatively quiet night in the Association on Monday, with just 10 teams in action, Tuesday’s slate has plenty to offer with 20 out of the 30 teams in the league taking the floor.
Boston vs. Indiana: A rematch from Sunday Night, a game the Pacers held on to in the final moments thanks to a Domantas Sabonis game winner. Tatum, Brown, and Smart vs Sabonis, Oladipo, and Brogdon is always good basketball so don’t expect the Brad Stevens led Celtics to simply roll over after losing a heartbreaker at the horn on Sunday night.
Milwaukee vs. Miami: This contest has been dubbed “the biggest revenge game of the season” as the new-look Bucks look to make up for their 4-1 series loss to the Heat back in the bubble. You can definitely bet that Giannis, Middleton and Co. will be ready for this game and not let this opportunity pass them by.
New Orleans vs. Phoenix: This should be one of the more engaging, action packed games on the slate as well, with budding superstars Devin Booker and Zion Williamson facing off. While those two may be the “Batman’s” of their respective squads, they are not alone in their quest to reach superstardom as Deandre Ayton for the Suns and Brandon Ingram for the Pelicans are household names in their own right.
Sacramento vs. Denver: Yet another matchup of young talented teams that are trending in the right direction. Of course, Denver had a historic run in the bubble just over two months ago and looks to continue that momentum against this young Kings team. Fox vs Murray should be one of the better point guard matchups of the night, with Jokic likely to do Jokic things yet again. Less than a week ago, these two squads played an overtime thriller in Denver, a 124-122 Kings win on a last second tip in by Buddy Hield.
Paul George 27.5 Points+Assists
In the worst halftime deficit in NBA history, the Kawhi-less Clippers had no answer for the Mavericks on Sunday afternoon in a 124-73 drubbing in LA. With Leonard out, Paul George had to play superhero in this game and try to lead the depleted Clips to victory, however it was easier said than done. With just 15 points and four assists on four of 13 shooting, it’s safe to say it was a tough afternoon for Playoff P, however I expect a bounce back game for George.
In his first two regular season contests (at Lakers and at Nuggets), George combined for 36 points + assists vs. LA and 32 points + assists vs. Denver and the cards are aligned for him to do the same again tonight. Without Kawhi, the ball should be in PG’s hands a large percentage of the time and tonight should be no different. In the Clippers two wins this season, PG is averaging 34 points + assists per game so there is reason to believe that trend will continue in the game tonight when his Clippers host the Timberwolves.