The 2022 NBA season has entered Week 24 and with that, the hunt for a spot in the 2022 NBA playoffs is heating up. At this point in the season, every game is an important one for teams who are looking to hoist the 2022 NBA Championship trophy. Below we take a look at two of the most important games on the schedule for tonight, Wednesday, March 30, 2022.
Miami vs. Boston
- Date & Location: Wednesday, March 30 at TD Garden in Boston, MA
- Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
- How to Watch: NBS Sports Boston, Bally Sports Sun, ESPN
Two of the top teams in the NBA’s Eastern Conference meet tonight when the Miami Heat look to capitalize on their momentum against on of the hottest teams in the NBA right now, the Boston Celtics. Miami is the No. 1 team in the East, but they are struggling. Since March 9, the Heat have gone 4-6. That run includes a four-game losing skid that ended on Monday with a 123-100 win over Sacramento. Boston has lost five games since January 23. The team’s record during that stretch is an incredible 24-5. The club saw a six-game winning streak end on Monday when they dropped a 115-112 OT game to the Toronto Raptors. The Celtics were without Jaylen Brown, Jason Tatum, Al Horford, and Robert Williams III in that setback.
Tonight’s game marks the third meeting between these two clubs this season. The Celtics are 2-0 against the Heat in the season series with a 95-78 win in November and a 122-92 victory on January 31.
During their impressive run, the Celtics have outscored their opponents by about 16 points in winning games. As for the players who missed the Raptors game, Tatum is listed as day-to-day with knee soreness, Brown is day-to-day with right knee tendinopathy and Williams III is scheduled for surgery for a torn meniscus in his left knee. Horford missed the Toronto game for personal reasons.
Tensions are running high in Miami. The Heat’s star player, Jimmy Butler, and the team’s coach, Erik Spoelstra, had a public argument during the team’s loss to Golden State last week.
Boston is playing great team basketball right now, Miami is not.
Pick: Boston to beat Miami
Phoenix vs. Golden State
- Date & Location: Wednesday, March 30 at Chase Center in San Francisco, CA
- Time: 10:00 p.m. ET
- How to Watch: NBS Sports Bay Area, Bally Sports AZ, ESPN
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The days of the Phoenix Suns and the Golden State Warriors contending for the 2022 NBA regular-season title are behind us. The early portion of the 2022 season saw the Suns and Warriors in a neck-and-neck race for the NBA lead. Today, the Suns are 61-14 and hold down the top spot in the NBA. The Warriors are currently third in the Western Conference where they trail the Suns by 13.5 games and are five games behind the No. 2 Memphis Grizzlies. Golden State has a 48-28 record.
How good have the Suns been this year? Last week the team clinched the best record in the NBA with a 140-130 win over the Denver Nuggets. The team followed that with a 114-104 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. Phoenix has lost back-to-back games only three times this season and they are on an eight-game winning streak heading into their matchup opposite Golden State.
The Warriors are banged up. The team is 1-6 since Stephen Curry left the club because of a foot injury and Draymond Green hasn’t played up to par since he returned from a disk injury. Curry will be looked at in early April to see where he is in his recovery from a sprained left foot ligament.
Tonight’s game is the fourth meeting of these squads in the 2022 NBA season. Phoenix won on November 30, but Golden State picked up two victories in December. Curry was the high-scorer for Golden State in those two wins. He will not play tonight and that is an enormous loss for the Warriors.
Pick: Phoenix to bat Golden State
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