Week 22 of the 2022 NBA season kicks off tonight with 18 teams in action. As the race for a spot in the 2022 NBA playoffs heats up, every game is an important one for teams in the hunt for the 2022 NBA title. Below we take a look at three of the most important games on the schedule for Monday, March 14, 2022.
Denver vs. Philadelphia
- Date & Location: Monday, March 14 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA
- Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
- How to Watch: NBC Sports Philadelphia, Attitude, ESPN
The Denver Nuggets look to avoid a three-game losing skid as they start a three-game Eastern Conference road trip tonight against the Philadelphia 76ers who return to the Wells Fargo after a single away game in Orlando.
Denver is in sixth place in the Western Conference. Despite the team’s two-game losing skid, the Nuggets are 7-3 in their past 10 outings. Nikola Jokic is pacing the team with an MVP-quality season. Jokic had 26 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and two blocks in the team’s 127-115 loss to the Raptors. In his past 21 games, Jokic has averaged 26 points, 13.9 rebounds, 9 assists and 1.2 steals.
Philadelphia is the No. 3 team in the Eastern Conference. As of this writing, the 76ers are 1-2 in their past three games and 7-3 in their last 10 outings. Like Jokic of the Nuggets, the 76ers are being led by a player who will get consideration for the 2022 NBA MVP, Joel Embiid. Embiid earned his 32nd double-double of the season in a 129-100 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday. However, no other member of the club scored over 11 points in that setback.
The 76ers defeated the Nuggets in their first meeting of the season, winning 103-89 in November in Denver. Embiid did not play in that game. Jokic had 30 points for Denver.
Pick: Philadelphia to beat Denver.
Washington vs. Golden State
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- Date & Location: Monday, March 14 at Chase Center in San Francisco, CA
- Time: 10:00 p.m. ET
- How to Watch: NBC Sports Bay Area, NBCSWA, NBA League Pass
The Washington Wizards were one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference earlier this season. However, the team has been struggling since mid-January. The Wizards are 7-17 since January 15 and are on a three-game losing skid as they look to get a win tonight in the final game of a four-game Western Conference road trip. Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors, who were 2-9 between February 9 and March 7 are currently riding a three-game winning streak with two of those matchups taking place on the Warriors home court, including a 122-109 win on Saturday over the defending NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks.
Klay Thompson and Jordan Poole scored a combined 68 points in the Warriors win over the Bucks, while Stephen Curry failed to hit double digits for the first time since January 3.
The Wizards were struggling before Bradley Beal sustained a season-ending wrist injury in late January. The team picked up Kristaps Porzingis via trade in mid-February. He has played three games for the Wizards (1-2) and has averaged 19.3 points per game, which puts him at the top of the Wizards scoring stats. Kyle Kuzma is the second-highest scoring player for Washington at 17.4 points per game.
Pick: Golden State to beat Washington.
Milwaukee vs. Utah
- Date & Location: Monday, March 14 at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, UT
- Time: 10:00 p.m. ET
- How to Watch: ATTSN-RM, Bally Sports WI, ESPN
The defending NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks are the No. 2 team in the Eastern Conference. They trail the conference leading Miami Heat by 2.5 games. Tonight, the Bucks face the Utah Jazz, who are the No. 4 team in the Western Conference. This is the second meeting between the two teams. Utah topped the Bucks in Milwaukee by a score of 107-95 in late October. Utah is a 24-10 home team this season while Milwaukee is a 18-14 road team.
The Bucks had a six-game winning streak end on Saturday with a 122-109 loss to the Golden State Warriors. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 31 points, eight rebounds, three assists and one block in that setback.
Utah is struggling to find its footing as of late. The team has alternated wins and losses over its past seven games (4-3) and is coming off a 134-125 win over Sacramento. Utah’s leading scorer, Donovan Mitchell is coming off games where he has scored 24 and 25 points. The Jazz was without Rudy GobertJon Saturday with a foot injury. Gobert is listed as day-to-day, the Jazz will moss Gobert for as long as they are without him. He leads the NBA with 14.7 rebounds per game and is second in the league in blocks with 2.2.
Pick: Milwaukee to beat Utah.
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