The NBA is officially playing Week 22 of the 2022 NBA season. 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 two of the most important games on the schedule for Wednesday, March 16, 2022.
Dallas vs. Brooklyn
- Date & Location: Wednesday, March 16 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
- Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
- How to Watch: YES, Bally-Sports SW-DAL, ESPN
Two teams who are headed in opposite directions meet tonight in the nationally broadcast game on ESPN. In that contest, the Dallas Mavericks travel to New York to face the Brooklyn Nets at Barclay Center.
The Mavericks (42-26) are the No. 5 team in the Western Conference, while the Nets (35-33) check in as the No. 8 team in the East.
Dallas is on a great run. Since losing back-to-back games on January 30 and February 2, the Mavericks have put together a run where they have gone 13-3, which ties them for the best record in the NBA over the past 5.5 weeks with Boston. The one knock against Dallas is that there are 3-5 against Eastern Conference teams who are playing at home.
Brooklyn has been in the doldrums. The team went 0-11 between January 23 and February 12 and then went 1-6 between February 17 and March 6. The club has turned things around in its past three games and has wins against Charlotte, Philadelphia and the Knicks. However, the Nets play Orlando on the road on March 15 before returning to face Dallas at home on March 16. That does not bode well for the struggling club.
Pick: Dallas to beat Brooklyn.
Boston vs. Golden State
- Date & Location: Wednesday, March 16 at Chase Center in San Francisco, CA
- Time: 10:00 p.m. ET
- How to Watch: NBC Sports Bay Area, NBC Sports Boston, ESPN
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Tonight’s late national game, which will be carried by ESPN pits the Boston Celtics (41-28) against the Golden State Warriors (47-22). Boston is the No. 5 team in the Eastern Conference and the Warriors are third in the West.
The Celtics saw their five-game winning streak come to an end on Sunday when they dropped a game to the Dallas Mavericks by the score of 95-92. The team should be well rested heading into their matchup against Golden State, as they have not played since that setback. During that winning streak, Jayson Tatum averaged a whopping 39.8 points per game and shot 62.2 percent from the field. Boston has won its past 15 games when rested.
Golden State looks like they have shaken off whatever was ailing them. The team had a dreadful 2-9 run between February 9 and March 7, but the Warriors are now on a four-game winning streak, with three of those games taking place at home. The difference in the team during its losing run and winning run was much better defense. That improved defense is going to get a test from the red-hot Tatum.
Golden State is 29-7 at home, while Boston is 17-16 on the road.
Pick: Golden State to beat Boston.
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