Tonight in the NBA: Heat try to extend streak

Tonight in the NBA: Heat try to extend streak
March 10, 2013, 12:15 pm
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The 76ers are in action tonight against the Orlando Magic for the third time this season.

The series between the two teams is locked at 1-1. The Sixers won the first matchup on Feb. 4, but Orlando won the most recent contest on Feb. 26 (see story).

With that in mind, here are a few more NBA games to watch for:

Pacers at Heat, 6 p.m.

Miami will look to extend its win streak to a season-high 18 games against Indiana tonight. Coincidentally, Indiana is the only team the Heat has not yet beaten this season and also the last team to beat Miami.

That matchup was on Feb. 1. The Pacers won, 102-87, behind David West’s game-high 30 points. West added seven rebounds and five assists in the contest, as well.

The Heat have no trouble scoring, averaging 103.5 points per game (fifth in the NBA), but will have their hands full against Indiana. The Pacers are holding their opponents to an NBA-low 41.1 shooting percentage per game.

Bulls at Lakers, 3:30 p.m.

Chicago will take on a streaking Los Angeles team, which has won 15 of its last 21 and is closing in on a playoff spot. Just one month ago the Lakers were eight games below .500 and looked dead in the water until Kobe Bryant carried the team to its current 32-31 record.

The Bulls on the other hand are not so hot, losing seven of their last 12, but are looking to put a string of wins together after an 89-88 win over Utah on Friday.

Despite Bryant’s great play this season, 27.8 points per game, Dwight Howard could be the key to this victory. Howard has recorded 44 points and 28 rebounds in his past two games and looks to keep his strong play going.

Bucks at Kings, 9 p.m.

The Bucks have won five of their last six and are attempting to distance themselves further from the Sixers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They will be doing so against a Sacramento team that is suffering from another down season.

The Kings are 22-42 and are in the middle of serious talks about moving the franchise to Seattle. Seattle has not had a team since 2008, when the Supersonics moved to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder.

On the other hand, Milwaukee is having an uncharacteristically good season, largely because of solid play from Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings. Ellis is averaging 19 points and 5.7 assists per game, while Jennings is putting up 18.6 points and handing out 6.7 assists.

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