The Sixers suffered a 94-92 loss to the Bucks on Wednesday to take them into the All-Star break (see story). It was a missed opportunity -- instead of reaching the break two games out of the final Eastern Conference playoff spot, the Sixers are four back.
Twenty-six of the 30 NBA teams have reached the midway point, leaving just two games before this weekend's festivities in Houston. They're both good ones...
Miami (35-14) at Oklahoma City (39-13), 8 p.m.
This rematch of the 2012 NBA Finals will be the second this season between the Thunder and Heat. They played on Christmas in a game Miami won, 103-97.
The Thunder recently had a four-game win streak snapped by the Utah Jazz on Feb. 12 and are looking to go into the All-Star break with a win. Miami is currently on a six-game win streak, largely due to LeBron James’ historic play as of late.
In Miami’s last victory over the Blazers on Tuesday, James set an NBA record by scoring 30 points on at least 60-percent shooting for the sixth straight game.
He scored 29 on exactly 60 percent shooting against the Thunder on Dec. 25.
LA Clippers (38-17) at LA Lakers (25-28), 10:30 p.m.
The Clippers will “visit” the Lakers in this heated Los Angeles rivalry that is now trending toward the Clippers.
The Clippers are 12 games better than the Lakers this season and have won the last two matchups, by 10 and five points.
The Lakers are coming off a win against the Suns on Tuesday, but in that win Kobe Bryant also handed in one of his worst performances of his career. He shot 1 of 8 from the field and recorded only four points, a career-low in a game in which he played at least 30 minutes. He also committed eight turnovers.
If the Clippers win, it will be their first season-series win over the Lakers in 20 years.