The NBA playoff push is in full swing during the last few weeks of the regular season, and Tuesday night's six-game slate provided us with several crucial games. The Golden State Warriors extended their current home win streak to 54 games - the longest in NBA history - with a 102-94 win over the Washington Wizards, while the Oklahoma City Thunder had their eight-game win streak snapped in a 88-82 loss to the Detroit Pistons.
The story of the day comes from one of the teams at the bottom on the league in the Los Angeles Lakers, as rookie point guard D'Angelo Russell is being "isolated" by his teammates after a video leaked of him secretly filming Nick Young talking about being with other women, according to multiple reports. Young is currently engaged to rapper Iggy Azalea, and the situation has pitted the team against Russell.
There are nine games on the slate today, so let's preview tonight's contests from across the Association.
What's On Tap:
Atlanta Hawks (45-30) @ Toronto Raptors (49-24) - 7:30 p.m. ET, NBATV
This is a battle between two of the top three teams in the Eastern Conference, with Atlanta trying to gain on the Raptors for the No. 2 seed in the playoffs.
Phoenix Suns (20-54) @ Milwaukee Bucks (30-44) - 8:00 p.m. ET
Phoenix is missing the playoffs for the sixth straight season, a franchise record, and come into this game on a three-game losing streak. Milwaukee has lost five games in a row.
Los Angeles Clippers (46-27) @ Minnesota Timberwolves (25-49) - 8:00 p.m. ET
LA comes into this game on a three-game win streak, hoping to avenge their home loss to Minnesota earlier this season. The Wolves have won three of their last four games.
New York Knicks (30-45) @ Dallas Mavericks (36-38) - 8:30 p.m. ET
Dallas needs a win to move into a tie with the Rockets for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West. New York comes into this one having lost five of their last seven games.
New Orleans Pelicans (27-46) @ San Antonio Spurs (62-12) - 8:30 p.m. ET
San Antonio is looking to win their 47th straight home game and start 38-0 at home on the year, while the Pelicans have lost four of their last six games.
Golden State Warriors (67-7) @ Utah Jazz (37-37) - 9:00 p.m. ET
The Jazz are red hot, winning eight of their last 10 games, but Golden State is looking to continue their quest to become the first team in NBA history to win 73 games.
Miami Heat (45-30) @ Los Angeles Lakers (15-59) - 10:30 p.m. ET, NBATV
Miami has won 11 of their last 15 games, but this one is more about the Lakers. This is their first game since news broke about the D'Angelo Russell-Nick Young saga.
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