There are seven games on the schedule for Monday night. Yea the Cavaliers try to snap a four game losing skid against the Magic but that’s not one of the games I want to talk about.
The LA Clippers visit the Charlotte Hornets and the Phoenix Suns visit the Toronto Raptors.
LA Clippers @ Charlotte Hornets 7:00 pm
The Clippers lost by 16 last night in Memphis. They were dominated on the boards and the Grizzlies just pushed them around all night. The Clippers have no toughness and teams that get physical with them usually beat them.
The Hornets have dropped five straight and have lost seven of eight. Same ole Bobcats right? They dropped games to the Warriors and Mavericks which is expected but then they lost by two points to the Pacers and five points to the Magic. Last night in Miami the Hornets had a lead most of the night. They had a two point lead with 2:31 left in the game, failed to score the rest of the game and lost 94-93.
Both teams are struggling and need to show some fight. The effort has not been there consistently for either team. The Hornets still have a tough time scoring the basketball while the Clippers don’t try to stop anyone.
The Hornets are on a three game home-stand against the Clippers, Blazers and Warriors. They desperately need a win tonight.
This will be the fourth game of a seven game road trip for the Clips. They looked good against the Magic and a struggling Heat team. They need to piece together some good games while on this trip.
Phoenix Suns @ Toronto Raptors 7:30 pm
Both teams are on four game win streaks. This is the last game of a six game road trip for the Suns. They beat inferior opponents during the trip but those are the games you must win. This will be another test for this young team.
The Raptors have the best record in the Eastern Conference and the second best record overall behind Memphis. They are 8-1 at home and are sixth in points allowed. They have a great backcourt and a capable bench.
The backcourt battle in this game will be great. The starters DeMar DeRozan & Kyle Lowry against Eric Bledsoe & Goran Dragic. Then you have the Suns backup Isaiah Thomas against the Raptors Louis Williams. All six players can take over a game at any given time.
Both teams also have great bench play. The Raptors contributions are spread around with Louis Williams as the high man averaging 13 points. They have three other guys averaging at least seven points off the bench.
The Sun leading scorer comes off the bench. Isaiah Thomas leads the team with just over 15 points per game and Gerald Green adds 14 points.