Boston at the top, Bucks without Giannis, sizzling Heat – Highlights to talk about live Sky Sports action in the NBA | NBA News

Ahead of the live NBA weekend on Sky Sports, we took a look at the big names and the big games and how things could evolve, from the Boston Celtics’ dominance over the Eastern Conference to the Miami Heat’s defensive efficiency.

Saturday’s NBA action

Milwaukee Bucks vs Cleveland Cavaliers

Where to watch: Sky Sports Arena HD (00:30)

The Cleveland Cavaliers were narrowly behind the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night, but perhaps they won’t be so aggrieved considering they’ve suffered the same fate as all the Grizzlies’ recent opposition.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers faced the Memphis Grizzlies in week 14 of the NBA season.

Added to this is the absence of All-Star contender Donovan Mitchell, who was sitting with his crotch tight as his team lost 115-114.

Whether Mitchell returns this weekend will be crucial, especially against the Milwaukee Bucks side that has proven to be just as unpredictable.

Indeed, the Bucks have been missing from Khris Middleton and, more importantly, their talisman Giannis Antetokounmpo for four games, as the ‘Greek Freak’ continues to treat pain in his right knee. When he didn’t lead the offense, they battled for points, losing by 22 points to the Miami Heat twice in a two-game series.

Their saving grace has been the rise of Jrue Holiday and Brook Lopez. Both took the bat over Giannis and proved to be just as effective at scoring as Holiday hit level 35 against the Indiana Pacers before churning 37 a night later.

Alongside him, Lopez is one of 11 players in the league to shoot 50 percent or better on at least 25 clutch shots.

If you continue like this, the duo can elevate their team to another win.

Boston Celtics vs Toronto Raptors

Where to watch: Sky Sports Arena HD (22:00)

Celtics clearly control Eastern Conference and they begin to flex their famous muscles.

Now, three games ahead of everyone else in the losing column and after having big wins against key opponents, there are open waters after that.

Mountain leaders Jayson Tatum and Jalen Brown were pivotal in the Celts’ scoring streak, scoring over 120 points per 100 positions throughout their winning streak. However, Sixth Man of the Year contender Malcolm Brogdon deserves a mention with an average of 19.2 points per game from the bench.

His contributions may be needed this Saturday, as it is quite possible for Boston to rotate against a relatively weak opponent in the Toronto Raptors.

Indeed, the Raptors have made an impact on offense recently, scoring 132 points from 100 positions in a two-game series with the Charlotte Hornets. Pascal Siakam was particularly lucrative with a total of 62 points in the fixtures.

But the beginnings were otherwise flat, and Gary Trent Jr. and it was difficult to limit Fred Van Vleet’s minutes. Expect another win for Tatum and his friends.

Sunday’s NBA action

New Orleans Pelicans vs Miami Heat

Where to watch: Sky Sports Arena HD (20:30)

These two have already played this weekand it was the Miami Heat that put on a terrific 124-98.

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The Miami Heat faced the New Orleans Pelicans in the 14th week of the NBA season.

Bam Adebayo scored 26, Jimmy Butler 18 and Gabe Vincent four three-pointers on a 16-point night for the Heat.

Despite having the Heat’s preferred squad in only 14 of the 44 games they’ve played this season, they’re putting on a show for their fans and relying less on their star players. Adebayo in particular has been a beacon of hope, as seen in his performance against the Bucks.

If the Pelicans are to take revenge, it looks like CJ McCollum will be provoking it.

He was the top scorer in the reverse draw, scoring 21 points and averaging 29.4 points per game as one of seven players to shoot 40 percent or better on three-point attempts.

There will be little margin of error for McCollum and his friends, given that Pelicans underdog Zion Williamson has lost seven of their last 10 games and is facing the league’s second-place defense. Wait for the heat to pass again.

New York Knicks vs Toronto Raptors

Where to watch: Sky Sports Arena HD (23:00)

If there’s ever been such a consistent team in their inconsistency, it’s the New York Knicks. In fact, despite having one of the easiest schedules in the league, it’s always pretty hard to believe whether any streak of wins or losses will continue or fluctuate.

The Knicks had a good streak against the Indiana Pacers, Washington Wizards and Detroit Pistons, but then lost again to the Bucks and then the San Antonio Spurs.

Not to try, especially Julius Randle boosts the points with an average of 24.4 points per game.

With the Raptors playing back-to-back games, the chance for a more substantial Knicks win is definitely on the card.

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