Man, a lot sure did happen on a Monday night.
To start, we’ll begin with the New Orleans Pelicans. Anthony Davis led the Pelicans to a playoff-securing win against the Los Angeles Clippers Monday night. This will be Davis’ second run at the playoffs and now all that’s left is figuring out who they’ll play in round one. Davis scored 28 points on 11-22 shooting including one of the most jaw-dropping off-the-backboard alley-oops you’ll ever see thanks to a perfect pass from Rajon Rondo. The Pellies have one more game on their schedule against the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night and since they both have the same record (47-34), the winner will earn the higher seed in the playoffs.
In Denver, the Nuggets kept their playoff hopes alive after taking down the Portland Trail Blazers in a win-or-go-home type game. Jamal Murray only had 12 points on 4-14 shooting, but nonetheless, the Nuggets earned the win and they’ll have one game left to decide if they make the playoffs or not. The team they play? The Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Wolves made sure to stay slightly ahead of the Nuggets by beating the Memphis Grizzlies thanks to Karl-Anthony Towns’ 24 points and 18 rebounds. The Nuggets and Wolves both sit at 46-35 and they’ll go head-to-head on Wednesday to decide who makes the playoffs. It’s amazing (and incredibly lucky) how an 82 game season comes down to the very last one.
The Timberwolves haven’t been to the playoffs in 14 seasons while the Nuggets have been absent for five.
Eric Bledsoe’s triple-double performance of 20 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists was more than enough for the Milwaukee Bucks to beat the Orlando Magic, putting them a full game ahead of the Miami Heat for the six seed in the East.
Willie Cauley-Stein and De’Aaron Fox put in some work despite their season being over for months now. WCS poured in 25 points and 10 rebounds while Fox added 21 points and seven assists while also shooting 3-5 from deep. The Sacramento Kings may be a long way away from making the playoffs, but they have two great pieces, in particular, to help get them there.
In some not-so-great news. DeAndre Liggins may still need some help up after Sindarius Thornwell absolutely obliterated him during the last few minutes of the Pelicans blowout win. The video isn’t suited for children, so be cautious when you scroll down to watch it.
Check out the rest of the stats and highlights along with Davis’ alley-oop below.
|Anthony Davis (NOP)||113-100 W @ LAC||28||11-22 (0-1)||6||2||2||5||1||+28||35|
|Willie Cauley-Stein (SAC)||85-98 L @ SAS||25||10-20 (0-0)||10||2||0||1||1||+3||37|
|Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)||113-94 W vs. MEM||24||11-14 (0-0)||18||2||0||1||1||+27||29|
|De'Aaron Fox (SAC)||85-98 L @ SAS||21||7-17 (3-5)||4||7||0||0||5||-9||37|
|Eric Bledsoe (MIL)||102-86 W vs. ORL||20||7-17 (2-6)||12||11||3||0||3||+20||34|
|Jamal Murray (DEN)||88-82 W vs. POR||12||4-14 (1-6)||2||2||0||1||3||-2||32|
|Patrick Patterson (OKC)||115-93 W @ MIA||7||2-3 (2-3)||2||2||1||0||0||+10||11|
|Bam Adebayo (MIA)||93-115 L vs. OKC||6||1-3 (0-0)||4||0||0||0||0||0||13|
|Darius Miller (NOP)||113-100 W @ LAC||6||2-6 (1-3)||1||0||0||1||0||-22||20|
|Rajon Rondo (NOP)||113-100 W @ LAC||5||2-6 (1-2)||4||9||2||0||5||+14||25|
|Trey Lyles (DEN)||88-82 W vs. POR||0||0-0||1||0||0||0||1||4||-4|
|DeAndre Liggins (NOP)||113-100 W @ LAC||0||0-2 (0-0)||0||0||0||0||0||-8||3|
|Skal Labissiere (SAC)||85-98 L @ SAS||DNP-Ankle||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Enes Kanter (NYK)||109-123 L vs. CLE||DNP-Back||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Andrew Harrison (MEM)||94-113 L @ MIN||DNP-Wrist||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Dakari Johnson (OKC)||115-93 W @ MIA||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Marquis Teague (MEM)||94-113 L @ MIN||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) April 10, 2018
Willie Trill led all scorers with 25 points in San Antonio ? pic.twitter.com/YL3q3wRS59
— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) April 10, 2018
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) April 10, 2018
Tonight in the NBA
7:00: Hornets (Kidd-Gilchrist, Monk) @ Pacers (Poythress)
7:30: 76ers @ Hawks
8:00 (TNT): Celtics @ Wizards (Wall, Meeks)
8:30: Suns (Ulis) @ Mavericks (Aa. Harrison)
9:00: Warriors @ Jazz
10:30 (TNT): Rockets @ Lakers (Randle)
Player to watch
Tonight’s player to watch is John Wall. Ever since returning from a knee injury that sidelined him for two months, Wall has quickly returned to All-Star form. In just his third game back, Wall posted 28 points and 14 assists in a close loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. With only two games remaining in their season, the Wizards are guaranteed to make a playoff spot, but winning both games could propel them from the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference to the seventh. The difference between seven and eight might seem insignificant, but having to go up against either the Toronto Raptors (who are the top seed) or the injury-riddled Boston Celtics (the two seed) is huge. The Wizards have had chemistry issues practically all season and it appears to have reared it’s ugly head once again and at the worst possible time. Beating the Celtics on Tuesday would be huge for not only their playoff seeding but also their confidence and it will give them a preview of the Celtics team they could potentially face in the first round.