Our NBA Tips for the Weekend - 26/02/22

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Philadelphia 76ers @ Minnesota Timberwolves

Former MVP James Harden will be making his 76er debut in this game after his blockbuster move to Philadelphia from the Brooklyn Nets which saw Ben Simmons move the other way.

Harden will be joining MVP candidate Joel Embiid as they bid to make a run for the NBA Championship, but it may take some time to gain some chemistry together, especially as they have very definitive styles of play, but with two of the best players in the league, they should find it quickly.

The Timberwolves are coming into this on the 2nd game of a back-to-back, with their first game being an impressive win against a red-hot Memphis Grizzlies team, and their players will have the motivation to spoil the occasion for the new-look Philadelphia squad.

Memphis Grizzlies @ Chicago Bulls

Two MVP candidates will be facing off against each other, with DeMar DeRozan of the Chicago Bulls looking to extend a historic streak he is currently on, he has scored 35+ points in eight straight games on above 50% shooting from the field and is looking again to extend his record of which he recently took off former Bull Michael Jordan.

Despite the Grizzlies losing their last two games, they currently sit third in the Western Conference and have become one of the must-watch teams in the league, with a young roster led by star player Ja Morant.

Morant has made a massive leap in year three in the league, averaging 27 points per game, along with six rebounds and seven assists, which has recently seen him become a starter in the all-star game.

These two teams have met once this season, with the Grizzlies coming out 119-106 victors, but the Chicago Bulls were missing their all-star guard Zach LaVine through injury, but now he is back to help his team remain the first seed in the Eastern Conference.

Sacramento Kings @ Denver Nuggets

Just two days after facing each other in Sacramento, the two teams will be travelling to Denver to play again, with the Nuggets looking to secure a second straight win, after winning 128-110 in Sacramento.

The Kings made a deadline move for two times all-star Domantas Sabonis to pair up with De'Aaron Fox to try and make the play-in game, but, after two wins in their first two games, they have lost three in a row, including a blow-out loss to a Brooklyn Nets team missing all of their regular starters.

The key to this game is last year's MVP Nikola Jokic, who in their last game strolled to 25 points, 12 rebounds, nine assists and four steals in an effort to attempt to win back-to-back MVP awards, and with Sabonis a poor defender, it is the perfect matchup for Jokic to get another victory.

Dallas Mavericks @ Golden State Warriors

When Luka Doncic and Stephen Curry face off against each other it is always a fun matchup, with two of the top point guards in the league going against each other.

After a poor start to the season for both Doncic and the Mavericks, they have come on leaps and bounds and are currently looking to move up to the fourth seed in the Western Conference.

Before the all-star break, Doncic was really heating up his offensive game, averaging 41.5 points per game in his last four games before the break, but, it will be tough to score against a Golden State team who have the best defensive rating in the league.

In his two games against the Mavericks this season, Curry has really struggled, scoring 14 points and 18 points, shooting a terrible 3/19 from three-pointers in those games in a midst of the worst shooting slump of his career, but, after hitting 16 three-pointers in the all-star game, he might perform a lot better against the Mavericks in this fixture.

Boston Celtics @ Detroit Pistons

These two teams met just before the all-star break with it looking to be a guaranteed Celtics victory, after winning nine games in a row and the Pistons losing eight games in a row, but the Pistons broke both streaks, coming up 112-111 victors in the TD Garden.

The Pistons have been one of the worst teams in the league this season, they have the second-worst record in the league, but, they do have some talented players in Cade Cunningham, Saddiq Bey and Jerami Grant, which has seen them grab wins over the Celtics and the thriving Cleveland Cavaliers in their last two games.

Celtics are clear favourites for this game, and it's their defence being the reason for that, they have kept opponents under 100 points allowed in nine of their last fourteen games, which has seen them jump into the 6th seed in the Eastern Conference, only 1.5 games back of the third seed.

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