A day that began with a seemingly predictable slate of games turned out to be full of surprises. The seeding races at the bottom of both conferences were shaken up as team’s fighting for playoff spots toppled title contenders.
The already depleted Brooklyn Nets were down three additional starters — Joe Harris, Jarrett Allen and Caris LeVert all sat out to rest — when they kicked off a day of upsets with a win against the Eastern Conference-leading Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks entered the game favored by 19 points, but the Nets emerged with a 119-116 victory — the largest victory against the spread since 1993.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale
Next up were the Sacramento Kings and Dallas Mavericks, who each dropped their first two games in the bubble. Dallas lost late leads against the Houston Rockets and Phoenix Suns, so it was only fitting that the Mavs came from behind to win 114-110 in overtime.
“We played one of the worst games ever, and we won it,” Luka Doncic said.
It was the clash between the Phoenix Suns and LA Clippers that featured the most dramatic ending. Phoenix has been one of the biggest surprises in the early days of the bubble, winning its first two games to move firmly into the race for a spot in the Western Conference play-in tournament.
That was supposed to change when the Suns faced the Clippers, the No. 2 team in the West and serious title contenders. Well, things didn’t quite work out that way.
Devin Booker’s game winner — after he spun away from Kawhi Leonard and shot over Paul George — moved the Suns to 3-0 inside the bubble and within a game of the Portland Trail Blazers and San Antonio Spurs, who are tied for No. 9 in the West.
Those two teams sit just two games behind the Memphis Grizzlies, who have had three heartbreaking losses so far. But none of the losses was as painful as Tuesday’s news that Jaren Jackson Jr. will miss the rest of the season because of a torn meniscus in his left knee.nfl nike jerseys for cheap
Memphis’ hold on No. 8 in the West continues to slip, and the remaining schedule — Utah, Oklahoma City, Toronto, Boston and Milwaukee — does not bode well for the young team. Meanwhile, the Trail Blazers continued their impressive start in the bubble with a win over the Rockets to end the night, moving Portland into sole possession of the No. 9 seed and only 1½ games behind Memphis for No. 8.