The Jazz (38-12) had their nine-game winning streak snapped by Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks on Monday, but have a 2.5-game over the second-place Suns. Phoenix (35-14) has won six in a row, and nine of their last 10 games.
The Celtics are enjoying a return to their status as a plus-.500 franchise with two wins in a row and six of their last 10, while the Nuggets have been rolling since the 2021 NBA trade deadline and the addition of former Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon.
Booker, Bridges, Ayton and Johnson are all under the age of 25, without a lick of postseason experience. They have done well against the pressure they’ve faced thus far, but they have to scratch the surface. They currently exist in liminal space, where they haven’t experienced enough pressure to be molded into their full potential. Nobody — not us, not them — knows how much mettle they have. It’s a process of self-discovery that we get to bear witness to from here.Minnesota Timberwolves
The Magic are starting to get healthier with rookie Cole Anthony returning from injury and Michael Carter-Williams back from a non-COVID-19 illness during a 131-116 loss to the Washington Wizards on Wednesday.Washington Wizards
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The Hawks built a 24-7 lead in the early going, holding the Hornets to just 2 of 13 from the field.Cleveland Cavaliers
After a historic win over the Minnesota Timberwolves that saw All-NBA forward Jayson Tatum score 53 points to cap off the Boston Celtics’ seven-game home stand, the schedule ticks up several notches in difficulty this weekend with a short road trip out to the West Coast with Sunday’s tilt against the Denver Nuggets.Charlotte Hornets
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