There's only one game between above-.500 teams on Tuesday night, as the Golden State Warriors take on the Indiana Pacers. The Bucks also face a key game for their playoff hopes as they head to Dallas.
Golden State Warriors (33-23) vs. Indiana Pacers (35-21)
Stephen Curry and the Warriors have the league's best three-point percentage, hitting 39.2 percent from behind the arc. The Pacers hold opponents to just 32.9 percent from deep, the best opposing three-point percentage in the league. That means the perimeter should be the key in Tuesday night's only game between two likely playoff teams. The Pacers have won four straight, all by more than 18 points, including a 34-point win over the New York Knicks, and now they have Danny Granger back from a left knee injury -- although the guy who has led the team in scoring for the past few seasons didn't look particularly great in his season debut, going just 1-for-10 from the field. The Warriors have won three straight as well.
Time: 7 p.m. ET
TV: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Fox Sports Indiana
Orlando Magic (15-41) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (22-32)
It's time for Tuesday night's edition of everybody's favorite game, how many healthy players will the Magic have? Both of these teams have lost five straight games, but the edge goes to the 76ers, as the Magic have lost 10 straight on the road and 28 out of 31. When these two met earlier this month, the final score was 78-61. Not recommended viewing material.
Time: 7 p.m. ET
TV: Fox Sports Florida, Comcast SportsNet Philly
Sacramento Kings (19-38) vs. Miami Heat (40-14)
If there's a team in the NBA who can stop the Heat -- winners of 11 in a row -- it probably isn't the Kings -- losers of five in a row.
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
TV: Comcast SportsNet California, SUNSports
Brooklyn Nets (33-24) vs. New Orleans Hornets (20-37)
The question here is whether Joe Johnson is able to play. Johnson averages 17.0 points for the Nets, tied for second on the team, and willed the team to a win against the Milwaukee Bucks last week with a clutch three to send the game into overtime and then a game-winner in the extra session. But he missed Sunday's game against the Grizzlies, and the team only managed 72 points in a loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.
Time: 8 p.m. ET
TV: YES, Fox Sports New Orleans
Cleveland Cavaliers (18-38) vs. Chicago Bulls (32-24)
The Bulls have won 11 straight over their Central Division opponents from Cleveland -- including the first three matchups this year, taking those games by an average of 21.6 points per game -- but they won't beat anybody if they continue to shoot like they did Sunday against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Their 29.06 percent field goal percentage was the lowest in the NBA this season. Kirk Hinrich likely won't be able to play with an elbow injury that's kept him out of 10 of 11 games, and Taj Gibson might not be able to play after spraining his knee against the Thunder
Time: 8 p.m. ET
TV: NBATV, Fox Sports Ohio, Comcast SportsNet Chicago
Milwaukee Bucks (26-28) vs. Dallas Mavericks (25-30)
The Bucks have lost seven of eight -- including the overtime loss to the Nets we talked about up above and a game against the Hawks Saturday where they led by 10 with six minutes to go before losing in the final seconds. That puts them in eighth place in the Eastern Conference, not a good look after acquiring possible loaner player J.J. Redick for the playoff run. The playoffs are a long shot for the Mavs, who are 4.5 games back of the Houston Rockets, but its still a possibility -- unless they lose games like this.
Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
TV: Fox Sports Wisconsin, Fox Sports Southwest
Minnesota Timberwolves (20-33) vs. Phoenix Suns (18-39)
The last place team in the Northwest Division against the last place team in the Pacific Division. You want more? The first game between these two was actually kind of exciting, with Luis Scola dropping 33 and Nikola Pekovic hitting 28 in a 111-107 win for the Wolves that sent shockwaves across the globe.
Time: 9 p.m. ET
TV: Fox Sports Arizona, Fox Sports North
Charlotte Bobcats (13-43) vs. Los Angeles Clippers (40-18)
The Clips have won five of six with their entire roster healthy for the first time all year. The Bobcats, well, they haven't won five of six.
Time: 10:30 p.m. ET
TV: SportSouth, FSN Prime Ticket
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