The Philadelphia 76ers have had quite the eventful week with a report surfacing that Jimmy Butler is unhappy with his offensive role. The team is coming off of a pair of wins against the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Clippers. Meanwhile, the Dallas Mavericks fell at the hands of the Boston Celtics on Friday and rookie phenom Luka Doncic will look to have another strong performance.
On the other hand, the Toronto Raptors will take on the Milwaukee Bucks in a matchup of the Eastern Conference’s top two teams. The Raptors will look to bounce back from getting smoked in Kawhi Leonard’s first game back in San Antonio since being traded. The Bucks currently hold a half-game lead on the Raptors for the top spot in the East.
NBA schedule for Saturday, Jan. 5
*All times Eastern
Jokic goes off in Nuggets’ fifth straight win
Nikola Jokic was on one against the Hornets. The big man continued to build his MVP case by going for a season-high 39 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and three steals. His performance was instrumental in the Nuggets’ victory over the Hornets, which extended their winning streak to five games.
Jordan sets up Doncic for a slam dunk
DeAndre Jordan has been on the receiving end of a number of assists from Luka Doncic since the rookie entered the league and he returned the favor on Saturday night by setting the Slovenian sensation up for a slam dunk.
Monk rocks the rim, Harris answers
Early in the second quarter of the Hornets-Nuggets matchup on Saturday night, we had a couple of huge dunks in quick succession. First, Malik Monk found an open lane and elevated for a thunderous slam. A few minutes later, Gary Harris got loose on the fastbreak and put one down on Miles Bridges.
Raptors and Bucks square off in Milwaukee
The game of the night on the NBA schedule features two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference going head-to-head as Giannis Antetokounmpo and company host Kawhi Leonard and the rest of Toronto’s roster as the Raptors look to bounce back from their lopsided loss in San Antonio.