Bucks take 2nd-place option, Nets 7th

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Bucks take 2nd-place option, Nets 7th

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Milwaukee has put itself in a good position to validate its status as the No. 2 seed in the play-offs, thanks to its easy victory in Detroit on Friday in the NBA where Brooklyn rose to 7th place by beating Cleveland who won it. occupied.

Three days before the end of the regular season, there are few matches left at stake, except to determine the seeds in the first six of each conference and the order of the play-off matches, for the teams ranked from 7th to 10th. ranks.

In the East, the Bucks have their destiny in hand to keep their 2nd place until the end. Winners with authority at the Pistons, (131-101), they will have to do the same on Sunday in Cleveland.

Giannis Antetokounmpo was in his standards (30 pts, 13 rebounds, 8 assists), without forcing, in just 28 minutes on the floor, because the meeting was folded at the end of the first quarter, the defending champion already leading 30-8.

Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks against the Detroit Pistons in the NBA on April 8, 2022 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit Nic Antaya GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP

Almost guaranteed to finish 5th, without yet knowing if they will face Philadelphia (4th), Boston (3rd) or even in an improbable scenario Milwaukee, the Raptors fought to win their 14th success in 17 games, against Houston (117-115) after clearing a delay of 24 units.

Pascal Siakam carried them again (29 pts, 12 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 interceptions), well supported by Gary Trent Jr (26 pts), to respond to 35 points from Kevin Porter Jr (10 rebounds).

As for the play-offs, the Nets, winners of the Cavs (118-107) thanks to Kevin Durant (36 pts), came halfway to finish 7th. A place which guarantees them to play at home against the 8th in the first qualifying match next week, and, if necessary, during the second chance, against the winner of the match between the 9th and the 10th.

Phoenix overthrows Utah

If they win against Indiana on Sunday, New Yorkers will retain their position, even if Cleveland (8th) beats Milwaukee. Because they won three of their four direct confrontations, the first criterion to decide between two teams with the same record.

Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets against Caris LeVert of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA on April 8, 2022 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn
Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets against Caris LeVert of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA on April 8, 2022 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn Sarah Stier GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP

Their positions are all the less fixed, as Atlanta (9th) and Charlotte (10th) are only one victory away. The Hawks after their defeat at the leader Miami (113-109) where Trae Young shone in vain (35 pts, 8 assists), the Hornets thanks to their success in Chicago (133-117).

In the West, Dallas (4th) crushed Portland (128-78). A third success in a row mainly due to Luka Doncic (39 pts, 11 rebounds), who suffered his 16th technical foul of the season. As a result, he will be automatically suspended on Sunday against San Antonio, which is always better than missing the first game of the first round of the play-offs.

Finally, Phoenix, the best team in the championship, won in Utah (111-105), after a fiery fourth quarter (36-13), during which they erased a delay which had peaked at 17 points.

Devin Booker (33 pts) and Chris Paul (16 pts, 16 assists) guided the Suns to their 64th win of the season, further improving their franchise record.

Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns takes on the Utah Jazz in the NBA on April 8, 2022 at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City
Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns takes on the Utah Jazz in the NBA on April 8, 2022 at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City Alex Goodlett GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP

Opposite, Rudy Gobert did what he could (16 pts, 12 rebounds) to support Donovan Mitchell in difficulty (18 pts at 7/21 on shots). The Jazz will have to win Sunday in Portland to be sure to finish 5th, ahead of Denver (6th).

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