What are the NBA games today, Monday, April 18th?

Game 1 of the 2022 NBA Playoffs sparked plenty of drama with Boston’s recent second victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday night being the pick of the weekend’s games. Jason Tatum scored in the last second to score A.J 1-0 Celtics win. Three games scheduled for Monday night as we begin Game 2 of the qualifiers.

Raptors @ 76ers (7:30 p.m. ET)

Philadelphia leads the series over Toronto After a grueling battle last weekend (131-111) that saw the Raptors lose Scotty Barnes through injury, after his ankle suffered under the weight of Joel Embiid via accidental contact.

The Sixers relied on buckets of James Harden (22 points, 14 assists), Tobias Thomas (26 points, 6 assists) and especially Therese Maxi with 38 points. The Raptors will look to the likes of Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet for inspiration as they look to level the series ahead of Game 3 at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena next Wednesday.

James Harden #1 of the Philadelphia 76ers

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James Harden #1 of the Philadelphia 76ersTim NwachukwuFrance Press agency

Jazz @ Mavericks (8:30 p.m. ET)

It seems that the Dallas Mavericks will miss Slovenian star Luka Doncic For Game 2 of their series against Utah as the 23-year-old star is expected to miss his second straight playoff game due to a persistent calf strain.

Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks

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Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks Tom PenningtonFrance Press agency

In Saturday’s game, Utah won thanks to a combined 58 points from Donovan Mitchell and Bojan Bogdanovic along with stellar defensive work from Rudy Gobert as the Mavs’ success rate was limited to 38.7% on shooting.

“Hopefully I can get more scoring opportunities in the next game, but at the same time, for most of the game, we were moving the ball around. Sacrifice is the key word, that’s what qualifying is about, ”the French hub commented.

Sacrifice is the key word, that’s what playoffs are all about

Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz)

Without Doncic, the Mavs will be looking to tackle their woes in attack and once again the likes of Jalen Bronson and Spencer Dinwiddie are expected to contribute goals. It would be great if Utah took a 2-0 lead over Salt Lake City in Game 3.

Nuggets @ Warriors (10:00 p.m. ET)

Reinforced by Stephen Curry And with an inspired Jordan Bull, the Golden State Warriors defeated the Denver Nuggets 123-107 on Saturday in Game 1.

Curry returned after 12 games with a foot injury, started as a substitute and scored 16 points in 22 minutes of action with Jordan Paul. Who replaced the star in the starting lineup, making his playoff debut, scoring 30 points and making 5 three-pointers.

Golden State will be bolstered by a partisan crowd again Monday at the Chase Center crowd and is expected to take a 2-0 lead to Denver with the Nuggets, Again set to look at Jokic who found little support from his team mates on Saturday.

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