Middleton shines as Bucks defeat Suns

Defending NBA Championship winners Milwaukee Bucks (13/2 – NBA Championship outright) extended their winning run to four games as Khris Middleton stole the show in a 132-122 win against the Phoenix Suns.

Middleton scored 44 points altogether in what was his season-high total. The 30-year-old registered eight rebounds and five assists while Jrue Holiday added 24 points to secure an impressive win against the side who have more games than any other team in this year’s competition.

The Bucks are up to third in the Eastern Conference as a result.

Meanwhile, Jayson Tatum scored 50 plus points for the fourth time in his career as the Boston Celtics (20/1 NBA Outright) defeated the Brooklyn Nets 126-120 for their 14th in in their last 16 games.

Tatum scored 34 points in the second half alone as his side left it late to defeat the Nets while he also tallied five rebounds and three assists.

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The New York Knicks ended a seven-game losing streak as they defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 116-93 while Utah Jazz beat Oklahoma City Thunder 1161-03.

Coming up in the early hours of Tuesday morning, there is a big clash in the Eastern Conference as second-place Philadelphia 76ers face fourth-place Chicago Bulls (Money Line – 76ers 1/3, Bulls 9/4) with both sides dreaming of becoming champions once more.

The 76ers are looking to get back to winning ways after a loss to Miami Heat ended a five-game winning run while the Bulls are keen to halt a losing run that stands at four games.

Elsewhere, the Golden State Warriors are in action against the Denver Nuggets (Money Line – Nuggets 1/5, Warriors 7/2) with the former winning just two of their last 10 matches.

Miami Heat are in action too with the Houston Rockets (Money Line – Heat 1/18, Rockets 8/1) seeking to pull off a major shock as they sit bottom of the Western Conference.

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Author: Paula Allen