In the East, the Celtics will play the Pacers and the Bucks will play the Knicks; in the West, Lakers vs. Suns and the Pelicans vs. Kings.
After almost a month of competition, on Tuesday the TOOLS who can argue with quarter finals from NBA Cup in its first edition and a champion will be crowned in Las Vegas on December 9.
the Eastern Conference was the first to define its pairings for the next round of games played on Tuesday afternoon.
The victory of the Boston Celtics, 124-97 against the Chicago Bulls, allowed the team of coach Joe Mazzulla to get the first place in Group C.
The Celtics will face the Indiana Pacers who last week took first place in Group A, so the Celtics and Pacers will face each other in one of the first semifinalists in the East.
This game will be one of the differences, as the Pacers lead the league in offensive efficiency (122.5) while the Celtics rank fourth in defensive efficiency (107.1), according to data from the ESPN Statistics and Information.
Likewise, the Milwaukee Bucks’ 131-124 victory over the Miami Heat, without Jimmy Butler, left Giannis Antetokounmpo’s gang with the one seed in Group B.
The New York Knicks did their homework by beating the Charlotte Hornets 115-91 to win the Wild Card in the East so they earned the right to face the Bucks.
The Knicks vs Bucks is a reissue of the first game of the NBA Cup for both teams that was played on November 3 in Milwaukee and where the Bucks won 110-105; However, the Knicks have been sharp since that loss, winning eight of 11 games with only losses against the Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves and Suns.
In the Western Conference the Phoenix Suns secured the Wild Card by achieving a better scoring differential than any potential No. 2 teams in other ‘Wild West’ groups.
This way, the Suns will face the Los Angeles Lakers, who finished with a perfect 4-0 record in Group A in their conference.
The Lakers have won both games this season against the Suns due to dominance in the fourth quarter. The Lakers outscored the Suns by a combined 27 points in the fourth quarter of their two wins after Phoenix controlled the first three quarters; However, the Suns lost Devin Booker for two games.
Finally, the New Orleans Pelicans benefited from the 115-121 loss of the Houston Rockets against the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday and they will face, by finishing in first place in Group B, the Sacramento Kings who came back to defeat the Dallas Mavericks 124-123 . Golden State Warriors and won Group C.
The games of quarter finals from NBA Cup will take place on Monday, December 4 and Tuesday, December 5 and the semi-finals on the 7th of the same month.