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Miami Heat at Milwaukee Bucks predictions
The Milwaukee Bucks are third in the Eastern Conference standings at the time of writing after claiming four wins in a row to go 33-17 for the season.
Miami have beaten Milwaukee twice this month already
Giannis Antetokounmpo has top scored in all four of those recent victories, including registering 50 points for the second time this season in the 135-110 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.
That victory over the Pelicans was Milwaukee's 20th at the Fiserv Forum this season - only the Cleveland Cavaliers have won more games on their own court in the Eastern Conference - which bodes well for the Bucks' upcoming clash with Miami.
The Heat have moved into playoff contention themselves in the Eastern Conference after winning seven of their last 10 games at the time of writing, although only one of those wins has come on the road and they were beaten at the Charlotte Hornets last time out.
Miami have beaten Milwaukee twice this month already, although both those wins came at the Miami-Dade Arena, with the Heat's last win at the Bucks coming in October 2019 - recent history certainly favours the home team when these two meet.
Dallas Mavericks at Golden State Warriors predictions
Defending NBA champions, the Golden State Warriors, have been blighted by inconsistency so far this season, as emphasised by their run of five wins and five losses from their last 10 games at the time of writing.
However, Steve Kerr's team have enjoyed plenty of success at home, as they are 19-6 for the season at the Chase Center, a record they will be looking to improve further when Dallas head to town.
The Mavericks have lost six of their last eight games at the time of writing and were without MVP contender Luka Dončić for the most recent of those defeats at the Utah Jazz due to an ankle injury.
Dončić has averaged 33.0 points, 8.9 rebounds, 8.4 assists and 1.5 steals per-game this season and, if he does miss the trip to the Warriors, then his absence will be keenly felt.
Dallas have won their last three meetings with the Warriors, including a 116-113 success when they most recently clashed at the American Airlines Center in November - a game where Dončić led the way for the Mavericks in terms of points (41), rebounds (12) and assists (12).
Minnesota Timberwolves at Denver Nuggets predictions
At the time of writing, the Denver Nuggets remain top of the Western Conference with a 34-16 record despite suffering back-to-back losses to the Milwaukee Bucks and the Philadelphia 76ers.
Nikola Jokić has been key to Denver's success this season
Both those defeats came on road, but the good news for the Nuggets ahead of their trip to Northwest Division rivals the Minnesota Timberwolves is they have won the second-most away games in the Western Conference this season, behind only the Los Angeles Clippers.
Nikola Jokić has been key to Denver's success this season, with the MVP contender leading the way for the Nuggets when it comes to points (25.1), rebounds (10.9), assists (9.9) and steals (1.4).
Denver will need Jokić on top form when they head to the Target Center to take on a Minnesota team that have won 11 of their last 15 games at the time of writing, to move firmly into playoff contention.
Anthony Edwards has been key to that resurgence, top scoring in the Timberwolves' last five games, while he also led the way in terms of points when Minnesota beat Denver at the Target Center earlier this month.
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