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Celtics: Al Horford (knee) and Robert Williams III (back) are probable.
Hawks: Miles Plumlee (knee) is done for the year. Taurean Prince (foot) is doubtful.
Hornets: Jeremy Lamb (ankle) is probable. Cody Zeller (knee) is out.
Jazz: Dante Exum (knee) just had patella tendon surgery and is out.
Lakers: Josh Hart (knee) had surgery on his patellar tendon and is done for the year. Reggie Bullock (foot) is a game-time decision. Tyson Chandler (illness) is questionable. Mike Muscala (ankle) is probable
Nuggets: Malik Beasley (personal) is day-to-day.
Thunder: Paul George (shoulder) is questionable.
Timberwolves: Luol Deng (achilles) is out. Taj Gibson (calf) is doubtful.
Wizards: Trevor Ariza (groin) is out.
Today’s NBA Matchups
Charlotte Hornets (35-39) at Los Angeles Lakers (33-42)
Line: Hornets -2.5, O/U: 229
Lakers: 112 ppg, top ten defense, top five pace
Hornets: 111 ppg, below average defense, average pace.
- The Lakers’ season is over, but LeBron hasn’t shut it down. He didn’t play in a 115-100 loss to Utah, but he should be fresh for tonight.
- Kyle Kuzma led the way with 21 points in that one, and JaVale McGee added 16 and 13.
- Josh Hart just had knee surgery, so he’s done for the year along with Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram.
- The Hornets have won four in a row, beating Boston, Toronto and San Antonio as they make one last desperate push for the eighth seed.
- Kemba Walker put up 38 points and 11 assists in the 125-116 OT win over the Spurs. He scored 11 in overtime alone and refused to be stopped.
- Dwayne Bacon’s star is rising, with back to back games of 20+ points.
- Frank Kaminsky added 15 points and 10 boards, nailing 4 shots from long range.
Denver Nuggets (50-24) at Oklahoma City Thunder (44-31)
Line: Nuggets +4, O/U: 218
Thunder: 116 ppg, second-best defense in the NBA, top five pace
Nuggets: 112 ppg, above average defense, bottom five pace.
- The Thunder are 7-12 since mid February. A shoulder issue has hampered Paul George in that stretch, and he’s listed as questionable tonight because it’s bothering him. He had 31 points in a 107-99 win over his former team.
- Russell Westbrook put up his 29th triple double of the season, and Steven Adams added 25 points and 12 boards in the win.
- The Nuggets have been fantastic all year, but they got blown out by an average of 32 points in their last two road games to Indiana and Houston.
- Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic combined for 36 points, 9 assists and 12 rebounds on 50% shooting in Houston. The rest of the Nuggets combined to shoot just 30% from the floor and 17% from deep.
Golden State Warriors (51-23) at Minnesota Timberwolves (33-41)
Line: Warriors -10, O/U: 228
Timberwolves: 112 ppg, below average defense, faster than average pace
Warriors: 119 ppg, average defense, faster than average pace
- Minnesota has not beaten a playoff team since the beginning of the month.
- Karl-Anthony Towns has led the team in scoring in 14 of the last 15 games. In his last ten he’s averaging 28 points, 14 boards, 4 assists and a block with shooting splits of 52/49/88.
- Andrew Wiggins has scored 20+ points in four straight.
- The Warriors have gone 4-1 to start a very soft home stretch of the season. They’ll only face two more playoff-bound opponents before game 83, and these Timberwolves aren’t one of them.
- In a 118-103 win in Memphis, Steph Curry led the team in points (28), rebounds (10) and assists (7), the first time he’s done that all year.
- Kevin Durant was right on his heels with 28, 9 and 5.
- Klay Thompson is shooting 43% from long range in the last ten, dialing in with the playoffs approaching.
- Draymond Green is posting a slot machine stat line of 7, 7 and 7 this year. He’s hitting 33% from deep in the past ten games, which is an improvement for him.
- DeMarcus Cousins is averaging 17 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocks in the last ten.
Portland Trail Blazers (47-27) at Atlanta Hawks (27-48)
Line: Blazers -3, O/U: 235
Hawks: 112 ppg, bottom ten defense, fastest pace in the NBA
Trail Blazers: 114 ppg, average defense, below average pace
- The Hawks have just been playing some good basketball of late, winning three straight against the Jazz, 76ers and Pelicans.
- Trae Young has been good for at least 21 points and 10 assists in each of the last four games. His late season push for rookie of the year has been impressive.
- John Collins has led the team all season with 19 points and 10 rebounds per game.
- The Blazers have won five in a row despite losing two of their three best players.
- Jusuf Nurkic‘s broken leg is a devastating for this team’s playoff hopes, but they didn’t need him to dispatch the Bulls 118-98.
- Damian Lillard had averaged 30.5 points and 12 assists in the first four games of the winning streak. He managed just 11 points on 3-12 shooting, but he was still a game-high +20 in Chicago.
- CJ McCollum will not travel with the team on the rest of this four-game road trip, meaning the earliest he could be back is Wednesday.
Washington Wizards (31-45) at Utah Jazz (45-30)
Line: Jazz -13, O/U: 226
Jazz: 109 ppg, top five defense, average pace
Wizards: 114 ppg, bad defense, faster than average pace
- The Jazz are ripping apart an easy home stretch, winners of eight of their last ten.
- Rudy Gobert put up 22 points, 11 boards, 2 steals and 3 blocks in a 115-100 win over the LeBron-less Lakers.
- Joe Ingles nearly had a triple double in that game with 11 points, 14 dimes and 9 rebounds.
- Derrick Favors kicked in 20 points and 6 boards while Ricky Rubio added 10 points and 8 assists.
- Donovan Mitchell has shot just 28% in the last two.
- Dante Exum just had patella tendon surgery and is out indefinitely.
- The Wizards had lost five in a row, but beat the Suns almost by default 124-121.
- Bradley Beal dropped 28 points and 4 assists, which is pretty close to his average.
- Jabari Parker and Thomas Bryant combined for 46 points and 34 rebounds in the win.
Indiana Pacers (45-29) at Boston Celtics (44-31)
Line: Celtics -6.5, O/U: 213
Celtics: 112 ppg, top five defense, slower than average pace
Pacers: 108 ppg, top five defense, slower than average pace
- This could be a first round preview, but both of these teams have lost four of their last five games.
- The Celtics at least took care of business against the Cavs in a game that Kyrie Irving rested. He’ll play tonight.
- Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart combined for 42 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals in the win.
- Al Horford put up 19, 8 and 5, and Terry Rozier, Marcus Morris and Gordon Hayward all scored in double figures as well.
- The Pacers have lost their last nine games on the road, the last seven coming against playoff teams.
- Bojan Bogdanovic led the team with 28 points in a 107-99 loss in Oklahoma City.
- Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner combined for 30 points and 24 boards in that one.