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Cavaliers: Ante Zizic (concussion), Tristan Thompson (foot), and Matthew Dellavedova (concussion) is out.
Celtics: Al Horford (knee) is probable. Marcus Morris (knee) is questionable. Jaylen Brown (back) is out.
Clippers: Patrick Beverly (hip) is questionable.
Hawks: John Collins, Deyonta Davis (thumb), and Kent Bazemore (adductor) are probable. Taurean Prince (foot)and Alex Len (foot) are questionable. Vince Carter (old) is out.
Heat: Josh Richardson (heel), Rodney McGruder (knee) and Justise Winslow (thigh) are questionable. Derrick Jones Jr. (knee) is out.
Hornets: Cody Zeller (knee) is out.
Knicks: Kadeem Allen (concussion) and Noah Vonleh (ankle) are out. Allonzo Trier (calf) is a game-time decision. Isaiah Hicks (hip) and Dennis Smith Jr. (back) are doubtful. Frank Ntilikina (groin) is done for the year.
Lakers: LeBron James (groin) and Josh Hart (knee) are done for the year. Reggie Bullock (foot) is probable. Kyle Kuzma (foot) is questionable. Tyson Chandler (illness) is out.
Mavericks: Luka Doncic (thigh) is a game-time decision. Dorian Finney-Smith is out.
Nets: Allen Crabbe (knee) is out. Rodions Kuruks (knee) is questionable.
Pistons: Blake Griffin (knee) is out.
Raptors: OG Anunoby (head) is out. Danny Green (thumb) is probable.
Rockets: Gerald Green (thigh) is out.
Suns: Deandre Ayton (ankle), TJ Warren (ankle) and Tyler Johnson (knee) are out.
Timberwolves: Luol Deng (achilles) and Taj Gibson (calf) are out.
Warriors: Andre Iguodala (toe) is questionable.
Wizards: Trevor Ariza (groin) is probably done for the year.
Today’s NBA Matchups
Boston Celtics (46-32) at Miami Heat (38-39)
Line: Even, O/U: 213
Celtics: 112 ppg, top five defense, slower than average pace
Heat: 105 ppg, top ten defense, slower than average pace
- These teams just played in Boston, and the Celtics won 110-105. The Heat have just a half game lead on the Magic for the eighth seed.
- Goran Dragic scored a team-high 30 and added 5 assists and 5 steals. He’s back in the starting lineup after a long recovery that had him coming off the bench.
- Dwyane Wade is emptying the tank in his final playoff push, averaging 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in his last ten.
- Hassan Whiteside lost his starting job to Bam Adebayo a while ago. Bam had 19 and 14 in the Celtics loss while Whiteside managed just 3 points to go with 10 boards off the bench.
- Kyrie Irving had 25 points and 8 boards in the win, though he did turn it over 6 times to just 3 assists.
- Al Horford had a 19-point triple double, Jayson Tatum contributed 19 points, 5 assists and 6 rebounds, and Marcus Smart added 16.
- Gordon Hayward is averaging 11 points and 5 boards off the bench in the last ten.
Chicago Bulls (21-57) at Washington Wizards (32-46)
Line: Wizards -10, O/U: 225
Wizards: 114 ppg, bad defense, faster than average pace
Bulls: 104 ppg, bottom ten defense, slower than average pace
- The Wizards beat Denver almost by accident 95-90, and their president Ernie Grunfeld got fired yesterday after 16 years of mediocre results.
- Thomas Bryant, Troy Brown and Jabari Parker all scored 20+ in the win.
- Bradley Beal is averaging 26 a game in his last ten.
- Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and Otto Porter are all probably done for the year, keeping them healthy, increasing the odds of losing and giving Bulls’ management an opportunity to assess other players.
- Jakarr Sampson played his first game with the Bulls in a 113-105 loss in New York, tying his career high with 22 points.
Houston Rockets (50-28) at Los Angeles Clippers (47-31)
Line: Rockets -1.5, O/U: 229
Clippers: 114 ppg, below average defense, fast pace
Rockets: 113 ppg, bottom five defense, bottom five pace
- If the playoffs started today, this would be the matchup between the 3 and 6 seeds in the West. Both teams have won eight of their last ten, and the Clippers are coming off a 113-96 win over Memphis.
- Danilo Gallinari had a monster game with 27 points, 15 boards and 5 assists. JaMychal Green is seeing some increased playing time as his backup, and he’s averaged 16 points and 8 boards in 23 minutes over the last three games.
- Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell combined for 37 points off the bench, which is exactly what they average.
- Patrick Beverly is questionable tonight, which is a shame considering how fun it would be to watch him pester Harden.
- Houston swept a home at home against the Kings, beating them 130-105 last night.
- James Harden put up 36 points and 10 assists in just 29 minutes, barely breaking a sweat.
- Chris Paul shot just 3-12 but added 12 assists, and Clint Capela had 7 points and 13 boards.
- Eric Gordon and Danuel House Jr. each had 19 points and shot a combined 9-20 from deep.
Indiana Pacers (46-32) at Detroit Pistons (39-38)
Line: Pistons -3.5, O/U: 206
Pistons: 107 ppg, above average defense, average pace
Pacers: 108 ppg, top five defense, slower than average pace
- These teams just played in Indiana, and the home team came out on top 111-102.
- Blake Griffin missed that loss with a sore knee, and he’s questionable tonight. He averages 25 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists per game for the Pistons.
- Andre Drummond stuffed the stat sheet with 18 points, 17 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals.
- Reggie Jackson and Wayne Ellington combined for 48 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists in the loss.
- Darren Collison and Wesley Matthews missed that game, and they’re both out again tonight. Cory Joseph and Tyreke Evans started and combined for just 17 points and 6 assists.
- Bojan Bogdanovic, Thad Young, Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis picked up the slack, each scoring 17+ and pulling down 34 rebounds together.
Memphis Grizzlies (31-46) at Portland Trail Blazers (49-28)
Line: Blazers -11, O/U: 215
Trail Blazers: 114 ppg, average defense, below average pace
Grizzlies: 101 ppg, top ten defense, bottom five pace
- The Blazers have taken advantage of a pretty soft schedule, going 3-1 since Jusuf Nurkic broke his leg.
- CJ McCollum still needs more time to come back from that knee injury that has kept him out for the last
- Veterans Enes Kanter and Rodney Hood are stepping up for their injured teammates, scoring a combined 41 points in a 132-122 win over the Timberwolves. Seth Curry kicked in 19 off the bench
- Damian Lillard shot just 6-17, but finished with 15 points and 12 assists.
- The Grizzlies have limped into 30 win territory, arguably the worst place to be at the end of the year.
- Jonas Valanciunas is done for the season after spraining his ankle, and Mike Conley is doubtful tonight as well.
Minnesota Timberwolves (34-43) at Dallas Mavericks (31-46)
Line: Mavericks -2.5, O/U: 224
Mavericks: 109 ppg, average defense, average pace
Timberwolves: 112 ppg, below average defense, faster than average pace
- The Ewing Effect is on full display in Dallas, as they’ve beaten OKC and Philly in consecutive games without Luka Doncic, who is a game-time call tonight.
- Justin Jackson spelled him in the starting lineup and dropped 24 points and 6 rebounds on very efficient shooting.
- Trey Burke and Salah Mejri each scored 16 to lead a bench unit that finished with 62.
- The Timberwolves can’t wait for this season to be over.
- Karl-Anthony Towns shot just 6-21 for 17 points in a 132-122 loss to the Blazers.
- Andrew Wiggins has scored 20+ points in seven straight, tied for the longest such streak of his career, which was also around this part of the season in 2016-17.
Charlotte Hornets (35-42) at New Orleans Pelicans (32-46)
Line: Hornets -4, O/U: 231
Pelicans: 116 ppg, bottom five defense, top five pace
Hornets: 111 ppg, below average defense, average pace.
- The Hornets went on an impressive winning streak to get within striking distance of the playoffs, but completely fell apart on this road trip.
- They lost to the Lakers, then the Warriors blew them out by 47, then they wasted 47 points from Kemba Walker in a 111-102 loss to the Jazz.
- The other starters had 6 points in the loss, and players not named Kemba shot 3-22 from deep.
- Anthony Davis is listed as probable tonight even though there’s absolutely no reason he should play in any of these last games. Jrue Holiday and E’Twaun Moore are probably done for the year.
- Elfrid Payton and Julius Randle will be the most reliable players on this team for the rest of the season.
New York Knicks (15-62) at Orlando Magic (38-40)
Line: Magic +13, O/U: 212
Magic: 106 ppg, average defense, slow pace
Knicks: 106 ppg, second worst defense in the NBA, average pace
- Magic just finished a 2-2 road trip with a 121-109 loss in Toronto. They’re just a half a game back of the eighth seed.
- Nikola Vucevic had 13 points and 13 rebounds, an off night for him as he shot just 5-14 from the floor.
- Aaron Gordon managed just 6 points in that one.
- Evan Fournier and DJ Augustin combined for 29 points and 10 assists in the loss.
- The Knicks beat the Bulls 113-105, or they lost, depending on how you look at it.
- Dennis Smith Jr. is doubtful tonight with a back injury, and the injury report is pretty full on the NY side.
- The starting lineup last game consisted of Emmanuel Mudiay, Damyean Dotson, Kevin Knox, Luke Kornet, and Mitchell Robinson, all of whom scored 14+ points.
- DeAndre Jordan hasn’t gotten off the bench in the last two games as Coach Fiz evaluates the young guys.
Philadelphia 76ers (49-28) at Atlanta Hawks (28-50)
Line: 76ers -3, O/U: 237
Hawks: 112 ppg, bottom ten defense, fastest pace in the NBA
76ers: 116 ppg, above average defense, faster than average pace
- The Hawks had won four of their last five, and played well for most of last night’s game, but couldn’t pull out the win in San Antonio.
- Trae Young shot just 5-15 from the floor and 0-6 from three in the 113-105 loss. He’s averaging 25 points, 9 assists and 4.5 boards per game since the All Star break.
- John Collins rested last night, but he’s probable for this one. He’s led the team all season with 19 points and 10 rebounds per game.
- There are a lot of Hawks on the injury report, so check the wire closer to tip.
- The Sixers have tons of talent, but just aren’t themselves without Joel Embiid. They just got blown out 122-102 by a Mavs team without Luka Doncic.
- Embiid is out again tonight. Jimmy Butler also missed that game, and he’s questionable tonight.
- Tobias Harris and JJ Redick combined for 51 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.
- Ben Simmons is averaging 19 points, 7 assists, 7 boards, a steal and a block in his last ten.
Toronto Raptors (55-23) at Brooklyn Nets (39-39)
Line: Raptors -2, O/U: 226
Nets: 112 ppg, below average defense, below average pace
Raptors: 114 ppg, above average defense, average pace
- The Nets just lost to Milwaukee, now only a half game up on the eighth seed Heat, who are only a half game up on the Magic.
- D’Angelo Russell had 28 points and 10 rebounds, but had 6 turnovers and 3 assists.
- Caris LeVert kicked in 24 off the bench, one of his best games since returning from injury.
- Spencer Dinwiddie is averaging 16 points per game in his last ten, but shooting just 35% from the floor and 25% from three.
- The Raptors have won four in a row, beating a hungry Orlando team 121-109.
- Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green reversed roles as Green led the team with 29 points, 2 steals and 3 blocks, hitting 7-10 three pointers. Kawhi finished with 15 points, 7 boards and 5 assists.
- Kyle Lowry is only playing 25 minutes per game in the last ten, and he’s missed a few to rest. He’s sharpening his jumper though, hitting 41% from deep in that stretch.
- It looks like most nights, Marc Gasol will start and Serge Ibaka will come off the bench.
Utah Jazz (47-30) atPhoenix Suns (18-60)
Line: Jazz -10.5, O/U: 220
Suns: 106 ppg, bottom five defense, average pace
Jazz: 109 ppg, top five defense, average pace
- Can you imagine how hot a dumpster fire would be in Phoenix?
- Devin Booker had 59 points in the last game against these Jazz, a 125-92 loss. He’s averaging 36 points and 8 assists per game in his last ten.
- Deandre Ayton remains out after spraining his ankle.
- The Jazz have won 10 of their last 11, beating titans of the league such as the Suns, Wizards, Knicks, Bulls, Suns again, Lakers, and Wizards again. The schedule somehow gets harder with another game against the Suns.
- Donovan Mitchell had a few rough shooting games, but appears to be over it. He’s averaging 23, 4 and 4 in his last ten with shooting splits of 47/47/82.
- Rudy Gobert is up to 18 points, 13.5 boards and 2 blocks per game in that stretch, shooting 78% from the floor.
- Ricky Rubio is at 13 points and 7 assists in this streak, right around his season average, but his three-point shooting has dipped to 23%.
- Joe Ingles is averaging that same 13 and 7, but he’s kicked his shooting up to 48.5% from the floor and 45.5% from deep.
- Derrick Favors, Dante Exum and Kyle Korver are all out tonight.
San Antonio Spurs (43-32) at Denver Nuggets (50-24)
Line: Nuggets -5, O/U: 213
Nuggets: 112 ppg, above average defense, bottom five pace.
Spurs: 112 ppg, below average defense, very slow pace
- The Nuggets have lost three of their last four, falling last night in Golden State by a score of 116-102.
- In that stretch Denver has shot just 42% from the floor and 26% from deep, both of which are worst in the league.
- Nikola Jokic was limited to just 10 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds and 6 turnovers in the loss to the Warriors.
- Jamal Murray led the way with 17 points, 5 steals and 3 assists, but he shot just 6-14.
- The Spurs bounced back with a 117-111 win over the visiting Hawks last night.
- DeMar DeRozan put up 29 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists before fouling out late, and LaMarcus Aldridge put up 16 points and 11 boards.
- Pop has been rolling with Rudy Gay in the starting lineup over Jakob Poeltl. Gay had 6 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists in the win.
- Derrick White helped hold Trae Young to 15 points with no made threes, and he scored 11 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter to lead his team to a comeback win. He scored just 20 points combined on 7-30 shooting in the previous four games, but shot 10-12 last night.