NBA Lineups, Matchups and Injury News 4/7/19

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Injury News

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Bucks: Giannis Antetokounmpo (calf) is day-to-day.

Cavaliers: Kevin Love (shoulder) is available. Tristan Thompson (rest) is out. Nik Stauskas (back) is questionable.

Celtics: Al Horford (knee) is probable. Jaylen Brown (back) is doubtful. Terry Rozier (illness) and Guerschon Yabusele (foot) are questionable.

Clippers: Patrick Beverly (hip) and Danilo Gallinari (ankle) are doubtful. JaMychal Green (personal) is questionable.

Grizzlies: Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) is out for the rest of the year. Mike Conley (ankle) is doubtful. Joakim Noah (knee) is questionable.

Hawks: Trae Young (rest), John Collins (rest), Kevin Huerter (back) are questionable. Kent Bazemore (adductor) is probable. Alex Poythress (ankle) and Omari Spellman (ankle) are 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.

Jazz: Kyle Korver (knee), Derrick Favors (back), Ricky Rubio (quad) and Raul Neto (ankle) are out. Jae Crowder (quad) is questionable.

Kings: Harry Giles (thigh) is done for the season.

Knicks: Kadeem Allen (concussion), Noah Vonleh (ankle), and Allonzo Trier (calf) are out. Isaiah Hicks (hip) and Dennis Smith Jr. (back) are questionable.

Lakers: Kyle Kuzma (foot) is out. Reggie Bullock (neck) is questionable.

Magic: None

Mavericks: Luka Doncic (thigh) and Maxi Kleber (knee) are out.

Nets: Allen Crabbe (knee) is out for the rest of the season.

Nuggets: Paul Millsap, Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray will all rest.

Pacers: Darren Collison (groin) is questionable.

Pelicans: Anthony Davis (back) is probable. Jrue Holiday (abdominal strain), E’Twaun Moore (quad), Darius Miller (hip), Stanley Johnson (ankle), Trevon Bluiett (thumb) and Frank Jackson (concussion) are out.

Pistons: Blake Griffin (knee) is out.

Raptors: None

Rockets: None

Spurs: Marco Belinelli (hip) is questionable.

Suns: Deandre Ayton (ankle) and TJ Warren (ankle) are out. Devin Booker (ankle) and Tyler Johnson (knee) are done for the year.

Thunder: None

Timberwolves: Luol Deng (Achilles) is out. Taj Gibson (calf) is doubtful.

Trail Blazers: CJ McCollum (knee) is probable. Seth Curry (lower leg) is probable.

Warriors: Andre Iguodala (toe) and Shaun Livingston (knee) are questionable.

Wizards: Jordan McRae (Achilles) and Jabari Parker (knee) are questionable. Trevor Ariza (groin) is probably done for the year.

Today’s NBA Matchups

Brooklyn Nets (40-40) at Indiana Pacers (46-32)

Line: Pacers -3.5, O/U: 220

Pacers: 108 ppg, top five defense, slower than average pace

Nets: 112 ppg, below average defense, below average pace

Notes:

  • The Pacers fell to a game back of Boston with a 117-97 loss to the Celtics, so in all likelihood, they’ll be on the road for that playoff series.
  • Bojan Bogdanovic had one of his worst games of the season in that one, finishing with just 4 points on 1-8 shooting.
  • Darren Collison has missed the last three games, and he’s questionable tonight.
  • Thad Young, Myles Turner, and Domantas Sabonis are all decent big men, and they’re really the best hope Indiana has right now of winning games.
  • The Nets got a much-needed win over the Bucks yesterday by a score of 133-128.
  • D’Angelo Russell led the team with 25 points and 10 assists. He has an incredibly strong case for most improved player.
  • Caris LeVert has had great games and terrible games since returning from injury. Yesterday was one of the great ones as he kicked in 24 off the bench.
  • Allen Crabbe is officially done for the season with a knee injury.

Charlotte Hornets (37-42) at Detroit Pistons (39-40)

Line: Pistons -6.5, O/U: 215

Hornets: 111 ppg, below average defense, average pace.

Pistons: 107 ppg, above average defense, average pace

Notes:

  • If the Pistons lose this game, they’ll be just a game up on the Hornets and Charlotte has the tiebreaker. Right now it looks like these two teams and Miami are fighting for the eighth seed.
  • Blake Griffin put up 45 in a loss in OKC. Nobody else scored more than 12.
  • Andre Drummond had just 4 points, but he’s averaging 17 and 16 in the last ten.
  • The Hornets still have a glimmer of hope after beating Toronto 113-111.
  • Kemba Walker led the team with 29 points, 8 assists, and 6 rebounds. He’s been the constant drumbeat for this team all year.
  • Frank Kaminsky and Jeremy Lamb each scored 22 off the bench for Charlotte. When Kemba gets help, they have a chance.

Miami Heat (38-41) at Toronto Raptors (56-24)

Line: Raptors -5.5, O/U: 215

Raptors: 114 ppg, above average defense, average pace

Heat: 105 ppg, top ten defense, slower than average pace

Notes:

  • The Raptors had a five-game winning streak snapped by Charlotte, 113-111.
  • Kawhi Leonard played in that game and led the team with 29 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists, and Kyle Lowry added 16 points, 11 assists, and 5 boards.
  • Marc Gasol starts over Serge Ibaka, but Ibaka has been more productive in the last few games.
  • The Heat have lost three in a row and fallen out of the playoff bracket in the East. They’re a game back of Detroit currently.
  • Dwyane Wade put up 24 off the bench in a 111-109 loss to the Timberwolves.
  • Goran Dragic had 15 points and 9 assists while Dion Waiters scored 22, but production was very flat outside of that.

Oklahoma City Thunder (46-33) at Minnesota Timberwolves (36-43)

Line: -6.5, O/U: 229

Timberwolves: 112 ppg, below average defense, faster than average pace

Thunder: 114 ppg, top five defense in the NBA, top five pace

Notes:

  • Just because the Timberwolves have no reason to win doesn’t mean they’re gonna stop. They just beat a desperate Miami team 111-109.
  • Karl-Anthony Towns had 13 points, 12 rebounds and 11 turnovers in a rather embarrassing triple-double.
  • Andrew Wiggins, Dario Saric, and Gorgui Dieng each scored 18+ to pick up the slack.
  • The Thunder can avoid the Warriors if they just win their last two games. They’re coming off a 123-110 win over Detroit.
  • Paul George led the way with 30 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists. His shoulder has been bothering him since the All-Star break.
  • Russell Westbrook put up 19 points, 15 assists and 8 rebounds in the win. He’s officially averaged a triple-double in each of the last three seasons, no biggie.

Orlando Magic (40-40) at Boston Celtics (48-32)

Line: Celtics -5, O/U: 217

Celtics: 112 ppg, top five defense, slower than average pace

Magic: 106 ppg, average defense, slow pace

Notes:

  • In the last five games, Boston has beaten both Indiana and Miami twice.
  • Jayson Tatum led the team with 22 points and 7 rebounds in a 117-97 win in Indiana.
  • Gordon Hayward has scored 21+ in back to back games, picking it up a bit as the playoffs approach.
  • Kyrie Irving‘s accuracy is down a bit over his last ten games, but he’s still scoring 25 per.
  • Al Horford has been playing through knee soreness and is expected to go tonight.
  • Magic have won eight of their last ten and climbed all the way to the seventh seed in the East. They just dropped 149 on Atlanta.
  • Nikola Vucevic had 25 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 assists, right around what he averages this season.
  • Evan Fournier and Terrence Ross each scored 25 points as well.

San Antonio Spurs (46-34) at Cleveland Cavaliers (19-61)

Line: Spurs -9, O/U: 219

Cavaliers: 104 ppg, worst defense in the NBA, bottom five pace

Spurs: 112 ppg, below average defense, very slow pace

Notes:

  • The Cavs made the last matchup in San Antonio closer than expected, but they lost 116-110.
  • Collin Sexton scored 24 in that one and is averaging 23 per game in his last ten with 50/45/89 shooting splits.
  • Kevin Love missed a few games with a shoulder, but he should be back tonight as Tristan Thompson rests.
  • The Spurs need to win out and hope someone beats the Thunder if they want the seventh seed.
  • LaMarcus Aldridge led the charge with 24 points and 7 boards in a 129-112 win over Washington. The game was a blowout for most of the second half, but Pop let his rotation get reps while they were hot. They finished with shooting splits of 56/40/85 and 34 assists as a team.
  • DeMar DeRozan is averaging 20 points on 53% shooting in his last ten, adding 7 assists and 6 rebounds per game.
  • Bryn Forbes has started nearly every game for the Spurs this season. He’s shooting 51% from three in the last ten games.

Atlanta Hawks (29-51) at Milwaukee Bucks (59-20)

Line: Bucks -10.5, O/U: 233

Bucks: 117 ppg, best defense in the NBA, very fast pace

Hawks: 112 ppg, bottom ten defense, fastest pace in the NBA

Notes:

  • Milwaukee has already clinched home court through the entire playoffs, so the 133-128 loss to the Nets probably didn’t bother them much.
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo rested after dropping 45 points, 13 boards, 6 assists and 5 blocks on the Sixers. He’s listed as day-to-day.
  • Eric Bledsoe put up 33 points and 11 assists, and Khris Middleton kicked in 24 points.
  • Malcolm Brogdon remains without a timetable for return, but the Bucks are hoping to have him back by the Eastern Conference semifinals
  • The Hawks playoff hopes didn’t survive into January, but they’ve played competitive basketball nonetheless. They beat these Bucks 136-135 in OT just a few games ago.
  • Trae Young is averaging 25 points, 9 assists and 5 boards per game since the All-Star break. He’s probably going to rest tonight along with John Collins, who has led the team all season with 19 points and 10 rebounds per game.

Dallas Mavericks (31-48) at Memphis Grizzlies (32-47)

Line: Grizzlies -2, O/U: 213

Grizzlies: 101 ppg, top ten defense, bottom five pace

Mavericks: 109 ppg, average defense, average pace

Notes:

  • These teams last played in Dallas on Friday, and Memphis came out on top 122-112.
  • Delon Wright led the Grizzlies with 27 points, 14 assists and 10 boards.
  • Jonas Valanciunas is done for the season after spraining his ankle, and Mike Conley is doubtful tonight as well.
  • Luka Doncic is out again and probably done for the year.
  • Justin Jackson has filled in nicely, averaging 17 per game in his stead.
  • Courtney Lee led the team with 21 points and 7 assists in the loss to Memphis.

New Orleans Pelicans (32-46) at Sacramento Kings (39-41) 

Line: Kings -10.5, O/U: 234

Kings: 113 ppg, bottom-third defense, second-fastest pace

Pelicans: 116 ppg, bottom five defense, top five pace

Notes:

  • The Kings missed the playoffs, but they have a lot to build on and look forward to.
  • De’Aaron Fox is questionable tonight with a foot injury. He averaged 17 points, 7 assists and 4 rebounds per game this year.
  • 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.
  • Julius Randle put up 31 and 14 in a 133-126 OT loss to Phoenix.

Phoenix Suns (19-61) at Houston Rockets (52-28)

Line: Rockets -18, O/U: 224

Rockets: 113 ppg, bottom five defense, bottom five pace

Suns: 106 ppg, bottom five defense, average pace

Notes:

  • Houston has won eight of their last ten, clicking as the playoffs approach.
  • James Harden had 26, 8 and 8 in a 120-98 win over New York. Ho hum.
  • Chris Paul and Clint Capela are both putting up a bunch of double-doubles, giving Harden some margin for error.
  • Devin Booker is done for the year. He averaged 27 points, 7 assists and 4 rebounds per game this season, and kicked it up to 35, 7 and 4 in the last ten. It’s really sad watching him waste away in Phoenix.
  • Deandre Ayton remains out after spraining his ankle.

Utah Jazz (49-30) at Los Angeles Lakers (36-44)

Line: Jazz -12 O/U: 217

Lakers: 112 ppg, top ten defense, top five pace

Jazz: 109 ppg, top five defense, average pace

Notes:

  • The Lakers have been a sad shell of themselves for the last few months.
  • LeBron, Josh HartLonzo Ball, and Brandon Ingram are all done for the year, and Kyle Kuzma might be joining them.
  • Alex Caruso put up 32 points and 10 boards in a 122-117 win over the Clippers, and Rondo and JaVale both had 15+ point double-doubles.
  • The Jazz have won 12 of their last 13, ripping apart a hilariously easy schedule.
  • Donovan Mitchell led the way with 23 points, 9 assists and 5 rebounds in a 119-98 win over the Kings.
  • Rudy Gobert and Joe Ingles each added 17 points in that one.
  • Ricky RubioDerrick FavorsDante Exum, Raul Neto, and Kyle Korver are all out tonight.

Washington Wizards (32-48) at New York Knicks (15-64)

Line: Wizards -4.5, O/U: 226

Knicks: 106 ppg, second-worst defense in the NBA, average pace

Wizards: 114 ppg, bad defense, faster than average pace

Notes:

  • This game has no playoff implications, no notable players, and no purpose whatsoever. Do not watch it, do not bet on it.

Marquee Matchup

Los Angeles Clippers (47-33) at Golden State Warriors (55-24)

Line: Warriors -11.5, O/U: 236

Warriors: 119 ppg, average defense, faster than average pace

Clippers: 114 ppg, below average defense, fast pace

Notes:

  • The Warriors have won eight of their last ten and escaped with a 120-114 win over the Cavs.
  • Steph Curry put up 40 points, 7 assists, and 6 rebounds. He shot 9-12 from deep.
  • DeMarcus Cousins rested in that one, and Draymond Green took advantage of the opportunity and scored 20 points to go with 8 boards and 5 assists.
  • Klay Thompson has been held to 13 or fewer points in the last three games.
  • Kevin Durant has been shooting less often but more efficiently in his last ten games.
  • The Clippers have lost two in a row and find themselves just a game up on the eighth-seeded Spurs. San Antonio plays Cleveland today, an easier assignment than Golden State.
  • Danilo Gallinari had 27 points and 8 assists in a loss to the Lakers. He’s questionable tonight along with Patrick Beverly.
  • Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell scored a combined 37 points per game off the bench. They’re one of the best pick and roll duos in the league.
  
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