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Bucks: Sterling Brown (wrist) and George Hill (groin) are out.
Bulls: Zach LaVine (knee) is doubtful.
Cavaliers: Tristan Thompson (foot), Larry Nance Jr. (chest), and Matthew Dellavedova (concussion) are out.
Clippers: Luc Mbah a Moute (knee) remains out.
Knicks: Frank Ntilikina (groin) is out. Mario Hezonja (knee) is questionable.
Mavericks: Luka Doncic (knee) is questionable.
Nuggets: Trey Lyles (hamstring) is out.
Pacers: Tyreke Evans (illness) is day-to-day.
76ers: Jimmy Butler (rest) is out. Boban Marjanovic (knee) is available.
Spurs: Rudy Gay (illness) is questionable.
Trail Blazers: None
Today’s NBA Matchups
Cleveland Cavaliers (17-50) at Philadelphia 76ers (42-25)
Line: 76ers -15, O/U: 222
76ers: 116 ppg, above average defense, faster than average pace
Cavaliers: 104 ppg, worst defense in the NBA, bottom five pace
- Joel Embiid had 33 and 12 in a 106-89 win over Indiana after missing eight in a row.
- Tobias Harris and Ben Simmons combined for 31 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists.
- Jimmy Butler is resting tonight, averaging 19 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals this year.
- The Cavs blew Toronto out 126-101 in a thoroughly confusing game.
- Kevin Love is averaging 21 points and 11 boards since returning to the floor, and he put up 16 and 18 in the win.
- Collin Sexton led the way with 28 points and 5 assists while Cedi Osman added 19, 7 and 7.
Los Angeles Lakers (30-36) at Chicago Bulls (19-49)
Line: Lakers -1, O/U: 225
Bulls: 104 ppg, bottom ten defense, slower than average pace
Lakers: 112 ppg, top ten defense, top five pace
- The Bulls had been playing well but dropped two in a row against Detroit.
- Zach LaVine has been scoring at a high level, but he’s doubtful for this one.
- Lauri Markkanen is averaging 22 and 11 in his last ten and 19 and 9 on the year.
- The Lakers have lost their last five, and they’re all but guaranteed to miss the playoffs.
- Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram are both done for the year,
- Sure this is LeBron‘s worst team season since he was a teenager, but he’s still going off. He had a 30-point triple-double in the 120-107 loss to Boston.
Milwaukee Bucks (50-17) at New Orleans Pelicans (30-39)
Line: Bucks -10.5, O/U: 236
Pelicans: 116 ppg, bottom five defense, top five pace
Bucks: 117 ppg, best defense in the NBA, very fast pace
- New Orleans has lost three in a row, and that’s more on par with what this team is and where it’s going for the rest of the year.
- Anthony Davis is averaging 17 and 8 in the last ten games, of which he’s missed three. He’s only playing 20 minutes a game, none in the fourth quarter.
- Jrue Holiday has been a driving force behind that team success, and he’ll be out at least a week with an ab strain.
- Julius Randle has averaged 24 points and 7 boards in the last ten games.
- Bucks have lost three of their last five, all road games.
- Giannis Antetokounmpo has been getting almost exactly his average of 27 points, 13 boards and 6 assists with remarkable consistency.
- Khris Middleton is in a bit of a slump, shooting just 34% from the floor in his last five.
- Pau Gasol played against his former team in San Antonio, and he was -20 in 15 minutes. The Spurs attacked him in the pick and roll almost every time down the court.
Minnesota Timberwolves (32-35) at Denver Nuggets (43-22)
Line: Nuggets -9.5, O/U: 227
Nuggets: 112 ppg, above average defense, bottom five pace.
Timberwolves: 112 ppg, below average defense, faster than average pace
- The Nuggets have lost four of their last five, with the only win coming against the Lakers. It’s funny, considering this is the first time all year they’ve been healthy.
- Nikola Jokic had 16 points 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals, but he was -29 in a 122-105 loss in Golden State.
- The rest of the Nuggets shot just 36% from the floor, which isn’t gonna cut it in Oracle.
- Minnesota has all but let go of the rope on the season, especially defensively.
- Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins are both questionable tonight after missing a win over the Knicks. Expect the Timberwolves to be cautious with both of them.
New York Knicks (13-54) at Indiana Pacers (42-25)
Line: Pacers -11.5, O/U: 208
Pacers: 108 ppg, top five defense, slower than average pace
Knicks: 105 ppg, second-worst defense in the NBA, average pace
- The Pacers lost two in a row on the road by double digits against top East opponents in Milwaukee and Philadelphia.
- Bojan Bogdanovic is averaging 23 points a game in his last ten, but he’s 12-31 over the last two games.
- Domantas Sabonis had 9 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in his return to the court on Sunday.
- New York has lost six in a row, coming off a 103-92 loss to the Timberwolves.
- DeAndre Jordan played just 15 minutes in the loss, and Dennis Smith Jr. managed just 13 points and 5 turnovers.
San Antonio Spurs (38-29) at Dallas Mavericks (27-39)
Line: Spurs -5, O/U: 218
Mavericks: 109 ppg, average defense, average pace
Spurs: 112 ppg, below average defense, very slow pace
- The Mavs have lost ten of their last twelve. They’re even further out of the playoff hunt than the Lakers.
- Luka Doncic said he felt a pop in his knee while he was going for a rebound in that game, and he’s listed as questionable tonight. Expect Dallas to take the cautious approach, even if it’s not serious.
- The Spurs are winners of five straight, coming off an impressive 121-114 win over the league-leading Bucks.
- LaMarcus Aldridge led San Antonio with 29 points, 15 boards, 2 steals, and 2 blocks. He’s averaging 27 and 10 in his last five.
- DeMar DeRozan added 28 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals.
- Rudy Gay is out again due to an illness. He’s averaging 14 points and 7 rebounds, providing some vital scoring pop and versatility off the bench when he does play.
Portland Trail Blazers (40-26) at Los Angeles Clippers (39-29)
Line: Blazers -2.5, O/U: 233
Clippers: 114 ppg, below average defense, fast pace
Trail Blazers: 114 ppg, average defense, below average pace
- The Clippers have won five in a row, coming off a 140-115 blowout over Boston yesterday.
- Lou Williams put up 34 off the bench after a 40 point game to pass Dell Curry for the most bench points in NBA history.
- Danilo Gallinari added 25 points, and five other Clippers scored in double figures.
- The Blazers are 2-3 in their last five, coming off a 127-120 win over Phoenix.
- CJ McCollum‘s scoring has been hot and cold, but he led the way with 26 points on 11-14 shooting in that one.
- Damian Lillard had an off shooting night, but still had 18 points and 9 assists. Jusuf Nurkic also shot poorly but added 14 points and 8 boards.