NBA Matchups, Lineups and Injury News 3/12/19

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Injury News

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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.

Lakers: Kyle Kuzma (ankle) is day-to-day. Brandon Ingram (DVT), and Lonzo Ball (ankle) are done for the year. Lance Stephenson (toe) is a game-time decision. Tyson Chandler (neck) is questionable.

Mavericks: Luka Doncic (knee) is questionable.

Nuggets: Trey Lyles (hamstring) is out.

Pacers: Tyreke Evans (illness) is day-to-day.

Pelicans: None

76ers: Jimmy Butler (rest) is out. Boban Marjanovic (knee) is available.

Spurs: Rudy Gay (illness) is questionable.

Timberwolves: Andrew Wiggins (thigh) and Karl Anthony Towns (knee) are questionable. Luol Deng (Achilles) and Robert Covington (knee) are out.

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

Notes:

  • 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

Notes:

  • 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

Notes:

  • 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

Notes:

  • 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

Notes:

  • 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

Notes:

  • 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.

Marquee Matchup

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

Notes:

  • 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.
  
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