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Bucks: Sterling Brown (wrist) and Donte DiVincenzo (heel) are out.
Cavaliers: Ante Zizic (concussion), Tristan Thompson (foot), and Matthew Dellavedova (concussion) is out.
Celtics: Kyrie Irving (thigh) is expected to play.
Grizzlies: Mike Conley (thigh) is questionable. Joakim Noah (knee) and Avery Bradley (lower leg) are out.
Hawks: Alex Poythress (ankle) and Miles Plumlee (knee) are out. Dewayne Dedmon (knee) is doubtful.
Heat: Goran Dragic (calf) is questionable.
Hornets: Bismack Biyombo (knee) is probable.
Jazz: Ricky Rubio (hamstring) and Ekpe Udoh (back) are doubtful.
Kings: Marvin Bagley III (knee sprain) is out.
Knicks: Mario Hezonja (knee) is questionable.
Lakers: Josh Hart (knee), Reggie Bullock (foot), Tyson Chandler (illness) and Mike Muscala (ankle) are day-to-day.
Magic: Terrence Ross (achilles) is questionable
Nets: Treveon Graham (back) and Shabazz Napier (personal) are out.
Pacers: Darren Collison (quad) is expected to play.
Pelicans: Jrue Holiday (abdominal strain) and E’Twaun Moore (quad) are out. Jahlil Okafor (ankle) is questionable.
Pistons: Zaza Pachulia (achilles) and Jon Leuer (knee) are day-to-day.
Rockets: Iman Shumpert (calf) is questionable. Kenneth Faried (hip) is out.
76ers: Joel Embiid (knee) is out.
Spurs: Jakob Poeltl (hamstring) is questionable.
Suns: TJ Warren (ankle) and Tyler Johnson (knee) are out. Josh Jackson (ankle) is questionable.
Thunder: Paul George (shoulder) is back.
Timberwolves: Robert Covington (ankle) is out. Luol Deng (achilles) is doubtful.
Trail Blazers: Evan Turner (personal) is out.
Today’s NBA Matchups
Golden State Warriors (50-23) at Memphis Grizzlies (30-44)
Line: Warriors -10.5, O/U: 218
Grizzlies: 101 ppg, top ten defense, bottom five pace
Warriors: 119 ppg, average defense, faster than average pace
- The Grizzlies are 20-18 at home after beating down the Thunder 115-103.
- Mike Conley didn’t even play in that game due to a sore thigh, and he’s questionable tonight.
- Bruno Caboclo led the team with 24 points and 11 rebounds. He only scored 26 points all of last season.
- Delon Wright put up 18 points, 13 assists and 4 steals, Tyler Dorsey had another big game with 21 points, 8 boards and 5 dimes, and Justin Holiday and Jonas Valanciunas both scored 17+ points as well.
- The Warriors are a very pedestrian 9-8 in the last month. Key guys have been in and out for maintenance-type injuries, but it’s still jarring to see a team this talented lose so much.
- Steph Curry and Klay Thompson splashed home 50 in a 121-114 win over Detroit. Steph grabbed a team-high 9 boards, not the first time he’s done that this season.
- Kevin Durant and Draymond Green combined for 28 points, 19 assists and 10 rebounds in the win.
- DeMarcus Cousins didn’t play in that one, but he should be good to go tonight. Andrew Bogut is the perfect backup center for this team, and he had 8 points, 5 boards and 3 blocks as a starter against Detroit’s massive frontcourt.
Los Angeles Lakers (33-41) at Utah Jazz (44-30)
Line: Jazz -15, O/U: 217
Jazz: 109 ppg, top five defense, average pace
Lakers: 112 ppg, top ten defense, top five pace
- The Jazz have an incredibly easy schedule down the stretch of the season, and they’ve been slicing it to ribbons. In their last five games they have wins by 21, 21, 21, and 33. The other game was a 117-114 loss in Atlanta.
- Rudy Gobert dominated with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks in a 125-92 undressing of the Suns.
- Donovan Mitchell had an off game with just 10 points, and he and everyone else struggled to contain Devin Booker, but it hardly mattered.
- Ricky Rubio and Derrick Favors combined for 36 points and 11 assists in the win.
- The Lakers are finished, but they’re not done. They dispatched the Wizards last night 124-106 for their second-straight win.
- LeBron put up 23 points, 14 assists and 7 boards in the win. He’ll probably rest a few games this late in the season, maybe tonight on the second game of a back to back.
- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope dropped a team-high 29 points in the win. He’s hit or miss, but he was hitting yesterday.
Portland Trail Blazers (46-27) at Chicago Bulls (21-54)
Line: Blazers -7.5, O/U: 216
Bulls: 104 ppg, bottom ten defense, slower than average pace
Trail Blazers: 114 ppg, average defense, below average pace
- The Bulls continued their losing ways yesterday in Toronto 112-103.
- Seven guys scored in double figures, led by Wayne Selden with 20.
- Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and Otto Porter all missed that game. They’re listed as day-to-day.
- Lauri Markkanen got sick during the Raptors loss, and it’s unclear if he’ll be back tonight.
- The Blazers pulled out their fourth straight win beating Brooklyn 148-144 in double overtime to clinch a playoff spot, but at a tremendous cost.
- Big man Jusuf Nurkic suffered a gruesome compound fracture to his lower leg in the final period, ending the best season of his career and delivering a serious blow to the Blazers’ playoff hopes. He averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds, and the pick and roll between him and Dame is the cornerstone of Portland’s offense.
- Damian Lillard had 31 points and 12 assists in the win. He’s stepped up in a big way since CJ McCollum went down with a knee injury in a loss to the Spurs. He’s averaged 30.5 points and 12 assists to lead this winning streak.
Washington Wizards (30-45) at Phoenix Suns (17-58)
Line: Wizards -2, O/U: 231
Suns: 106 ppg, bottom five defense, average pace
Wizards: 114 ppg, bad defense, faster than average pace
- The Suns’ 125-92 loss to the Jazz was a perfect microcosm of their season: Devin Booker dropped 59 in a blowout loss, not a single one of his teammates scored in double figures, and newly-acquired Jimmer Fredette shot 1-10 from the floor as the Utah crowd gave him a standing ovation.
- Deandre Ayton was the closest thing Booker had to a functional teammate in this one, putting up 9 points and 7 rebounds.
- The Wizards got blown out by the Lakers 124-106 last night in a battle between teams whose seasons were derailed by injuries months ago.
- Bradley Beal dropped 32 again, and he had 40 points, 15 assists and 11 rebounds in that absurd 149-146 triple-overtime win the last time these teams played.
- Trevor Ariza left the Lakers loss after re-aggravating a groin injury. He’ll be out tonight in all likelihood.
Indiana Pacers (45-29) at Oklahoma City Thunder (43-31)
Line: Thunder -6.5, O/U: 218
Thunder: 116 ppg, second-best defense in the NBA, top five pace
Pacers: 108 ppg, top five defense, slower than average pace
- Both of these highly respected playoff teams have gone just 1-4 in their last five games.
- The Thunder just got blown out by a Memphis team that hasn’t had playoff hopes in months. Paul George and Russell Westbrook combined to shoot just 16-49 from the loss. George in particular is shooting just 39% from the floor and 33% from deep since the All Star break.
- The Pacers had lost four in a row on the road, but bounced back with a convincing 124-88 win over the Nuggets.
- Bojan Bogdanovic scored 35 points on 13-16 shooting, hitting 5-6 from long range. He’s been the go-to scorer since Oladipo went down for the season.
- Darren Collison has missed the last three games, but he should be available tonight.