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Bucks: George Hill (groin) and Sterling Brown (wrist) are out. Ersan Ilyasova (hamstring) is probable.
Clippers: Wilson Chandler (quad) and Luc Mbah a Moute (knee) are out.
Hawks: John Collins (illness) is day-to-day. Omari Spellman (ankle) is out.
Jazz: Ricky Rubio (hamstring) is day-to-day. Raul Neto (hamstring) is out.
Kings: Marvin Bagley III (knee sprain) is out.
Knicks: DeAndre Jordan (ankle) and Mario Hezonja (leg) are out.
Mavericks: Tim Hardaway Jr. (illness) is day-to-day.
Nets: Treveon Graham (back) is questionable.
Nuggets: Trey Lyles (hamstring) is out.
Pelicans: Anthony Davis (illness) is out.
Spurs: Bryn Forbes (calf bruise) is probable.
Suns: TJ Warren (ankle) is out.
Today’s NBA Matchups
Atlanta Hawks (22-42) at Miami Heat (28-34)
Line: Heat -9, O/U: 222
Heat: 105 ppg, top ten defense, slower than average pace
Hawks: 111 ppg, bottom ten defense, fastest pace in the NBA
- The Heat have hit a rough skid late in the season dealing with a rash of injuries to key players, but they’re coming off a 117-88 drubbing of Brooklyn.
- Miami did that without Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside, who are both questionable tonight.
- The Hawks have been a competitive team in 2019, showing a lot of promise.
- Rookie Trae Young had an epic three-game stretch with 36 and 8 assists, 36 points, 10 assists, and 8 rebounds, then 49, 16 and 8 in a quadruple OT loss to Chicago. He got to 18 points and 5 dimes before a garbage ejection for talking some smack to Kris Dunn the next game.
- Second-year big John Collins averages 20 points and 10 rebounds this season to lead the team in both categories, but he missed the 123-118 win over the Bulls. Alex Len stepped up with 28 points, 9 boards, and 2 blocks.
Dallas Mavericks (27-35) at Brooklyn Nets (32-33)
Line: Nets -5, O/U: 227
Nets: 112 ppg, below average defense, below average pace
Mavericks: 109 ppg, average defense, average pace
- The Nets have lost three games in a row to worse teams, falling back under .500. Miami blew their doors off 117-88 on the second night of a back to back.
- D’Angelo Russell is averaging 25 points and 9 assists per game in his last ten.
- Caris LeVert, Allen Crabbe, and Spencer Dinwiddie are all versatile wings returning from injury. How well they get settled come playoff time will determine how far this team can go.
- The Mavs have nothing left to play for this season, and even if they did they wouldn’t have the right guys healthy to do it.
- Dallas got blown out 111-81 by a down and out Memphis team on Saturday.
- Luka Doncic turned 20 last week. He averaged 21 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists in the NBA as a teenager, and the Mavs will probably shut him down at some point to preserve him for the future.
Los Angeles Clippers (36-29) at Los Angeles Lakers (30-33)
Line: Lakers -4, O/U: 235
Lakers: 112.5 ppg, top ten defense, top five pace
Clippers: 114 ppg, below average defense, fast pace
- The Lakers’ playoff hopes essentially end tonight if they can’t eke out a win. LeBron has been to seven NBA Finals in a row and hasn’t missed the playoffs since before he could legally drink a nice Merlot.
- LeBron put up 27 points, 9 rebounds and 16 assists in a loss to the dumpster-fire Suns.
- LeBron, Brandon Ingram, and JaVale McGee shot a combined 30/50 from the floor, but everyone else managed just 13/39.
- The Clippers continue to win games while the Lakers keep finding ways to lose.
- Lou Williams, Danilo Gallinari and Montrezl Harrell are the best three players on the best team in Los Angeles right now.
Milwaukee Bucks (48-15) at Phoenix Suns (13-51)
Line: Bucks -12.5, O/U: 233
Suns: 106 ppg, bottom five defense, average pace
Bucks: 117 ppg, best defense in the NBA, very fast pace
- The collapsing Suns just became the worst team to ever beat a LeBron-led team with a decisive 118-109 win over the Lakers.
- Deandre Ayton led Phoenix with 26 points and 10 rebounds, half of which were offensive.
- Devin Booker added 25 points, 4 assists, and 4 rebounds, even though he went 0/5 from deep.
- The league-leading Bucks had won seven in a row and 12 of their last 13 but fell 115-111 in Utah on the second night of a back-to-back.
- Giannis Antetokounmpo did all he could with 43 points, 14 rebounds, and 8 assists. Fellow All-Star Khris Middleton added 29, 9 and 6.
- Eric Bledsoe and Malcolm Brogdon missed that game, but neither is listed on the injury report tonight.
- The Bucks have signed Pau Gasol for the rest of the season. The 38-year-old big man suffered a broken foot this year and struggled to crack the rotation in San Antonio.
New Orleans Pelicans (29-36) at Utah Jazz (36-26)
Line: Jazz -10.5, O/U: 229
Jazz: 109 ppg, top five defense, average pace
Pelicans: 116 ppg, bottom five defense, top five pace
- The Jazz have won four in a row, coming off their best wins of the season over the Nuggets and Bucks in consecutive games.
- Donovan Mitchell poured in 46 points in that game to match Giannis Antetokounmpo.
- Rudy Gobert commended his coach for benching him in favor of Derrick Favors (sorry). Favors finished with 23 points, 18 rebounds, and 3 blocks. He was +29 in 32 minutes.
- Ricky Rubio missed the Nuggets win with a tight hamstring, and he’s day-to-day after it seemed to bother him in the Bucks win.
- The Pelicans don’t want to play Anthony Davis, partly to keep him healthy for a trade and partly because they’ve actually played better and more cohesively without him since his trade request. He’s conveniently ill tonight.
- Jrue Holiday and Julius Randle combined for 57 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists in a 120-112 win in Denver without Davis on the second night of a back to back.
- The Pelicans just signed Latvian shooter Dairis Bertans, the older brother of Spurs sharpshooter Davis. Dairis shot 50% from three in the EuroLeague.
New York Knicks (13-50) at Sacramento Kings (31-31)
Line: Kings -11.5, O/U: 230
Kings: 113 ppg, bottom-third defense, second-fastest pace
Knicks: 106 ppg, second-worst defense in the NBA, average pace
- The Kings have lost five of their last six, and it couldn’t come at a worse time. Their 116-109 home loss to the Clippers could prove very important in deciding who goes to the playoffs and who doesn’t.
- Rookie Marvin Bagley III suffered a scary knee sprain, and he’ll be reevaluated in a week or so.
- Buddy Hield‘s scoring average is up to 25 per game over the last five, but he’s shooting just 41% on a higher volume of shots.
- Harrison Barnes is averaging 11.5 points on 37% shooting with the Kings.
- De’Aaron Fox is averaging 18 points and 9 assists per game since the All-Star break.
- The Knicks lost in Los Angeles yesterday 128-107, and the Kings are even more desperate for the eighth slot in the West than those Clippers.
- Emmanuel Mudiay, Mitchell Robinson and Allonzo Trier each dropped 16 off the bench for New York in that loss, and Robinson added 13 boards and 4 blocks.
- DeAndre Jordan remains out with a sprained ankle.
Denver Nuggets (42-20) at San Antonio Spurs (35-29)
Line: Spurs -1, O/U: 230
Spurs: 112 ppg, below average defense, very slow pace
Nuggets: 112 ppg, above average defense, bottom five pace.
- After an abysmal 1-7 Rodeo Road Trip, the Spurs have come home and beat Detroit and the Paul George-less Thunder by double digits.
- LaMarcus Aldridge put up 17 points in the first quarter and finished with 27-10. He started the second half of the season under the weather, but he looks back to his normal self after his third solid game in a row.
- DeMar DeRozan looks much better after the All-Star Break, averaging 23 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists while shooting 56% from the floor.
- Derrick White is back healthy, and he was the primary defender holding Russell Westbrook under 20 points with 7 turnovers. White finished with 14 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 steals.
- The Nuggets suffered an embarrassing 120-112 loss at home to a Pelicans team without Anthony Davis.
- Nikola Jokic had 20 points on 7/11 shooting to go with 9 rebounds and 7 assists, but the rest of the Nuggets shot under 40% from the floor.
- Paul Millsap is averaging 16 points and 11 rebounds over the last ten games.
- Gary Harris started for the first time since returning from an adductor injury. He’s averaged 9 points on 35% shooting in the last five games.