NBA Projected Starting Lineups, Matchups and Injury News 3/7/19

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Injury News

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Bucks: Sterling Brown (wrist) and Donte DiVincenzo (heel) are out.

Pacers: Domantas Sabonis (ankle) is out.

Thunder: Paul George (shoulder) is back in action.

Trail Blazers: Evan Turner (personal) is out.

Today’s NBA Matchups

Indiana Pacers (42-23) at Milwaukee Bucks (48-16)

Line: Bucks -10, O/U: 221

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

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

Notes:

  • The league-leading Bucks had won seven in a row before dropping two-straight road games to the Jazz and Suns.
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo was not the problem, averaging 32 points, 13.5 rebounds, and 7 assists in those games.
  • Fellow All-Star Khris Middleton shot just 1-13 against the Suns, averaging 17 per game this year. He’s shooting just 36% in his last ten.
  • Pau Gasol made his Bucks debut, and he missed both of his shots in five minutes.
  • The Pacers recovered from a minor skid with a 2-1 homestand, their last win a 105-96 affair against the Bulls.
  • Bojan Bogdanovic put up 27 points in that one, and he’s averaging 23 points per game on 53% shooting in his last ten. He’s flourishing as the featured scorer with Oladipo out.
  • Darren Collison’s role has increased as well, averaging 15 points and 7 assists in his last ten. He had 22 and 2 in the win.
  • Domantas Sabonis remains out with an ankle issue, averaging 14 points and 9 rebounds per game.

Oklahoma City Thunder (39-25) at Portland Trail Blazers (39-25)

Trail Blazers: 114 ppg, average defense, below average pace

Thunder: 116 ppg, second-best defense in the NBA, top five pace

  • The Thunder have lost six of their last eight, coming off a bad loss in Minnesota and falling behind the Rockets to fourth in the Western Conference standings.
  • Paul George had been kept out with a shoulder injury for a few games, and it might have still bothered him as he shot just 8-25 from the floor.
  • Russell Westbrook finished with 38 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists in the loss. He’s averaging 30, 12 and 8 in his last ten.
  • The Blazers have just wrapped up a 5-2 road trip with a disappointing 120-111 loss in Memphis.
  • Damian Lillard had 24 points and 8 assists, but Jusuf Nurkic managed just 6 points. He did add 10 boards and 9 assists, however.
  • CJ McCollum‘s last six games: 15 points (6-17), 35 points (12-18), 14 points (6-19), 35 points (12-20), 6 points (2-13), 27 points (9-13).
  • The Thunder could sweep the season series with a win tonight.
  
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