NBA Projected Starting Lineups, Matchups, Injury News – 01/02/19

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Injury News

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Bulls: None

Cavaliers: Tristan Thompson (foot) and Rodney Hood (achilles) might be available. Patrick McCaw is probable.

Celtics: Kyrie Irving (eye) is day-to-day. Robert Williams (groin) is out.

Grizzlies: None.

Hawks: Taurean Prince (ankle) is out.

Heat: Dion Waiters (ankle) is questionable.

Hornets: Jeremy Lamb (hamstring) is doubtful.

Lakers: LeBron James (groin) is out.

Magic: Nikola Vucevic (calf), DJ Augustin (ankle), and Jonathon Simmons (ankle) are day-to-day.

Mavericks: None

Nets: Allen Crabbe (knee) is out.

Pelicans: Anthony Davis (illness) is day-to-day. Nikola Mirotic (ankle) is out.

Pistons: Zaza Pachulia (leg) is day to day.

76ers: Joel Embiid (knee) is day-to-day.

Suns: None

Thunder: Alex Abrines (personal) is out.

Timberwolves: Derrick Rose (ankle) is doubtful. Robert Covington (ankle) and Jeff Teague (ankle) are questionable.

Wizards: Otto Porter Jr. (knee) is probable. Markieff Morris (back) and John Wall (heel) are out.

Today’s NBA Matchups

Miami Heat (17-18) at Cleveland Cavaliers (8-29)  

Line: Heat -6, O/U: 205

Cavaliers: 102 ppg, worst defense in the NBA, third-slowest pace.

Heat: 107 ppg, top ten defense, slower than average pace.

Notes:

  • The Cavs have lost eight of their last nine, and the Heat have won six of their last eight.
  • Tristan Thompson might return to the floor after missing his last ten games with a foot injury. He averaged 12 points and 12 boards before the injury.
  • Patrick McCaw is expected to make his debut with Cleveland.
  • These teams last played on Friday, a 118-94 win for Miami.

Atlanta Hawks (11-25) at Washington Wizards (14-23)

Line: Hawks +5.5, O/U: 230

Hawks: 109 ppg, bottom five defense, fastest pace in NBA

Wizards: 113 ppg, third-worst defense, fast pace

Notes:

  • John Wall is going to get season-ending surgery on the heel that has bothered him for his whole career. Tanking seems inevitable.
  • Otto Porter Jr. is probable after missing 10 games with a knee injury.
  • Don’t look now, but the Hawks are 5-5 in their last ten. They haven’t beaten a single team with a winning record in that stretch, but good for them.
  • Taurean Prince is out with an ankle injury, and he averages 15 points per game for Atlanta.

Dallas Mavericks (17-19) at Charlotte Hornets (18-18)

Line: Hornets -2.5, O/U: 216.5

Mavericks: 111 ppg, average defense, average pace

Hornets: 114 ppg, average defense, average pace

Notes:

  • The Mavs are remarkably bad on the road at 2-16, while the Hornets have gone 14-7 at home.
  • Dallas is 2-8 in their last ten games, a tough stretch in which they faced the Nuggets, Clippers, Warriors, and Trail Blazers. They split two home at home series with the Pelicans and Thunder.
  • Kemba Walker is averaging 31 points per game in his last five.

New Orleans Pelicans (17-21) at Brooklyn Nets (17-21)

Line: Nets +1, O/U: 231

Nets: 111 ppg, below average defense, slower than average pace

Pelicans: 116 ppg, bottom-third defense, third-fastest pace

Notes:

  • Anthony Davis missed New Orleans’ last game against the Timberwolves due to an illness, and he’s listed as day-to-day.
  • The Pelicans pulled out a win in that game, with Julius Randle doing his best AD impression for 33 points and 11 boards, Jrue Holliday dropping 26 points and 8 dimes, and Darius Miller leading the bench with 21.
  • The Nets lost eight in a row, then won nine out of ten, and now they’ve lost two straight.

Detroit Pistons (16-19) at Memphis Grizzlies (18-18)

Line: Grizzlies -6, O/U: 199

Grizzlies: 102 ppg, top ten defense, bottom five pace

Pistons: 107 ppg, above average defense, average pace

Notes:

  • Each of these teams are 3-7 in their last ten after solid starts to the year, and the Pistons are actually 3-12 since the beginning of December.
  • This should be a slow pace, low scoring rock fight of a game, with dominant big men Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond facing off against Marc Gasol and the talented rookie Jaren Jackson Jr.

Minnesota Timberwolves (17-20) at Boston Celtics (21-15)

Line: Timberwolves -5, O/U: 218

Celtics: 111.5 ppg, third-ranked defense, slower than average pace

Timberwolves: 110 ppg, below average defense, faster than average pace

Notes:

  • Kyrie Irving scratched his cornea in a loss against the Spurs, and he’s listed as day to day. He averaged 25 points, 7 assists, and 5 boards in December.
  • Jeff Teague and Derrick Rose both missed Minnesota’s last loss to the Brow-less Pelicans, and Tyus Jones added 15 points and 13 assists in the starting lineup.
  • Karl-Anthony Towns‘ last four games: 28 points, 18.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 3.5 blocks.

Orlando Magic (16-20) at Chicago Bulls (7-24)

Line: N/A

Bulls: 100 ppg, below average defense, below average pace

Magic: 103 ppg, average defense, slow pace

Notes:

  • Vucevic, Augustin, and Simmons are all day to day, so check the injury wire closer to tip.
  • These teams played one of the lowest-scoring games in the league this year in December, with the Bulls coming out on top 90-80.

Philadelphia 76ers (20-12) at Phoenix Suns (7-24)

Line: N/A

Suns: 105 ppg, bottom five defense, slower than average pace

76ers: 114 ppg, average defense, faster than average pace

Notes:

  • Forget their divergent records, both of these teams are 5-5 in their last ten games.
  • The Sixers played last night, beating the Clippers behind 28 and 19 from Joel Embiid and another near triple double from Ben Simmons.
  • Devin Booker is averaging 28 points and 8 assists since returning to the court, and rookie Deandre Ayton is scoring 20 points and adding 13 boards per game in his last ten.

Marquee Matchup

Oklahoma City Thunder (23-13) at Los Angeles Lakers (21-16)

Line: Thunder -5.5, O/U: 229

Thunder: 112 ppg, best defense in the NBA, above average pace

Lakers: 113 ppg, top ten defense, top five pace.

None:

  • The Lakers are 1-2 in LeBron’s absence, and he’s making progress with his groin injury but will remain sidelined for this one.
  • Lonzo Ball is averaging 17 points and 7 rebounds in the games without LeBron, and he was outplayed by Kentavious Caldwell Pope in the win over the Kings. Lonzo was -20, the only starter with a -. Caldwell Pope scored 26 and was +19 off the bench.
  • Russell Westbrook is averaging a triple double again, and Paul George is adding 32 points and 9 boards per game in his last ten.
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