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Heat: Dion Waiters (ankle) is questionable.
Hornets: Jeremy Lamb (hamstring) is questionable.
Kings: Iman Shumpert (finger) is day-to-day.
Knicks: Frank Ntilikina (ankle) and Mitchell Robinson (groin) are out.
Nuggets: Will Barton (groin) remains out.
Pacers: Myles Turner (shoulder), Cory Joseph (thigh), and Darren Collison (leg) are questionable.
Raptors: Kyle Lowry (back) is good to go.
Suns: Devin Booker (back) is day-to-day.
Thunder: Alex Abrines (personal) is out.
Warriors: Shaun Livingston (knee) is day-to-day.
Wizards: John Wall (heel) is out for the year.
Today’s NBA Matchups
Washington Wizards (16-24) at Philadelphia 76ers
Wizards: 113 ppg, bottom five defense, fast pace
76ers: 114 ppg, average defense, faster than average pace
- Jimmy Butler and Ben Simmons are sick and considered day-to-day, so check the injury wire closer to tip.
- Philadelphia has won seven of their last ten.
- Washington is 3-2 since losing John Wall for the season, including an impressive 116-98 win over Oklahoma City. Otto Porter and Bradley Beal combined for 45 points, 11 assists, and 11 rebounds.
- Tomas Satoransky is averaging 13 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal over the last five games for Washington.
Indiana Pacers (26-13) at Cleveland Cavaliers (8-32)
Line: Pacers -10, O/U: 208
Pacers: 108 ppg, second-ranked defense, bottom-five pace
Cavaliers: 102 ppg, worst defense in the NBA, third-slowest pace
- The Pacers just had a six-game winning streak snapped by one of the only teams ahead of them in the East, Toronto. They’ll look to bounce back against the worst team in the entire league in Cleveland, losers of nine straight.
- The Cavs’ last win was a 92-91 affair in Indiana. Both teams shot under 42% from the floor and under 20% from three in that one.
- Victor Oladipo is averaging 20 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals this year.
Atlanta Hawks (12-27) at Toronto Raptors (30-12)
Line: Raptors +14.5, O/U: 228
Hawks: 109 ppg, bottom-five defense, fastest pace in NBA
Raptors: 113 ppg, top ten defense, slower than average pace
- The winningest team in the league went just 6-5 during a stretch where Kyle Lowry missed ten games with a back injury, but beat beat a hot Pacers team 121-105 in his return on Sunday.
- Lowry is averaging 14 points and 10 assists on the year for Toronto. His numbers don’t pop as much as some other stars, but he’s been a huge factor in his team’s success.
- The Hawks are banged up and among the worst teams in the league, but they’ve managed six wins in their last ten against sub-par competition.
Denver Nuggets (26-12) at Miami Heat (19-19)
Line: Heat -1.5, O/U: 210
Nuggets: 110 ppg, top ten defense, bottom five pace
Heat: 107 ppg, top ten defense, slower than average pace
- West-leading Denver had won five in a row, but lost to a scorching-hot Houston team last night despite 24 points and 13 rebounds from Nikola Jokic.
- Miami is also 7-3 in their last ten, but coming off an embarrassing 106-82 loss against the Hawks.
Sacramento Kings (20-20) at Phoenix Suns (9-32)
Suns: 106 ppg, bottom five defense, slower than average pace
Kings: 115 ppg, bottom-third defense, second-fastest pace
- The Suns have lost six in a row against Western Conference playoff contenders, and the Kings just ended a similar skid with a 111-95 win last night over the Magic.
- De’Aaron Fox finished with 20 points and 5 steals, the first game like that since Manu Ginobili in 2016.
- Devin Booker is averaging 26 points, 8 assists, 3 boards and a steal in his last ten games, and he’s questionable for this one with back spasms.
Charlotte Hornets (19-20) at Los Angeles Clippers (23-16)
Line: Hornets +6.5, O/U: 230
Hornets: 113 ppg, average pace, average defense
Clippers: 116 ppg, below average defense, top ten pace
- Kemba Walker is averaging 26 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds and a steal per game this season.
- Tobias Harris, meanwhile, is averaging a very consistent 21 points and 8 boards on 50/43/89 efficiency.
- The Hornets are just 5-12 on the road.
New York Knicks (10-30) at Golden State Warriors (26-14)
Line: Warriors -17.5, O/U: 230
Warriors: 117 ppg, average defense, faster than average pace
Knicks: 108 ppg, bottom five defense, above average pace
- The Warriors aren’t quite rolling yet halfway through the season, but at least they’re not the Knicks.
- Golden State has won by 17 or more seven times this year, including 128-100 in Madison Square Garden the first time these teams faced off.
Minnesota Timberwolves (19-21) at Oklahoma City Thunder (25-14)
Line: Thunder -8, O/U: 227
Timberwolves: 110 ppg, below average defense, faster than average pace
Thunder: 112 ppg, best defense in the NBA, above average pace
- The Timberwolves are fresh off beating the Lakers 108-86, firing Tom Thibodeau, and Derrick Rose telling his doubters to kill themselves and later apologizing. Everything is going according to plan in Minnesota. Flip Saunders’ son Ryan is the interim head coach.
- Karl-Anthony Towns‘ last five games: 29 points, 16 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 blocks.
- Paul George’s last ten games: 33 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals.
- OKC is coming off a 116-98 loss to a John Wall-less Wizards. Russell Westbrook nearly had a quadruple dubious with 22 points, 15 boards, 13 assists, and 8 turnovers.