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Bucks: Christian Wood (ankle) is out. Donte DIVincenzo (ankle) and DJ Wilson (hip) are doubtful.
Cavaliers: Rodney Hood (achilles) is out. Larry Nance Jr. (knee), and Ante Zizic (knee) are day-to-day. Matthew Dellavedova (foot) is probable.
Celtics: Robert Williams (groin) is available. Aron Baynes (hand) remains out.
Grizzlies: Dillon Brooks (toe) is expected to undergo season-ending toe surgery. Jevon Carter (knee) is probable. Chandler Parsons (healthy inactive) is leaving the team indefinitely. JaMychal Green (shoulder) is questionable.
Jazz: Ricky Rubio (hamstring), Grayson Allen (ankle), Dante Exum (ankle), and Thabo Sefolosha (hamstring) are out.
Nets: DeMarre Carroll (knee) and Joe Harris (ankle) are probable. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (hip) is out.
Pacers: Myles Turner (shoulder), Cory Joseph (thigh), and Darren Collison (leg) are day-to-day.
Pelicans: E’Twaun Moore (leg) is expected to play. Nikola Mirotic (ankle) is doubtful.
Pistons: Ish Smith (groin) is out. Zaza Pachulia (leg) is doubtful. Jon Leuer (knee) is probable.
76ers: JJ Redick (back) is out.
Spurs: Rudy Gay (wrist) is out.
Suns: Devin Booker (back) is day-to-day.
Trail Blazers: Mo Harkless (knee) is out.
Wizards: Otto Porter Jr. (thumb) is day-to-day.
Today’s NBA Matchups
Indiana Pacers (27-13) at Boston Celtics (24-15)
Line: Celtics -6.5, O/U: 213
Celtics: 112 ppg, third-ranked defense, slower than average pace
Pacers: 108 ppg, second-ranked defense, bottom-five pace
- The Pacers are 7-3 in their last ten games, but none of those wins came against teams above .500.
- Indiana won last night in Cleveland 123-115 behind a season-high 26 from Thad Young.
- Boston has won their last three games at home by an average margin of 18 points, but they have not beaten a winning team in regulation in over two months.
Philadelphia 76ers (27-14) at Washington Wizards (16-25)
Line: 76ers -3.5, O/U: 230
Wizards: 113 ppg, bottom five defense, fast pace
76ers: 114 ppg, average defense, faster than average pace
- These teams played last night in Philadelphia, and the 76ers won 132-115.
- Jimmy Butler and Ben Simmons were under the weather for that game, but it didn’t show as they combined for 37 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists, and 5 steals.
- JJ Redick missed that game with a back injury and he’s out again tonight, but rookie Landry Shamet scored a career-high 29 shooting 8-14 from deep.
- Bradley Beal scored 28 and five other Wizards scored in double figures, but they couldn’t hold defensively.
- Otto Porter injured his thumb last night in Philly. X-rays were negative, but it’s unclear if he’ll be good to go for this one.
Atlanta Hawks (12-28) at Brooklyn Nets (20-22)
Line: Nets -9, O/U: 227
Nets: 111 ppg, below average defense, slower than average pace
Hawks: 109 ppg, bottom-five defense, fastest pace in NBA
- The Hawks played a surprisingly good defensive game last night in Toronto, but lost 104-101 after Kawhi Leonard locked up Trae Young on the final possession.
- Young, Jeremy Lin, and John Collins combined for 60 points as every starter scored in double figures.
- The Nets won the first game between these two by a score of 144-127.
- Brooklyn is 12-4 since early December.
Cleveland Cavaliers (8-33) at New Orleans Pelicans (19-22)
Line: Pelicans -14, O/U: 223
Pelicans: 117 ppg, bottom-third defense, third-fastest pace
Cavaliers: 102 ppg, worst defense in the NBA, third-slowest pace
- The Cavs slide into New Orleans banged up and losers of their last ten games by an average of 18 points.
- The last time these teams played was Saturday, when the Pelicans won 133-98 in Cleveland. Anthony Davis and Julius Randle each kicked in at least 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Randle added 8 assists.
- AD is averaging 31 and 16 in his last ten, and busted out the Shammgod in a 36-point performance on Monday.
San Antonio Spurs (24-17) at Memphis Grizzlies (18-22)
Line: Spurs -3, O/U: 204
Spurs: 112 ppg, average defense, slower than average pace
Grizzlies: 101 ppg, top ten defense, bottom five pace
- Since December 7th, San Antonio is a league-best 13-3 outscoring opponents by an obscene +15.4 points per 100 possessions. They have the most efficient offense and defense in the league right now.
- In that same stretch Memphis has gone 4-13, including six straight losses.
- When these teams played in San Antonio on Saturday night, the Spurs won 108-88.
- Over the Spurs’ five-game winning streak, Derrick White is averaging 18 points, 4 boards, 3 assists and a steal while shooting 76% from the floor, 75% from three, and 91% from the stripe. He’s also proving to be the Spurs’ best individual wing defender, guarding everyone from Kyrie Irving and Mike Conley to Kawhi Leonard.
- Rudy Gay is out, and the Grizzlies now expect Dillon Brooks to get surgery on his injured toe and miss the remainder of the season.
Phoenix Suns (10-32) at Dallas Mavericks (18-22)
Line: Mavericks -9.5, O/U: 220
Mavericks: 110 ppg, average defense, average pace
Suns: 106.5 ppg, bottom five defense, slower than average pace
- Lots of exciting young players in this one, and ironically, all of them seem to be dealing with back problems. Luka Doncic, Dennis Smith Jr, and Devin Booker are all up in the air for this one.
- Both teams are just 1-4 in their last five, but the Suns beat Sacramento last night without Devin Booker, led by 26 off the bench from Kelly Oubre Jr.
- Two of the Suns’ ten wins have come at the expense of Dallas, but both games were in Phoenix.
- Dallas suffered just their fourth home loss of the year against the LeBron-less Lakers on Saturday,
Orlando Magic (17-23) at Utah Jazz (20-21)
Line: Jazz -9, O/U: 207
Jazz: 108 ppg, top ten defense, slower than average pace
Magic: 103 ppg, average defense, slow pace
- The Jazz expect to miss Ricky Rubio and Dante Exum for a few weeks, putting an added ball-handling burden on Donovan Mitchell, who is averaging 20 points per game on just 41% shooting in his second season.
- Orlando is finishing a six-game road trip tonight, with their only win so far coming in Chicago. Every other game has been a double-digit loss.
Line: Blazers -9.5, O/U: 207
Trail Blazers: 111 ppg, average defense, average pace
Bulls: 100 ppg, below average defense, very slow pace
- The Bulls have improved to average defense since Jim Boylen took over, but they have the only offense in the league that can’t muster over 100 points per 100 possessions in that stretch.
- Chicago has lost four straight, and Portland has won four of their last five.
- Over that stretch, Jusuf Nurkic is averaging 21 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, two steals and a block.
Detroit Pistons (17-21) at Los Angeles Lakers (22-19)
Line: Lakers -1.5, O/U: 217
Pistons: 107 ppg, above average defense, average pace
Lakers: 113 ppg, top ten defense, top five pace.
- Both teams are banged up and struggling. The Lakers are 2-5 since LeBron injured his groin on Christmas, and the Pistons have the same record in that time.
- The Pistons are just 4-14 since the beginning of December, going from the top of the Eastern Conference to playing like one of the worst teams in the league.
- Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram combined for 50 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds and 4 steals as the Lakers handed Dallas just their fourth home loss of the year on Monday.
Milwaukee Bucks (28-11) at Houston Rockets (23-16)
Line: Bucks -1.5, O/U: 226
Bucks: 118 ppg, top five defense, top five pace
Rockets: 111 ppg, bottom-five defense, bottom five pace
- These teams are each 8-2 in their last ten, led by an MVP candidate on a tear.
- Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 27 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals and a block this season. He leads the league in dunks by a wide margin and does things no other human can do.
- James Harden has played out of his mind in the last ten games, averaging 39 points, 10 assists, 6 rebounds, 2 steals and a block in 40 minutes per game. He leads the league in free throws and stepbacks by a wide margin, and his talent as an offensive player is otherworldly.
- The Rockets have needed every bit of Harden’s greatness with Chris Paul and Eric Gordon Both out. Clint Capela has stepped up too, averaging 18.5 points and 16 rebounds over his last ten.
- The Bucks love to run while the Rockets prefer a half-court game, so it will be interesting to see who controls the pace.