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Bulls: Zach LaVine (ankle) is probable.
Hornets: Devonte’ Graham (ankle) is day to day.
Magic: Mo Bamba (foot) is out.
Pelicans: E’Twaun Moore (leg) is expected to play. Nikola Mirotic (ankle) is available.
Pistons: Ish Smith (groin), Zaza Pachulia (leg), and Henry Ellenson (ankle) are day to day.
Spurs: Rudy Gay (wrist) is out.
Suns: Devin Booker (back) is day-to-day.
Timberwolves: Derrick Rose (ankle) is questionable.
Today’s NBA Matchups
Detroit Pistons (17-23) at Los Angeles Clippers (24-17)
Line: Clippers -7, O/U: 220
Pistons: 107 ppg, above average defense, average pace
Clippers: 116 ppg, below average defense, top ten pace
- The afternoon tilt features one team fighting for playoff position in a crowded West against a team free falling in a soft Eastern Conference.
- Detroit has lost eight of their last ten including four straight, and the last three have been by double digits.
- Tobias Harris probably should be an All Star, averaging 21 points and 8 rebounds on the year for Los Angeles.
- Expect a big game from Blake Griffin as he returns to the Staples Center.
Memphis Grizzlies (19-22) at Miami Heat (20-20)
Line: Heat -4.5, O/U: 197
Heat: 106.5 ppg, top ten defense, slower than average pace
Grizzlies: 101 ppg, top ten defense, bottom five pace
- Memphis had lost six straight, but bounced back with a 96-86 win over a red-hot Spurs team.
- Marc Gasol is averaging just 16 points and 9 rebounds, but he led the Grizzlies with 26 and 14 in that game.
- The Heat got back to .500 with an impressive 115-99 win over Boston behind 19 from Dwyane Wade and 18 points and 6 assists from Josh Richardson.
Boston Celtics (25-16) at Orlando Magic (17-24)
Line: Celtics -7, O/U: 213
Celtics: 112 ppg, third-ranked defense, slower than average pace
Magic: 103 ppg, average defense, slow pace
- The Celtics had won four straight games at home, but lost in Miami on the second night of a back to back.
- The Magic ended a 1-5 road trip with a 13-point loss in Utah on Wednesday.
- Orlando won the first matchup between these teams 93-90 in Boston near the beginning of the year.
New Orleans Pelicans (20-22) at Minnesota Timberwolves (20-22)
Line: Pelicans -1.5, O/U: 234
Pelicans: 117 ppg, bottom-third defense, third-fastest pace
Timberwolves: 110 ppg, below average defense, faster than average pace
- A new-age center matchup between Anthony Davis and Karl-Anthony Towns, who are averaging 32 and 16, and 27 and 14 respectively over their last ten games.
- The Timberwolves beat the Lakers by 22, fired their head coach, handed the Thunder a rare home loss, and then handed Dallas an even rarer road win.
- Nikola Mirotic missed nearly a month with an ankle injury, but scored 17 points in just 22 minutes in his return to the court on Wednesday.
Chicago Bulls (10-32) at Utah Jazz (22-21)
Line: Jazz -8, O/U: 216
Jazz: 108 ppg, top ten defense, slower than average pace
Bulls: 100 ppg, below average defense, very slow pace
- The Jazz are dealing with injuries to Ricky Rubio and Dante Exum, but Donovan Mitchell has stepped up in a big way. He scored 33 points and added 9 assists in a blowout win over the Lakers last night.
- The Bulls have lost six in a row, including last night in Golden State by 37.
Denver Nuggets (28-12) at Phoenix Suns (10-33)
Nuggets: 110.5 ppg, top ten defense, bottom five pace
Suns: 106.5 ppg, bottom five defense, slower than average pace
- Nikola Jokic leads his team in points (19), rebounds (10), and assists (7.5) per game. He’s averaging 27, 13 and 7 in his last five games.
- Devin Booker has missed the last two games, and he’s up in the air for this one.
- Denver has won four of their last five, and Phoenix has lost four of their last five.
Charlotte Hornets (19-22) at Sacramento Kings (21-21)
Line: Kings -5.5, O/U: 234
Hornets: 113 ppg, average pace, average defense
Kings: 115 ppg, bottom-third defense, second-fastest pace
- Both teams are struggling of late, but both have a good chance to make the playoffs in their respective conferences.
- Charlotte has lost four of their last five, including last night in Portland by 31.
- Buddy Hield is averaging 22 points in his last five games, shooting 57% from the floor and 55% from deep.
Oklahoma City Thunder (25-14) at San Antonio Spurs (24-17)
Line: Thunder -1.5, O/U: 223
Thunder: 112 ppg, best defense in the NBA, above average pace
Spurs: 111 ppg, average defense, slower than average pace
- These teams played a double overtime thriller in San Antonio on Thursday night, with the Spurs coming out on top 154-147
- LaMarcus Aldridge led the Spurs with a career-high 56 points, all without attempting a 3. He abused Steven Adams, who left for a few minutes after rolling his ankle but came back into the game.
- Derrick White had 23 points and 8 assists in that game, while Paul George scored 30 and Russell Westbrook added a ridiculous 24 points and 24 assists.
- The Spurs are the best team in the league over the last month, and the Thunder are just 4-6 in their last ten.