NBA Projected Starting Lineups, Matchups, Injury News – 01/12/19

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Injury News

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Bulls: Zach LaVine (ankle) is probable.

Celtics: None

Clippers: None

Grizzlies: Dillon Brooks (toe) is expected to undergo season-ending toe surgery. Chandler Parsons (healthy inactive) is leaving the team indefinitely.

Heat: None

Hornets: Devonte’ Graham (ankle) is day to day.

Jazz: Ricky Rubio (hamstring), Grayson Allen (ankle), Dante Exum (ankle), and Thabo Sefolosha (hamstring) are out.

Kings: None

Magic: Mo Bamba (foot) is out.

Nuggets: Gary Harris (hamstring) and Will Barton (groin) are questionable.

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.

Thunder: Steven Adams (ankle) is day to day. Alex Abrines (personal) and Nerlens Noel (concussion) are out.

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

Notes:

  • 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

Notes:

  • 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

Notes:

  • 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

Notes:

  • 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

Notes:

  • 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)

Line: N/A

Nuggets: 110.5 ppg, top ten defense, bottom five pace

Suns: 106.5 ppg, bottom five defense, slower than average pace

Notes:

  • 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

Notes:

  • 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.

Marquee Matchup

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

Notes:

  • 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.
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