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Spurs: DeMar DeRozan (ankle) is expected to play.
Timberwolves: Tyus Jones (ankle) is day-to-day.
Today’s NBA Matchups
Charlotte Hornets (22-23) at Indiana Pacers (30-15)
Line: Pacers -7.5, O/U: 218
Hornets: 112 ppg, average pace, average defense
Pacers: 109 ppg, top five defense, bottom-five pace
- The Hornets crushed Phoenix yesterday in Charlotte 135-115 as eight players scored in double figures. It was their third straight win, and nobody played more than 33 minutes.
- Indiana beat Dallas 111-99 behind a strong bench effort led by Domantas Sabonis (16 points, 11 rebounds) and Tyreke Evans (19 points). Nobody played over 33 minutes.
- The Pacers are 16-6 at home, and the Hornets are 6-15 on the road.
Phoenix Suns (11-36) at Minnesota Timberwolves (21-24)
Line: Timberwolves -12, O/U: 230
Suns: 106 ppg, bottom five defense, slower than average pace
Timberwolves: 112 ppg, below average defense, faster than average pace
- Minnesota has lost two in a row, first by giving up 149 in Philadelphia (more than a Thibs-coached Timberwolves ever allowed) and then blowing a double-digit second half lead at home against the Spurs.
- In January Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 25 points, 13 boards and 2 blocks while Andrew Wiggins is putting up 22 per game.
- The Suns are 2-10 in their last 12 games, and just 4-18 on the road this season.
- Phoenix could be without rookie top pick Deandre Ayton and Richaun Holmes, dealing with ankle and foot sprains respectively. Those injuries at center might force the Suns to go small.
- Rookie small forward Mikal Bridges is averaging 8 points per game, shooting 56% from the floor and 47% from deep in his last five games.
Los Angeles Clippers (24-21) at San Antonio Spurs (27-20)
Line: Spurs -8.5, O/U: 222
Spurs: 112 ppg, average defense, slower than average pace
Clippers: 116 ppg, below average defense, top ten pace
- San Antonio came back to win in Minnesota 116-113 behind 25 points, 11 boards and 2 blocks from LaMarcus Aldridge and 22 points from Rudy Gay.
- A slumping DeMar DeRozan rested that game with a sore ankle, but he’ll play in this one. In the last ten games he’s averaging just 16 points on 40% shooting from the floor, but adding 7 assists and 7 rebounds.
- The Clippers have lost five in a row, including four straight at home.
- Los Angeles may be without two of their primary playmakers and scorers in Lou Williams (hamstring) and Danilo Gallinari (back). In January, Williams leads the team with 21 points per game and Gallinari is third with 17 behind Tobias Harris.