NBA Projected Starting Lineups, Matchups, Injury News – 1/26/19
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Grizzlies: Garrett Temple (shoulder) is day-to-day.
Hawks: Kent Bazemore (ankle) remains out. Kevin Huerter (neck) is day-to-day.
Nuggets: Jamal Murray (ankle) is day-to-day. Nikola Jokic (suspension) is back for this one.
Pacers: Victor Oladipo (ruptured quad tendon) is out for the rest of the year.
Pelicans: Anthony Davis (finger) could play next week. Nikola Mirotic (calf) is out. Julius Randle (ankle) is questionable.
76ers: Joel Embiid (rest) and Jimmy Butler (wrist) are out. Wilson Chandler (hamstring) is out.
Spurs: LaMarcus Aldridge (wrist) and DeMar DeRozan (knee) are questionable. Davis Bertans (personal) is out.
Trail Blazers: None
Warriors: Jonas Jerebko (personal) is out.
Today’s NBA Matchups
Atlanta Hawks (15-32) at Portland Trail Blazers (30-20)
Line: Trail Blazers -10.5, O/U: 228
Trail Blazers: 113 ppg, average defense, below average pace
Hawks: 110 ppg, bottom ten defense, fastest pace in the NBA
- Damian Lillard is averaging 28 points and 7 assists in the last five games, and he was questionable for Thursday’s game against Phoenix but scored 24 in the easy win.
- The Blazers have won four of their last five, and they’re 20-7 at home.
- The Hawks just won by 20, absolutely demolishing one of the only teams in the league having a worse season in Chicago.
- John Collins put up 35 and 8 in that game, and the sophomore big man is averaging 20 and 10 this season
- Trae Young shot 1-12 in that game, but dished 12 assists.
Indiana Pacers (32-15) at Memphis Grizzlies (19-30)
Line: Pacers -5, O/U: 203
Grizzlies: 101 ppg, top ten defense, bottom five pace
Pacers: 109 ppg, top five defense, slower than average pace
- Marc Gasol and Mike Conley are on the trading block, respectively averaging 15 points/9 rebounds, and 20 points/6 assists.
- The Grizzlies have lost 14 of their last 15, including eight straight since Kyle Anderson went down with an ankle sprain.
- Victor Oladipo’s season ended when he ruptured his quad tendon in a win over the Raptors on Wednesday. He played in 36 games this year, averaging 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists per.
- The Pacers have won four of their last five and their style isn’t built around one guy, so it’s next man up.
- Tyreke Evans is the new starting shooting guard, averaging 11 points per game so far this year. Darren Collison puts up 10 points and 6 assists per game, and Corey Joseph will get some more run in the backcourt as well.
- Domantas Sabonis is putting up 15 and 10 per game this season.
Philadelphia 76ers (32-17) at Denver Nuggets (32-15)
Line: Nuggets -9, O/U: 227
Nuggets: 111 ppg, above average defense, bottom five pace.
76ers: 115 ppg, above average defense, faster than average pace
- Nikola Jokic has been tearing it up, averaging 24 points, 11 rebounds, and 8 assists in his last ten. He got an iffy one-game suspension for leaving the bench too aggressively during an altercation, and served it while his team undressed Phoenix 132-95.
- Denver’s second star Jamal Murray is averaging 19 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds in January, but he might not play in this one after tweaking his ankle.
- Joel Embiid has been dealing with back tightness over the last week or so, and he’s resting for this game after averaging 30 points, 13 boards and 4 assists in his last five.
- Jimmy Butler is out for the third straight game with a wrist injury. He’s averaging 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists per game this year.
- Ben Simmons is averaging 18 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists per game in his last ten, and he’ll have to produce even more with the other two thirds of Philly’s big three on the bench.
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San Antonio Spurs (27-22) at New Orleans Pelicans (22-27)
Line: Spurs -2, O/U: 226
Pelicans: 117 ppg, bottom five defense, top five pace
Spurs: 111 ppg, average defense, very slow pace
- Anthony Davis’s left index finger is only sprained, and he could be back as early as next week. Davis had averaged 33 points and 15 rebounds per game in January.
- Jahlil Okafor has played 30 minutes per game in Davis’ stead, averaging 18 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks in the last three games. Julius Randle and Nikola Mirotic might both miss this one, and Okafor would be the main big.
- Jrue Holiday has stepped up in Davis’s absence, and he’s coming off of 22 points, 13 assists, 9 rebounds and 4 steals in a loss to OKC on Thursday.
- The Spurs have cooled off after a scorching-hot December, going 5-5 in their last ten and coming off a 122-120 loss in Philadelphia on Wednesday.
- DeMar DeRozan showed signs of busting his January slump with 26 points in that game, but he’s questionable for this one with left knee soreness.
- LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 24 and 7 per game this month, but he’s questionable with a sore wrist.
- Aldridge and DeRozan have missed a total of one game between the two of them this season, and they might get some well-earned rest against a banged-up Pelicans squad. Expect more production from guys like Rudy Gay, Bryn Forbes, Patty Mills, Derrick White, and Marco Belinelli, all of whom are averaging 10+ points in January.
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Golden State Warriors (34-14) at Boston Celtics (30-18)
Line: Warriors -3.5, O/U: 231
Celtics: 112 ppg, top five defense, slower than average pace
Warriors: 119 ppg, average defense, faster than average pace
- Golden State has won nine in a row, averaging 131 points per game in January.
- Steph, Klay, and KD are all averaging at least 25 points apiece this month, shooting at least 50% from the floor and 43% from deep.
- DeMarcus Cousins is averaging 13 points and 7 rebounds per game as he works himself into the Warriors offense.
- The Celtics are 19-5 at home, and they’ve won five in a row.
- Kyrie Irving’s last four games: 31 points and 11 assists per game, 60% FG, 56% 3PT. He and Al Horford missed the Wednesday win over Cleveland, but neither is on the injury report for this one.
- Terry Rozier led Boston with 26 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists in that game, and Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, and Gordon Hayward each scored 15+.