NBA Projected Starting Lineups, Matchups, Injury News – 1/28/19
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Clippers: Danilo Gallinari (back) and Luc Mbah a Moute (knee) are out.
Grizzlies: Kyle Anderson (ankle) and JaMychal Green (knee) are probable.
Hornets: Kemba Walker (neck) is day-to-day.
Knicks: Emmanuel Mudiay (shoulder) and Frank Ntilikina (groin) are out.
Nets: Joe Harris (hip) is questionable. Spencer Dinwiddie (thumb) is out.
Nuggets: Jamal Murray (ankle) is out.
Pacers: Victor Oladipo (ruptured quad tendon) is out for the rest of the year.
Today’s NBA Matchups
Atlanta Hawks (15-33) at Los Angeles Clippers (28-22)
Line: Clippers -6.5, O/U: 232
Clippers: 114 ppg, below average defense, fast pace
Hawks: 110 ppg, bottom ten defense, fastest pace in the NBA
- The Clippers had lost five in a row, but they’ve won four of their last five, even though their second-leading scorer Danilo Gallinari missed all five.
- Tobias Harris is averaging 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists over the last five.
- Lou Williams got his first career triple-double with 31, 10 and 10 in a win over Chicago, but shot just 2-16 from the floor against Sacramento yesterday.
- Montrezl Harrell (25 points, 7 rebounds) and Patrick Beverly (16 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists) carried the Clippers in that win.
- The Hawks have actually won four of their last ten, playing more consistent team basketball of late.
- Trae Young is averaging 19 points and 9 assists in the last five, and he put up 30 and 8 in the loss in Portland on Saturday.
- Second-year big man John Collins is putting up 21 and 10 per game in his last ten.
Brooklyn Nets (27-23) at Boston Celtics (30-19)
Line: Celtics -10.5, O/U: 223
Celtics: 112 ppg, top five defense, slower than average pace
Nets: 112 ppg, below average defense, below average pace
- The Celtics had won five in a row but lost 115-111 to the Warriors despite 32 points, 10 assists and 6 rebounds from Kyrie Irving.
- Al Horford, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Gordon Hayward, Marcus Morris, and Marcus Smart are all averaging 10+ points per game in January.
- Boston is 19-6 at TD Garden this season.
- These two teams come into this game rather surprisingly as the fifth and sixth seeds in the Eastern Conference.
- The Nets have won six in a row and eight of their last ten.
- D’Angelo Russell is averaging 23 points, 7 assists, and 4 rebounds in January.
- Spencer Dinwiddie tore ligaments in his right thumb, and he is expected to get surgery and miss the next month or more.
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Denver Nuggets (33-15) at Memphis Grizzlies (20-30)
Line: Nuggets -6.5, O/U: 209
Grizzlies: 101 ppg, top ten defense, bottom five pace
Nuggets: 111 ppg, above average defense, bottom five pace.
- Memphis is now 8 games back of the eighth seed in the West after losing 14 of their last 16.
- They’d dropped eight straight since losing Kyle Anderson to an ankle sprain before bouncing back against Indiana in their first game without Victor Oladipo. Anderson is expected to make his return in this game.
- Marc Gasol and Mike Conley are on the trading block, respectively averaging 15 points/9 rebounds and 20 points/6 assists this year.
- Nikola Jokic has averaged 25 points, 12 rebounds, and 9 assists in his last ten, coming off of 32, 18 and 10 in a win over the 76ers on Saturday.
- Denver’s second star Jamal Murray is averaging 19 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds in January, but he’s out for this one with an ankle.
- The Nuggets have won four of their last five, and they’re second out west behind only Golden State.
New York Knicks (10-38) at Charlotte Hornets (23-25)
Line: Hornets -12, O/U: 221
Hornets: 112 ppg, below average defense, average pace.
Knicks: 107 ppg, second-worst defense in the NBA, average pace
- Kemba Walker has been named an All-Star starter for the first time in his career, averaging 25 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds per game this season. He’s been dealing with a neck issue and shot just 3-12 from the floor during Friday’s loss in Milwaukee.
- Charlotte is solidly in the eighth slot of the Eastern Conference standings.
- The Hornets are 16-8 at home this season.
- The Knicks have lost 17 of their last 18 and nine straight, fighting hard for the title of Worst Team in the League. They lost to Miami yesterday by a score of 106-97.
- Enes Kanter hasn’t played in the last three games in order to hasten the losing and wants to either play or get traded before the deadline.
Golden State Warriors (35-14) at Indiana Pacers (32-16)
Line: Warriors -8.5, O/U: 228
Pacers: 109 ppg, top five defense, slower than average pace
Warriors: 119 ppg, average defense, faster than average pace
- Golden State has won ten in a row, including a 115-111 victory in Boston behind 33 points and 9 rebounds from Kevin Durant.
- The Warriors are averaging 129 points per game in January behind at least 25 points apiece from Steph, Klay, and KD, who are all shooting at least 50% from the floor and 43% from deep.
- DeMarcus Cousins is averaging 13.5 points, 7 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game in his first four games as a part of the most stacked starting lineup in the history of modern basketball.
- The Pacers lost Victor Oladipo for the season and lost their first game without him 103-106 against a reeling Memphis team. He played in 36 games this year, averaging 19 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists.
- Tyreke Evans is the new starting shooting guard, averaging 11 points per game this season. Starting point guard Darren Collison puts up 10 points and 6 assists per game, and Cory Joseph‘s role will probably increase.
- Domantas Sabonis is putting up 15 and 10 per game coming off the bench.