NBA Projected Starting Lineups, Matchups, Injury News – 2/4/19

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Injury News

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Bucks: Eric Bledsoe (Achilles) is day-to-day.

Hawks: Tyler Dorsey (knee) is probable. Miles Plumlee (knee) is out.

Kings: None

Nets: Jared Dudley (hamstring), and Allen Crabbe (knee) are out. Joe Harris (hip) is a game-time decision.

Nuggets: Jamal Murray (ankle) is out. Gary Harris (groin) is out.

Pacers: Victor Oladipo (ruptured quad tendon) is out for the rest of the year. Tyreke Evans (back) and Cory Joseph (groin) are questionable. Doug McDermott (ribs) is doubtful.

Pelicans: Anthony Davis (finger), Nikola Mirotic (calf), Julius Randle (ankle) Elfrid Payton (ankle) and E’Twaun Moore (quad) are out.

Pistons: None

Rockets: Clint Capela (thumb) remains out.

Spurs: Derrick White (heel) is out. Dante Cunningham (ankle) is probable.

Suns: None

Wizards: Otto Porter Jr. (toe) is questionable.

Today’s NBA Matchups

Atlanta Hawks (17-35) at Washington Wizards (22-30)

Line: Wizards -7, O/U: 232

Hawks: 110 ppg, bottom ten defense, fastest pace in the NBA

Wizards: 113 ppg, bad defense, faster than average pace

Notes:

  • The Wizards are 9-9 since losing John Wall a month ago, which is a notable improvement over the start of the year. The Bucks came to town and beat them 131-115 on Saturday.
  • Tomas Satoransky is averaging 11 points, 5 rebounds and 7.5 assists in his last ten, and he’s been filling in nicely as the starting point guard.
  • Bradley Beal is averaging 27 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists per game in his last ten, leading this team in Wall’s absence.
  • The Hawks are 3-3 on this road trip after beating Phoenix 118-112 on the second night of a back to back.
  • Trae Young is averaging 27 points and 8 assists in the last five, and he’s shooting 54% from the floor and 43% from deep in that stretch.
  • Second-year big John Collins is coming off a career game with 35 points  and 16 boards against the Suns. He’s averaging 20 points and 8 rebounds per game in his last ten.
  • Kent Bazemore missed the last month with an ankle injury, and he’s coming off the bench and playing under 20 minutes per game for now.

Denver Nuggets (37-15) at Detroit Pistons (22-29)

Line: Nuggets -4.5, O/U: 211

Pistons: 106 ppg, above average defense, average pace

Nuggets: 111 ppg, above average defense, bottom five pace.

Notes:

  • The Pistons have lost five of their last seven, including 111-101 at home against a banged-up Clippers team Saturday.
  • Blake Griffin tallied 24 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists against his former team.
  • Reggie Jackson had a nice night with 29 points and 7 assists in that game without turning the ball over once.
  • The Nuggets have won seven of their last eight since losing to Golden State, and they currently sit atop the Western Conference standings.
  • Nikola Jokic is the first Nuggets All Star since Carmelo Anthony. He’s coming off of 13 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists in Saturday’s win over Minnesota, and he’s averaged 22 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists in his last ten.
  • Denver’s second star Jamal Murray averaged 19 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds last month, but he’s missing his fifth game in a row with an ankle. Gary Harris is also missing his third in a row with a groin injury.
  • Malik Beasley is filling in nicely, scoring 35 in the win over Houston and then 22 in the win over Minnesota, averaging 22 per game over the last five.
  • The Nuggets have won seven of their last eight, and they’re second out west behind only Golden State.

Houston Rockets (30-22) at Phoenix Suns (11-43)

Line: Rockets -8.5, O/U: 228

Suns: 106 ppg, bottom five defense, average pace

Rockets: 112 ppg, bottom five defense, bottom five pace

Notes:

  • The Suns went 2-17 in the last month, including ten straight losses.
  • They lost to a struggling Hawks team that was on the second night of a back to back on Saturday.
  • Devin Booker had 32 points, 10 assists and 8 rebounds in that game, averaging 31, 6 and 4 in his last five.
  • The Rockets won 125-98 in Utah on the second night of a back to back on Saturday.
  • James Harden added to his insane streak with 43 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, 6 steals, and 4 blocks.
  • Chris Paul rested in that game, but should play tonight.

Indiana Pacers (33-19) at New Orleans Pelicans (23-29)

Line: Pacers -2, O/U: 217

Pelicans: 117 ppg, bottom five defense, top five pace

Pacers: 109 ppg, top five defense, slower than average pace

Notes:

  • The Pelicans have lost five of their last six amid a wave of injuries and the league-shaking trade request by The Brow.
  • Anthony Davis is out with a finger injury again, and still might get dealt before the deadline. He’s averaged 29 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists, 2.5 blocks and 2 steals this season.
  • Jahlil Okafor has been the starting center, averaging 18 points and 10 boards in his last five.
  • Julius Randle and Nikola Mirotic have both missed the last five games with leg injuries, and they’re out for this one as well. Elfrid Payton and E’Twaun Moore are both out as well.
  • The Pacers lost their first four games without Victor Oladipo by an average of 15 points, but beat Miami 95-88 on Saturday.
  • Indiana is averaging under 100 points per game without their best offensive player.
  • Tyreke Evans came off the bench after missing a few games with a back injury, and he shot 0-7 from the floor.
  • Cory Joseph started, and though he had just 4 points on 2-8 shooting, he added 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals.
  • Bojan Bogdanovic scored a game-high 31, averaging 20 points in the last five with shooting splits of 49/37/94.

Milwaukee Bucks (38-13) at Brooklyn Nets (28-26)

Line: Bucks -7.5, O/U: 230

Bucks: 117 ppg, best defense in the NBA, very fast pace

Nets: 112 ppg, below average defense, below average pace

Notes:

  • The Nets have started the year 10-18, and they’re 18-8 since. However, they just drop a few games in San Antonio and Orlando.
  • D’Angelo Russell has averaging 25.5 points, 7 assists and 3.5 rebounds in his last ten. He’s an All Star for the first time, replacing the injured Victor Oladipo.
  • The Bucks have won nine of their last ten, with the only loss coming in Oklahoma City. Since then they’ve won three straight in Detroit, Toronto and Washington.
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo is coming off of 37 points and 10 boards in the win over the Wizards. He’s averaging 27 points, 12.5 rebounds and 6 assists this season.
  • Khris Middleton is an All Star for the first time, averaging 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists on the year while helping to make Milwaukee the league’s best defense.

Marquee Matchup

San Antonio Spurs (32-22) at Sacramento Kings (27-25) 

Line: Spurs -2, O/U: 229

Kings: 113 ppg, bottom-third defense, second-fastest pace

Spurs: 112 ppg, average defense, very slow pace

Notes:

  • The Kings have won two in a row at home, first over the Hawks and then 115-108 over the 76ers on Saturday.
  • Buddy Hield led Sacramento with 34 in that game, hitting seven 3-pointers in the process. He’s shooting 46% from deep this year, and taking over 7 per game.
  • De’Aaron Fox chipped in 19 points, 8 assists and 3 steals, and he’s averaging 17.5 points, 7 assists and 2 steals per game this year.
  • The Spurs begin their annual Rodeo Road Trip as winners of five straight, downing the embattled Pelicans 113-108 on Saturday.
  • LaMarcus Aldridge is an All Star reserve, averaging 21 points and 9 rebounds per game this season.
  • DeMar DeRozan‘s rough start to 2019 is continuing into February. He missed three games to rest a sore knee, and in his two games back he’s averaging 14 points on 8-26 shooting. If he finds his shot this month, it will need to happen on a very tough road trip that includes his first game back in Toronto.
  • Derrick White has been a stabilizing force for the Spurs as DeRozan slumps. He will miss this game with a sore heel, so expect DeRozan to create more of the offense along with Bryn Forbes and Patty Mills. Rookie Lonnie Walker IV might get some extra playing time as well.
  • San Antonio is 10-15 on the road.
  
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