NBA Projected Starting Lineups, Matchups, Injury News 3/1/19

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Injury News

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Bucks: George Hill (groin) and Sterling Brown (wrist) are out.

Bulls: None

Celtics: Aron Baynes (foot) is out. Daniel Theis (knee) is questionable.

Clippers: Wilson Chandler (quad) and Luc Mbah a Moute (knee) are out.

Hawks: Miles Plumlee (knee) is out.

Hornets: Marvin Williams (toe) is doubtful.

Kings: Marvin Bagley III (knee sprain) is out.

Lakers: Lance Stephenson (toe) is out.

Nets: Spencer Dinwiddie (thumb) will play.

Pelicans: None

Raptors: None

Suns: TJ Warren (ankle) is out. Devin Booker (sprained big toe) is questionable.

Trail Blazers: Evan Turner (knee) is out. Enes Kanter is out.

Wizards: None

Today’s NBA Matchups

Charlotte Hornets (28-33) at Brooklyn Nets (32-31)

Line: Nets -3, O/U: 228

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

Hornets: 111 ppg, below average defense, average pace.

Notes:

  • The Nets should make the playoffs, but fell to the Wizards 125-116 in their last game.
  • It was Caris LeVert bobblehead night, and he scored 0 points in 20 minutes. He only just got back from an extended injury absence, along with Allen Crabbe who had 8 points in 25 minutes off the bench.
  • D’Angelo Russell dropped 40 points and 7 assists on his 23rd birthday, then led the Nets with 23 and 8 in Monday’s 101-85 win over a struggling San Antonio.
  • Spencer Dinwiddie is back from a thumb injury tonight, another major piece of this team, averaging 17 points and 5 assists this year.
  • The Hornets have lost five of their last six, and now they’re just outside the Eastern Conference playoff bracket.
  • Kemba Walker is averaging 30 points and 6 assists per game in his last ten shooting just 42% from the floor, which is his career average.

Chicago Bulls (17-45) at Atlanta Hawks (21-41)

Line: Hawks -3, O/U: 229

Hawks: 111 ppg, bottom ten defense, fastest pace in the NBA

Bulls: 104 ppg, bottom ten defense, slower than average pace

Notes:

  • The Hawks are 14-18 since mid-December, and fans should have high hopes about the years to come.
  • Rookie Trae Young scored a career-high 36 in a loss in Houston, then dropped 36 points, 10 assists and 8 rebounds the next game in a 131-123 win over Minnesota. He’s averaging 30 points and 9 assists in his last five games.
  • Second-year big John Collins added 34 points and 8 boards against the Timberwolves, averaging 20 and 10 this season to lead the team in both categories.
  • Chicago has won four of their last five, most recently 109-107 in Memphis against a Grizzlies team that has all but thrown in the towel.
  • Zach LaVine‘s scoring is boom or bust, but he led all scorers in that game with 30.
  • Lauri Markkanen is averaging 26 points and 12 rebounds per game in his last ten.
  • New Bull Otto Porter came back from a minor leg injury to score 20 in the win over Memphis.

Los Angeles Clippers (34-29) at Sacramento Kings (31-30) 

Line: Kings -3.5, O/U: 238

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

Clippers: 114 ppg, below average defense, fast pace

Notes:

  • The Kings have lost four of their last five, most recently 141-140 in overtime against the Bucks.
  • Rookie Marvin Bagley III suffered a scary knee injury in that one, but thankfully it’s just a sprain.
  • Harrison Barnes is averaging 11 points on 35% shooting with the Kings.
  • Buddy Hield had 32 points against Milwaukee, but needed 29 shots.
  • De’Aaron Fox is averaging 17 points, 7 assists and 2 steals per game.
  • Corey Brewer has signed with the Kings for the rest of the season.
  • These two teams will be battling for a playoff spot for the rest of the season, but based on their trade deadline moves the Kings want it more.
  • Montrezl Harrell is averaging 21 points on 68% shooting in his last five games.
  • Lou Williams and Danilo Gallinari both had 18 points in a 111-105 loss to Utah, but combined to shoot 8-32.

Milwaukee Bucks (47-14) at Los Angeles Lakers (30-31)

Line: Bucks -5, O/U: 238

Lakers: 112 ppg, top ten defense, top five pace

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

Notes:

  • The Lakers stopped a 2-6 skid with a 125-119 win over the Pelicans.
  • LeBron had 33 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists, and he hit an impossible dagger 3 to seal the win.
  • Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma combined for 45 points and 11 rebounds.
  • Milwaukee has won six in a row and eleven of their last twelve, most recently 141-140 in overtime in Sacramento.
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo missed a game with a sore knee and played just 24 minutes in the next close win. He added 17 points and 7 rebounds.
  • Khris MiddletonMalcom Brogdon, Nikola Mirotic, and Eric Bledsoe each put up 20+ points to pick up the slack.

New Orleans Pelicans (27-36) at Phoenix Suns (12-50)

Line: Pelicans -5.5, O/U: 236

Suns: 106 ppg, bottom five defense, average pace

Pelicans: 116 ppg, bottom five defense, top five pace

Notes:

  • The Suns snapped a 17-game losing streak with a 124-121 win in Miami.
  • Devin Booker led the way with 21 points, 9 assists, Deandre Ayton added 14 points and 10 rebounds, and five other Suns scored in double figures.
  • Anthony Davis put up 22 points and 8 rebounds and helped the Pelicans compete with the Lakers, but he didn’t play the fourth quarter and they lost 125-119.
  • Julius Randle scored 35 against his former team. He’s averaging 25 points and 8 rebounds in his last five.
  • Jrue Holiday put up 19 points and 10 assists, averaging 21 and 7.5 in his last ten.

Washington Wizards (25-36) at Boston Celtics (37-25)

Line: Celtics -9, O/U: 232

Celtics: 113 ppg, top five defense, slower than average pace

Wizards: 114 ppg, bad defense, faster than average pace

Notes:

  • The Celtics own the longest active losing streak in the NBA, having lost four in a row to start the second half of the season. They shot just 18% from three in a 97-92 loss to Portland.
  • Kyrie Irving bounced back with 31 points, but nobody else reached 15.
  • Irving continues to answer questions in a way that fuels speculation about whether or not he will leave Boston this summer, and that has to be impacting the locker room a bit.
  • The Wizards had lost four in a row, but won 125-116 in Brooklyn behind 31 points from Bradley Beal.
  • Trevor Ariza added 23 points and 10 rebounds, and Bobby Portis had a double double too.
  • It’s really unclear what Washington’s plan is with John Wall out for the next 12 months at least. They’re in a pretty tough spot with his contract.

Portland Trail Blazers (37-23) at Toronto Raptors (45-17)

Line: Raptors -5, O/U: 227

Raptors: 114 ppg, above average defense, average pace

Trail Blazers: 114 ppg, average defense, below average pace

Notes:

  • Toronto has won eight of their last nine, coming off a 118-95 drubbing of the Celtics.
  • Kawhi Leonard had 21 points and 6 rebounds in just 26 minutes, and Pascal Siakam led the way with 25 and 8.
  • Kyle Lowry only took six shots, but dished 11 dimes.
  • Serge Ibaka reclaimed his starting role from Marc Gasol, at least for now.
  • The Blazers have won five straight games, the first four by double digits and the last four on the road. They’re coming off a 97-92 win in Boston.
  • Damian Lillard put up 33 points and a team-high 4 assists in that game, and Jusuf Nurkic and Mo Harkless combined for 33 points and 16 boards.
  • CJ McCollum followed up a 35-point performance with 14 on 6-19 shooting in the Celtics win.
  
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