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Bucks: George Hill (groin) and Sterling Brown (wrist) are out.
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.
Nets: Spencer Dinwiddie (thumb) will play.
Suns: TJ Warren (ankle) is out. Devin Booker (sprained big toe) is questionable.
Trail Blazers: Evan Turner (knee) is out. Enes Kanter is out.
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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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 Middleton, Malcom 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.