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The Utah Jazz extend their winning streak to 11 games as they defeated the Phoenix Suns, 107-97

The Utah Jazz extend their winning streak to 11 games as they defeated the Phoenix Suns, 107-97

The Utah Jazz are currently holding onto the longest winning streak in the league, looking to extend it to eleven games as they host the struggling Phoenix Suns.  The Suns, on the other hand, are hoping to avoid a seventh straight loss.  This game between the Jazz and Suns will mark the third of four times that they will battle each other this season.

The Jazz and the Suns have met up a grand total of 193 times in the past as the Suns won 100 games while the Utah team won 93 games.  February 2 was the last time they saw each other as the Jazz handed the Suns a 129 to 97 blowout loss.  During that game, Donovan Mitchell scored 40 points, pulled down 5 rebounds, gave out 6 assists, and committed 2 steals while Josh Jackson finished with 20 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals.

INACTIVES:

Phoenix Suns:

Brandon Knight (knee)
Alan Williams (knee)
Tyson Chandler (neck; 6.5 PPG, 9.5 RPG, 1.1 APG, 62.4 FG%)
Josh Gray (coach’s decision; 6.4 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 2.4 APG, 26.8 FG%, 23.1 3P%)
Davon Reed (coach’s decision; 1.3 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.6 APG, 20.0 FG%, 28.6 3P%)
Danuel House (G-League; 4.6 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.5 APG, 37.3 FG%, 25.8 3P%)
Alec Peters (G-League; 1.8 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.8 APG, 20.8 FG%, 14.3 3P%)

Utah Jazz:

Dante Exum (shoulder)
Thabo Sefolosha (knee; 8.2 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 0.9 APG, 49.2 FG%, 38.1 3P%)
Tony Bradley (coach’s decision; 1.0 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.1 APG, 27.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Naz Mitrou-Long (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%, 100.0 3P%)
Georges Niang (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
Ekpe Udoh (coach’s decision; 3.2 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 1.0 APG, 53.7 FG%)
Ricky Rubio (hip; 12.3 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 5.2 APG, 41.0 FG%, 32.4 3P%)
Erik McCree (0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The Utah Jazz would have the upper hand at the beginning of the game as they shot forty-three percent from the field in the first half, keeping the Phoenix Suns at thirty-eight percent shooting.  Joe Ingles ended up scoring 13 points which included 3 three-pointers.  He also had one offensive rebound, one defensive rebound, one assist, and two steals while rookie Royce O’Neale contributed with 12 points.  He did that on sixty-three percent shooting while Derrick Favors collected nine points and nine rebounds.  Donovan Mitchell had seven points while Rudy Gobert earned himself eight defensive rebounds.  Newly-acquired forward Jae Crowder played 13 minutes off of the bench but only had three points.

As for the Suns, Devin Booker chalked up 11 points with two three-pointers in the middle of the first quarter.  He also had four defensive rebounds and two assists while Elfrid Payton helped out with four points, two rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block.  The fourth pick in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft Dragan Bender had one three-pointer at the beginning of the game as he went on to get ahold of three defensive rebounds.  Josh Jackson played the most minutes off of the bench as he lit the floor up with 15 points but it was still the Utah team who went into halftime with a 50 to 41 advantage.

The Suns would not give up, though, as they completed forty-nine percent of their shots while the Jazz ended up shooting forty-two percent from the field.  Booker continued to add to his scoring total as he posted up 17 more points on fifty percent shooting.  He had four three-pointers in the third period while Alex Len came alive for 12 points.  Elfrid Payton dished out ten assists while putting up nine points.  Jackson played 20 minutes off of the bench but was kept to just seven points.

On the other end of the court, Mitchell earned 17 more points as nailed 3 three-pointers and collected three rebounds and three assists.  Gobert had ten more points and nine rebounds while Derrick Favors earned nine points.  Crowder played the most minutes off of the bench to collect 12 more points as the Utah Jazz survive, 107 to 97, extending their winning streak to eleven games.  Donovan Mitchell finished the game with 24 points, 4 rebounds, and 7 assists while Devin Booker had 28 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists.

So…what’s next?

The Utah Jazz will host Damian Lillard (25.8 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 6.5 APG, 44 FG%) and the Portland Trail Blazers (31-26) on Friday at 9:00 p.m.  The matchup will mark the third of four meetings between these two teams this season.  The Jazz and the Trail Blazers have fought each other a total of 214 in the past as the Jazz won 112 games while the Trail Blazers were held to just 102 wins.  February 11 was the last time they met up as the Utah Jazz pulled away with a 115 to 96 win.  Donovan Mitchell finished that game with 27 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and one steal while Damian Lillard had 39 points, 3 rebounds, one assist, and one block.

The Phoenix Suns will host Lou Williams (23.2 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 5.3 APG, 44 FG%) and the Los Angeles Clippers (29-26) on Friday at 9:00 p.m.  This will be the third of four times that these two teams will meet up this season.  The Suns and the Clippers have played each other a total of 221 times as the Suns won 134 games while the Clippers were kept to just 87 victories.  December 20 was the last time they met up as the Clippers defeated the Suns, 108 to 95.  During that game, Austin Rivers had 21 points, 6 rebounds, and one block while T.J. Warren scored 22 points, pulled down 10 rebounds, gave out 4 assists, committed one steal, and blocked one shot.

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The Oklahoma City Thunder hand the Memphis Grizzlies a 110-92 loss

The Oklahoma City Thunder hand the Memphis Grizzlies a 110-92 loss

The Memphis Grizzlies have one of the longest losing streaks in the league right now, hoping to avoid a sixth straight loss as they battle the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma.  The Thunder, on the other hand, are coming fresh off of a 106-81 blowout loss that was handed to them by the Los Angeles Lakers.  This game between the Grizzlies and the Thunder will mark the second of four meetings between these teams this season.

The Grizzlies and the Thunder have battled each other a grand total of 102 times in the past as the Grizzlies won 36 games while the Thunder went on to pull out 66 victories.  December 9 was the last time they clashed each other as the Thunder snuck away with a 102-101 overtime win.  During that game, Steven Adams scored 21 points, pulled down 9 rebounds and blocked one shot while Carmelo Anthony also had 21 points, along with 9 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.  Tyreke Evans finished the game with 29 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists, and one block.

INACTIVES:

Memphis Grizzlies:

Mike Conley (Achilles; 17.1 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 4.1 APG, 38.1 FG%, 31.2 3P%)
Deyonta Davis (knee; 5.1 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 62.7 FG%)
Chandler Parsons (knee; 8.8 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 2.0 APG, 48.6 FG%, 41.1 3P%)
Wayne Selden (knee; 8.3 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 1.8 APG, 40.4 FG%, 38.1 3P%)
Kobi Simmons (G-League; 3.8 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 1.0 APG, 42.2 FG%, 23.1 3P%)
Brice Johnson (1.8 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.1 APG, 63.6 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Oklahoma City Thunder:

Andre Roberson (knee; 5.0 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.2 APG, 53.7 FG%, 22.2 3P%)
Nick Collison (coach’s decision; 1.9 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.3 APG, 87.5 FG%)
Russell Westbrook (ankle; 25.5 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 10.3 APG, 44.5 FG%, 30.5 3P%)
Carmelo Anthony (ankle; 17.0 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 1.4 APG, 41.2 FG%, 34.7 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Oklahoma City Thunder would have control of the game in the first half as they shot fifty-seven percent from the field while the defense held the Grizzlies to forty-two percent.  Three-time All-Defensive player Paul George got hot for 16 points while nailing 3 three-pointers in the first period.  He also had three assists and one steal while Alex Abrines contributed with two three-pointers in the first quarter.  Steven Adams saw to it that he had four points and four rebounds while Patrick Patterson collected two points and three defensive rebounds.  Jerami Grant played 7 minutes off of the bench as he had four points.

On the other end of the floor, former San Antonio Spurs’ power forward JaMychal Green earned himself six points on seventy-five percent shooting.  Tyreke Evans, Dillon Brooks, and Andrew Harrison all had two points each while Marc Gasol was held scoreless in the nine minutes that he played.  Jarell Martin played the most minutes off of the Memphis Grizzlies’ bench but was kept to just four points as the home team went into the locker room with a huge 74-54 advantage.

The Grizzlies would attempt to make a comeback, though, as they shot thirty-one percent from the field in the second half while the Oklahoma team shot twenty-nine percent.  Chicago-native Myke Henry contributed to that as he earned himself eight points off of the bench.  Gasol would make up for lost time as he scored seven points but it wouldn’t be enough as the Thunder hold on for a 110-92 win behind George’s 11 second-half points.  Paul George finished the game with 27 points, one rebound, 6 assists, and 2 steals while JaMychal Green settled for 10 points, 5 rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block.  These two teams will play each other again on Wednesday but this time, it will be in Tennessee and it will mark the third of four times that these two teams will play each other this season.

 

The Trail Blazers pull away in overtime, handing the Hornets a 109 to 103 loss

The Trail Blazers pull away in overtime, handing the Hornets a 109 to 103 loss

The Portland Trail Blazers are currently on a three-game losing streak, hoping to avoid a fourth straight loss as they take on the Charlotte Hornets.  The Hornets, on the other hand, are coming fresh off of a 121 to 104 loss which was handed to them by the Denver Nuggets.  This battle between the Trail Blazers and the Hornets will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will play each other this season.

The Charlotte Hornets and the Portland Trail Blazers have clashed with each other a grand total of 55 times in the past as the Hornets won only 16 games while the Oregon team went on to pull out 39 wins.  December 16 was the last time that these teams have saw each other as the Trail Blazers snuck away with a 93 to 91 victory.  C.J. McCollum finished that game with 25 points, 2 rebounds, and 3 assists while Nicolas Batum had 23 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists.

INACTIVES:

Charlotte Hornets:

Dwayne Bacon (coach’s decision; 3.1 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.6 APG, 35.7 FG%, 31.3 3P%)
Malik Monk (coach’s decision; 5.0 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 1.2 APG, 33.3 FG%, 33.9 3P%)
Julyan Stone (coach’s decision; 0.7 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 1.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
Marcus Paige (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
Mangok Mathiang (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
Willy Hernangomez (trade pending; 4.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 0.8 APG, 60.5 FG%, 20.0 3P%)

Portland Trail Blazers:

Jake Layman (coach’s decision; 1.3 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.4 APG, 28.6 FG%, 22.2 3P%)
Caleb Swanigan (coach’s decision; 2.6 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.6 APG, 36.4 FG%, 16.7 3P%)
Wade Baldwin
C.J. Wilcox (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The game would be competitive at the beginning as the Trail Blazers shot forty-three percent from the field while the Hornets ended up shooting thirty-eight percent.  Jusuf Nurkic scored 12 points as he went on to collect 6 rebounds, one steal, and one block.  The 2015-2016 Most Improved Player C.J. McCollum helped out with nine points as he drilled a three-pointer in the middle of the first period.  Damian Lillard, who was just recently named an All-Star reserve for this season, was kept to just eight points in the 17 minutes that he played.  Zach Collins played 11 minutes off of the bench but was kept to just two points.

As for the Charlotte team, Kemba Walker got hot for 17 points as he shot fifty percent from the field.  He knocked down 3 three-pointers in the process while committing one steal in the second quarter.  Both Marvin Williams and Nicolas Batum had six points each while Dwight Howard received five points and 10 rebounds.  Washington, D.C.-native Treveon Graham played the most minutes off of the bench but was held scoreless while the home team walked into the locker room with a 49 to 45 lead.

The fight would carry on into the second half as the Hornets shot forty-seven percent from the field while the Trail Blazers ended up shooting forty-six percent.  Walker continued to add to his scoring total as he chalked up 17 more points on fifty-six percent shooting from the field.  He also had one rebound, three assists, and three steals while Batum posted up five points.  Frank Kaminsky played the most minutes off of the bench as he poured out 12 points which included 3 three-pointers.

On the other end of the court, Nurkic collected 11 points as he shot a high seventy-one percent from the field.  C.J. McCollum decided to help out as he gave nine points but ended up turning the ball over three times.  Lillard collected seven more points on only twenty percent shooting.  Evan Turner played 10 minutes off of the bench but was kept to just five points as the game would head into overtime with a tied score of 97.

During the overtime period, Kemba Walker was the only active scorer for the Hornets as he earned six points.  The Oregon team would pull away, though, behind Harkless’ and McCollum’s four points each, winning the game 109 to 103.  Jusuf Nurkic finished the game with 24 points, 14 rebounds, one assist, 2 steals, and 4 blocks while Kemba Walker had 40 points, one rebound, 3 assists, and 4 steals.

The Bucks get handed a 108-89 blowout loss by the Timberwolves

The Bucks get handed a 108-89 blowout loss by the Timberwolves

The Milwaukee Bucks currently have the longest winning streak in the league, hoping to capture their fifth straight win as that clash with the Minnesota Timberwolves.  The Timberwolves, on the other hand, are looking to avoid a third straight loss as they are coming off of a 109-104 loss to the Toronto Raptors in Canada.  This meeting between the Bucks and the Timberwolves will mark second and final time that these teams will face each other this season.

The Milwaukee Bucks and the Minnesota Timberwolves have met up a grand total of 55 times in the past as the Timberwolves won 30 games while the Bucks ended up winning 25 times.  The last time that they faced off was on December 28 when the Bucks walked away with a 102-96 victory.  During that game, Eric Bledsoe scored 26 points, pulled down 3 rebounds, gave out 6 assists, and committed 5 steals while Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 22 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, one steal, and one block.

INACTIVES:

Milwaukee Bucks:

Eric Bledsoe (ankle; 16.8 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 4.1 APG, 43.8 FG%, 30.4 3P%)
Jabari Parker (knee)
Mirza Teletovic (knee; 7.1 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.0 APG, 43.9 FG%, 46.7 3P%)
Jason Terry (personal; 1.9 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.7 APG, 35.9 FG%, 26.9 3P%)

Minnesota Timberwolves:

Anthony Brown (G-League)
Amile Jefferson (G-League)
Justin Patton (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The Minnesota Timberwolves would have control of the game at the beginning as they shot fifty-six percent from the field in the first half, limiting the Milwaukee Bucks to thirty-seven percent.  Karl-Anthony Towns scored 17 points while shooting a high seventy percent from the field.  He drilled a three-pointer in the process while recording eight rebounds and three assists.  Jimmy Butler contributed with 14 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal while Taj Gibson had six points and four rebounds.  Jeff League was kept to just five points but had three assists.  Jamal Crawford played 10 minutes off of the bench as he had six points.

As for the visiting team, Giannis Antetokounmpo chalked up 10 points while posting up six defensive rebounds and three assists.  Khris Middleton would help out with nine points, three rebounds, two assists, and one steal while John Henson had six points and five rebounds.  Tony Snell was kept scoreless in the 17 minutes that he played while Malcolm Brogdon earned four points.  Former Cavaliers’ guard Matthew Dellavedova played the most minutes off of the bench was held scoreless as the Timberwolves went into halftime with a commanding 60-39 lead.

The Bucks looked for a comeback as they went on a 50-48 run in the second half but shot only thirty-eight percent from the field.  During that run, Middleton added to his scoring total by pouring 12 more points on the court while recording three rebounds, two assists, and three steals.  Antetokounmpo helped out with seven points, nine rebounds, and three assists while Henson had eight points.  The Timberwolves would pull away, though, as Butler scored 14 more points in the second half, giving the Minnesota team a 108 to 89 win.  Jimmy Butler finished the game with 28 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, and one steal while Khris Middleton had 21 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Milwaukee Bucks will host Kristaps Porzingis (23.1 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 1.3 APG, 44 FG%) and the New York Knicks (23-29) on Friday at 8:00 p.m.  This game will mark the first of four times that these two ball clubs will match up with each other this season.  The Bucks and the Knicks have played each other a total of 211 times in the past as the Bucks pulled out 106 wins while the New York team won 105 games.

The Minnesota Timberwolves will welcome Anthony Davis (26.4 PPG, 10.6 RPG, 2.6 APG, 55 FG%) and the New Orleans Pelicans (27-23) to the Target Center on Saturday at 9:00 p.m.  This matchup will mark the fourth and final meeting between these two teams this season.  The Timberwolves and the Pelicans have played each other a grand total of 53 times as the Timberwolves won 24 games while the Pelicans went on to win 29 games.  The last time they played each other was on January 6 when the Minnesota team handed the Pelicans a 116 to 98 loss.  Karl-Anthony Towns finished that game with 21 points, 16 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and one block while Jimmy Butler also had 21 points, along with 7 rebounds, 8 assists, and one steal.  DeMarcus Cousins would settle for 23 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 blocks.

The Rockets sneak away with a 114-107 win against the Magic behind Harden’s 60-point performance

The Rockets sneak away with a 114-107 win against the Magic behind Harden’s 60-point performance

The Orlando Magic are currently the worst team in the league, sitting with a 14-34 record, and it wouldn’t help that they are on a two-game losing streak.  They will look to break that streak as they take on the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center.  As for the Rockets, they are coming fresh off of a 113-102 win against the Phoenix Suns on Sunday.  This game between the Magic and the Rockets will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.

The Orlando Magic and the Houston Rockets have played each other a grand total of 62 times in the past as the Magic won 27 games while the Rockets ended up winning 35 games.  January 3 was the last time they met up as the Rockets handed the Magic a 116 to 98 blowout loss.  During that game, Gerald Green scored 27 points, pulled down 6 rebounds, dished off two assists, and blocked one shot while Aaron Gordon finished with 16 points and 8 rebounds.

INACTIVES:

Orlando Magic:

Jonathan Issac (ankle; 5.3 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 0.7 APG, 40.5 FG%, 27.8 3P%)
Terrence Ross (knee; 9.0 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 1.6 APG, 40.7 FG%, 32.9 3P%)
Nikola Vucevic (hand; 17.4 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 3.3 APG, 49.1 FG%, 34.3 3P%)
Aaron Gordon (hip; 18.4 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 2.2 APG, 44.7 FG%, 34.6 3P%)
Jamel Artis (G-League; 1.8 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.8 APG, 23.5 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Houston Rockets:

Trevor Ariza (hamstring; 12.1 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.6 APG, 42.4 FG%, 38.3 3P%)
Zhou Qi (elbow; 1.2 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.1 APG, 16.7 FG%, 13.3 3P%)
Tarik Black (coach’s decision; 3.6 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 0.2 APG, 56.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Markel Brown (coach’s decision)
Chris Paul (groin; 19.4 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 8.6 APG, 46.0 FG%, 40.3 3P%)
R.J. Hunter (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 1.0 APG)
Troy Williams (G-League; 1.3 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.3 APG, 22.2 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Chinanu Onuaku (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The beginning of the game would be competitive as the Orlando Magic shot forty-nine percent from the field while the Houston Rockets ended up shooting forty-seven percent.  Evan Fournier chalked up ten points which included two three-pointers late in the first quarter.  Bismack Biyombo would contribute with four points and five rebounds while Shelvin Mack had nine points off of the bench.  Louisiana-native Elfrid Payton was kept to just two points on thirty-three percent shooting.  D.J. Augustin played 17 minutes off of the bench as he got hot for 13 points.

On the other end of the court, James Harden lit the floor up with 24 points as he collected five defensive rebounds and dished off seven assists.  He also had two steals while Clint Capela scored six points and pulled down eight rebounds.  Eric Gordon was kept scoreless in the 10 minutes that he played but Ryan Anderson would give five points.  Gerald Green played the most minutes off of the bench as he had eight points but it was the Magic who went into halftime with a 55-54 lead.

The Rockets responded in the second half as they went on a 60 to 52 run, shooting fifty-four percent from the field.  James Harden went off for 36 points while drilling five three-pointers in the process.  He would also record five rebounds, four assists, two steals, and one block to add to it.  Nene played eight minutes off of the bench but was held scoreless while Capela helped out with six points.

As for the Florida team, Mario Hezonja posted up 13 points while Jonathon Simmons scored 11 points.  Marreese Speights played the most minutes off of the bench as he contributed with 12 points but that didn’t matter as the Rockets walked away with a 114 to 107 victory.  James Harden finished the game with a career-high 60 points, along with 10 rebounds, 11 assists, 4 steals, and one block.  The triple-double that Harden received would mark the first time a player had a 60-point triple-double in NBA history.  Marreese Speights settled for 17 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, one steal, and one block.  Mario Hezonja also had 17 points, as well as 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Orlando Magic will host Kyle Kuzma (16.3 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 1.9 APG, 46 FG%) and the Los Angeles Lakers (19-30) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  This meeting will mark the first of two times that these teams will battle each other this season.  The Magic and the Lakers have clashed with each other a total of 61 times as the Lakers won 41 games while the Magic pulled out only 20 wins.

The Houston Rockets will visit Texas to clash with LaMarcus Aldridge (22.2 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 1.9 APG, 49 FG%) and the San Antonio Spurs (33-19) on Thursday at 8:00 p.m.  That game will mark the second of four times that these two ball clubs will matchup this season.  The Rockets and the Spurs have played each other a grand total of 212 times in the past as the Rockets won 96 games while the Spurs went on to win 116 games.  The last time they faced each other was on December 15 when the Rockets defeated the Spurs, 124 to 109.  James Harden finished that game with 28 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, and one block while Chris Paul also had 28 points, along with 4 rebounds, 8 assists, 7 steals, and one block.  LaMarcus Aldridge settled for 16 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and one steal.

The Trail Blazers hand the Pacers a 100-86 loss

The Trail Blazers hand the Pacers a 100-86 loss

It’s been a week since the Indiana Pacers snapped a five-game losing streak and since then, they’ve won five of their last six games.  They are currently on a three-game winning streak but they will be tested as they go up against the Portland Trail Blazers in Oregon, who are looking for their second straight victory.  This matchup will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will battle each other this season.

They have played each other a grand total of 87 times in the past as the Trail Blazers won 53 games while the Pacers won only 34 games.  The last time they saw each other was back on October 20 when the Trail Blazers handed the Pacers a 114 to 96 loss.  C.J. McCollum finished that game with 28 points, 7 rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block while Victor Oladipo had 17 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and one block.  T.J. Leaf also had 17 points, along with 4 rebounds and one assist.

INACTIVES:

Indiana Pacers:

Glenn Robinson (ankle)
Edmond Sumner (knee)
Myles Turner (elbow; 13.9 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 1.6 APG, 49.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Ben Moore (G-League)

Portland Trail Blazers:

C.J. Wilcox (knee)
Maurice Harkless (coach’s decision; 5.4 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.7 APG, 44.5 FG%, 33.9 3P%)
Jake Layman (coach’s decision; 1.3 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.3 APG, 29.4 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
Meyers Leonard (coach’s decision; 5.0 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.6 APG, 60.8 FG%, 46.7 3P%)
Noah Vonleh (coach’s decision; 3.9 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 0.4 APG, 50.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Wade Baldwin (G-League)
Caleb Swanigan (G-League; 2.6 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.6 APG, 35.7 FG%, 20.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

During the first half of the game, things will be held close as the Pacers shot forty-seven percent from the field while the Trail Blazers ended up shooting forty-one percent.  Victor Oladipo scored 11 points as he was able to record four defensive rebounds, one assist, and one block.  Former Kings’ guard Darren Collison chalked up nine points while draining a three-pointer late in the first quarter.  Thaddeus Young earned six points as he collected three rebounds while Bojan Bogdanovic also had six points.  Cory Joseph played 12 minutes off of the bench but only scored two points.

As for the home team, Jusuf Nurkic posted up 12 points while pulling down 12 rebounds and committing two steals.  Al-Farouq Aminu contributed with nine points to put along with his four rebounds, two assists, and one block.  C.J. McCollum had eight points which contained two three-pointers in the first quarter.  Damian Lillard also scored eight points of his own while recording two defensive rebounds, four assists, and one block.  Shabazz Napier played the most minutes off of the bench but was limited to five points as the Oregon team held onto a 52-47 lead going into halftime.

The Trail Blazers closed things out in the second half with a 48-39 run, shooting thirty-eight percent from the field.  Lillard got hot for 18 points as he continued to add to his scoring total, drilling two three-pointers in the process.  McCollum helped him out with eight points while Nurkic had seven points and five rebounds.  Aminu contributed with a three-pointer and five defensive rebounds while Evan Turner was held scoreless.  Napier played 14 minutes off of the bench as he scored eight points.

Darren Collison scored 14 points while hitting four three-pointers in the process.  Oladipo helped out with 12 points but it was still the Portland Trail Blazers who snapped the Pacers’ three-game winning streak, 100-86.  Damian Lillard finished the game with 26 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists, and one block while Victor Oladipo had 23 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks.  Darren Collison also had 23 points, along with 3 assists and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Indiana Pacers will visit California to battle Kyle Kuzma (16.5 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 1.9 APG, 46 FG%) and the Los Angeles Lakers (15-29) on Friday at 10:30 p.m.  This meeting will mark the first of two times that these teams will play each other this season.  The Pacers and the Lakers have played each other a total of 92 times as the Pacers pulled 30 wins while the Lakers won 62 games.

The Portland Trail Blazers will host Harrison Barnes (18.7 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 2.1 APG, 46 FG%) and the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday at 10:00 p.m.  This will be the first of three times that these two ball clubs will battle each other this season.  They have played each other a grand total of 170 times in the past as the Portland team won 91 games while the Mavericks ended up winning 79 games.

The Orlando Magic pull away with a 108-102 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves

The Orlando Magic pull away with a 108-102 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves

The Minnesota Timberwolves have been mighty impressive lately as they are currently on a five-game winning streak, hoping to extend it to six games as they visit Florida to battle the Orlando Magic.  The Magic, on the other hand, are facing the complete opposites as they are in the midst of an eight-game losing streak, the longest in the league right now.

This matchup will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will face each other this season.  The Timberwolves and the Magic have met up a grand total of 56 times in the past as the Minnesota team won 21 games while the Magic ended up winning 35 games.  November 22 was the last time they played each other as the Timberwolves pulled away with a 124-118 victory.  During that game, Jimmy Butler scored 26 points, pulled down 3 rebounds, dished off 3 assists, and committed 2 steals.  Aaron Gordon finished the game with 26 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal.

INACTIVES:

Minnesota Timberwolves:

Justin Patton (toe)
Cole Aldrich (coach’s decision; 0.7 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.1 APG, 42.9 FG%)
Aaron Brooks (coach’s decision; 2.5 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.8 APG, 42.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Marcus Georges-Hunt (coach’s decision; 1.1 PPG, 0.2 RPG, 0.1 APG, 52.4 FG%, 28.6 3P%)
Shabazz Muhammad (coach’s decision; 3.7 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.3 APG, 37.6 FG%, 21.1 3P%)
Anthony Brown (G-League)
Amile Jefferson (G-League)

Orlando Magic:

Jonathan Issac (ankle; 5.3 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 0.7 APG, 40.5 FG%, 27.8 3P%)
Terrence Ross (knee; 9.0 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 1.6 APG, 40.7 FG%, 32.9 3P%)
Nikola Vucevic (hand; 17.4 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 3.3 APG, 49.1 FG%, 34.3 3P%)
Marreese Speights (personal; 7.4 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 0.7 APG, 37.1 FG%, 35.5 3P%)
Jamel Artis (G-League; 1.8 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.8 APG, 23.5 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The beginning of the game would be competitive as the Minnesota Timberwolves shot forty-five percent from the field in the first half while the Orlando Magic ended up shooting thirty-six percent.  Karl-Anthony Towns warmed up with 12 points while getting his hands on nine rebounds.  Former Bulls’ forward Taj Gibson scored eight points on fifty percent shooting while Jimmy Butler earned seven points, three rebounds, two assists, three steals, and two blocks.  Gorgui Dieng played 10 minutes off of the bench as he dropped five points.

As for the home team, Evan Fournier chalked up 12 points with two three-pointers in the first quarter.  Khem Birch scored 10 points off of the bench while grabbing seven rebounds for himself.  Aaron Gordon settled for nine points while Elfrid Payton was kept to just two points.  Mario Hezonja played the most minutes off of the bench but only had five points as Minnesota had a tight 48-47 lead.

The Florida team would have the upper hand in the second half as they shot fifty-four percent from the field, limiting the Timberwolves to forty-three percent.  Fournier continued to add to his scoring total as he collected 20 more points while draining four three-pointers.  Bismack Biyombo chalked up eight points while collecting five rebounds, two assists, one steal, and 2 blocks.

As for the Minnesota squad, Butler earned 21 more points while shooting fifty-three percent from the field.  Taj Gibson had ten points but it was the Orlando Magic who managed to slip away with a 108-102 victory.  Evan Fournier finished the game with a career-high 32 points, along with two rebounds, and 3 assists.  Jimmy Butler settled for 28 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals, and 2 blocks.

So…what’s next?

The Minnesota Timberwolves will head to Texas to fight James Harden (32.3 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 9.1 APG, 45 FG%) and the Houston Rockets (30-12) on Thursday at 9:30 p.m.  This will mark the first of four matchups between these two ball clubs this season.  The Timberwolves and the Rockets have battled each other a total of 115 times in the past as the Rockets won 75 games while the Timberwolves pulled 40 wins.

The Orlando Magic will travel to Ohio to take on LeBron James (27.3 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 8.8 APG, 56 FG%) and the Cleveland Cavaliers (26-17) on Thursday at 7:00 p.m.  This will be the third time that these teams will play each other, leaving just one more matchup after this.  They have played each other a total of 110 times as the Cavaliers won 57 games while the Magic won only 53 games.  The last time they met up was on January 6 when the Cavaliers pulled away with a 131-127 victory.  LeBron James finished that game with 33 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists, 6 steals, and one block while Aaron Gordon had 30 points, 8 rebounds, one assist, and 2 steals.

The Chicago Bulls hand the Miami Heat a 119-111 loss, snapping their 7-game win streak

The Chicago Bulls hand the Miami Heat a 119-111 loss, snapping their 7-game win streak

The Miami Heat have been playing mighty impressive lately as they are currently on a seven-game winning streak, hoping to extend it to eight as they take on the Chicago Bulls at the United Center.  The Bulls, on the other hand, are looking to grab their third straight win against their rival.  The Heat and the Bulls have battled each other a total of 139 times in the past as the Heat won 64 games while the Bulls pulled 75 wins.

This game will mark the third of four matchups between these two ball clubs this season as November 26 was the last time they saw each other.  The Florida team would go on to win that game, 100 to 93.  Goran Dragic scored 24 points in that game while pulling down 2 rebounds and dishing off 3 assists.  Jerian Grant finished the game with 24 points, one rebound, 3 assists, and 2 steals.

INACTIVES:

Miami Heat:

Rodney McGruder (leg)
Dion Waiters (ankle; 14.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 3.8 APG, 39.8 FG%, 30.6 3P%)
Okaro White (foot; 3.3 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 43.8 FG%, 36.4 3P%)
Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision; 0.6 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.4 APG, 40.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Derrick Jones (coach’s decision; 3.2 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.5 APG, 55.0 FG%, 16.7 3P%)
Jordan Mickey (coach’s decision; 4.8 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 0.6 APG, 47.8 FG%, 9.1 3P%)
A.J. Hammons (G-League)
Derrick Walton (G-League; 1.8 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 1.1 APG, 33.3 FG%, 45.5 3P%)

Chicago Bulls:

Cameron Payne (foot)
Cristiano Felicio (coach’s decision; 3.8 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.6 APG, 61.9 FG%)
Quincy Pondexter (coach’s decision; 2.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.4 APG, 28.6 FG%, 13.6 3P%)
Paul Zipser (coach’s decision; 3.6 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 0.8 APG, 34.0 FG%, 30.3 3P%)
Antonio Blakeney (G-League; 7.1 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.6 APG, 36.4 FG%, 28.6 3P%)
Ryan Arcidiacono (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Chicago Bulls would have a slight upper hand at the beginning of the game as they shot forty-eight percent from the field in the first half, keeping the Heat at forty percent.  Zach LaVine played well in his season debut against the Pistons on Saturday and he would carry it over against the Heat as he dropped 13 points in the first 24 minutes of the game.  He also drained two three-pointers while grabbing two defensive rebounds and giving out four assists.  Justin Holiday helped out with 3 three-pointers while Robin Lopez had five defensive rebounds.  Denzel Valentine played 12 minutes off of the bench but was kept to just four points.

As for the South Beach team, Josh Richardson warmed up with 11 points on fifty-seven percent shooting.  He also had three defensive rebounds and four assists while Hassan Whiteside collected nine points and seven defensive rebounds.  Kelly Olynyk had three defensive rebounds and three assists while James Johnson was held scoreless.  Wayne Ellington played the most minutes off of the bench as he scored eight points but it was the home team who went into halftime with a 55-48 lead.

The Miami Heat would attempt to pull a comeback as they shot fifty-six percent from the field, holding the Chicago Bulls to forty-eight percent.  Goran Dragic lit the floor up with 18 points while recording five defensive rebounds and eight assists.  Tyler Johnson was only held to two points but James Johnson would warm up with eight points.  Ellington played 20 minutes off of the Miami bench as he added 12 more points to his scoring total.

Nikola Mirotic scored 18 points off of the Bulls’ bench which included 3 three-pointers in the last period.  Lauri Markkanen had 12 points to put along with his five defensive rebounds and three assists.  Valentine played the most minutes off of the bench, though, to earn eight points as the Chicago Bulls snuck away with a 119-111 win.  Justin Holiday finished the game with 25 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, one steal, and one block.  Goran Dragic had 22 points, 5 rebounds, and 9 assists.

So…what’s next?

The Miami Heat will travel to Wisconsin to battle Giannis Antetokoumpo (28.4 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 4.5 APG, 55 FG%) and the Milwaukee Bucks (22-20) on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.  This matchup will mark the second of three times that these ball clubs will battle each other this season.  The Heat and the Bucks have met up a grand total of 110 times as the Heat won 69 games while the Bucks ended up winning 41 games.  January 14 was the last time they played each other as the Heat escaped with a 97 to 79 victory.  Goran Dragic finished that game with 25 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and one steal while Giannis Antetokounmpo settled for 22 points, 6 rebounds, one assist, and one steal.

The Chicago Bulls will host Stephen Curry (30.7 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 7.2 APG, 49 FG%) and the Golden State Warriors (35-9) on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.  This will mark the second and final time that these two teams will go head-to-head this season.  They have battled each other a total of 160 times in the past as the Bulls ended up winning 87 games while the Warriors won 73 games.  The last time they played each other was on November 24 as the Warriors handed the Bulls a 143-94 blowout loss.  Stephen Curry scored 33 points in that game while pulling down 7 rebounds, dishing off 4 assists, and committing 2 steals.  Jerian Grant finished with 21 points, 3 assists, and 3 assists.

The Pacers pull off a comeback as they hand the Cavaliers their third straight loss, 97-95

The Pacers pull off a comeback as they hand the Cavaliers their third straight loss, 97-95

Things have been ugly for the Cleveland Cavaliers lately as they are going off back-to-back 20+ point losses, first to the Minnesota Timberwolves and then the Toronto Raptors.  They will hope to avoid a third straight loss as they visit Indianapolis to take on the Indiana Pacers.  The Pacers, on the other hand, are looking to prevent a second straight loss as they just recently lost to the Miami Heat.

The Cavaliers and the Pacers have battled each other a total of 195 times in the past as the Cavaliers won 96 games while the Indiana team took 99 games.  This matchup will mark the third of four times that these two ball clubs will play each other this season.  The Pacers won the last matchup, which was on December 8, 106-102.  During that game, Victor Oladipo scored 33 points, pulled down 8 rebounds, dished off 5 assists, and committed one steal.  LeBron James finished with 29 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists, one steal, and 2 blocks.

INACTIVES:

Cleveland Cavaliers:

Derrick Rose (ankle; 14.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.7 APG, 47.0 FG%, 23.1 3P%)
Iman Shumpert (knee; 4.8 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.3 APG, 38.6 FG%, 28.0 3P%)
Isaiah Thomas (rest; 12.3 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 3.3 APG, 35.3 FG%, 26.1 3P%)
Channing Frye (coach’s decision; 4.1 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 0.7 APG, 49.6 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Dwyane Wade (rest; 11.1 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 3.8 APG, 44.5 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
John Holland (G-League; 0.8 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 25.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
London Perrantes (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
Ante Zizic (G-League; 1.2 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.1 APG, 26.4 FG%)

Indiana Pacers:

Glenn Robinson III (ankle)
Edmond Sumner (knee)
Myles Turner (elbow; 13.9 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 1.6 APG, 49.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Ike Anigbogu (coach’s decision; 1.6 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.0 APG, 37.5 FG%)
Alex Poythress (coach’s decision; 1.0 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.1 APG, 40.0 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
Joe Young (coach’s decision; 4.1 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.7 APG, 47.5 FG%, 35.7 3P%)
Ben Moore (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The Cleveland Cavaliers will have full control of the game early as they shot fifty percent from the field in the first half, keeping the Indiana Pacers at forty-eight percent.  LeBron James would score 14 points while draining a three-pointer in the middle of the second quarter.  He also had four rebounds, eight assists, and three steals while Kevin Love chalked up eight points.  Jose Calderon would have eight points while J.R. Smith collected a surprising six points.  Jeff Green played 12 minutes off of the Cleveland bench as he earned a strong 13 points.

On the other end of the court, Thaddeus Young scored 10 points with two three-pointers in the middle of the second period.  Victor Oladipo also had 10 points of his own while recording one defensive rebound, one steal, and one block.  Domantas Sabonis had 10 rebounds but only score two points in the 16 minutes that he played.  Lance Stephenson played the most minutes off of the bench but only had four points while the Ohio team went into halftime with a 58-44 advantage.

The home team would crawl back as they went on a large 53-37 run, shooting forty-four percent from the field.  During that run, former Mavericks point guard Darren Collison chalked up 14 points while shooting seventy-five percent from the field.  Sabonis had 10 more points to put with his five rebounds and one block.  Stephenson played 18 minutes off of the Indiana bench as he got hot for 12 points.

As for the Cavaliers, LeBron James added 13 more points to his scoring total, along with four rebounds, three assists, and one block.  Kevin Love would also score 10 points while Cedi Osman had six points and four rebounds.  Tristan Thompson played the most minutes off of the bench but only had two points as the Indiana Pacers pulled an amazing comeback to win the game, 97-95.  Darren Collison finished the game with 22 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals while LeBron James had 27 points, 8 rebounds, 11 assists, 3 steals, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Cleveland Cavaliers will host Stephen Curry (27.9 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 6.4 APG, 49 FG%) and the Golden State Warriors (33-9) on Monday at 8:00 p.m.  They have met up a grand total of 128 times as the Cavaliers pulled 59 wins while the Warriors won 69 games.  This matchup will mark the second and final time that they will play each other this season.  The last time they played each other was on Christmas Day as the Warriors escaped with a 99-92 victory.  Kevin Durant finished that game with 25 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and 5 blocks.  Kevin Love would settle for 31 points, 18 rebounds, and 2 steals.

The Indiana Pacers will travel to Arizona to battle Devin Booker (24.9 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 4.3 APG, 44 FG%) and the Phoenix Suns (16-26) on Sunday at 8:00 p.m.  The Pacers and the Suns have played each a total of 85 times in the past as the Suns won 48 games while the Pacers ended up winning 37 games.  This game will mark the first of two games that they will play against each other this season.

The Brooklyn Nets get handed a 114-80 blowout loss by the Detroit Pistons

The Brooklyn Nets get handed a 114-80 blowout loss by the Detroit Pistons

This season has been rough for the Brooklyn Nets and the recent two-game losing streak would be a prime example of why.  They are coming fresh off of a heart-breaking overtime loss to the Toronto Raptors, 114-113, but they will look to make up for it as they host the Detroit Pistons.  The Pistons, on the other hand, are hoping to avoid a two-game losing streak of their own as this matchup will mark the first of four games that these two ball clubs will play against each other.  The Pistons and the Nets have battled each other a grand total of 185 times in the past as the Pistons won 110 games while the Nets were able to pull out 75 wins.

INACTIVES:

Brooklyn Nets:

Jeremy Lin (knee; 18.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 4.0 APG, 41.7 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
D’Angelo Russell (knee; 20.9 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 5.7 APG, 46.3 FG%, 29.5 3P%)
DeMarre Carroll (knee; 12.4 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 1.8 APG, 39.4 FG%, 33.7 3P%)
Isaiah Whitehead (G-League; 7.6 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 1.8 APG, 47.6 FG%, 41.7 3P%)
Jacob Wiley (G-League; 0.8 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 0.4 APG, 25.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)

Detroit Pistons:

Reggie Jackson (ankle; 14.6 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 5.5 APG, 44.6 FG%, 33.9 3P%)
Jon Leuer (ankle; 5.4 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 0.6 APG, 41.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Luis Montero (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The Detroit Pistons will have full control of this game at the beginning as they shot fifty-two percent from the field in the first half, limiting the Brooklyn Nets to thirty-six percent.  Andre Drummond would score 18 points while getting his hands on 13 rebounds and recording 2 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.  Tobias Harris helped out with 16 points which included two three-pointers in the first quarter.  Reggie Bullock would put up five points while collecting three rebounds.  Former Toronto Raptors’ guard Dwight Buycks played 9 minutes off of the bench as he had eight points.

On the other end of the court, Allen Crabbe chalked up 14 points which contained four three-pointers.  Rondae-Hollis Jefferson contributed with 7 points, 5 defensive rebounds, and 3 assists.  Caris LeVert played the most minutes off of the Brooklyn bench as he had five points but it was the Pistons who walked into halftime with a large 63-41 advantage.

The visiting team would close the game out in the second half as they sparked up a huge 51-39 run, shooting fifty-one percent from the field.  Avery Bradley scored 9 points while drilling a three-pointer late in the third period.  Buycks played the most minutes off of the bench as he had nine points.  Hollis-Jefferson scored eight of the Nets’ 39 second-half points but it was the Pistons who handed the Nets a 114-80 blowout loss.  Andre Drummond finished the game with 22 points, 20 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.  Tobias Harris also had 22 points, along with 4 rebounds, and one assist.  Allen Crabbe settled for 20 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Brooklyn Nets will travel to Georgia to battle Dennis Schroder (19.8 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 6.5 APG, 44 FG%) and the Atlanta Hawks (10-30) on Friday at 7:30 p.m.  This meeting will mark the fourth and last time that these teams will play each other season as the Nets have a 2-1 lead in this season series.  They have played each other a total of 180 times as the Nets ended up winning 76 games while the Hawks won 104 games.  December 4 was the last time they met up as the Brooklyn Nets escaped with a 110-90 victory.  In that game, Caris LeVert scored 17 points, pulled down 2 rebounds, dished off 6 assists, committed 2 steals, and blocked one shot while Dennis Schroder finished with 19 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists.

The Detroit Pistons will go to the Windy City to take on Nikola Mirotic (17.4 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 1.5 APG, 49 FG%) and the Chicago Bulls (14-27) on Saturday at 8:00 p.m.  This game will be the first of four that these two ball clubs will play against each other this season.  They have met up a total of 289 times in the past as the Bulls won 144 games while the Pistons went on to win 145 games.