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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.

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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 Spurs hand the Nuggets a 112-80 blowout loss

The Spurs hand the Nuggets a 112-80 blowout loss

On Thursday, the San Antonio Spurs were handed a surprising 93-81 loss by the Los Angeles Lakers in California.  Tonight, they are back home as they host the Denver Nuggets, who are currently looking for their second straight victory.  This matchup will mark the first of four games that these two ball clubs will play against each other this season.  The Spurs and the Nuggets have battled each other a grand total of 205 times in the past as the Spurs pulled 134 wins while the Denver team had just 71 wins.

INACTIVES:

Denver Nuggets:

Paul Millsap (wrist; 15.3 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 3.0 APG, 44.6 FG%, 34.5 3P%)
Torrey Craig (G-League; 3.4 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.9 APG, 40.5 FG%, 26.1 3P%)
Monte Morris (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Tyler Lydon (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)

San Antonio Spurs:

Rudy Gay (heel; 11.5 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 1.5 APG, 47.6 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Brandon Paul (3.0 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.8 APG, 43.4 FG%, 31.8 3P%)
Matt Costello (G-League; 0.7 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 33.3 FG%)
Darrun Hilliard (G-League; 0.5 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.7 APG, 11.1 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Spurs would be on their A-game in the first half as they shot fifty-five percent from the field, limiting the Denver team to forty-three percent shooting.  Latvia-native Davis Bertans scored 15 points off of the bench which would all come from beyond the arc.  LaMarcus Aldridge helped out with 8 points while Kawhi Leonard had 8 points of his own, along with six defensive rebounds, three assists, and three steals.  Kyle Anderson played 13 minutes off of the San Antonio bench but was kept to just two points.

On the other end of the court, Nikola Jokic chalked up 16 points while shooting sixty-three percent.  He drained two three-pointers while Mason Plumlee donated seven points and two defensive rebounds.  Gary Harris scored six points while Jamal Murray dished off two assists.  Will Barton played the most minutes off of the bench as he dropped five points but it was the home team who walked in the locker room with a 56-44 benefit.

The Texas team would close things out in the second half as they outscored the visiting team, 56-36.  During that run, Kawhi Leonard threw up 11 points while Aldridge had seven points and three rebounds.  Bryn Forbes played the most minutes off of the bench as he recorded eight points.  Gary Harris scored 12 of the Nuggets’ 36 points but it was the San Antonio Spurs who handed the Denver Nuggets a 112-80 landslide.  Kawhi Leonard finished the game with 19 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals, and one block.  Nikola Jokic had 23 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Denver Nuggets will host Harrison Barnes (18.8 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 2.1 APG, 46 FG%) and the Dallas Mavericks (15-28) on Tuesday at 9:00 p.m.  This matchup will be the second of four times that they will meet up this season.  In the past, they have battled each other a total of 178 times as the Nuggets won 86 games while the Mavericks ended up winning 92 games.  The last time they saw each other on a court was on December 4 as the Mavericks escaped with a 122-105 win.  During that game, Harrison Barnes scored 22 points, pulled down 10 rebounds, and gave out 3 assists while Will Barton finished with 23 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, and one steal.

The San Antonio Spurs will travel to Georgia to battle Dennis Schroder (20.1 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 6.6 APG, 45 FG%) and the Atlanta Hawks (11-31) on Monday at 3:00 p.m.  This will be the second and final time that they play each other this season.  The Spurs and the Hawks have met up a grand total of 90 times in the past as the Spurs won 53 games while the Hawks pulled just 37 wins.  November 20 was the last time they played each other as the Spurs snuck away with a 96 to 85 win.  LaMarcus Aldridge finished that game with 22 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, and one block while John Collins had 21 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 blocks.

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.

The Milwaukee Bucks hand the Indiana Pacers a blowout loss, 122-101

The Milwaukee Bucks hand the Indiana Pacers a blowout loss, 122-101

The Pacers have recently fallen into a funk as they are in the midst of a tough losing streak, hoping to avoid a fifth straight loss as they take on the Milwaukee Bucks in Wisconsin.  The Bucks, on the other hand, are coming fresh off of a tough overtime loss to the Toronto Raptors.  This game will mark the first of four matchups between these two ball clubs this season.  The Pacers and the Bucks have battled each other a total of 191 times in the past as the Pacers won 92 games while the Bucks ended up winning 99 games.

INACTIVES:

Indiana Pacers:

Victor Oladipo (knee; 24.9 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 3.9 APG, 48.5 FG%, 42.3 3P%)
Glenn Robinson III (ankle)
Edmond Sumner (knee)
Al Jefferson (coach’s decision; 6.6 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 0.8 APG, 56.1 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Ike Anigbogu (G-League; 1.6 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.0 APG, 37.5 FG%)

Milwaukee Bucks:

Jabari Parker (knee)
Mirza Teletovic (knee; 7.1 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.0 APG, 43.9 FG%, 46.7 3P%)
Jason Terry (coach’s decision; 1.5 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.6 APG, 33.3 FG%, 14.3 3P%)
Rashad Vaughn (coach’s decision; 3.5 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.8 APG, 41.7 FG%, 36.4 3P%)
D.J. Wilson (G-League; 0.7 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.2 APG, 44.4 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Joel Bolomboy (G-League; 1.5 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Milwaukee Bucks will start off with full control in this game as they shot sixty-two percent from the field in the first half while keeping the Indiana Pacers at fifty-five percent.  Giannis Antetokounmpo got hot for 21 points on seventy-three percent shooting.  He also was able to gather up six rebounds and two assists while Khris Middleton collected 16 points.  Middleton ended up knocking down two three-pointers while John Henson got his hands on five defensive rebounds.  2016-2017 Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon played 14 minutes off of the bench to chalk up eight points.

As for the visiting team, Lance Stephenson settled for 11 points, four rebounds, and three assists.  Darren Collison ended up with ten points as he was able to commit 2 steals.  Domantas Sabonis played the most minutes off of the bench as he lit the floor up with 14 points but it was still the Bucks who went into halftime with a 62-52 advantage.

The Wisconsin team would close things out in the last half as they outscored the Pacers, 60-49.  During that huge run, Middleton would add to his scoring total as he collected 11 more points.  He was able to hit a three-pointer in the fourth quarter while Antetokounmpo contributed with ten points.  Thon Maker played 14 minutes off of the bench as he gave ten of his own points.

On the other end of the floor, Myler Turner scored 7 seven points while collecting three rebounds.  Sabonis played the most minutes off of the Indiana bench as he earned ten points but it was the Milwaukee Bucks who easily walk away with a 122-101 victory.  Giannis Antetokounmpo finished the game with 31 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, one steal, and 2 blocks.  Domantas Sabonis would settle for a career-high 24 points, along with 2 rebounds, one assist, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Indiana Pacers will host Nikola Mirotic (18.3 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 1.5 APG, 50 FG%) and the Chicago Bulls (13-24) on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.  This game will mark the fourth and final time that these two teams will battle each other this season.  The Bulls and the Pacers have played each other a total of 195 times as the Pacers ended up winning 90 games while the Bulls pulled 105 wins.  December 29 was the last time that they met up as the Chicago Bulls pulled a 119-107 victory.  Lauri Markkanen finished that game with 32 points, 7 rebounds, and one assist while Darren Collison had 30 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals.

The Milwaukee Bucks will host DeMar DeRozan (24.9 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 4.9 APG, 49 FG%) and the Toronto Raptors (25-10) on Friday at 8:00 p.m.  This meeting will mark the second of three times that these teams will play each other this season.  The Bucks and the Raptors have battled each other a total of 89 times in the past as the Raptors won 40 games while the Bucks won 49 games.  The last time they met up was on New Year’s Day when the Canada team slipped away with a 131-127 victory.  DeMar DeRozan finished that game with a career-high 52 points, along with 5 rebounds, 8 assists, one steal, and one block.  Eric Bledsoe would settle for 29 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 4 steals.

The Cavaliers coast past the Trail Blazers, 127-110

The Cavaliers coast past the Trail Blazers, 127-110

Isaiah Thomas has been absent from action this entire season but tonight will mark his season debut as the Cleveland Cavaliers host the Portland Trail Blazers.  The Cavaliers are hoping to avoid a fourth straight loss while the Portland team is looking to capture their second straight win.  This matchup between the Cavaliers and the Trail Blazers will mark the first of two times that these ball clubs will meet with each other this season.  They have battled each other a total of 119 times in the past as the Cavaliers won 52 games while the Trail Blazers pulled 67 wins.

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%)
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, 36.4 FG%)

Portland Trail Blazers:

C.J. Wilcox (knee)
Meyers Leonard (coach’s decision; 5.2 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 0.5 APG, 60.0 FG%, 53.8 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:

The Portland Trail Blazers would play impressively well in the first half as they shot forty-eight percent from the field while the home team shot forty-six percent.  C.J. McCollum scored 14 points as he drilled two three-pointers in the second quarter.  He also had four rebounds while Jusuf Nurkic chalked up 13 points on seventy-five percent shooting.  Damian Lillard, who is returning to the lineup off of a five-game absence due to a hamstring injury, ended up with 12 points and three assists.  He also had 3 three-pointers when Evan Turner collected 10 points.  Ed Davis played 8 minutes off of the bench but was kept to just two points.

LeBron James got hot for 16 points while collecting four rebounds and dishing off 3 assists.  Jae Crowder would score 10 points while knocking two three-pointers down.  Kevin Love would settle for seven points while getting his hands on six rebounds.  Isaiah Thomas would play the most minutes off of the bench as he had eight points with a three-pointer in the second period.  The Trail Blazers, however, still had a 56-53 lead heading into halftime.

The Cavaliers responded in the second half with a huge 74-54 run, shooting fifty-eight percent from the field while keeping the Trail Blazers at forty-five percent.  During that run, Love scored 12 points, earning nine of them from beyond the arc while collecting the other three from the free-throw line.  Dwyane Wade had 11 points off of the bench while Thomas collected nine more points.  Lillard earned himself 13 points but it was the Cavaliers who escaped with a 127-110 win over the Trail Blazers.  LeBron James finished with 24 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists, 4 steals, and one block.  Isaiah Thomas had 17 points and 3 assists in his return to action.  Damian Lillard settled for 25 points, 6 rebounds, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Cleveland Cavaliers will visit Massachusetts to battle Kyrie Irving (24.8 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 4.9 APG, 49 FG%) and the Boston Celtics (30-10) on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.  This meeting will mark the second of three matchups between these two teams this season.  They have met up a total of 242 times as the Cavaliers won 99 games while the Celtics ended up winning 143 games.  The last time they played each other was on the season’s opener when the Cavaliers slipped away with a 102-99 win.  During that game, LeBron James scored 29 points, pulled down 16 rebounds, dished off 9 assists, and committed 2 steals.  Jaylen Brown had 25 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 steals.

The Portland Trail Blazers will host Dennis Schroder (19.8 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 6.8 APG, 45 FG%) and the Atlanta Hawks (10-26) on Friday at 10:00 p.m.  This game will mark the second and final time that these two teams will play each other this season.  The Hawks and the Trail Blazers have met up a total of 111 times as the Hawks won 57 games while the Trail Blazers pulled 54 wins.  December 30 was the last time they played each other as the Trail Blazers handed the Hawks a 104-89 loss.  In that game, Dennis Schroder had 22 points, one rebound, 8 assists, and one steal.  Shabazz Napier settled for 21 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, one steal, and 2 blocks.

The Timberwolves easily hand the Lakers their seventh straight loss, 114-96

The Timberwolves easily hand the Lakers their seventh straight loss, 114-96

The Los Angeles Lakers are currently in a funk, hoping to break a six-game losing streak as they visit Minnesota to take on the Timberwolves.  The Minnesota Timberwolves, on the other hand, are looking to grab their second straight win as they come off a recent victory against the Indiana Pacers.  The matchup will mark the second of four times that these two teams will meet up with each other this season.

They have battled each other a total of 119 times in the past as the Lakers won 85 games while the Timberwolves ended up winning 34 games.  The last time that they played each other was on Christmas Day when the Timberwolves handed the Lakers a 121-104 loss.  During that game, both Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson scored 23 points each while Butler recorded 5 rebounds, 8 assists, and 2 steals.  Gibson finished with 9 rebounds and one steal.  Kyle Kuzma had 31 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and one block.

INACTIVES:

Los Angeles Lakers:

Lonzo Ball (shoulder; 10.0 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 7.1 APG, 34.9 FG%, 29.7 3P%)
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (personal; 13.8 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 2.2 APG, 40.0 FG%, 33.0 3P%)
Brook Lopez (ankle; 12.8 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 1.7 APG, 44.4 FG%, 29.7 3P%)
Luol Deng (2.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)
Thomas Bryant (G-League; 0.5 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Minnesota Timberwolves:

Justin Patton (toe)
Jeff Teague (knee; 13.4 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 7.3 APG, 44.7 FG%, 37.5 3P%)
Shabazz Muhammad (coach’s decision; 3.9 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 37.5 FG%, 21.1 3P%)
Anthony Brown (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The Timberwolves would start the game off right as they shot forty-seven percent from the field in the first half, limiting the Lakers to thirty-eight percent.  Jimmy Butler had 13 points to put with his two rebounds, three assists, and three steals.  Andrew Wiggins would score 11 points while shooting only thirty-eight percent.  He also had five rebounds while Karl-Anthony Towns chalked up seven points and six rebounds.  Gorgui Dieng played 16 minutes off of the bench as he had 13 points.

On the other end of the court, both Brandon Ingram and Jordan Clarkson would score ten points each while Julius Randle got his hands on eight rebounds.  Tyler Ennis committed two steals while knocking down a three-pointer late in the second quarter.  Corey Brewer ended up playing the most minutes off of the Los Angeles bench as he recorded nine points but it was the home team who went into halftime with a 60-48 advantage.

The Minnesota team would close things out in the second half as they went on a 54-48 run, shooting fifty percent from the field.  The Lakers would, however, shoot fifty-three percent from the field as a team as Clarkson put up ten more points.  He played the most minutes off of the bench while Julius Randle continued to contribute with eight points and four defensive rebounds.

Butler scored 15 points for the Timberwolves as he shot a huge seventy-one percent from the field.  He also dished off six assists while Wiggins had ten points, four defensive rebounds, and two assists.  Taj Gibson helped out with ten points, as well, while Towns had seven rebounds and nine points.  Jamal Crawford would play nine minutes off of the bench but was held scoreless as the Minnesota Timberwolves easily pull a 114-96 victory over the Lakers, handing them their seventh straight loss.  Jimmy Butler finished with 28 points, 3 rebounds, 9 assists, 3 steals, and one block.  Jordan Clarkson would settle for 20 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Los Angeles Lakers will host Russell Westbrook (24.8 PPG, 9.6 RPG, 10.0 APG, 43 FG%) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (20-17) on Wednesday at 10:30 p.m.  This game will mark the first of four times that these two teams will play each other this season.  The Lakers and the Thunder have battled each other a total of 283 times as the Thunder won 117 games while the Lakers pulled 166 wins.

The Minnesota Timberwolves will visit New York to take on Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (15.1 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 2.1 APG, 50 FG%) and the Brooklyn Nets (13-23) on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.  This will be the first time they play each other this season as they will battle each other a total of two times.  They have met up a total of 53 times in the past as the Nets won 23 games while the Timberwolves ended up winning 30 games.

The Wizards hand the Rockets’ their fifth straight loss, 121-103

The Wizards hand the Rockets’ their fifth straight loss, 121-103

The Houston Rockets are coming fresh off of a disappointing 99-98 loss to the Boston Celtics, hoping to avoid a fifth straight loss as they visit the Nation’s Capital to take on the Washington Wizards.  The Wizards, on the other hand, are looking to bounce back from the loss they took against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.  This matchup between the Rockets and the Wizards will mark the first of two games that these ball clubs will play against each other this season.  They have battled each other a total of 153 times in the past as the Rockets won 73 games while the Wizards ended up 80 games.

INACTIVES:

Washington Wizards:

Sheldon Mac (Achilles)
Mike Young (G-League)
Devin Robinson (G-League)
Mike Scott (personal; 9.6 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 0.8 APG, 57.4 FG%, 40.5 3P%)

Houston Rockets:

Clint Capela (eye; 14.2 PPG, 11.2 RPG, 1.2 APG, 69.1 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Luc Mbah a Moute (shoulder; 6.8 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.0 APG, 45.8 FG%, 37.3 3P%)
Troy Williams (knee; 1.3 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.3 APG, 22.2 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Nene (coach’s decision; 7.3 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 0.9 APG, 59.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Demetrius Jackson (G-League; 0.7 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.4 APG, 28.6 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Chinanu Onuaku (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The Washington Wizards would have full control of this game as they shot fifty-one percent from the field in the first half, limiting the visiting team to thirty-eight percent.  Otto Porter would light the floor up with 14 points as he drilled 3 three-pointers in the first quarter.  Bradley Beal contributed with nine points while John Wall was limited to just six points on fifty percent shooting.  Markieff Morris was able to get his hands on eight defensive rebounds while Jodie Meeks grabbed two defensive rebounds.  Kelly Oubre played 14 minutes off of the bench as he chalked up eight points.

As for the Houston team, James Harden scored 12 points on sixty percent shooting.  He knocked down a three-pointer in the first quarter while Trevor Ariza had seven points and five defensive rebounds.  Eric Gordon played the most minutes off of the bench as he also had seven points but it was the Wizards who walked into the locker room with a 59-48 advantage.

The Washington Wizards would continue to play well as they went on a 62-55 run in the second half, shooting fifty-six percent while holding the visiting team to forty-eight percent.  Kelly Oubre ended up scoring 13 points which included 3 three-pointers.  Otto Porter knocked down four three-pointers to give himself 12 points while earning himself three defensive rebounds, three assists, and two steals.  Bradley Beal would collect 12 points while John Wall settled for 11 points.  Former Pacers’ center Ian Mahinmi played 12 minutes off of the Washington bench as he was kept to just two points.

New player Gerald Green would come off of the Houston bench to chalk up 13 points which contained 3 three-pointers.  Harden would contribute with eight points while Tarik Black had four points and eight rebounds.  2017 Sixth Man of the Year Eric Gordon helped out with nine points but it wasn’t enough as the Washington Wizards handed the Houston Rockets a 121-103 blowout loss.  Otto Porter finished the game with 26 points, 6 rebounds, a season-high 7 assists, and 2 steals.  James Harden settled for 20 points, 4 assists, one steal, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Washington Wizards will host Nikola Mirotic (17.2 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 1.0 APG, 50 FG%) and the Chicago Bulls (12-22) on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.  This meeting will mark the first of three games that these two teams will play against each other this season.  They have met up a total of 233 times in the past as the Bulls won 123 games while the Wizards ended up pulling 110 wins.

The Houston Rockets will host Kyle Kuzma (17.8 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 1.7 APG, 48 FG%) and the Los Angeles Lakers (11-22) on Sunday at 7:00 p.m.  This game will mark the third of four matchups between these two teams this season.  The Rockets and the Lakers have met up a total of 249 times as the Rockets won 93 games while the Lakers ended up winning 156 games.  The last time they battled each other was on December 20 when the Lakers pulled away with a 122-116 victory.  In that game, Kyle Kuzma scored 38 points, pulled down 7 rebounds, dished off 4 assists, and blocked one shot.  James Harden finished with 51 points, 3 rebounds, 9 assists, one steal, and one block.