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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 Phoenix Suns fall to the Memphis Grizzlies, 120 to 109

The Phoenix Suns fall to the Memphis Grizzlies, 120 to 109

The Phoenix Suns are currently on a four-game losing streak, the longest losing streak in the Western Conference.  They will look to break that streak as they travel to the FedExForum to take the Memphis Grizzlies, who are hoping to avoid a third straight loss.  This battle will mark the third of four times that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The Suns and the Grizzlies have met up a total of 87 times in the past as the Suns won 56 games while the Grizzlies won only 31 games.

The last time that the Phoenix Suns and the Memphis Grizzlies clashed with each other was on December 26 when the Suns snuck away with a 99 to 97 win.  During that game, Devin Booker scored 32 points, pulled down 5 rebounds, dished off 6 assists and committed one steal.  As for the Grizzlies, Tyreke Evans finished the game with 25 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, one steal, and one block.

INACTIVES:

Phoenix Suns:

Brandon Knight (knee)
Alan Williams (knee)
Tyson Chandler (coach’s decision; 6.5 PPG, 9.7 RPG, 1.1 APG, 61.7 FG%)
Alec Peters (coach’s decision; 2.3 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 1.0 APG, 25.0 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
Marquese Chriss (ankle; 7.0 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 1.2 APG, 40.4 FG%, 29.4 3P%)
Devin Booker (rib; 24.7 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 4.8 APG, 43.6 FG%, 38.5 3P%)
Danuel House (G-League, 4.4 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.5 APG, 34.8 FG%, 28.6 3P%)

Memphis Grizzlies:

Mike Conley (Achilles; 17.1 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 4.1 APG, 38.1 FG%, 31.2 3P%)
James Ennis (calf; 7.0 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 1.1 APG, 50.0 FG%, 35.1 3P%)
JaMychal Green (ankle; 10.1 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 1.2 APG, 46.2 FG%, 36.2 3P%)
Chandler Parsons (knee; 8.8 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 2.0 APG, 48.6 FG%, 41.1 3P%)
Ben McLemore (knee; 6.7 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 0.9 APG, 42.0 FG%, 30.6 3P%)
Brandan Wright (coach’s decision; 5.0 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 0.4 APG, 56.5 FG%)
Kobi Simmons (G-League; 3.8 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 1.0 APG, 42.2 FG%, 23.1 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Memphis Grizzlies will have the upper hand at the beginning of the game as they shot sixty-one percent from the field in the first half, limiting the Phoenix Suns to thirty-seven percent.  Tyreke Evans scored 14 points off of the bench as he drilled two three-pointers in the second quarter.  Former Pelicans’ guard Wayne Selden would contribute with eleven points while dishing off four assists.  Marc Gasol had only seven points but he did manage to get ahold of seven defensive rebounds while blocking three shots.  Mario Chalmers played 12 minutes off of the bench but only had five points.

As for the Suns, T.J. Warren got hot for 15 points while grabbing two offensive rebounds.  The 2010-2011 All-Rookie player Greg Monroe chalked up nine points as he recorded four rebounds, three assists, and one steal.  Isaiah Canaan was held to only two points while Dragan Bender went 12 minutes without scoring once.  Jared Dudley played the most minutes off of the bench but was kept was just five points while the home team went into halftime with a huge 64 to 47 lead.

The Suns would attempt to make a comeback as they went on a 62-56 run in the second half, shooting fifty-six percent.  Alex Len posted up 12 points while shooting seventy-five percent from the field.  He also had six rebounds while Josh Jackson had 12 points, as well.  Even though he shot only thirty-eight percent from the field, Jackson would also pull down four rebounds.  The Grizzlies would close things out, though, as Evans scored 13 points in the second half, giving the Grizzlies a 120-109 victory.  Tyreke Evans finished the game with 27 points, one rebound, 4 assists, and one steal while T.J. Warren had 24 points, 7 rebounds, one assist, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Phoenix Suns will host Harrison Barnes (18.4 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 2.0 APG, 45 FG%) and the Dallas Mavericks (16-34) on Wednesday at 10:30 p.m.  This meeting will mark the second of three times that these two ball clubs will face each other this season.  The Suns and the Mavericks have clashed a grand total of 164 times as the Suns pulled out 87 wins while the Mavericks ended up winning 77 times.  The last time they played each other was on December 18 when the Suns pulled away with a 97 to 91 win.  T.J. Warren finished that game with 19 points, 5 rebounds, one assist, three steals, and one block while Harrison Barnes had 26 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and one block.

The Memphis Grizzlies will travel to Indianapolis to battle Victor Oladipo (24.1 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 4.1 APG, 49 FG%) and the Indiana Pacers (27-23) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  This will be the second and final time that the Grizzlies and the Pacers will play each this season.  They have met up a total of 43 times in the past as the Grizzlies won 17 games while the Pacers pulled out 26 victories.  November 15 was the last time they played each other as the Pacers snuck away with a 116 to 113 win.  Darren Collison finished that game with 30 points, 2 rebounds, and 8 assists while Marc Gasol had 35 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 blocks.

The Denver Nuggets hand the New York Knicks their third straight loss, 130-118

The Denver Nuggets hand the New York Knicks their third straight loss, 130-118

The New York Knicks have lost seven of their last ten games, hoping to show some improvement as they visit Colorado to take on the Denver Nuggets.  The Nuggets, on the other hand, are coming off of a nail-biting 104-101 win over the Portland Trail Blazers, looking for their second straight win.  This game will mark the second and final time that the Knicks and the Nuggets will battle each other this season.

The Knicks and the Nuggets have clashed with each other a grand total of 87 times in the past as the Knicks won 44 games while the Nuggets won 43 games.  October 30 was the last time these two ball clubs met up as the Knicks snuck away with a 116 to 110 victory.  During that game, Kristaps Porzingis scored 38 points, pulled down 7 rebounds, dished off 2 assists, and blocked 3 shots while Nikola Jokic finished with 28 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, one steal, and one block.

INACTIVES:

New York Knicks:

Kyle O’Quinn (calf; 6.9 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 2.0 APG, 59.6 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Luke Kornet (G-League)
Tim Hardaway (18.1 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 3.1 APG, 43.2 FG%, 34.2 3P%)
Isaiah Hicks (G-League)
Joakim Noah (personal; 1.7 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.6 APG, 50.0 FG%)

Denver Nuggets:

Kenneth Faried (coach’s decision; 6.1 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 0.6 APG, 52.5 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Richard Jefferson (coach’s decision; 1.7 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.6 APG, 41.7 FG%, 28.6 3P%)
Paul Millsap (wrist; 15.3 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 3.0 APG, 44.6 FG%, 34.5 3P%)
Monte Morris (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Tyler Lydon (0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
Juan Hernangomez (3.2 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.4 APG, 37.3 FG%, 31.4 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Denver Nuggets will outshine the New York Knicks in the first half as they shot sixty-four percent from the field, limiting the visiting team to fifty percent.  Indiana-native Gary Harris would get hot for 18 points which included four three-pointers.  Trey Lyles recorded 12 points off of the bench to put along with his four defensive rebounds and two assists.  Both Jamal Murray and Mason Plumlee chalked up eight points each while Will Barton had five points.  He also had three rebounds and four assists while Nikola Jokic earned himself three rebounds and five assists, not to mention his five points, as well.  Wilson Chandler played 14 minutes off of the bench as he had ten points.

As for the New York team, Kristaps Porzingis scored 12 points as he shot only thirty-three percent from the field.  He also had four defensive rebounds while Enes Kanter contributed with eight points.  Trey Burke also had eight points, along with six assists off of the bench.  Former Pelicans’ forward Lance Thomas played the most minutes off of the bench as he collected nine points but it was the Nuggets who walked into the locker room with a 73-60 lead.

The Knicks would look to attempt a comeback as they shot sixty percent in the second half while the Nuggets shot fifty-four percent.  Kanter continued to help out as he posted up 12 more points and six rebounds.  Michael Beasley heated up for 17 points off of the bench while Porzingis settled for nine points.  Burke played the most minutes off of the bench as he had 10 points.

Jokic earned 13 of the Nuggets’ 57 second-half points while Jamal Murray scored ten points.  Wilson Chandler was limited to just six points as he played 16 minutes off of the bench but it was still the Nuggets who handed the Knicks a 130-118 loss.  Gary Harris finished the game with 23 points, 3 rebounds, one assist, and one steal while Michael Beasley had 21 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals.  Kristaps Porzingis also finished with 21 points, along with 7 rebounds, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The New York Knicks will travel to Arizona to battle Devin Booker (24.8 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 4.7 APG, 44 FG%) and the Phoenix Suns (17-31) on Friday at 9:00 p.m.  This meeting will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will play each other this season.  The Knicks and the Suns have seen each other a total of 125 times as the Knicks won 63 games while the Suns pulled out 62 wins.  The last time they clashed with each other was on November 3 when the Knicks defeated the Suns with a 120-107 victory.  Kristaps Porzingis finished the game with 37 points, 7 rebounds, one steal, and 3 blocks while Devin Booker had 34 points, 2 rebounds, one assist, and 2 steals.

The Denver Nuggets will host Harrison Barnes (18.3 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 2.0 APG, 45 FG%) and the Dallas Mavericks (16-32) on Saturday at 9:00 p.m.  This will be the third of four times that the Mavericks and the Nuggets will play each this season.  They have battled each other a grand total of 179 times in the past as the Dallas team ended up winning 92 games while the Nuggets won only 87 times.  January 16 was the last time they met up as the Nuggets pulled away with a 105-102 win.  Nikola Jokic finished that game with 29 points, 18 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, and one block while Dennis Smith had 25 points, 2 rebounds, 5 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 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.