April 4,2021 at 1:00 PM
4/11/2021 1:00 PM
Hornets Look To Build On Two-Game Streak
The Charlotte Hornets play host to the Atlanta Hawks at Spectrum Center on Sunday afternoon. The Hornets (27-24) have won seven of their last 10 games, including their last two in a row. They will look to keep rolling, as they face the first game of a three-game home stand, with the opportunity to improve on their, 13-9, home record. Terry Rozier leads the team, averaging 20.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.2 steals, in 33.5 minutes per game. Devonte' Graham is averaging 14.0 points, 5.1 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.0 steals, while P.J. Washington is averaging 11.7 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.0 steals. The Hornets are shooting an average of 37.9 percent from long range, which is eighth best in the league. LaMelo Ball (wrist) and Gordon Hayward (foot) remain sidelined. Meanwhile, the Hawks (28-25) have won six of their last 10 games, including their most recent contest. They will look to keep it rolling and add to their, 14-15, road record, as they face the first game of a two-game road trip. John Collins (ankle) will remain sidelined through Sunday's action. Trae Young (calf) continues to lead the team on the offensive end, averaging 25.4 points and 9.5 assists, in 34 minutes per game, but he is listed as questionable for action. Clint Capela is averaging 15.2 points, 14.1 rebounds and 2.3 blocks, while Danilo Gallinari is averaging 13.4 points and 4.1 rebounds. Bogdan Bogdanovic has been playing great lately, averaging 18.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.4 steals, over the last 10 games. The Hawks are averaging 113.5 points per game, and they are doing a good job on the defensive end, holding opponents to an average of 111.5 points per game, and 46.0 percent shooting from the field.
April 4,2021 at 3:00 PM
4/11/2021 3:00 PM
Nuggets Look To Build On Eight-Game Win Streak
The Denver Nuggets play host to the Boston Celtics at Ball Arena on Sunday afternoon. The Nuggets (30-18) have won nine of their last 10 games, including their last eight in a row. They will look to keep rolling and add to their, 18-9, home record, as they face the fifth and final game of a home stand. Nikola Jokic continues to lead the team in just about every category, as he is averaging 26.3 points, 10.9 rebounds, 8.8 assists and 1.5 steals, in 36 minutes per game. Aaron Gordon has been playing well with his new squad, averaging 13.4 points on 55 percent shooting, over the last five games. Michael Porter Jr. is averaging 16.6 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game. Jamal Murray (knee) has missed the last two games and remains questionable for action on Sunday. The Nuggets are averaging 115.6 points per game, which is fourth most in the league, and they are shooting an average of 49.0 percent from the field, which is third best in the league. On the other end, they are holding opponents to an average of 110.2 points per game, which is ninth fewest in the league. Meanwhile, the Celtics (27-26) have won six of their last 10 games, including their last two in a row. They will look to keep tolling and add to their, 10-16, road record as they face the first game of a three-game road trip. Jayson Tatum leads the team, averaging 25.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.3 steals, in 36 minutes per game. Jaylen Brown is averaging 24.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists, while Marcus Smart is averaging 13.4 points, 5.6 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game. The Celtics score an average of 112.5 points per game, while shooting an average of 37.7 percent from long range. They do a good job on the defensive end by forcing their opponents into an average of 8.0 steals per game.
April 4,2021 at 7:00 PM
4/11/2021 7:00 PM
Cavaliers Host Pelicans Looking To Bounce Back
The Cleveland Cavaliers will host the New Orleans Pelicans at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Sunday evening. The Cavaliers (19-33) will play the second set of a back-to-back Sunday and will attempt to deliver a better performance, as they are coming off a 20-point loss against the Toronto Raptors the last time out. Collin Sexton led the Cavaliers in the loss with 29 points and five assists, while Darius Garland contributed 19 points, eight assists, two steals and two rebounds. Kevin Love had 18 points and three rebounds, while Dean Wade had 14 points as a starter. Isaiah Hartenstein chipped in with 12 points, eight rebounds, six assists, four blocks and three steals while coming off the bench. The Cavaliers also shot 45.3 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from three-point range. Cleveland looked like a potential play-in team at one point this season, but they have been moving in the wrong direction over the last few weeks and have registered a 3-7 mark over their last 10 contests. Cleveland also has a below-average 11-14 mark at home. The Pelicans (23-29) are coming off a dominant effort the last time out, defeating the Philadelphia 76ers by a 101-94 score -- it was quite an achievement to hold Philadelphia under the 100-point threshold since the 76ers have been one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference all season long. Zion Williamson led the Pelicans with 37 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists, in 35 minutes. Brandon Ingram totaled 17 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals, while Willy Hernangomez tallied 10 points, 10 rebounds and a block. The Pelicans shot 43 percent from the field, including 4-of-22 from long range. The Pelicans have now gone 2-3 in their last five contests, and their 5-5 record over their last 10 contests suggests they're undoubtedly keeping themselves alive in the race for a play-in berth in the Western Conference. One area of improvement has been their play on the road, though, as the Pelicans have gone just 8-16 on the road thus far.
April 4,2021 at 7:00 PM
4/11/2021 7:00 PM
Bucks and Magic Meet in Orlando
The Milwaukee Bucks take on the Orlando Magic at Amway Center on Sunday evening. The Bucks (32-20) are naturally still in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race, but they've faced plenty of adversity lately while dropping six of their last eight contests. Their most recent stumble saw Milwaukee playing without any of its starting five, resulting in a 127-119 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night. Jordan Nwora led the way for the Bucks with 24 points, adding six rebounds, two assists and one steal. Jeff Teague provided 19 points, six assists, two rebounds and one steal. Bryn Forbes supplied 18 points, three rebounds and two assists. Sam Merrill contributed 13 points, six rebounds and two assists, while Thanasis Antetokounmpo registered 12 points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal. The Bucks will list Jrue Holiday (knee), Donte DiVincenzo (hip), Khris Middleton (knee) and Brook Lopez (back) as probable. Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) will carry a doubtful tag, while P.J. Tucker (calf) is likely to be listed as no better than questionable. The Magic (17-35) have been struggling to find wins in their own right recently, as they've dropped four straight games and six of their last eight overall. Their most recent loss also came Friday night, when they fell to the Indiana Pacers by a 111-106 score. Terrence Ross paced the Magic with 24 points, complementing them with four rebounds, one assist and one block. Mo Bamba and James Ennis generated matching 14-point tallies while pulling down six and five rebounds, respectively. Michael Carter-Williams delivered nine points, three assists and two rebounds. The Magic will list Chuma Okeke (hip) and Bamba (hip) as questionable for Sunday's game. Otto Porter (foot) will remain out. Sunday's game marks the second of three meetings between the teams this season. The Bucks hold a 1-0 series lead, having notched a 121-99 win Jan. 11.
April 4,2021 at 8:00 PM
4/11/2021 8:00 PM
Spurs and Mavericks Set for Lone Star State Battle
The San Antonio Spurs take on the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center on Sunday night. The Spurs (24-26) have fallen on hard times and haven't shown any indication of being able to snap out of them, as they'll come into Sunday's game having dropped five straight contests, and 10 of their last 12 overall. Their most recent stumble came Friday night, when they dropped a second consecutive game to the Nuggets by a 121-119 score. Derrick White led the Spurs with 25 points, adding three assists, one rebound, three steals and one block. DeMar DeRozan generated a 24-point, 12-assist double-double that also included three rebounds and one steal. Keldon Johnson furnished 15 points, four boards and two assists. Rudy Gay matched Johnson's scoring and also compiled six rebounds and one assist. Jakob Poeltl managed 13 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block. Dejounte Murray registered 12 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals. The Spurs will list Gorgui Dieng (shoulder) and Trey Lyles (ankle) as out for Sunday's game. Keita Bates-Diop (hamstring) will be listed as questionable. The Mavericks (29-22) strike a very different presence from their opponent, as they're a team firmly on the rise with six wins in the last seven contests. Their most recent success came Thursday night, when they prevailed over the Milwaukee Bucks by a 116-101 score. Luka Doncic paced the Mavericks with 27 points, complementing them with nine rebounds, nine assists and a block. Kristaps Porzingis generated a 26-point, 17-rebound double-double that also included one assist and two blocks. Josh Richardson finished with 14 points, five boards, four assists, two steals and one block. Maxi Kleber and Tim Hardaway posted 12 points apiece. The Mavericks will list Kleber (lower leg) as questionable for Sunday's game, while Willie Cauley-Stein (COVID-19 protocols) will carry a probable tag. JJ Redick (heel) will remain out. Sunday's game marks the third and final meeting between the teams this season. The Mavericks hold a 2-0 series lead, having notched 122-117 and 115-104 wins on Jan. 22 and March 10, respectively.
April 4,2021 at 8:00 PM
4/11/2021 8:00 PM
T'Wolves Host Bulls on Sunday
The Minnesota Timberwolves play host to the Chicago Bulls at Target Center on Sunday. The Bulls (22-29) revamped their roster at the trade deadline, and it's going to take some time for these guys to get used to one another. The good news is that they've been playing better recently, winning three of four games coming into this matchup. That followed up a six-game losing streak, though, but it's hard to imagine that happening again with Nikola Vucevic now in the picture. He's not the only recent acquisition, though, with Daniel Theis picking up a double-double on Thursday. That has given them a new-look frontcourt that pairs wonderfully with backcourt studs like Zach LaVine, Coby White, and Tomas Satoransky. The only question is what this will do to Lauri Markkanen because he's really struggled over the last month, and he's supposed to be one of the players they build around. The Timberwolves (13-40) have been in freefall mode for nearly a decade now, and one has to believe we're getting close to rock bottom here. They currently have the worst record in the NBA, battling terrible teams like the Houston Rockets and Detroit Pistons. That is not the company you want to keep, and many people would argue that this is the most talented bunch of those teams. Having a roster with players like Karl-Anthony Towns, D'Angelo Russell, Anthony Edwards, and Ricky Rubio is simply too good to be this bad, and one has to wonder if it's a culture thing after a decade of incompetence. The only silver lining is that another top draft pick should come in, but how much longer can we say that? These teams played an overtime thriller on February 24, with Chicago prevailing, 133-126. Before that, the Timberwolves won eight of their previous 10 games over the Bulls.
April 4,2021 at 8:00 PM
4/11/2021 8:00 PM
Raptors Looking For Second Straight Win, Visit Knicks
The New York Knicks will host the Toronto Raptors at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night. The Knicks (26-27) are coming off a 133-129 overtime win over the Memphis Grizzlies the last time out, and that victory snapped their two-game losing skid. Barrett and Immanuel Quickley co-led the Knicks with matching 20-point, two-assist tallies while pulling down five and four rebounds, respectively. Derrick Rose and Alec Burks followed with 19 points apiece, along with five and four rebounds, respectively. Julius Randle generated a 15-point, 11-assist, 10-rebound triple-double that also included one steal. Elfrid Payton poured in 12 points. The Knicks have struggled in terms of consistency and have gone 2-3 in their last five outings, but they also own a 5-5 mark in their last 10 contests. They're keeping themselves afloat in the Eastern Conference and one of the big reasons for that has been their play at home, where they own a 15-10 record. The Raptors (21-32) are coming off a dominant performance the last time out, as they secured a huge win over the Cleveland Cavaliers -- they outscored Cleveland by 20 points behind Gary Trent's impressive performance. The shooting guard was the undisputed star of the game, as he paced the Raptors with 44 points while delivering an excellent shooting performance -- he only missed two shots from the field and going 7-for-9 from three-point range. Malachi Flynn had 20 points with 11 assists, and OG Anunoby chipped in with 15 points, five boards and three assists. DeAndre Bembry delivered 13 points with four boards, and Yuta Watanabe had 14 points off the bench. The Raptors shot an impressive 61.6 percent from the field and 53.1 percent from deep. The Raptors have struggled on the road, though, where they've gone 10-18 so far. They're also 4-6 in their last 10 games, and while the win over the Cavaliers was a good result, the Knicks will be a tougher assignment.
April 4,2021 at 8:00 PM
4/11/2021 8:00 PM
Grizzlies Look To Bounce Back At Home
The Memphis Grizzlies play host to the Indiana Pacers at FedEx Forum on Sunday evening. The Grizzlies (26-24) have won six of their last 10 games, but they are coming off a loss in their most recent outing. This marks their first game of a three-game home stand, where they look to build on their, 12-14, home record. Ja Morant continues to lead the Grizzlies, averaging 19.0 points, 7.4 assists and 3.5 rebounds, in 32 minutes per game. Jonas Valanciunas is averaging 16.4 points and 12.5 rebounds, while Kyle Anderson is averaging 12.6 points, 5.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.2 steals per game. The Grizzlies do a great job on the defensive end, as they are averaging a league-high 9.5 steals per game. On the offensive end, they average 11.0 three-pointers per game, which is sixth fewest in the league. Meanwhile, the Pacers (24-27) have won their last two games but are, 5-5, in their last 10 games. They will look to keep rolling and add to their, 15-12, road record, as they face the second and final game of a road trip. Myles Turner (ankle) has missed the last two games and remains questionable for action on Sunday. Domantas Sabonis is coming off a strong double-double in the Pacers' most recent contest, as he continues to lead the team, averaging 19.9 points, 11.4 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.2 steals, in 36 minutes per game. Malcolm Brogdon is also a leader for the Pacers, averaging 21.0 points, 5.8 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 1.0 steals, while T.J. McConnell continues to play well, averaging 11.1 points, 7.4 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.2 steals, over the last 10 games. The Pacers have not been great on the defensive end, as they are allowing opponents to shoot an average of 47.0 percent from the field, which is ninth highest in the league. They also could improve on their rebounding, as they average 41.8 rebounds per game, which is second-fewest in the league.
April 4,2021 at 10:00 PM
4/11/2021 10:00 PM
Clippers Host Pistons on Sunday
The Los Angeles Clippers play host to the Detroit Pistons at Staples Center on Sunday. The Pistons (16-37) had some low expectations coming into the year, and those have dipped even more since then. This team has become one of the worst clubs in the NBA, and it just seems to be getting worse by the game. Jerami Grant and Mason Plumlee have missed games this week because of different ailments, leaving a thin roster completely dismantled. What makes that even more frustrating is the fact that this organization seems to be headed in the wrong direction. The best young assets on this team are Killian Hayes and Seddiq Bey, but it's becoming clear that neither of them will be any more than role players. That has fans wondering where this franchise is headed, and it's going to be a long time before they're relevant again. The Clippers (36-18) enter this matchup, winning four straight and 10 of their last 12 games in total. That's the club we've been waiting to see all year, and it's no surprise when you see the numbers that Paul George and Kawhi Leonard are posting. We expected those two to ball out, though, but the role players have been equally as important. Rajon Rondo came in and provided a 15-point, nine-assist gem on Thursday, while Reggie Jackson dropped 26 points on Friday. That doesn't even consider Ivica Zubac, who's come in as the starting center and controlled the paint. As long as the guys around these superstars develop, this club will remain one of the most dangerous teams in the NBA. These teams haven't played since January 2, 2020, with Los Angeles prevailing, 126-112. They actually split each of the three previous two-game season series, which followed up an 11-game winning streak by the Clippers before that.
April 4,2021 at 10:00 PM
4/11/2021 10:00 PM
Trail Blazers Host Heat on Sunday
The Portland Trail Blazers play host to the Miami Heat at Moda Center on Sunday. The Heat (27-25) come into this matchup, winning five of their last six games. That's the team we've been waiting to see all season, and it appears the early-season struggles are a thing of the past. Having a 27-25 record is still disappointing, though, because this is a team that made it all the way to the Finals last year. There's really not much different about this team in terms of their roster, but the 26th-ranked offense is certainly not the same. Youngsters like Duncan Robinson and Tyler Herro have leveled off a bit when they need to develop, and that's what's keeping this club from being near the top of the Eastern Conference. The Trail Blazers (31-21) picked up a much-needed win on Saturday, taking care of business against the Detroit Pistons. That snapped a two-game losing streak for Portland but getting beaten by the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers on the road is nothing to be ashamed of. That actually gives them an 8-5 record in their last 13 games in total, with the only other losses coming against the Dallas Mavericks, Milwaukee Bucks, and Brooklyn Nets. Those are five of the best teams in the NBA, and it's a good indicator of how Portland is taking care of business against the teams they should beat. That's the sign of a great team, but they need to grab some wins over those types of teams if they want to be considered a true title contender. These teams played back on March 25, with Portland prevailing, 125-122. Before that, the Heat won three of four in this series which followed up a five-game winning streak by the Blazers.