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Friday, November 1, 2019
HAWKS VS HEAT
Venue: State Farm Arena | Start: 10:00am AEDT
There will be no Trae Young-Jimmy Butler matchup in the second half of a home-and-home Thursday. Young will not suit up because of a sprained right ankle suffered against the Heat in Miami. That shifts the spotlight to Butler and rookie sharpshooter Tyler Herro, who has excelled in his first week as a pro. That includes 29 points against the Hawks on Tuesday. Forward John Collins led Atlanta with 30 points in that game and will get the ball plenty with Young in street clothes. The Hawks are still trying to iron out the offense without Young. Only one other player — Jabari Parker with 12 — hit double figures for Atlanta on Tuesday.
PELICANS VS NUGGETS
Venue: Smoothie King Center | Start: 12:30pm AEDT
The New Orleans Pelicans will try to snap their winless drought when they host the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night. New Orleans has dropped each of its first four games, including one contest that went to overtime and two more that were decided by single digits. The Pelicans entered the season with high hopes but have been without rookie No. 1 pick Zion Williamson, who is recovering from a knee injury. Minus Williamson, New Orleans has relied largely on its playmaking guards, including top scorer Brandon Ingram (27.3 points per game), Josh Hart (16.5), Lonzo Ball (13.3) and Jrue Holiday (10.5). Meanwhile, Denver won its first three games before dropping its most recent game at home against the Dallas Mavericks. The Nuggets have a chance to bounce back against New Orleans and will look for strong performances from Jamal Murray (18.8 points per game), Nikola Jokic (15.5), Will Barton (14.0) and Gary Harris (13.5). Denver is averaging 105.8 points per game and allowing 102.5 points per game. New Orleans is averaging 121.0 points per game and giving up 128.3 points per game. The teams faced each other four times last season, with each side going 2-2.
CLIPPERS VS SPURS
Venue: Staples Center | Start: 1:30pm AEDT
While Kawhi Leonard took a night off for load management, the Los Angeles Clippers took it on the chin Wednesday night. But Leonard is due back in the lineup Thursday as the San Antonio Spurs, the team with whom Leonard grew to NBA stardom, hit Staples Center. The Clippers will still be without Paul George, but the trio of Leonard, Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell has averaged over 60 points per game early in the season. The Clippers are shooting the lights out to start the season, hitting over 40 percent of 3-point tries with Leonard in the lineup. The Spurs are undefeated at 3-0 but have lost two of the past three in the series. Dejounte Murray has been the ignition for the Spurs’ offense averaging 14.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game this season. He’s had plenty of help. DeMar DeRozan led the Spurs with 27 points against the Blazers, LaMarcus Aldridge has led the team in scoring twice.