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Sunday, November 10, 2019
SPURS VS CELTICS
Venue: AT&T Center | Start: 9:00am AEDT
On a roll with six consecutive victories, the Boston Celtics will take their road show to San Antonio on Saturday for a matchup with the Spurs. The Celtics can make it a perfect 3-for-3 on their trip with a victory over the Spurs after defeating the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday. Jayson Tatum scored 23 points against the Hornets on Thursday, while Gordon Hayward added 20. Kemba Walker, who leads the Celtics with 24.3 points per game, scored just 14 against his former team Thursday on 4 of 12 shooting from the field. Walker shed a tear after the Hornets gave him a tribute on the video board early in the game and then he didn’t make his first field goal until the second half. The Spurs shed a two-game losing streak with a 121-112 victory at home against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday. LaMarcus Aldridge took advantage of wide-open medium-range jumpers to score a season-high 39 points on 19 of 23 shooting, making 10 consecutive shots at one point. Dejounte Murray had a career-best 10 assists with 17 points and eight rebounds. The Spurs had a season-high 32 assists. San Antonio is just 2-3 after a three-game win streak to open the season.
HORNETS VS PELICANS
Venue: Spectrum Center | Start: 11:00am AEDT
The Charlotte Hornets are coming off their lowest scoring output of this young season, but they might have found a remedy: the New Orleans Pelicans’ defense. The Hornets host the Pelicans on Saturday night in Charlotte. The Hornets are coming off a 21-point loss to the Boston Celtics, a game in which they scored just 87 points at the hands of their former star, Kemba Walker. Enter the Pelicans, worst in the NBA in points allowed at 124.3 per game. Making matters worse for New Orleans, it’s on a back-to-back after suffering a 122-104 beatdown Friday night to the Toronto Raptors at home. The loss was the Pelicans’ third in a row and gave the squad a 1-7 record. The Hornets, meanwhile, enter the game at 4-4, looking up only at Miami in the Southeast standings. The Hornets are just 23rd in scoring, but they’re also top 10 in scoring defense. Behind team leader Devonte Graham’s 17.0 points per game, the Hornets hope to keep the Pelicans winless on the road. Brandon Ingram tops the Pels, averaging 25.9 points per game, good for 11th in the NBA. Scoring is what the Pelicans do best, averaging 119.3 points per game, top 5 in the league.
BULLS VS ROCKETS
Venue: United Center | Start: 12:00pm AEDT
The Houston Rockets will try to hold an opponent to less than 100 points for the first time this season when they visit the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night. Houston has won five of its first eight games but head coach Mike D’Antoni wants to see a better effort on the defensive end. Fortunately for the Rockets, despite their flaws protecting their own basket, they have a terrific one-two scoring combination in James Harden and Russell Westbrook. Harden is averaging 36.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 8.1 assists per game, while Westbrook is contributing 20.7 points, 9.6 rebounds and 8.7 assists. The star power has led Houston to back-to-back wins as it pursues its second three-game winning streak of the season. Chicago has dropped six of nine games this season but is coming off an impressive 20-point win over the Atlanta Hawks on the road. Veteran forward Otto Porter Jr. will be unavailable because of a sprained left foot, which means second-year pro Chandler Hutchison will step in for his first start of the season and the 15th start of his career. Hutchison was a first-round pick (No. 22 overall) out of Boise State in 2018.
THUNDER VS WARRIORS
Venue: Chesapeake Energy Arena | Start: 12:00pm AEDT
The Oklahoma City Thunder must avoid a letdown when they host the short-handed, road-weary, broken-hearted Golden State Warriors on Saturday night. The Thunder have won their last two home games, and own a commanding 120-92 home shellacking of the Warriors earlier this season. Golden State made a habit of exacting revenge under similar circumstances in recent years, having gone 41-10 in the Steve Kerr era in the next meeting that season after a loss to the same opponent. The Thunder were one of their victims last season, when Golden State reversed a 123-95 home embarrassment in November with a 110-88 statement win at Oklahoma City in March. But the Warriors weren’t playing the second night of a back-to-back, having gone into overtime after blowing an eight-point, fourth-quarter lead in the sequence opener, that time around. The Thunder outshot the Warriors 56.4 percent to 32.6 in the first meeting, which featured Stephen Curry as the Golden State point guard. He’s since gotten hurt and been replaced by D’Angelo Russell, who put on a Curry-type show in Minnesota on Friday, exploding for a career-high 52 points in a 125-119 loss. Each team will be playing its first rematch of the young season.
GRIZZLIES VS MAVERICKS
Venue: FedExForum | Start: 12:00pm AEDT
The Dallas Mavericks limp into Memphis, looking to get rid of that bad taste in their mouth Saturday night against the Grizzlies. Despite another triple-double and 38 points from Luka Doncic and a 28-point effort from Kristaps Porzingis, it wasn’t enough to defeat the latter’s former team, the New York Knicks, on Friday night. The Mavs’ struggles at home continued as they allowed the Knicks 36 first-quarter points en route to their first road win – and just second overall – of the season. Doncic and Porzingis combined to make 24 of 48 shots from the floor, but help was hard to find. So the Mavs travel to Memphis on a back-to-back, hoping to improve their road record to 4-0. The Grizzlies (2-6) are also playing consecutive nights as they come off a 118-86 loss in Orlando. The Grizzlies struggled mightily from the floor, shooting just 37.2 percent from the floor, including 11-for-29 from the 3-point line. Jonas Valanciunas scored 15 points and grabbed a team-high nine boards in a losing effort. The Grizzlies also turned the ball over 18 times. Rookie Ja Morant, who came in leading the team in scoring at 20.4 points per game, scored just 8 points on 3 of 13 shooting.