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Friday, November 22, 2019
BUCKS VS TRAIL BLAZERS
Venue: Fiserv Forum | Start: 12:00pm AEDT
It takes quite a bit to upstage the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, but at least going into Thursday night’s game, that might be happening. It’s the second game for Portland Trail Blazers newcomer Carmelo Anthony, who made his season debut Tuesday night. Anthony is in his 17th NBA season after it appeared that his career might have come to a close. Anthony is far from in a good groove, with his 10 points coming on 4-for-14 shooting in the loss to New Orleans. But his presence has created a bit of stir around the Trail Blazers. The Bucks carry a five-game winning streak into the game against Portland after winning 135-127 on Wednesday night at Atlanta. Antetokounmpo racked up 33 points in that game, and combined with 11 rebounds, he has 14 consecutive double-doubles to begin the season. The Bucks have created plenty of energy as they begin a four-game homestand. They’ve produced the winning streak without Khris Middleton, who has missed the last four games because of a thigh bruise. Anthony will have a bit of a welcome back tour as the Trail Blazers stay on the road. The trip to Milwaukee is the team’s third stop on a six-game road swing.
Win: Milwaukee Bucks
Line: Milwaukee Bucks -11.5
Total Points: Over 219.5
SUNS VS PELICANS
Venue: Talking Stick Resort Arena | Start: 2:30pm AEDT
The Phoenix Suns continue to show that they can score in bunches sometimes, but the consistency element is baffling. They’re coming off a loss at Sacramento when they followed a 45-point first half with a 71-point second half. Devin Booker has led Phoenix in scoring in 10 games this season. With 30 points at Sacramento, he reached the 30-point mark for the fourth time. The Suns have lost three of their last four games. The visit from the New Orleans Pelicans will be the lone home game in a four-game stretch for Phoenix, which has road games Saturday and Sunday. The Pelicans have been rather beat up in terms of injuries, though they did have a couple of players back for Tuesday night’s home victory against Portland. Pelicans swingman Brandon Ingram returned from a four-game absence because of a sore knee to score 21 points, while guard Frank Jackson was back as well. New Orleans has won four of its last six games, with Jrue Holiday the leading scorer in two of those victories. Guards Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart have remained out along with center Derrick Favors. The Pelicans open a three-game road trip. The Suns and Pelicans split four meetings last season.
Win: Phoenix Suns
Line: New Orleans Pelicans -4.5
Total Points: Under 233.5