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Saturday, November 30, 2019

NETS VS CELTICS

Venue: Barclays Center | Start: 4:00am AEDT

Luka Doncic and Devin Booker go head-to-head for just the second time in their careers when the Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns duel Friday night in the desert. Booker schooled the then-19-year-old in his first NBA game last October, pouring in 35 points, with more than half coming on 6-for-10 shooting on 3-pointers. Doncic looked like anything but the future Rookie of the Year when he shot 0-for-5 on threes and 5-for-16 overall on a 10-point night. That was the last time Booker was healthy enough to face the Mavericks, while Doncic went on to have a 30-point game in a January home win and a triple-double in an April home victory. Both teams are coming off disheartening losses. Doncic blamed himself for a 114-99 home stumble against the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday, one in which he shot 0-for-8 on 3-pointers and had seven turnovers. The national-showcase loss snapped a five-game winning streak. Meanwhile, Booker lost a scoring duel with Washington’s Bradley Beal 35-27 in a 140-132 home loss on Wednesday night, a defeat that dropped the surprising Suns (8-9) under .500 for the first time this season. The teams are meeting for the first time this season.

Win: Boston Celtics
Line: Boston -4.5
Total Points: Over 214.5

PISTONS VS HORNETS

Venue: Little Caesars Arena | Start: 11:00am AEDT

These teams meet in a rematch Friday night in Detroit after the Hornets pulled out a 102-101 victory at home Wednesday night. The Hornets snapped a five-game losing streak by making a final defensive stand, though the sequence was added by questionable time management on the Pistons’ part. Charlotte has won three games across a two-week period, and two of those victories came at home against Detroit. The latest result was buoyed by Bismack Biyombo’s season-high 19 points. The Hornets received 13 first-half points off the bench from Nic Batum, a nice boost to cultivate more well-rounded contributions. The Hornets might seem anxious to see how Blake Griffin can shoot from the perimeter. He missed his first five 3-point attempts in Wednesday night’s game, then made four of his next six long-range launches. The teams combined for 17-for-62 shooting on 3s – Charlotte was 7 of 30 and Detroit was 10 of 32 – so whichever team can find a consistent touch could be in good shape. The Pistons might look to exploit Charlotte’s interior, especially if center Cody Zeller is out again after missing Wednesday’s game with a hip contusion. Detroit’s Andre Drummond was effective in the lane with 14 points and 21 rebounds, though he was charged with half of the team’s eight turnovers. The Pistons had Tony Snell back after a four-game absence because of a hip injury and he logged 20 minutes without scoring.

Win: Detroit Pistons
Line: Detroit Pistons -8.5
Total Points: Under 213.5

MAGIC VS RAPTORS

Venue: Amway Center | Start: 11:00am AEDT

The Toronto Raptors will attempt to increase their season-high five-game winning streak when they visit the Orlando Magic on Friday night. Toronto has won three of its past five games by double digits, including a resounding 126-98 win over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night. Raptors forward Pascal Siakam is enjoying a superstar campaign, which continued with a 31-point, eight-assist performance in his most recent game. The Cameroon native is averaging 26.0 points, 8.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 17 games during his fourth NBA season. Raptors guard Fred VanVleet also will try to improve upon his impressive numbers, which include 18.3 points and 7.5 assists per game. The Magic have lost three of four games but will go for back-to-back wins after holding off the Cleveland Cavaliers by a 116-104 margin on Wednesday. Evan Fournier led Orlando with 30 points on 10-for-22 shooting. This will be the third out of four meetings between the teams during the regular season. Toronto has won both of the first two games, including a 104-95 victory on Oct. 28 and a 113-97 victory on Nov. 20. Both of those games took place in Toronto. They will not meet again until April 15 in Orlando.

Win: Toronto Raptors
Line: Toronto Raptors -3.5
Total Points: Under 209.5

KNICKS VS 76ERS

Venue: Madison Square Garden | Start: 11:30am AEDT

The Philadelphia 76ers will meet the New York Knicks for the second time in 10 days on Friday night in the Big Apple. Philadelphia held on for a 109-104 home-court win over the Knicks on Nov. 20 thanks in large part to a big performance from center Joel Embiid, who finished with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Embiid has had a strange week that included his first career zero-point game on Monday night against the Toronto Raptors. He then bounced back for 33 points on Wednesday against the Sacramento Kings, and he will look to build upon that effort in New York. Embiid leads Philadelphia with 21.9 points per game, while Tobias Harris (17.8) is second, and Josh Richardson (16.1) rounds out the top three. The Knicks have been a much for most of the season and have dropped 14 of 18 games, including each of the last four. Marcus Morris leads the team with 18.6 points per game and Julius Randle is averaging close to a double-double with 16.4 points and 9.0 rebounds. New York is 3-6 on its home court, while Philadelphia is 4-6 on the road.

Win: Philadelphia 76ers
Line: Philadelphia 76ers -6.5
Total Points: Under 209.5

CAVALIERS VS BUCKS

Venue: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse | Start: 11:30am AEDT

Luka Doncic and Devin Booker go head-to-head for just the second time in their careers when the Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns duel Friday night in the desert. Booker schooled the then-19-year-old in his first NBA game last October, pouring in 35 points, with more than half coming on 6-for-10 shooting on 3-pointers. Doncic looked like anything but the future Rookie of the Year when he shot 0-for-5 on threes and 5-for-16 overall on a 10-point night. That was the last time Booker was healthy enough to face the Mavericks, while Doncic went on to have a 30-point game in a January home win and a triple-double in an April home victory. Both teams are coming off disheartening losses. Doncic blamed himself for a 114-99 home stumble against the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday, one in which he shot 0-for-8 on 3-pointers and had seven turnovers. The national-showcase loss snapped a five-game winning streak. Meanwhile, Booker lost a scoring duel with Washington’s Bradley Beal 35-27 in a 140-132 home loss on Wednesday night, a defeat that dropped the surprising Suns (8-9) under .500 for the first time this season. The teams are meeting for the first time this season.

Win: Milwaukee Bucks
Line: Cleveland Cavaliers +11.5
Total Points: Under 229.5

THUNDER VS PELICANS

Venue: Chesapeake Energy Arena | Start: 12:00pm AEDT

Moving on from a showdown game against the Los Angeles Lakers and Anthony Davis, the New Orleans Pelicans will hit the road for a game Friday against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Pelicans put a scare into the Lakers in Davis’ return to the Big Easy, before falling 114-110 on Wednesday. The Pelicans had a chance to tie or take the lead late in the game but Jrue Holiday’s inbound pass was intercepted by Davis with less than five seconds remaining. Holiday did his part with 29 points, while former Laker Brandon Ingram had 23 points and 10 rebounds. The Pelicans are on a three-game losing streak against some of the better teams in the West: Jazz, Clippers, Lakers. The Thunder have lost four of their last five, with two of those defeats coming against the Lakers. Oklahoma City will enter off a 136-119 defeat to the Portland Trail Blazers. Abdel Nader led the Thunder in scoring for the first time this season with 23 points off the bench. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari and Chris Paul combined to go 15 of 35 from the field and just 3 of 13 from 3-point range. The teams will turn around and face each other again Sunday at New Orleans. The Thunder won the first matchup 115-104 at home on Nov. 2.

Win: Oklahoma City Thunder
Line: New Orleans Pelicans +4.5
Total Points: Under 229.5

GRIZZLIES VS JAZZ

Venue: FedExForum | Start: 12:00pm AEDT

The Utah Jazz will try to get their road trip on track when they travel to Memphis on Friday night to face the Grizzlies. The Jazz will be coming off a 121-102 defeat to the Indiana Pacers, their second defeat in two games of their five-game trip that will conclude at Philadelphia and Toronto. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 30 points for the Jazz on Wednesday, the fourth time in the past six games he has led the Jazz in scoring. After missing two games with a sprained left ankle, Jazz center Rudy Gobert returned to score 14 points with 13 rebounds against the Pacers. Donovan Mitchell, who leads the Jazz with 25.6 points per game, scored 26 on Wednesday. The Grizzlies nearly pulled off an upset of the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday, but will enter on a five-game losing streak. The good news is that their last victory came Nov. 15 at home against the Utah. Rookie Ja Morant scored 25 points in that game against the Jazz, one of eight times he has scored at least 20 points this month. Morant is scoring 19.1 points per game. The Jazz are one of the lower scoring teams in the NBA with just over 107 points per game, while the Grizzlies’ defense is one of the worst allowing over 118 points.

Win: Utah Jazz
Line: Utah Jazz -7.5
Total Points: Under 223.5

HEAT VS WARRIORS

Venue: American Airlines Arena | Start: 12:00pm AEDT

Two guys who have gone from undrafted to indispensable meet for the first time when the Golden State Warriors visit the Miami Heat on Friday night. Injuries to Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and D’Angelo Russell have forced the Warriors to exhaust every healthy body this season, including rookie Ky Bowman, who was signed as a two-way player. He’s gone from a guy who got just four garbage-time minutes on Opening Night while Curry and Russell were healthy, to someone who has averaged 31 minutes (and 14.0 points) in his last six games. His 168 points, 20 3-pointers and 49 assists are well on their way to setting NBA records for two-way players. But the former Boston College standout has been just second-best to the Heat’s Kendrick Nunn among undrafted players. Nunn, who played for Golden State’s G-League affiliate last season after going unpicked out of Oakland University, has exploded onto the scene with seven 20-point games this year. His 280 points, 40 3-pointers and 56 assists all easily ranks as best among the league’s undrafted rookies. Friday’s game matches a team that hasn’t won two in a row all season (Golden State, which is coming off a 104-90 win over Chicago) against a team that hasn’t lost two straight (Miami, which lost 117-108 at Houston on Wednesday). Heat star Jimmy Butler, who missed the Houston game with an illness, remains questionable.

Win: Miami Heat
Line: Golden State Warriors +12.5
Total Points: Under 209.5

PACERS VS HAWKS

Venue: Bankers Life Fieldhouse | Start: 12:00pm AEDT

The Indiana Pacers try to stay on a roll when they play Friday night’s home game against the slumping Atlanta Hawks. Indiana has a four-game winning streak going into the first meeting of the season with the Hawks. Indiana had incredible balanced scoring in Wednesday night’s 121-102 victory against the Utah Jazz, with T.J. Warren and Domantas Sabonis both scoring 23 points and Malcolm Brogdon checking in with 22 points. Combined with the 126-114 victory Monday against Memphis, the Pacers posted the most points in a two-game stretch this season. Indiana, which has shot better than 50 percent from the field in three consecutive games, plays the final game of a four-game homestand Friday before embarking on a five-game road trip. The Hawks have lost eight straight games, including when they failed to protect a lead in Wednesday night’s 111-102 setback at Milwaukee. Atlanta has been unable to reach the 105-point mark in half of the losses during the skid. The Hawks continue to rely on guard Trae Young for much of the offense as he’s scoring 267 points per game. That’s more than twice as many points as anyone else on the active roster other than Jabari Parker (17.8). This game is a middle outing of a three-game road trip for the Hawks.

Win: Indiana Pacers
Line: Indiana Pacers -11.5
Total Points: Under 224.5

SPURS VS CLIPPERS

Venue: AT&T Center | Start: 12:30pm AEDT

Fresh off an ideal home debut, the Portland Trail Blazers’ Carmelo Anthony will get to see the home crowd again Friday against the Chicago Bulls. Anthony scored 19 points Wednesday in a 136-119 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder when the crowd was chanting his name. His home debut was made easier by the fact that he already played four road games with the Trail Blazers. He has scored 16.6 points per game with 5.0 rebounds in his five contests in a Portland uniform. The Trail Blazers have won their last two games, including a 117-94 victory over the Bulls on Monday, but Portland has dropped six of its last nine. The Bulls have lost six of their last eight, including a 104-90 setback against the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday. Zach La Vine had 36 points for the Bulls on Wednesday and had 49 last Saturday against the Charlotte Hornets. In between those games, though, was an 18-point performance against the Trail Blazers. La Vine is scoring 21.8 points per game, while Lauri Markkanen is scoring 13.3. Wendell Carter Jr. has 9.7 rebounds per game. The Bulls are playing the second game of a three-game trip that ends Monday at Sacramento.

Win: LA Clippers
Line: LA Clippers -5.5
Total Points: Under 225.5

SUNS VS MAVERICKS

Venue: Talking Stick Resort Arena | Start: 1:00pm AEDT

Luka Doncic and Devin Booker go head-to-head for just the second time in their careers when the Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns duel Friday night in the desert. Booker schooled the then-19-year-old in his first NBA game last October, pouring in 35 points, with more than half coming on 6-for-10 shooting on 3-pointers. Doncic looked like anything but the future Rookie of the Year when he shot 0-for-5 on threes and 5-for-16 overall on a 10-point night. That was the last time Booker was healthy enough to face the Mavericks, while Doncic went on to have a 30-point game in a January home win and a triple-double in an April home victory. Both teams are coming off disheartening losses. Doncic blamed himself for a 114-99 home stumble against the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday, one in which he shot 0-for-8 on 3-pointers and had seven turnovers. The national-showcase loss snapped a five-game winning streak. Meanwhile, Booker lost a scoring duel with Washington’s Bradley Beal 35-27 in a 140-132 home loss on Wednesday night, a defeat that dropped the surprising Suns (8-9) under .500 for the first time this season. The teams are meeting for the first time this season.

Win: Dallas Mavericks
Line: Dallas Mavericks -2.5
Total Points: Under 231.5

TRAIL BLAZERS VS BULLS

Venue: Moda Center | Start: 2:00pm AEDT

Fresh off an ideal home debut, the Portland Trail Blazers’ Carmelo Anthony will get to see the home crowd again Friday against the Chicago Bulls. Anthony scored 19 points Wednesday in a 136-119 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder when the crowd was chanting his name. His home debut was made easier by the fact that he already played four road games with the Trail Blazers. He has scored 16.6 points per game with 5.0 rebounds in his five contests in a Portland uniform. The Trail Blazers have won their last two games, including a 117-94 victory over the Bulls on Monday, but Portland has dropped six of its last nine. The Bulls have lost six of their last eight, including a 104-90 setback against the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday. Zach La Vine had 36 points for the Bulls on Wednesday and had 49 last Saturday against the Charlotte Hornets. In between those games, though, was an 18-point performance against the Trail Blazers. La Vine is scoring 21.8 points per game, while Lauri Markkanen is scoring 13.3. Wendell Carter Jr. has 9.7 rebounds per game. The Bulls are playing the second game of a three-game trip that ends Monday at Sacramento.

Win: Portland Trail Blazers
Line: Chicago Bulls +7.5
Total Points: Under 227.5

LAKERS VS WIZARDS

Venue: Staples Center | Start: 2:30pm AEDT

Teams that have put up some high-scoring numbers meet Friday night when the Washington Wizards visit the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers carry a nine-game winning streak into the game, with the past four games on the road. The Lakers had a big comeback victory in a much-anticipated visit to New Orleans on Wednesday night. Anthony Davis poured in 41 points in an emotional game in his return to the place where he previously played. That’s the most points by a Lakers player this season. Now the Lakers will have to generate emotions on some other level for the Washington game. There could be additional fanfare around LeBron James, who went above the 33,000-point mark for his career, becoming the fourth player in NBA history do so, in the New Orleans game. The Lakers are home for only two games before a three-game road stretch. The Wizards snapped a two-game losing streak by winning140-132 on Wednesday night at Phoenix. That was the second-highest scoring game of the season for Wizards, in large part due to 54.3-percent shooting from the field. That included 19 baskets from 3-point range, one off the franchise record. Washington’s Bradley Beal has reached the 30-point mark in nine games, including 35 points at Phoenix.

Win: LA Lakers
Line: Washington Wizards +11.5
Total Points: Under 235.5