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Tuesday, December 3, 2019
76ERS VS JAZZ
Venue: Wells Fargo Center | Start: 11:00am AEDT
Eyeing their fourth consecutive win, the Philadelphia 76ers host the rested Utah Jazz on Monday.
Perfect at home with nine straight wins to start the season, the 76ers escaped with a 119-116 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday. Joel Embiid had 32 points and 11 rebounds while hitting all 15 of his free throws. Tobias Harris scored 22 points, Al Horford added 15 and Ben Simmons had 15 points, 13 assists, six rebounds and four steals. Simmons had three steals in the final 14 seconds. Coming off of his first scoreless performance of his career on the road against the Toronto Raptors on Nov. 25, Embiid has responded with three strong games in succession. Guard Josh Richardson (hip) missed the game against the Pacers, and his status remains questionable for Monday. The Jazz defeated the Sixers by two points earlier this season – Philadelphia was without Simmons — and will be looking for a sweep of the season series. Utah was blasted 130-110 Sunday at Toronto, but with the Raptors lead 77-37 at halftime, the Jazz turned to their subs and shifted their focus to Monday.
Win: Philadelphia 76ers
Line: Philadelphia 76ers -5.5
Total Points: Under 208.5
HORNETS VS SUNS
Venue: Spectrum Center | Start: 11:00am AEDT
The Charlotte Hornets begin a five-game homestand with a visit from the Phoenix Suns. Phoenix starts a four-game road trip that covers six nights. Booker is averaging a team-best 24.5 points per game. He’s coming off an 18-point outing in Friday night’s 120-113 loss to Dallas. Head coach Monty Williams said the team needs to focus on poise under pressure. Phoenix did get a boost in the form of Aron Baynes, who played 24 minutes Friday night after missing five games with a hip injury. Former Hornets forward Frank Kaminsky, who’s averaging 9.8 points per game in his first season with the Suns, played his first four NBA seasons with Charlotte. The Hornets had center Cody Zeller back Saturday after a two-game absence with a hip pointer.
Win: Phoenix Suns
Line: Chicago Bulls +4.5
Total Points: Under 224.5
HAWKS VS WARRIORS
Venue: State Farm Arena | Start: 11:30am AEDT
With Draymond Green on a minutes restriction and the rest of the championship-era Warriors on the mend or moved on, the Golden State Warriors are virtually unrecognizable as a four-win team preparing to take on the Atlanta Hawks. The notion the Atlanta Hawks are excited for a chance to end a nine-game losing streak against the Warriors was ludicrous a year ago. Golden State has issues as Klay Thompson has been out rehabbing the left knee he hurt in Game 6 of the championship series with Toronto, and Stephen Curry has missed the last 17 games with a left hand fracture. Kevin Durant, of course, is no longer in the team photo.
Steve Kerr is still around, but Golden State has already endured a seven-game losing streak this season. The Warriors will be playing the third game of a five-game road trip and are coming off a 100-96 loss at Orlando on Sunday night. The Warriors have won nine straight meetings with Atlanta and 14 of the last 15. The Hawks are hurting after a three-game road trip with losses at Milwaukee, in overtime at Indianapolis and a brutal 47-point loss at Houston. Second-year point guard Trae Young scored 37 points against the Rockets, one game after tying his career high with 49 points on 57.1 percent shooting against the Pacers. Young leads the team at 28.4 points and 8.4 assists per game.
Win: Atlanta Hawks
Line: Atlanta Hawks -6.5
Total Points: Under 222.5
GRIZZLIES VS PACERS
Venue: FedExForum | Start: 12:00pm AEDT
Memphis snapped a six-game skid its last time out, beating the Minnesota Timberwolves on the road Sunday despite playing short-handed. But the Grizzlies were without rookie Ja Morant, leading the way this season with 18.6 points and 6.4 assists per game. Morant crashed into a photographer during Memphis’ 126-114 loss to this same Pacers bunch on Nov. 25, and despite avoiding serious injury, he missed Sunday’s game with back spasms. Indiana’s win over the Grizzles came in the middle of a five-game winning streak, which ended in the Pacers’ most recent game. They fell in the final minute to the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday, 119-116, when Ben Simmons made a critical steal that led to a score late. The Pacers had 19 turnovers. T.J. Warren, since scoring just two points against Orlando on Nov. 23, is averaging 23.5 over the last four. Warren posted 26 in the previous meeting with Memphis. The Pacers continue to play without All-Star guard Victor Oladipo, who McMillan recently told reporters would remain practicing with G-League affiliate, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
Win: Indiana Pacers
Line: Memphis Grizzlies +9.5
Total Points: Under 216.5
BUCKS VS KNICKS
Venue: Fiserv Forum | Start: 12:00pm AEDT
All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo made his NBA debut against the New York Knicks on Oct. 30, 2013 and he also got his first career start against this team. He’s lost only three times to New York in his career. Antetokounmpo and the Bucks attempt to run their winning streak to 12 games Monday night when they host the Knicks. The Bucks are 8-1 in their last nine meetings, the one loss a 136-134 overtime affair in New York on Dec. 1, 2018, when Milwaukee blew a 16-point lead. A win on Monday would give Milwaukee 12 straight victories for the first time since Jan. 26-Feb. 21, 1982, and would be its sixth winning streak of at least 12 games in team history. Antetokounmpo is averaging 30.9 points and 13.4 rebounds this season. Antetokounmpo put up a double-double in every game this season until Saturday’s 137-96 rout over Charlotte when he finished with 26 points and nine rebounds while playing less than 20 total minutes. The Knicks limp in at 4-16, tied for their worst 20-game start in team history. The Knicks were also 4-16 in 2014-15. This year’s version took a 113-104 home loss to the Boston Celtics on Sunday afternoon. The Knicks are on a six-game losing streak and 2-8 since team president Steve Mills’ Nov. 10 press conference. The Knicks were outscored 32-19 in the fourth and 26-11 in the last 8:01 in the latest defeat. That’s on the heels of blowing a 16-point lead against the 76ers. Julius Randle led the Knicks with 26 points but New York played minus Marcus Morris (neck spasms), then starting point guard Frank Ntilikina (sore back) left after the first quarter. Morris, who leads the Knicks in scoring at 18.7 points per game, gave way to forward Kevin Knox. Knox had been largely out of the rotation but scored 11 after not playing Friday.
Win: Milwaukee Bucks
Line: New York Knicks +16.5
Total Points: Under 222.5
KINGS VS BULLS
Venue: Golden 1 Center | Start: 2:00pm AEDT
The Sacramento Kings shocked the Denver Nuggets with a fourth-quarter rally that forced overtime Saturday, then used the extra session to pull off one of the more memorable wins in recent franchise history. Following close losses at Boston and Philadelphia, the Kings fell behind the Nuggets by as many as 17 points before finding another gear. The Kings hope not to experience a downshift against the Bulls. In two victories to sweep their season series last season, Sacramento won by 19 and 27 points. The Bulls know all about a downshift. They’ve lost three in a row, including the first two games on a three-game trip at Golden State and Portland. The Kings are staring at eight of 10 on the road after seeing the Bulls. The intrigue in this game comes with the guard matchup between Chicago’s Zach LaVine and high-scoring Kings shooter Buddy Hield. LaVine has done his best to produce a win in the losses at Golden State and Portland, pouring in 36 and 28 points. LaVine got the better of Hield on the stat sheet in the two head-to-heads last season, outscoring his rival by a total of 37-30.
Win: Sacramento Kings
Line: Sacramento Kings -5.5
Total Points: Under 212.5