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Tuesday, January 14, 2020
PACERS VS 76ERS
Venue: Bankers Life Fieldhouse | Start: 11:00am AEDT
The Philadelphia 76ers and Indiana Pacers will meet for the third time this season, including the second time in the past two weeks, when they tip off Monday night in Indianapolis. The Pacers held on for a 115-97 win in the teams’ most recent matchup Dec. 31, also in Indianapolis. Domantas Sabonis provided a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds, while T.J. Warren added 21 points while shooting 9 of 11 from the field and 2 of 2 from 3-point range. Indiana is coming off a 116-105 win against the Chicago Bulls and has victories in two of its past three games. Philadelphia also has won two of three, but it fell short 109-91 to the Dallas Mavericks in its most recent outing. Versatile big man Joel Embiid leads the 76ers with 23.4 points and 12.3 rebounds per game, but he will not play Monday as he recovers from surgery on his left hand. This will be the third straight game with Embiid sidelined for Philadelphia, which, in his absence, has implemented a smaller starting lineup of Ben Simmons, Josh Richardson, Tobias Harris, Al Horford and Mike Scott. Harris is coming off a double-double with 20 points and 10 boards.
Win: Indiana Pacers
Line: Indiana Pacers -2.5
Total Points: Under 214.5
PISTONS VS PELICANS
Venue: Little Caesars Arena | Start: 11:00am AEDT
The New Orleans Pelicans will try to end a three-game road trip on a winning note when they visit the Detroit Pistons on Monday night. New Orleans is 1-1 on the trip so far, with a win over the New York Knicks and a loss against the Boston Celtics. The Pelicans are playing much better with victories in seven of their past 10 games, and injured No. 1 draft pick Zion Williamson (knee) has returned to practice and could make his debut soon. Several teammates also are dealing with injuries, including J.J. Redick and Derrick Favors, both of whom have sore hamstrings. High-scoring guard Jrue Holiday also is a question mark after missing Saturday’s game against Boston because of an elbow injury. Detroit has not been immune to injuries, either, with Blake Griffin (knee) and Reggie Jackson (back) sidelined. The Pistons have relied heavily on veteran big man Andre Drummond, who is averaging a double-double with 17.6 points and 15.9 rebounds per game. Derrick Rose leads the team in scoring with 17.9 points per game off the bench. This is the second and final meeting of the regular season between the teams. Detroit won the first game 105-103 on Dec. 9.
Win: Detroit Pistons
Line: Detroit Pistons -3.5
Total Points: Under 225.5
CELTICS VS BULLS
Venue: TD Garden | Start: 11:30am AEDT
Jayson Tatum will look to build upon a career-best performance when his Boston Celtics host the Chicago Bulls on Monday night. In his most recent game, a 140-105 win over the New Orleans Pelicans, Tatum dropped 41 points in 30-plus minutes. He shot 16 of 22 from the field and 6 of 9 from beyond the arc. The 21-year-old St. Louis native is averaging a career-best 21.3 points per game to go along with 6.9 rebounds per game in his third season in the NBA. Chicago can clamp down on defense at times, as it did in a 108-99 win over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night, and limiting Tatum will be one of its top priorities. The Bulls’ win over Detroit snapped a six-game skid, and now the team will go for back-to-back wins for the first time in almost a month. Zach LaVine is the Bulls’ top scoring threat, averaging 24.4 points on 43.5 percent shooting as he aims for a spot in the NBA All-Star Game in Chicago next month. This is the second of four games between the Bulls and Celtics this season. Boston won the first meeting 111-104 on Jan. 4, with Tatum scoring a team-high 28 points on 12-for-15 shooting.
Win: Boston Celtics
Line: Chicago Bulls +10.5
Total Points: Under 216.5
TIMBERWOLVES VS THUNDER
Venue: Target Center | Start: 12:00pm AEDT
The Oklahoma City Thunder will look to regroup when they go on the road to face the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night. The Thunder have won two straight and faced a short-handed Los Angeles Lakers team at home but lost that encounter Saturday night. The 125-110 loss was out of character since the Thunder hadn’t allowed that many points in regulation since late November. Forward Danilio Gallinari has combined for 47 points in the team’s past two games, pushing his season scoring average to 18.3 points per game. The Thunder have won five of their last six road games. Oklahoma City owns a 139-127 overtime home victory against Minnesota on Dec. 6, when Chris Paul racked up 30 points. In that game, Jeff Teague poured in 32 points for the Timberwolves, although he has led the team in scoring only twice since then. Paul and Teague are both former college guards for Wake Forest. The Timberwolves have won three in a row at home and are coming off a 139-109 loss Saturday at Houston, reflecting the largest margin of defeat this season and the second-most points that the team has surrendered this season. Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns has not played since Dec. 18 because of knee soreness and is listed as day-to-day.
Win: Oklahoma City Thunder
Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -2.5
Total Points: Under 217.5
KINGS VS MAGIC
Venue: Golden 1 Center | Start: 2:00pm AEDT
In a matchup of teams dealing with a number of injuries, the Sacramento Kings will play host to the Orlando Magic on Monday. The Kings are awaiting word on Harrison Barnes, who left the court in Friday’s 127-106 defeat to the Milwaukee Bucks with a left leg injury. Richuan Holmes (shoulder) and Bogdan Bogdanovic (ankle) did not play Friday. But Marvin Bagley III is expected to return after missing the last eight games with left foot soreness. Despite the loss to the Bucks, the Kings still led the Eastern Conference’s best team in the third quarter. They have also won three of their past five games following an eight-game losing streak. When the Magic lost a 98-94 road game Friday against the Phoenix Suns, guard D.J. Augustin (knee) and forward Aaron Gordon (calf) sat out. Michael Carter-Williams (shoulder) has been out since Dec. 23 and Jonathan Isaac (knee) has been out since Jan. 3. Evan Fournier scored 28 points as the Magic lost for just the second time in their last six games. The loss to the Suns, in a game where they held the lead in the final minute, was the opener of a six-game road trip with their next home game not until Jan. 22.
Win: Sacramento Kings
Line: Orlando Magic +1.5
Total Points: Under 212.5
TRAIL BLAZERS VS HORNETS
Venue: Moda Center | Start: 2:00pm AEDT
The Portland Trail Blazers haven’t found many remedies lately so a visit from the Charlotte Hornets could be welcoming sight. With losses in eight of their last 10 games, the Trail Blazers have plenty of problems of their own to sort through. Among those has been illness, so much so that center Hassan Whiteside didn’t play in Saturday night’s home loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. The Trail Blazers have some notable scorers on the roster with Damian Lillard and Carmelo Anthony, but the offensive elements don’t always shine through. Portland shot 10-for-36 on 3-pointers in the loss to Milwaukee. That was the team’s third loss in a four-game span. Either Lillard or Anthony has led the Trail Blazers in scoring in their last 13 games, while Anthony is coming off his second double-double (19 points, 11 rebounds) since joining the team. Portland is 8-10 in home games, reflecting half of its victories this season. The Hornets will be playing on back-to-back nights after Sunday’s 100-92 loss at Phoenix. Charlotte has a four-game losing streak. Guard Terry Rozier led the Hornets in scoring in five consecutive games prior to Sunday, when Dwayne Bacon’s 24 points were tops. This is Charlotte’s third stop on a four-game trip through the Western Conference.
Win: Portland Trail Blazers
Line: Charlotte Hornets +9.5
Total Points: Over 215.5
LAKERS VS CAVALIERS
Venue: Staples Center | Start: 2:30pm AEDT
Kevin Love enjoys playing in Los Angeles so much, he’s going to stick around an extra day after the Los Angeles Lakers play host to his Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night. No, it’s not disobedience. Rather, it’s an opportunity to enjoy a two-night homecoming, with the Cavaliers conveniently scheduled to play the Clippers at the Staples Center on Tuesday. Love averaged 17.5 points and 10.6 rebounds in his one-year college career at UCLA and has relived his days of double-double glory on almost every return trip to Los Angeles since. He’s scorched the Lakers for eight double-doubles in 11 career visits, and the Clippers for seven more in 10 L.A. meetings. And his teammates have shared in the fun, with Love’s team having won their last two road games against the Lakers and last one against the Clippers in which the big guy was healthy enough to play. This year’s visit will pit a Cavaliers team on a two-game winning streak against a Lakers club on an eight-game run. With LeBron James (cold, expected back Monday) and Anthony Davis (bruised tailbone, doubtful for Monday) both out of the lineup Saturday, Kyle Kuzma helped the Lakers complete a two-game road sweep of Dallas and Oklahoma City with 36 points in a 125-110 win over the Thunder.
Win: LA Lakers
Line: LA Lakers -14.5
Total Points: Under 221.5