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The Cavaliers will conclude their four-game homestand on Wednesday night when they square off against the Phoenix Suns for the final time this season. The Tipoff is at 7:00 p.m. (ET).
Cleveland (31-12) is 25-6 in its last 31 regular season games against Western Conference opponents (11-5 this season). The Wine and Gold have also won 13 of their last 14 regular season games over the West at The Q.
Phoenix (14-31) will be traveling into Cleveland after having played on Tuesday night in Philadelphia against the 76ers.
The Suns had lost six in a row before knocking off the Atlanta Hawks, 98-95, this past Saturday in Arizona.
The Phoenix Suns need a nice win after losing six of their last seven games. The Phoenix Suns are averaging 101.5 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 106.6 points on 47.4 percent shooting. T.J. Warren is averaging 11 points and 3.2 rebounds while Mirza Teletovic is averaging 9.7 points and one assist. Devin Booker is dishing 1.2 assists and Alex Len is grabbing 5.9 rebounds. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 37.2 percent from beyond the arc and 75.2 percent from the free throw line. The Suns are allowing 38.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Suns have lost 11 straight road games.
The Cleveland Cavaliers look to stay hot after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 101.3 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 96 points on 44.2 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 25 points and 6.3 assists while Kyrie Irving is averaging 15.9 points and 3.8 assists. Kevin Love is grabbing 10.7 rebounds and Mo Williams is dishing 3.3 assists. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 71.9 percent from the free throw line. The Cavs are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have won 10 of their last 13 home games.
Golden State Warriors (38-4) at Chicago Bulls (24-16)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls +5.5 — Over/Under: 216
The Golden State Warriors and Chicago Bulls square off Wednesday night at the United Center.
INJURY REPORT: Warriors – James Michael McAdoo F (Questionable: Toe), Bulls – Kirk Hinrich G (Questionable: Quadricep), Joakim Noah F (Out: Shoulder)
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ABOUT THE WARRIORS (38-4, 25-16 ATS): Golden State carried a 70-44 lead into the half at Cleveland and kept pulling away in the third quarter as Stephen Curry led the way with 35 points on 12-of-18 shooting. That’s who we know we can be,” Warriors interim head coach Luke Walton told reporters. “As a coaching staff, we are always trying to get our players to play at that level, and they were absolutely phenomenal. … We can’t really ask to play much better than that.” The Warriors will have to keep up that level of play as they close out the three-game trip against Chicago and head home to host Indiana, San Antonio and Dallas.
ABOUT THE BULLS (24-16, 16-24 ATS): Noah had been demoted to a reserve role and fought through various injuries before having his season likely come to an end over the weekend, but the players are still missing him as a leader. “We need him for sure, but we’re professionals,” guard Derrick Rose told reporters. “We know that once someone goes out, someone else has to step in and do their job. And we believe in everybody on this team, and we’re going to see how far this can go.” Rose is one of those players that needs to step up, and his 20 points on Monday marked the second time this month that he reached that plateau.
The Rockets will play in the exact same arena tonight when they take on the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center.
The first time the teams played, November 7th, 2015, a botched goaltending call with 20 seconds remaining tainted a competitive match. Down two points, Blake Griffin shot a potential game-tying shot, which Dwight Howard touched while the ball was on the rim. In the game the referees did not call the infraction rendering a replay meaningless. The NBA ruled the following day the refs missed the call.
The second time the teams played, December 19th, 2015, the Rockets dominated nearly the entire game. At one point the Rockets offensive rebounds outnumbered the entire Clipper rebounding total. However, early in the third quarter, the Clippers employed Hack-a-Howard and Foul-a-Capela to diminish the Houston lead to eleven, stirring the intentional fouling debate pot. Houston won convincingly in the end.
The Rockets have won six of their last seven games and looked pretty solid in last night’s easy win over the Lakers. James Harden led the team with 31 points, Dwight Howard added 14 points while four other players finished in double figures as the Rockets turned it on late to beat the Lakers by 112-95 at the Staple Center. With the win, Houston improves to 22-20 on the season and 9-10 on the road.
The Clippers will be looking to bounce back after having their 10-game win streaked snapped with a 110-103 loss to the Kings on Saturday. JJ Redick led the scoring with 22 points, Jamal Crawford added 20 points while Cole Aldrich had 19 points but it still wasn’t enough to get past the Kings who looked like the more desperate team. Chris Paul had a surprisingly quiet game of just 15 points and seven assists but he’ll surely bounce back as he’s averaging 20.2 points and 11.2 assists in his last give games.
In ATS trends, the Rockets are 2-6 ATS in their last eight games playing on zero days rest and 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games following a win of more than 10 points, while the Clippers are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight home games.
The last time the Chicago Bulls visited the Milwaukee Bucks, it resulted in an embarrassing defeat for the home team.
The Bulls’ play on defense in consecutive losses can also be considered embarrassing.
Some of those issues on defense were seen last week when these teams met ahead of Tuesday night’s rematch at the Bradley Center.
The Bulls will be eager to avoid a third straight loss after falling to the Wizards in a disappointing 114-100 defeat last night. Derrick Rose led the offense with 23 points, Jimmy Butler added 19 points and seven assists while Pau Gasol added a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds, but the Bulls have really slacked off defensively in their last couple of losses and the Wizards took full advantage, especially in the first half where they poured on 62 points. With the loss, Chicago drops to 22-14 on the season and 16-6 at home.
The Bucks will be looking to avoid a second straight loss after falling to the Knicks in a 100-88 defeat on Sunday. Giannis Antetohounmpo led the way with 28 points while Khris Middleton had 20 points but the Bucks were completely outplayed by the Knicks and fell behind by as many as 22 points in the fourth quarter before the Knicks rested their starters. With the loss, Milwaukee falls to 15-24 on the season and 5-17 on the road where they’ve lost three of their last five.
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The last time the Chicago Bulls faced the Boston Celtics, they walked away with a third straight loss and began to question what they had in front of them. The Bulls responded with a dramatic turnaround and will put a five-game winning streak on the line when they host the Celtics in a rematch Thursday.
The Celtics will be looking for a win after losing three of their last four including a 99-94 home loss to the Pistons last night. Isaiah Thomas led the team in scoring with 22 points and 10 assists but shot just six of 22 from the field, Evan Turner added 17 points while Amir Johnson and Jae Crowder added 16 points each, but it still wasn’t enough to get past the Pistons as the Celtics shot just 37 percent from the field. The Celtics have been in a bit of a slump but looked set for a win until their defense failed them in a 33-19 fourth quarter dominated by the Pistons. With the loss, Boston falls to 19-16 on the season and 9-10 at home.
Meanwhile, the Bulls will be going for a sixth straight win tonight after taking down the Bucks in a 117-106 win on Tuesday. Jimmy Butler led the way with 32 points and 10 assists, Pau Gasol added 26 points while Derrick Rose had 16 as the Bulls shot a sizzling 55 percent from the field to pull away from the Bucks late and improve to 21-12 on the season and 15-5 at home.
In ATS trends, the Celtics are 6-0-1 ATS in their last seven games against a team above .600 and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall, while the Bulls are 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record.
New York Knicks (16-19) at Atlanta Hawks (21-14)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Philips Arena)
The Line: Atlanta Hawks -8.5 — Over/Under: 205
The Atlanta Hawks and the New York Knicks will face off on Wednesday night
The Hawks and Knicks will occupy the same court for the third time in 12 days, and with the oddity of a four-day break during that run for Atlanta, the third match-up with New York will be intertwined with only two other NBA opponents.
In the first two match-ups, the Hawks prevailed 117-98 at home on Dec. 26, while the Knicks dominated the last meeting on Sunday afternoon to the tune of a 111-97 win. That Sunday matinee will be forever known as “The Arron Afflalo Game”, as the shooting guard erupted for 38 points on just 17 field goal attempts, but fortunately for Mike Budenholzer and his team, there will certainly be a short memory when Tuesday’s game tips off at Philips Arena.
New York (16-19) dropped the first two matchups against Atlanta this season but won 111-97 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden behind Afflalo’s season-high 38 points, five shy of his career best. It was the second win in three games for the Knicks after suffering their third four-game losing streak since late November, and just their second in the last seven against the Hawks.
The New York Knicks need a nice win after losing five of their last seven games. The New York Knicks are averaging 97.9 points on 43.4 percent shooting and allowing 99.6 points on 43.5 percent shooting. Carmelo Anthony is averaging 21.5 points and 7.5 rebounds while Arron Afflalo is averaging 13.7 points and 1.7 assists. Kristaps Porzingis is grabbing eight rebounds and Jose Calderon is dishing 3.8 assists. The New York Knicks are shooting 33.5 percent from beyond the arc and 88.1 percent from the free throw line. The Knicks are allowing 31.5 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 11.2 turnovers per game. The New York Knicks have lost four straight road games.
The Atlanta Hawks look to keep rolling after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 101.9 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 100.4 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Paul Millsap is averaging 18.3 points and 8.9 rebounds while Jeff Teague is averaging 15.5 points and 5.8 assists. Al Horford is grabbing 7.1 rebounds and Dennis Schroder is dishing 4.3 assists. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 33.9 percent from beyond the arc and 79.7 percent from the free throw line. The Hawks are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 16.1 turnovers per game. The Atlanta Hawks have won four straight home games. Tiago Splitter is doubtful with a calf injury
While the Hawks have won four straight home games, the Knicks have lost four in a row and nine of 11 on the road.
The 76ers (3-33) return to The Center to begin a season-long stretch of six consecutive home games. They host the Minnesota Timberwolves (12-22) at 7:00 PM EST on Monday. Both teams will be looking to end two-game losing streaks.
Philadelphia picked off the Phoenix Suns and the Sacramento Kings on the trip to triple their season win total but head home after dropping the final two legs to the Lakers and Clippers in Los Angeles. The 76ers showed off an ability to take advantage of other down-on-their-luck teams with those two wins but got another lesson in just how far away they are from competing at higher levels in a 130-99 loss to the Clippers that closed out the trip.
The Timberwolves are another team caught in a slump and have lost six of their last seven games without reaching 100 points in any of those contests. Minnesota shot 39.3 percent from the field in a 95-85 home loss to the defensively-challenged Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday, including a 3-of-14 effort from 3-point range
The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 99.7 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 102.7 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Andrew Wiggins is averaging 20.5 points and 1.7 assists while Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 16.1 points and 9.4 rebounds. Zach LaVine is dishing 3.2 assists and Gorgui Dieng is grabbing 6.3 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 32.4 percent from beyond the arc and 79.5 percent from the free throw line. The Timberwolves are allowing 35 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 14.8 turnovers per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have lost eight of their last 10 road games.
The Philadelphia 76ers could use a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Philadelphia 76ers are averaging 92.5 points on 42 percent shooting and allowing 104.8 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Jahlil Okafor is averaging 17.3 points and 7.7 rebounds while Ish Smith is averaging 13.4 points and 7.6 assists. Robert Covington is grabbing 5.7 rebounds and Isaiah Canaan is dishing two assists. The Philadelphia 76ers are shooting 31.8 percent from beyond the arc and 68.9 percent from the free throw line. The 76ers are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 14.4 turnovers per game. The Philadelphia 76ers have lost five straight home games. Jakarr Sampson and Hollis Thompson are questionable.
The Timberwolves are 7-17-1 ATS in their last 25 Monday games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference. The 76ers are 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Northwest and 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 home games. The Timberwolves are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
Minnesota beat the Sixers 100-95 on Nov. 23 for its first home win of the season after losing both meetings last season. The loss dropped the Sixers to 0-15, part of their historic losing streak dating to last season.
The Sixers have won five of the past seven meetings with Minnesota in Philadelphia.
The Portland Trail Blazers (11-16) visit the Orlando Magic (14-11) Friday night at the Amway Center
Portland is playing the second game of a five-game East Coast trip. It dropped the first outing, 106-90, to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night.
Orlando defeated the Charlotte Hornets 113-98 Wednesday night as six different Magic players scored in double figures.
Portland has dropped seven straight and 10 of 11 to East teams on the road. That includes a 111-104 loss March 20 to a Magic squad that’s been considerably tougher than the one that went 25-57 last season.
Orlando (14-11) has won eight of 11 while showing better efficiency and resiliency under first-year coach Scott Skiles. After a 35-point home loss to Cleveland last Friday, the Magic responded with their best two shooting efforts of the season in back-to-back blowout victories.
The Magic shot 53.9 percent in Monday’s 105-82 road win over Brooklyn, then hit 55.8 percent from the field in Wednesday’s 113-98 defeat of Charlotte.
Orlando is shooting 51.1 percent on 3s during the win streak and was 14 of 24 on Wednesday.
This is the first of two meetings between the teams this season. The Blazers hold a 28-23 all-time advantage in the series, but the Magic have won three in a row in Orlando and own a 13-12 edge at home.
Injuries: The Blazers are not reporting any injuries. For the Magic, C.J. Watson (sore left calf) is out
After a horrible 114-108 loss the Houston Rockets put together last night against the Denver Nuggets, they have an opportunity to right the ship by facing the 9-15 Sacramento Kings tonight
The Houston Rockets look to keep the ball rolling after winning five of their last seven games. The Houston Rockets are averaging 104.2 points on 43.4 percent shooting and allowing 106.8 points on 46.7 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 29.1 points and 6.8 assists while Dwight Howard is averaging 13 points and 12.2 rebounds. Ty Lawson is dishing 4.4 assists and Clint Capela is grabbing 6.8 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 33.6 percent from beyond the arc and 72.2 percent from the free throw line. The Rockets are allowing 34.6 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 15.9 turnovers per game. The Houston Rockets have lost five of their last eight games. Clint Capela is questionable with an illness.
The Sacramento Kings could use a nice victory after losing six of their last 10 games. The Sacramento Kings are averaging 104.9 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 108.2 points on 46.1 percent shooting. DeMarcus Cousins is averaging 25.2 points and 10.6 rebounds while Rudy Gay is averaging 18.2 points and two assists. Darren Collison is dishing 3.9 assists and Omri Casspi is grabbing 6.1 rebounds. The Sacramento Kings are shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 72.6 percent from the free throw line. The Kings are allowing 35 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 15.9 turnovers per game. The Sacramento Kings have won six of their last eight home games. Rajon Rondo is out due to suspension.
The Rockets are 35-16 ATS in their last 51 Tuesday games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. NBA Pacific. The Kings are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Southwest and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Tuesday games. The Rockets are 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Sacramento and 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings overall.
It will be a battle of division foes when the Brooklyn Nets (6-15) welcome the Philadelphia 76ers (1-21) to the Barclays Center. The game gets underway at 7:30 pm ET on Thursday, Dec. 10
Coming off a 51-point loss at home, the stumbling 76ers visit the site of one of their two road wins of this calendar year in Thursday night’s matchup with the Brooklyn Nets.
The Nets were victorious over the Rockets 110-105 on Tuesday. Joe Johnson had 22 points, eight assists, and five rebounds for Brooklyn. The 76ers, meanwhile, are coming off an ugly 119-68 loss to the Spurs on Monday. Nerlens Noel stood out for Philadelphia, recording 13 points, six rebounds, and two steals.
Second-chance opportunities are projected to be few and far between for the 76ers in this contest. They rank 28th in the NBA in offensive rebounding (offensive rebound percentage of 20.2%), while Brooklyn is fourth-best in the league on the defensive backboards (defensive rebound percentage of 78.4%).
The Nets are a seven-point favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 194 points. The Nets are looking to improve on their records of 6-15 Straight Up (SU) and 12-9 Against The Spread (ATS). They are 7-3 ATS over their last 10 games.
On the other side, Philadelphia has a SU record of 1-21 and an ATS record of 11-10-1. In Eastern Conference games, Philadelphia has gone 0-12 SU and 5-7 ATS. When it comes to defending the rim, the 76ers are one of the best in the league with an average of 6.8 blocks per game.
This game marks the first time these teams will play this season. The last time the Nets and the 76ers played, Brooklyn won, bringing its SU record to 7-3 over the 76ers in the last 10 games. At 5-5, they are even ATS.
Here are some things to look for in tonight’s matchup: