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    Preview: New York At Indiana

    When: 7:00 PM ET, Wednesday, February 24, 2016
    Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana

    The New York Knicks are sinking toward the bottom of the Eastern Conference and have shown little improvement over the last month, frustrating star forward Carmelo Anthony. The Knicks will try to pick up their third win in 15 games when they visit the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday.

    New York was blown out 122-95 at home by the Toronto Raptors on Monday, letting Toronto shoot 52.9 percent from the floor while surrendering 58 points in the paint. “Regardless of the record, just losing, accepting that – it is hard to accept that,” Anthony told reporters. “You can’t be satisfied with losing basketball games.” The Pacers nearly pulled off a sweep of a three-game road trip before falling 101-93 in overtime at Miami on Monday and are winners of seven of their last 11 contests. Indiana star forward Paul George, who put up a game-high 41 points in the All-Star Game on Feb. 14, is averaging 24.3 points in three games since the break.

    TV: 7 p.m. ET, MSG (New York), FSN Indiana

    ABOUT THE KNICKS (24-34): Anthony was waiting for reporters after Monday’s loss and was honest in his assessment of his team. “We need to want to be out there, want to play, want to go deep,” Anthony told reporters. “I think we need to take it upon ourselves individually. It’s not anything to do with X’s and O’s. We have to take it upon ourselves to take the challenge as a group.” Anthony had his name floated in trade rumors last week but insisted that he was committed to building a winner with New York, which has fallen 6 1/2 games behind the No. 8 spot in the East.

    ABOUT THE PACERS (30-26): George did his part with 31 points and 11 rebounds on Monday but Indiana let an early 14-point lead slip away against one of the teams it is chasing in the East. George could use some help from the starting backcourt of Monta Ellis and George Hill, which combined to go 2-of-24 from the field in the loss. Ellis had two free throws with a chance to put the Pacers in front with 0.8 seconds left in regulation but split the set and the team went on to fall in overtime.


    1. Pacers F C.J. Miles (calf) sat out Monday and is day-to-day.

    2. New York C Robin Lopez is averaging 23.5 points on 21-of-28 shooting in the last two games.

    3. Indiana took all four meetings last season and won the two at home by an average of 22 points.

    PREDICTION: Pacers 103, Knicks 92


    Preview: Charlotte At Cleveland

    When: 7:00 PM ET, Wednesday, February 24, 2016
    Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio

    The Cleveland Cavaliers put together one of the best games of their season on Sunday and followed it up with one of the worst the next night. The Cavaliers will try to find some consistency in their top gear when they host the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday.

    Cleveland crushed the Oklahoma City Thunder 115-92 on the road on Sunday but looked fatigued while falling at home to the Detroit Pistons on Monday 96-88. “It was an emotional game for our guys (Sunday),” Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving told reporters. “We don’t want to make any excuses, but it was a hard fought game for us yesterday. Then, traveling back, you could just see it. We had some uncharacteristic plays out there for a couple of guys.” The Hornets are one of the few teams to beat Cleveland of late, earning a 106-97 home win on Feb. 3, and are winners of five straight. Charlotte began a six-game road trip before the All-Star break and has won the first three to pull three games over .500.

    TV: 7 p.m. ET, FSN Southeast (Charlotte), FSN Ohio (Cleveland)

    ABOUT THE HORNETS (29-26): Charlotte got center Al Jefferson back from knee surgery after the All-Star break, giving them an inside weapon to take some of the pressure off Kemba Walker and the perimeter-based offense the team runs. Jefferson is coming off the bench on a minutes restriction but looked fully recovered from a torn meniscus while putting up 18 points on 9-of-13 shooting in 24 minutes as the Hornets cruised past the Brooklyn Nets 104-96 on Sunday. Walker led the way with 28 points and is averaging 25.2 points in six games this month after sitting out the win over the Cavaliers on Feb. 3.

    ABOUT THE CAVALIERS (40-15): LeBron James carried a big load in Oklahoma City with Irving ailing and it looked like the strain had gotten to him on Monday. The superstar small forward struggled to 12 points on 5-of-18 shooting and committed six turnovers in the setback. “We learn from our mistakes for sure,” James told reporters after the loss. “We’ll probably watch film when we get to our shootaround on Wednesday. We’ll watch our film to see what we did wrong and where we can get better, but we know that we are a better team (Monday) than we showed. It was just our energy level, which from yesterday took a lot out of us.”


    1. Cavaliers F Channing Frye made his team debut on Monday and managed two points in nine minutes off the bench.

    2. Hornets C Spencer Hawes (back) sat out the last two games and is day-to-day.

    3. Charlotte’s win earlier this month snapped a four-game losing streak in the series.

    PREDICTION: Cavaliers 109, Hornets 103


    Preview: Golden State At Miami

    When: 7:30 PM ET, Wednesday, February 24, 2016
    Where: American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida

    The Miami Heat are finding ways to win while fighting through injuries but are about to go up against a freight train. The Heat will try to hang around without Chris Bosh again when they host the NBA-best Golden State Warriors on Wednesday.

    Miami trailed by 14 points early against Indiana on Monday before rallying for an overtime win and has taken three straight while handing more of the offensive burden to forward Luol Deng. “We’re holding it together, and you just keep moving forward,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra told reporters after watching Dwyane Wade return from a two-game absence while Deng played through a dislocated finger on Monday. “You just keep on plugging away. You build up some resiliency from that. It’s just been an interesting week.” The Warriors just keep plugging away as well and became the quickest team in history to reach 50 wins with a 102-92 victory in Atlanta on Monday. “We’re on the right track,” Golden State guard Stephen Curry told reporters. “We’re not complacent. We’re trying to get better, finding different ways to win games and staying in the moment. We’ve got great chemistry, and we’re relying on that each and every night.”

    TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, CSN Bay Area (Golden State), FSN Sun (Miami)

    ABOUT THE WARRIORS (50-5): Golden State gave away all of a 23-point lead on Monday before rallying back behind Curry in the fourth quarter to stay ahead of the pace set by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, who won a record 72 games in the regular season. “I liked the response,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr told reporters after beating Atlanta. “We gave up the lead, and they were on fire in their home building. Everything was going against us, but we maintained our poise and pulled away down the stretch. It was a really good win.” Golden State has three games remaining on its seven-game road trip that concludes in Oklahoma City on Saturday.

    ABOUT THE HEAT (32-24): Bosh is dealing with an undisclosed medical condition that has kept him off the floor for the last two weeks and Wade continues to be plagued by a sore knee, but Miami continues to roll along. “We never quit,” Heat guard Goran Dragic told “We never use excuses when somebody’s out. We’re always going to perform and try to win these games. We know now that everybody can step in and play. You’re not thinking too much. You just go out there and do it. I think we’re getting there.” The winning streak has vaulted Miami back into third place in the East.


    1. The Warriors signed veteran C Anderson Varejao off waivers and he has yet to make his team debut.

    2. Miami G Beno Udrih (foot) left Monday’s game and is day-to-day.

    3. Golden State has taken three straight in the series, including a 111-103 home win on Jan. 11.

    PREDICTION: Warriors 108, Heat 96


    Preview: Minnesota At Toronto

    When: 7:30 PM ET, Wednesday, February 24, 2016
    Where: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario

    The Toronto Raptors remain the biggest threat to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference and showed off with a dominating performance on Monday in a 122-95 win over the New York Knicks. The Raptors will shoot for their 20th home victory when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday.

    Toronto is three games behind Cleveland for the East lead and will play nine of its next 10 games at home, including a showdown against the Cavaliers on Friday. The Raptors tuned up for that stretch of home games by riding point guard Kyle Lowry’s triple-double – 22 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists – to Monday’s easy win. The Timberwolves, who knocked off Toronto at home before the All-Star break, helped the Raptors extend the gap over the No. 3 spot in the East by holding off the Boston Celtics 124-122 on Monday. Minnesota rookie center Karl-Anthony Towns put up 35 points and 11 rebounds in the 117-112 win over Toronto on Feb. 10 and rolled up another double-double in the win over the Celtics.

    TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, FSN North (Minnesota), TSN2 (Toronto)

    ABOUT THE TIMBERWOLVES (18-39): Minnesota got at least 15 points out of each of its five starters and looked strong in the middle with Towns starting alongside fellow center Gorgui Dieng on Monday. Dieng is seeing an increase in minutes with Nikola Pekovic (foot) and Kevin Garnett (knee) out and picked up his sixth double-double in seven games with 17 points and 12 boards on Monday. The Timberwolves have won four of the last seven games as they kick off a stretch with nine of 11 games on the road.

    ABOUT THE RAPTORS (37-18): Lowry started for the Eastern Conference in the All-Star Game in Toronto on Feb. 14 and is averaging 22.3 points in three games since returning from the break. The Villanova product was an efficient 7-of-13 from the field in New York and got plenty of encouragement from his teammates as he went for the triple-double on Monday. “My teammates let me know, I will tell you that much,” Lowry told reporters. “They actually helped me and let me get that triple-double tonight, so I thanked them all and I appreciate them. It’s crazy how much these guys support me and I support them and we support each other.”


    1. Raptors G DeMar DeRozan went over 20 points in each of the team’s three games since the break.

    2. Timberwolves F Nemanja Bjelica (foot) sat out the last three games and is day-to-day.

    3. Toronto had taken eight straight in the series before falling at Minnesota on Feb. 10.

    PREDICTION: Raptors 115, Timberwolves 103


    Preview: Philadelphia At Detroit

    When: 7:30 PM ET, Wednesday, February 24, 2016
    Where: The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan

    After ending a long losing streak on the road against the best team in the East, the Detroit Pistons look to topple the conference’s worst squad at home when they host the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday. Following five straight losses – the last three to sub-.500 teams – the Pistons put it all together in a 96-88 victory at Cleveland on Monday.

    Detroit’s first victory since Feb. 4 came hours after it was forced to void a three-team trade, and it was seen as the potential start of a turnaround. “[Monday night’s] game is a prime example of how good we can be,” Marcus Morris – who had 14 points – told reporters. “It just felt different. Had been a long time.” The 76ers have lost five in a row and fell to 2-30 against the East with Tuesday’s 124-115 loss to Orlando. Opponents have averaged 122 points in the last four games for Philadelphia, which is 0-2 versus Detroit.

    TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, CSN Philadelphia, FSN Detroit

    ABOUT THE 76ERS (8-48): Tuesday offered up an excellent example of what ails Philadelphia, which committed nine more turnovers than the Magic and hit 16 fewer free throws, two categories that have dogged the team all season. The Sixers entered the night last in the league in turnover differential (-2.5) and made free-throw differential (-5.2). Ish Smith (22 points) led six players in double figures against Orlando, hitting multiple 3-pointers for the first time since Jan. 14.

    ABOUT THE PISTONS (28-29): Monday’s victory coincided with Tobias Harris’ first start since being traded to Detroit last week and he figures to remain in the lineup, especially with Anthony Tolliver out at least a couple of weeks with a knee injury. Harris has had no issues fitting in, averaging 17 points in his first three games with his new team. Center Andre Drummond produces no matter who’s around him, as he has 11 straight double-doubles, and two of his NBA-leading 48 have come in the Pistons’ two wins over Philadelphia.


    1. Pistons PG Reggie Jackson is averaging 24 points against the Sixers and has made 5-of-8 3-pointers in the two meetings.

    2. 76ers PG T.J. McConnell left the loss to Orlando with a sprained right ankle.

    3. Philadelphia entered Tuesday 27th in the NBA in field-goal percentage (43.6), while Detroit was 28th (43.5).

    PREDICTION: Pistons 106, 76ers 97


    Preview: L.A. Lakers At Memphis

    When: 8:00 PM ET, Wednesday, February 24, 2016
    Where: FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee

    The Memphis Grizzlies learned that center Marc Gasol will officially miss the rest of the season, an injury that likely prohibits Memphis’ chances of rising higher than fifth place in the tough Western Conference. The Grizzlies begin a home-and-home against the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday in Memphis and aim to beat the Lakers for the eighth straight time before the teams play again Friday in Los Angeles.

    Gasol broke his right foot on Feb. 8 and underwent surgery last Saturday, and the team made the announcement on Tuesday that he is done for the campaign after the navicular bone was repaired. “It is frustrating to not be on the court with my teammates at this time,” Gasol said in a statement. “But I understand that the focus of this process is on long-term health and stability. I look forward to the road ahead and a full and successful recovery.” The Grizzlies likely don’t need Gasol’s presence against the Lakers, who have dropped six consecutive games. Kobe Bryant will be looking to bounce back from a sour outing in Monday’s 108-101 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, a contest in which he was 3-of-12 shooting while scoring 15 points.

    TV: 8 p.m. ET, TWC SportsNet (Los Angeles), FSN Southeast (Memphis)

    ABOUT THE LAKERS (11-47): Rookie forward Larry Nance Jr. had to leave the loss to the Bucks due to pain in his troublesome right knee and the team is considering shutting him down for the season. Nance recently returned from a stretch in which he sat out 10 of 13 games due to discomfort in the knee and he played less than 10 minutes against Milwaukee in his third game back. “We’ve talked about it, they’ve talked about it, but at the same time, at this point right now, it’s precautionary,” Nance told reporters about the prospects of not playing again this season.

    ABOUT THE GRIZZLIES (32-23): Small forward Lance Stephenson fared well in his team debut with 18 points in Sunday’s 98-85 loss to the Toronto Raptors after being acquired at last Thursday’s trade deadline from the Los Angeles Clippers for forward Jeff Green. Stephenson struggled with the Clippers and was a poor fit, and it remains to be seen whether he will repeatedly produce similar to how he did against the Raptors. “Lance looked good,” point guard Mike Conley told reporters. “He adjusted really quickly. We kind of slimmed down the playbook a little bit and just gave him three or four plays to remember and just let him play in space and he’s really good at that.”


    1. Bryant scored 14 points on 6-of-15 shooting when the Lakers lost 112-96 in Memphis on Dec. 27.

    2. Conley had just eight points on 2-of-12 shooting against the Raptors after averaging 24 points over the previous three games.

    3. Memphis G Tony Allen (knee) is expected to miss his second straight game.

    PREDICTION: Grizzlies 116, Lakers 95


    Preview: Washington At Chicago

    When: 8:00 PM ET, Wednesday, February 24, 2016
    Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois

    Derrick Rose has put together three outstanding performances in a row while averaging 26 points and it couldn’t have come at a better time for the injury-hampered Chicago Bulls. Rose, who has struggled with health throughout the last few seasons, looks to stay hot and lead the Bulls to their third consecutive victory Wednesday when they host the Washington Wizards.

    With All-Star guard Jimmy Butler (knee) and starting forward Nikola Mirotic (appendicitis) out, Rose made 31-of-54 from the field the last three contests. “I’m a little more efficient as far as shooting,” Rose told the Chicago Tribune. “I feel like I’m getting to spots I want to get to on the floor instead of settling. And I love the way I’m pushing the ball.” Rose will be tested against fellow guard John Wall and the Wizards, who have won three of four games after a 109-89 triumph against New Orleans on Tuesday. Wall, a three-time All Star, comes in off his second triple-double of the season and fifth of his career as Washington trails Chicago and Charlotte by three games for the final two playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.

    TV: 8 p.m. ET, ESPN, CSN Mid-Atlantic (Washington), CSN Chicago

    ABOUT THE WIZARDS (26-29): Marcin Gortat registered 21 points and 11 rebounds Tuesday for his seventh double-double in eight games while the 6-11 center has shot at least 50 percent from the field in 11 of the last 12 contests. Bradley Beal cooled off against New Orleans with nine points on 3-for-10 shooting after averaging 19.7 on 51.5 percent from the field since Feb. 1. Gary Neal (leg) was a late scratch Tuesday, missing his sixth consecutive game, while Jared Dudley drained a season-high six 3-pointers.

    ABOUT THE BULLS (29-26): Chicago has gotten other strong contributions with Butler (22.4 points) and Mirotic (10.6) out and has responded well after going through a 1-7 stretch that put its playoff hopes in jeopardy. Pau Gasol (17.1 points, 10.8 rebounds) has also been solid, but missed practice due to the flu Tuesday, while Doug McDermott scored 46 combined in his past two outings. Guard E’Twaun Moore has taken advantage of extra playing time, scoring 24 against the Los Angeles Lakers last time out.


    1. The Wizards have taken five of the last seven meetings, including a 114-100 triumph on Jan. 11 in which they placed seven in double figures.

    2. Chicago rookie F Bobby Portis scored in double figures four times in the last six games after accomplishing the feat in six of his first 29.

    3. Washington F Markieff Morris is averaging 5.7 points on 7-of-23 shooting in three games since being acquired from Phoenix.

    PREDICTION: Bulls 101, Wizards 95


    Preview: Oklahoma City At Dallas

    When: 8:30 PM ET, Wednesday, February 24, 2016
    Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas

    The Oklahoma City Thunder look to finish off a four-game season sweep of Dallas when they visit the Mavericks on Wednesday. Oklahoma City prevailed twice by three points this season – once in Dallas – and rolled to a 19-point victory in the other meeting.

    The Thunder are looking to bounce back from consecutive home losses to Indiana and Cleveland, and they were trampled 115-92 by the Cavaliers on Sunday. “Nah, we’re not concerned,” point guard Russell Westbrook attempted to insist afterward. “There’s a reason why it’s rare. It doesn’t really happen. Not a concern. We’ll be back and ready to go to Dallas.” The Mavericks have been sputtering and Sunday’s 129-103 victory over Philadelphia was just their second win in seven games and it came in the first contest of a stretch in which they play nine of 10 at home. “It doesn’t matter if we play these games in Alaska. We need them,” shooting guard Wesley Matthews told reporters. “It’s too tight right now. I don’t feel that we’re a team that deserves to be in the situation that we’re in, but we put ourselves there, so we’ve got to get ourselves out of it.”

    TV: 8 p.m. ET, FSN Oklahoma, FSN Southwest (Dallas)

    ABOUT THE THUNDER (40-16): Oklahoma City fancies itself as an NBA title contender but the home beat down it suffered against Cleveland – its second loss to the Cavaliers this season – sent the message that the Thunder perhaps aren’t as ferocious as they feel they are. Coach Billy Donovan put the “adversity is good for a team” label on the blowout loss while Westbrook and small forward Kevin Durant went in the “no-panic, it’s not a big deal” direction. “We lost a game against a good team,” Durant told reporters. “We’ve got to regroup and figure out what we need to do better and move on. It’s the regular season.”

    ABOUT THE MAVERICKS (30-27): Two-time All-Star David Lee is expected to make his Dallas debut against the Thunder after the team picked him up after he was released by the Boston Celtics. The 32-year-old forward averaged 7.1 points and 4.3 rebounds in 30 games for Boston and is no longer a standout, but Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said he can help the team off the bench at both power forward and center and that is fine with Lee. “I told them I’m not really too worried about them promising me anything as much as I’m in here to show what I can do and try to help this team as much as possible,” Lee told reporters. “My playing time will reflect that. We’ll see what happens.”


    1. The Thunder broke a three-game losing streak in Dallas by recording a 109-106 victory on Jan. 22.

    2. Durant has scored 20 or more points in 41 straight games

    3. Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki went over the 29,000-career point mark against the 76ers – he ranks sixth all-time with 29,008.

    PREDICTION: Mavericks 108, Thunder 106


    Preview: Denver At L.A. Clippers

    When: 10:30 PM ET, Wednesday, February 24, 2016
    Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California

    The Los Angeles Clippers feel they can improve on their standing in the Western Conference and look to take another step in that direction when they host the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday. Los Angeles, which has won four straight against the Nuggets, sits three games behind the third-place Oklahoma City Thunder with a little less than one-third of the season remaining.

    The Clippers are coming off their largest margin of victory this season – 40 points – as they pounded the Phoenix Suns 124-84 on Monday. “There are going to be a lot teams we play down the stretch that aren’t really playing for anything,” shooting guard J.J. Redick told reporters. “For us, we have to value each possession more than the other team.” Denver certainly fits that description after losing for the fourth time in five games on Tuesday, 114-110 to the Sacramento Kings. The Nuggets are 13 games below .500 and allowed an average of 117 points while losing their last three games.

    TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, Altitude (Denver), Prime Ticket (Los Angeles)

    ABOUT THE NUGGETS (22-35): Small forward Danilo Gallinari scored 17 points against the Kings despite struggling with his shooting after cutting his right hand in the second quarter. Gallinari was 5-of-14 from the field and admitted the hand was an issue after the contest. Denver can’t afford off-nights from Gallinari, who has scored in double-digit outings in each of his last 39 games.

    ABOUT THE CLIPPERS (37-19): Recent acquisition Jeff Green had a solid second game with Los Angeles by posting 18 points and five rebounds in 20 minutes against the Suns. Green played for Clippers coach Doc Rivers in Boston but found there to be few similarities while doing a crash course of studying and film work, and also said there is a major difference between his other former team (Memphis) and the Clippers. “It’s a lot of information to take in, first and foremost,” Green told reporters. “Everything is different than where I came from. So, these days are useful no matter whether you’re walking around or not. It’s a lot of information to take in.”


    1. The Nuggets have dropped six consecutive road games against the Clippers.

    2. Denver C Nikola Jokic has back-to-back double-doubles and is averaging 18 points, 13 rebounds and five assists during the span.

    3. Los Angeles is 27-2 when limiting opponents to fewer than 100 points.

    PREDICTION: Clippers 119, Nuggets 109


    Preview: San Antonio At Sacramento

    When: 10:30 PM ET, Wednesday, February 24, 2016
    Where: Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, California

    The San Antonio Spurs hope to have defensive stopper Kawhi Leonard back in the lineup when they visit the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday. The All-Star forward missed three consecutive games because of a left calf injury and San Antonio has allowed an average of 109.7 points without his services.

    Leonard was the NBA Defensive Player of the Year last season and his absence has reminded everyone how crucial he is to a Spurs’ team that owns the best 56-game record in franchise history. San Antonio allows a league-low 92.7 points but has given up at least 105 in each of the games Leonard has missed. “I’m concerned, it’s terrible,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich told reporters. “We stink on ‘D’ right now. We’ll see if we can get better.” Sacramento All-Star DeMarcus Cousins figures to test the Spurs’ defense as he scored 39 points on Tuesday to lead the Kings to their third consecutive victory, 114-110 over the Denver Nuggets.

    TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN, KENS (San Antonio), CSN California (Sacramento)

    ABOUT THE SPURS (47-9): Backup point guard Patty Mills has scored 15 or more points in three of the past four games and matched his career high of six 3-pointers while scoring 21 points against Phoenix on Sunday. Mills has played superbly in February by averaging 14.3 points and shooting 51 percent from 3-point range while seeing playing time at both guard positions with backup shooting guard Manu Ginobili sidelined after testicular surgery. The seventh-year pro has six double-digit outings this month, including two 20-point performances.

    ABOUT THE KINGS (24-31): Cousins is averaging 34.7 points and 13.7 rebounds during Sacramento’s three-game winning streak and the 30-point outing Tuesday was the 53rd of this career. He would like to be part of the postseason for the first time in his stellar career and the Kings are 3 1/2 games behind the eighth-place Utah Jazz with one-third of the season to go. “The team’s been through a lot, been a lot of ups and downs,” Cousins told reporters. “Seems like people are giving up on the team, but I’m the complete opposite. I still think we have a great chance, I still believe, (we are) trying to make a push.”


    1. The Spurs have won the past four meetings, including 106-88 in Sacramento on Nov. 9.

    2. Sacramento PG Rajon Rondo had 12 assists against the Nuggets and is averaging 13.7 over the past six games.

    3. San Antonio C Tim Duncan is averaging 6.3 points on 8-of-29 shooting in four games since returning from a knee injury.

    PREDICTION: Spurs 110, Kings 105


    Hot teams
    — Indiana won four of its last six games (10-5 last 15 HF).
    — Cavaliers won five of their last six games (3-6HF with Lue as the coach). Charlotte won seven of its last eight games (10-9AU).
    — Minnesota is 4-3 in its last seven games (3-5 last 8AU). Toronto won five of last seven games (6-2 last 8HF).
    — Warriors won nine of their last ten games (4-6 last 10AF). Heat won five of their last seven games (3-1HU).
    — Chicago won its last two games, scoring 121 ppg (8-16HF). Wizards won three of their last four games (7-3 last 10AU).
    — Clippers won five of their last seven games (7-4 last 11HF).
    — Spurs won eight of their last nine games (2-6 last 8AF). Kings won their last three games, scoring 114-116-114 (3-5HU).

    Cold teams
    — Knicks lost eight of their last nine games (5-2 last 7AU).
    — 76ers lost last five games, are 4-2 vs spread in last six. Detroit lost five of its last six games (12-4 last 16HF).
    — Memphis is 2-3 in its last five games (9-4-1 last 14 HF). Lakers lost last six games, but covered seven of last eight.
    — Thunder lost three of its last five games (1-8 last 9AF). Dallas lost five of last seven games (5-3HU).
    — Denver lost four of its last five games (7-2 last 9AU).

    Series records
    — Knicks lost seven of last eight games with Indiana.
    — Cavaliers won four of last five games with Charlotte.
    — 76ers are 4-3 in last seven games with Detroit.
    — Raptors won eight of last nine games with Minnesota.
    — Warriors won four of last five games with Miami.
    — Lakers lost their last seven games with Memphis, but are 5-1-1 vs spread in those games.
    — Wizards won five of last seven games with Chicago.
    — Thunder won last three games with Dallas by 3-19-3 points.
    — Clippers won their last four games with Denver.
    — Spurs won nine of last ten games with Sacramento.

    — Last five New York-Indiana games stayed under.
    — Under is 7-2 in last nine Charlotte-Cleveland games.
    — Seven of last ten Philly-Detroit games went over.
    — Seven of last eight Minnesota games went over total.
    — Three of last four Golden State games stayed under.
    — Six of last eight Memphis games went over the total.
    — Over is 7-3 in last ten Chicago-Washington games.
    — Six of last eight Thunder-Maverick games went over.
    — Under is 8-2 in last ten Denver-Celipper games.
    — Last six Sacramento games went over the total.

    — 76ers are 2-6 vs spread last eight times they played night before.
    — Washington is 6-4 vs spread last ten times they played nite before.
    — Denver covered five of last seven if they played night before.
    — Sacramento is 7-6 vs spread if it played the night before.


    StatFox Super Situations™ – FoxSheets

    Play On – Road favorites (OKLAHOMA CITY) an explosive offensive team (>=102 PPG) against a good offensive team (98-102 PPG) after 42+ games, after allowing 110 points or more
    46-18 since 1997. ( 71.9% | 26.2 units )
    6-4 this year. ( 60.0% | 1.6 units )



    Play On – Any team vs the money line (DETROIT) poor shooting team (41.5-43.5%) against an poor defensive team (45.5-47.5%), good ball handling team (<=14.5 TO) vs. an average pressure defense (14.5-16.5 TO) after 42+ games 90-65 since 1997. ( 58.1% | 44.5 units ) 5-1 this year. ( 83.3% | 6.2 units )



    Play Under – Road teams where the first half total is greater than 105 off an upset win as a home underdog, second half of the season
    41-15 since 1997. ( 73.2% | 24.5 units )
    0-1 this year. ( 0.0% | -1.1 units )

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