February 2,2021 at 3:30 PM
2/28/2021 3:30 PM
Bucks Looking To Extend Run, Host Clippers
The Milwaukee Bucks will host the Los Angeles Clippers at Fiserv Forum on Sunday afternoon. The Clippers (24-11) are coming off a 119-99 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday, meaning they bounced back from the loss they suffered against the same opponent on Thursday. Kawhi Leonard led the Clippers with 30 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and a block, in 34 minutes. Lou Williams added 17 points, four assists, two rebounds and a steal, while Paul George tallied 13 points, eight assists, four rebounds, a steal and a block. The Clippers shot 55 percent from the field, including 14-of-35 from long range. The Clippers have been one of the best teams in the Western Conference this season and have looked surprisingly comfortable playing on the road, losing just five of 17 away contests to date. Patrick Patterson (personal), Jay Scrubb (foot) and Daniel Oturu (quadriceps) have all been listed as out. Meanwhile, the Bucks (20-13) are trending in the right direction and enter this game on a four-game winning streak following their 129-125 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 38 points, supplementing them with 10 rebounds, four assists and one block. Khris Middleton collected 31 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Donte DiVincenzo recorded 24 points, nine assists, seven rebounds, two steals and one block. Bobby Portis and Brook Lopez posted 12 points apiece while pulling down eight and five rebounds, respectively. The Bucks dropped five games in a row earlier this month, but they have left that negative run behind them and they're beginning to look like the same team that dominated the Eastern Conference last season. D.J. Augustin (personal), Jrue Holiday (COVID-19) and Jaylen Adams (COVID-19) are all game-time decisions for this contest. Jordan Nwora (ankle) has been ruled out.
February 2,2021 at 7:00 PM
2/28/2021 7:00 PM
Wizards and Celtics Clash in Beantown
The Washington Wizards take on the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on Sunday evening. The Wizards (13-18) continue to slowly climb out of a massive early-season hole, as they'll enter Sunday's game having prevailed in seven of their last eight contests. Their most recent success came Saturday night, when they throttled the Minnesota Timberwolves by a 128-112. Bradley Beal paced the Wizards with 34 points, supplementing them with eight rebounds, six assists and one steal. Russell Westbrook generated a 19-point, 14-rebound, 12-assist triple-double that also included two steals. Davis Bertans supplied 19 points, four rebounds and two steals. Garrison Matthews registered 18 points and nine rebounds. Moritz Wagner delivered 12 points, while Alex Len finished with 10 points, four rebounds and four blocks. The Wizards will likely list Raul Neto as no better than questionable with a knee bruise that he sustained in Saturday's game. Ish Smith (quadriceps) will remain out. The Celtics (16-17) have been on an opposite trajectory from their opponent, as they've dropped four of their last six games, and eight of 12 overall. Boston's most recent time on the floor did result in a victory, however, as they toppled the Indiana Pacers by a 118-112 score Friday night. Kemba Walker paced the Celtics with 32 points, complementing them with six assists, three rebounds and one steal. Daniel Theis registered 17 points, four boards, one assist, three blocks and one steal. Jaylen Brown managed 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Robert Williams and Jeff Teague posted 14 points apiece, with Williams also pulling down 11 rebounds and three blocks. The Celtics will list Brown (knee) as questionable for Sunday's contest, while Marcus Smart (calf) and Romeo Langford (wrist) will remain sidelined. Sunday's game marks the third and final meeting between the teams this season. The series is split 1-1, with the Celtics notching a 116-107 win Jan. 8 and the Wizards countering with a 104-91 victory Feb. 14.
February 2,2021 at 7:00 PM
2/28/2021 7:00 PM
Bulls Looking To Bounce Back, Visit Raptors
The Toronto Raptors will host the Chicago Bulls at Amelie Arena on Sunday evening. The Raptors (17-17) are coming off a 122-111 win over the Houston Rockets the last time out, a game where they didn't have Pascal Siakam -- meaning other players were forced to step their game up even despite the team's slow start. Norman Powell carried the Raptors offensively with 30 points (10-15 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 6-6 FT) and three rebounds, while Kyle Lowry finished with a triple-double of 20 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Fred VanVleet notched 25 points, four assists, four rebounds and three steals. OG Anunoby contributed 11 points and five assists, while DeAndre Bembry chipped in with 13 points off the bench. The Raptors have been trending in the right direction of late and have gone 5-2 in their last seven contests. Toronto is listing Pascal Siakam (COVID-19) as out, while Jalen Harris (finger) will be a game-time decision. The Bulls (15-17) are coming off another disappointing performance since they suffered a 106-97 loss against the Phoenix Suns on Friday. Zach LaVine paced the Bulls with 24 points, supplementing them with four assists and one rebound. Coby White delivered 19 points, five rebounds and four assists. Thaddeus Young contributed a 13-point, 10-rebound double-double that also included five assists. Tomas Satoransky delivered 12 points, two rebounds and one assist, while Luke Kornet supplied 11 points, five boards and three blocks. That loss against the Suns is certainly a step in the wrong direction for Chicago, but they've still managed to win five of their last seven contests. Chicago is listing Chandler Hutchinson (lower leg) as a game-time decision, while Otto Porter (back) and Lauri Markkanen (shoulder) are out.
February 2,2021 at 8:00 PM
2/28/2021 8:00 PM
Knicks Looking For Another Win, Visit Pistons
The Detroit Pistons will host the New York Knicks at Little Caesars Arena on Sunday night. The Knicks (17-17) are coming off a win over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday and finally reached the .500 threshold, so it's not crazy to think they might be able to challenge for a playoff berth in the coming weeks given how good they've been playing recently. Julius Randle had an impressive performance and carried the Knicks with 28 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and four steals. R.J. Barrett posted 24 points and seven rebounds, while Derrick Rose ended with 17 points and 11 assists as a starter. Immanuel Quickley ended with 10 points off the bench. The Knicks shot 49.4 percent from the field and 50 percent from three-point range in the win. They have gone 7-10 when playing on the road, but they have won three of their last four contests. Taj Gibson (ankle) and Elfrid Payton (hamstring) are questionable, while Mitchell Robinson (hand) is out. The Pistons (9-24) remain one of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference and seem to be in the midst of another long rebuilding effort, and their recent results have not been good by any means. They're coming off a 110-107 loss against the Sacramento Kings the last time out. Jerami Grant carried the Pistons offensively once again and finished with 30 points and seven rebounds. Saddiq Bey and Dennis Smith each posted matching 17-point tallies, with Bey adding six rebounds and Smith contributing six assists. Josh Jackson had another strong performance and delivered 14 points and five rebounds across 28 minutes off the bench. Mason Plumlee had six points, nine boards and six assists. The Pistons have posted a 6-9 mark at home but have dropped five of their last six outings. Frank Jackson (illness) is questionable and will be a game-time call for Detroit. Blake Griffin (not injury related), Delon Wright (groin), Killian Hayes (hip) and Jahill Okafor (knee) are out.
February 2,2021 at 8:00 PM
2/28/2021 8:00 PM
Rockets Looking To End 10-Game Slide
The Houston Rockets play host to the Memphis Grizzlies at Toyota Center on Sunday evening. The Rockets (11-20) have lost their last ten games but look to get back on track as they face the first game of a three-game home stand. Their last home win was back on January 28, but they have a chance to salvage their, 5-7, home record if they can make the most of their next three games. John Wall is averaging, 20.2 points, 6.4 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game. Jae'Sean Tate has been a consistent contributor, averaging 9.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game, while Danuel House Jr. is averaging 9.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. The Rockets are shooting an average of 44.3 percent from the field, which is fifth worst in the league, including a league-worst 33.9 percent from long range. Victor Oladipo (rest) and Christian Wood (ankle) will both be sidelined through Sunday's action. Meanwhile, this marks the first game of a two-game road trip for the Grizzlies (14-15), as they look to bounce back from a loss in their most recent contest and add to their, 7-5, road record. Ja Morant continues to play great and leads the Grizzlies, averaging 19.0 points, 7.7 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game. Jonas Valanciunas has also been very strong and is averaging 16.3 points, 11.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game, while Kyle Anderson continues to contribute across the board, averaging 13.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.2 steals per game. The Grizzlies average 110.4 points per game, which is ninth fewest in the league, but they are giving up an average of 111.7 points against. They are averaging 27.2 assists per game, which is second most in the league, and they are averaging a league-high 9.7 steals per game.
February 2,2021 at 8:00 PM
2/28/2021 8:00 PM
Lakers Look To Stay Strong At Home
The Los Angeles Lakers play host to the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center on Sunday evening. This marks the second game of a three-game home stand for the Lakers (23-11), as they look to build on a win in their most recent contest and add to their, 10-7, home record. LeBron James continues to lead the way for the Lakers, averaging 25.7 points, 8.2 rebounds, 7.9 assists and 1.1 steals per game. Dennis Schroder is averaging 14.5 points, 4.2 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game, while Montrezl Harrell is averaging 13.9 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Anthony Davis (calf) remains sidelined. The Lakers are averaging 111.2 points per game, and they are shooting an average of 47.9 percent from the field, which is eighth best in the league. They are one of the better defensive teams in the league, as they are holding opponents to an average of 106.1 points per game, which is second fewest in the league. Meanwhile, this marks the first game of a four-game road trip for the Warriors (19-15), as they look to build on the momentum of a three-game winning streak and add to their, 7-9, road record. The Warriors are averaging 114.7 points per game, and they are giving up an average of 112.7 points against. They have been having some trouble taking care of the ball, as they are giving up an average of 15.1 turnovers per game, which is fourth most in the league. Stephen Curry leads the Warriors with 29.9 points on 48 percent shooting, including 41 percent from long range, 6.3 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game. Andrew Wiggins is averaging 17.5 points on 46 percent shooting, while Kelly Oubre Jr. is averaging 15.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game.
February 2,2021 at 8:00 PM
2/28/2021 8:00 PM
Heat Host Hawks on Sunday
The Atlanta Hawks travel to South Beach to face the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on Sunday. The Hawks (14-19) have traded off wins and losses in each of their last seven games, losing to the Oklahoma City Thunder in their most recent game on Friday. In total, they own a 4-10 record over their last 14 games, playing some of the worst basketball in the NBA. That's the Hawks we've seen for the past few years, and it's really disappointing because this club had some seriously high expectations at the beginning of the season. Trae Young, Clint Capela, and John Collins have all been solid, but it just hasn't worked as a whole for whatever reason. The defense is definitely a major reason why, sitting 26th in points allowed since the opening month of the year. That has many people talking about how Collins will be on the move, but that's just another step backward for a franchise that takes one step forward and two steps backward way too regularly. The Heat (16-17) got off to a nightmarish start because of injuries and COVID protocols, but they're starting to play much better recently. That was on full display Friday night when they handed the Utah Jazz a rare defeat. That's a club that won 22 of its previous 24 games, and it says a lot about where this Miami team is at right now. That marked their fifth-straight win and their ninth victory in their last 12 games in total. Getting Goran Dragic back in the most recent victory was the final piece from the club that made a bubble run just a few months back, and it's scary with how well Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler are playing too. These teams played four times last season, with Miami winning the season series, 3-1. That gives the Heat four wins in their last five meetings with the Hawks in total.
February 2,2021 at 9:00 PM
2/28/2021 9:00 PM
Suns and Timberwolves Face Off in Sunday Night Battle
The Phoenix Suns take on the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center on Sunday night. The Suns (21-11) continue as one of the league's hottest teams, as they've prevailed in 10 of their last 12 contests. Their most recent success came at the expense of the Chicago Bulls, which they toppled by a 106-97 score Friday night. Deandre Ayton and Devin Booker co-led the Suns with 22 points while pulling down seven rebounds and dishing out five assists, respectively. Frank Kaminsky poured in 15 points. Chris Paul furnished 14 points, 15 assists, six rebounds and three steals. Mika Bridges matched Paul's scoring tally and added two rebounds, two assists and two steals. The Suns will list Dario Saric (ankle) as questionable for Sunday's game. The Timberwolves (7-27) are having as difficult a time as their record would imply, and they'll check into Sunday's contest having dropped seven consecutive games. Their most recent stumble came Saturday night, when they put up a valiant fight before dropping a 128-112 decision to the Washington Wizards. Karl-Anthony Towns led the Timberwolves with a 23-point, 11-rebound double-double that also included five assists and three blocks. Anthony Edwards followed with 21 points, six boards, two blocks and one steal. Naz Reid furnished 17 points, three assists, one rebound, one steal and one block. Jaylen Nowell delivered 15 points, five rebounds, four assists and one steal. Josh Okogie contributed 12 points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal, while Jarred Vanderbilt totaled 11 points, 12 rebounds, two assists and two blocks. The Timberwolves will continue without D'Angelo Russell (quadriceps) and Malik Beasley (suspension) for Sunday's contest. Sunday's game marks the first of three meetings between the teams this season. The Suns swept the two-game 2019-20 season series from the Timberwolves.
February 2,2021 at 10:00 PM
2/28/2021 10:00 PM
Kings Host Hornets on Sunday
The Sacramento Kings play host to the Charlotte Hornets at Golden 1 Center on Sunday. The Hornets (15-17) have traded off wins and losses in each of their last eight games, losing to the Golden State Warriors on Friday, 130-121. That game wasn't even as close as the final scoreline would indicate, with Charlotte trailing by 19 points heading into the fourth quarter. The 130 points allowed is a microcosm of the main issues with this club, ranked 22nd in total defense. That's not good enough to compete for a playoff berth, but, surprisingly, they're doing just that. LaMelo Ball has come in and nearly guaranteed himself a Rookie of the Year Award, while Gordon Hayward has lived up to the lofty contract they gave him in the offseason. That looks even better with Terry Rozier in the midst of a breakout season, giving this club a nice core to build around. It has the Hornets just 0.5 games out of the final playoff spot in the east which is quite a surprise considering many people had them projected with one of the worst records in the NBA. The Kings (13-20) finally picked up a win on Friday, beating the Detroit Pistons, 110-107. That actually snapped a season-worst nine-game losing streak, turning a solid start into another disastrous season. Runs like this have been way too common for this club over recent years, and one has to wonder where they're headed. They have plenty of young talent, but how long can we say, "just one more year!". What makes this recent run even more discouraging is the fact that De'Aaron Fox is breaking out in the middle of it, averaging nearly 30 points and 10 assists per game since the beginning of the month. That's the young stud we've been waiting to see, and if they cant get wins behind those numbers, we're not sure how they will at all. Ranking dead-last in defensive efficiency is surely the major reason why and nothing will change until that improves. These teams have not played since 2019, with the Hornets sweeping that two-game season series. That gives Charlotte six wins in their last seven meetings with Sacramento.