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Saint Francis (BKN) hosts LIU following Wilcox’s 21-point outing

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Long Island Sharks (3-18, 1-8 NEC) at Saint Francis (BKN) Terriers (10-11, 3-5 NEC)

New York; Saturday, 7 p.m. EST

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Saint Francis (BKN) -7.5; over/under is 140.5

BOTTOM LINE: Saint Francis (BKN) faces the Long Island Sharks after Tedrick Wilcox Jr. scored 21 points in Saint Francis (BKN)'s 65-56 win over the Wagner Seahawks.

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Sacramento puts road win streak on the line against Minnesota

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Sacramento puts road win streak on the line against Minnesota

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Sacramento Kings (27-20, third in the Western Conference) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (26-25, eighth in the Western Conference)

Minneapolis; Saturday, 8 p.m. EST

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK NBA LINE: Timberwolves -3

BOTTOM LINE: Sacramento visits Minnesota aiming to extend its three-game road winning streak.

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Sacramento Kings (27-20, third in the Western Conference) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (26-25, eighth in the Western Conference)

Minneapolis; Saturday, 8 p.m. EST

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK NBA LINE: Timberwolves -3

BOTTOM LINE: Sacramento visits Minnesota aiming to extend its three-game road winning streak.

Heat face the Hornets, seek 4th straight win

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Heat face the Hornets, seek 4th straight win

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Miami Heat (28-22, sixth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Charlotte Hornets (14-36, 14th in the Eastern Conference)

Charlotte, North Carolina; Sunday, 1 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Miami looks to keep its three-game win streak alive when the Heat take on Charlotte.

The Hornets are 4-6 against the rest of their division. Charlotte is third in the Eastern Conference in rebounding with 44.9 rebounds. Mason Plumlee leads the Hornets with 9.7 boards.

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Miami Heat (28-22, sixth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Charlotte Hornets (14-36, 14th in the Eastern Conference)

Charlotte, North Carolina; Sunday, 1 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Miami looks to keep its three-game win streak alive when the Heat take on Charlotte.

The Hornets are 4-6 against the rest of their division. Charlotte is third in the Eastern Conference in rebounding with 44.9 rebounds. Mason Plumlee leads the Hornets with 9.7 boards.

Orlando takes on Chicago, looks for 4th straight home win

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Orlando takes on Chicago, looks for 4th straight home win

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Chicago Bulls (22-26, 11th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Orlando Magic (19-30, 13th in the Eastern Conference)

Orlando, Florida; Saturday, 7 p.m. EST

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK NBA LINE: Magic -2.5; over/under is 231

BOTTOM LINE: Orlando hosts Chicago looking to extend its three-game home winning streak.

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Chicago Bulls (22-26, 11th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Orlando Magic (19-30, 13th in the Eastern Conference)

Orlando, Florida; Saturday, 7 p.m. EST

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK NBA LINE: Magic -2.5; over/under is 231

BOTTOM LINE: Orlando hosts Chicago looking to extend its three-game home winning streak.

Memphis takes on Indiana, looks for 8th straight home win

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Memphis takes on Indiana, looks for 8th straight home win

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Indiana Pacers (24-27, ninth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (31-18, second in the Western Conference)

Memphis, Tennessee; Sunday, 6 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Memphis will try to keep its seven-game home win streak intact when the Grizzlies play Indiana.

The Grizzlies are 20-3 on their home court. Memphis is 3-5 in one-possession games.

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Indiana Pacers (24-27, ninth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (31-18, second in the Western Conference)

Memphis, Tennessee; Sunday, 6 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Memphis will try to keep its seven-game home win streak intact when the Grizzlies play Indiana.

The Grizzlies are 20-3 on their home court. Memphis is 3-5 in one-possession games.

Portland hosts Toronto after Lillard’s 60-point game

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Portland hosts Toronto after Lillard’s 60-point game

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Toronto Raptors (22-28, 12th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (23-25, 12th in the Western Conference)

Portland, Oregon; Saturday, 10 p.m. EST

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK NBA LINE: Trail Blazers -4.5

BOTTOM LINE: Portland faces the Toronto Raptors after Damian Lillard scored 60 points in the Portland Trail Blazers' 134-124 win over the Utah Jazz.

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Toronto Raptors (22-28, 12th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (23-25, 12th in the Western Conference)

Portland, Oregon; Saturday, 10 p.m. EST

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK NBA LINE: Trail Blazers -4.5

BOTTOM LINE: Portland faces the Toronto Raptors after Damian Lillard scored 60 points in the Portland Trail Blazers' 134-124 win over the Utah Jazz.

Curry’s 35 points send Warriors past Raptors, 129-117

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Curry’s 35 points send Warriors past Raptors, 129-117

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stephen Curry had 35 points and 11 assists, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Toronto Raptors 129-117 on Friday night.

The high-scoring affair was close until the Warriors pulled away with a 31-point fourth quarter, securing a sweep in the season series.

“It feels like we took better care of the ball tonight,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. “When Steph plays like that, the whole game opens up. The whole floor opens up.”

Klay Thompson added 29 points, knocking down six 3-pointers despite beginning the night 0 for 5 from beyond the arc. Though Thompson played in the Warriors' 126-110 victory in Toronto on Dec. 18, the game Friday was his first time facing the Raptors at home since he tore his ACL in his left knee in the deciding Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals won by Toronto in Oakland.

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Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) shoots against Toronto Raptors forward Scottie Barnes (4) and guard Gary Trent Jr. (33) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Friday, Jan. 27, 2023. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn)

Heat rally again, top Magic 110-105 to close 3-0 homestand

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Heat rally again, top Magic 110-105 to close 3-0 homestand

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MIAMI (AP) — Bam Adebayo has a theory. All these close games that the Miami Heat are playing now, in his mind, are providing valuable lessons to draw upon later this season.

And the fact that they're winning a lot of those games right now is an added bonus.

Jimmy Butler had 29 points, Adebayo added 20 and the Heat rallied again in the fourth quarter to beat the Orlando Magic 110-105 on Friday night. It capped a 3-0 homestand for the Heat, with those wins coming by three, four and five points.

“I don't know if we just like dogfights," Adebayo said. “I don't know if we just like to make it interesting."

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Orlando Magic forward Franz Wagner (22) drives to the basket as Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo (13) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 27, 2023, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Timberwolves beat Grizzlies; moment of silence for Nichols

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Timberwolves beat Grizzlies; moment of silence for Nichols

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Anthony Edwards scored 13 of his 25 points in the third quarter as Minnesota extended its lead, D’Angelo Russell added 19 points and the Timberwolves topped the short-handed Memphis Grizzlies 111-100 on Friday night.

The Grizzlies took the court minutes after video footage was released of 29-year-old Tyre Nichols being beaten by Memphis police officers.

There was a moment of silence prior to the game but no demonstration by the Grizzlies or Timberwolves. Both teams offered thoughts to Nichols’ family and friends in messages tweeted before the video was released. Speaking pregame, Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins wasn’t sure if the team would watch the footage together or on their own.

Kyle Anderson had 23 points for Minnesota, which has won four of five.

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Milwaukee Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer reacts to a called foul during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers, Friday, Jan. 27, 2023, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Gilgeous-Alexander has 35, leads Thunder past Cavs 112-100

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Gilgeous-Alexander has 35, leads Thunder past Cavs 112-100

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 35 points, his fourth consecutive game with at least 30, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 112-100 on Friday night.

Gilgeous-Alexander made 12 of 21 shots and added eight assists and five rebounds. Jalen Williams added 17 points and made all three of his 3-point attempts.

“Much better than the first time we played them,” Oklahoma City coach Mark Daigneault said of a 110-102 loss in December.

"I thought the guys played with great force. The physicality tonight, you’re not beating a team like that the way that we did unless you’re physical. And I thought we were physical on both ends.”

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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander shoots over Cleveland Cavaliers center Jarrett Allen during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 27, 2023, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Nate Billings)

Timberwolves top Memphis after moment of silence for Nichols

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Timberwolves top Memphis after moment of silence for Nichols

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Anthony Edwards scored 13 of his 25 points in the third quarter as Minnesota extended its lead, D’Angelo Russell added 19 points and the Timberwolves topped the short-handed Memphis Grizzlies 111-100 on Friday night.

The Grizzlies took the court minutes after v ideo footage was released of 29-year-old Tyre Nichols being beaten by Memphis police officers.

There was a moment of silence prior to the game but no demonstration by the Grizzlies or Timberwolves. Both teams offered thoughts to Nichols’ family and friends in messages tweeted before the video was released.

“There’s way harder things going on in the city versus what’s going on with our basketball right now,” Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins said. “I’m proud of our guys going out there. As I said before the game, we’re playing with heavy hearts, but we’re also playing for our city that’s going through a lot right now."

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Minnesota Timberwolves guard D'Angelo Russell (0) celebrates after a three-point basket by forward Nathan Knight (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies, Friday, Jan. 27, 2023, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)

Antetokounmpo scores 41 points, Bucks beat Pacers 141-131

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Antetokounmpo scores 41 points, Bucks beat Pacers 141-131

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — When the Milwaukee Bucks needed a steadying presence Friday night at Indiana, Giannis Antetokounmpo provided it — even from the free-throw line.

The Eastern Conference All-Star captain finished with 41 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and made five of eight free throws during the final four minutes to help Bucks fend off Indiana's second-half rally for a 141-131 victory.

“We had a good rhythm and were able to just hang on in the second half," Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “These road wins are pretty sweet and there were some real positive things, especially in the first half.”

Jrue Holiday added 23 points and nine assists for Milwaukee, Khris Middelton added 17 despite playing just 15 minutes.

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Indiana Pacers' Buddy Hield (24) goes to the basket against Milwaukee Bucks' Brook Lopez (11) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 27, 2023, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Curry, Embiid fined $25,000 by NBA for actions on court

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Curry, Embiid fined $25,000 by NBA for actions on court

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NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA fined Stephen Curry and Joel Embiid $25,000 apiece Friday for actions on the court.

Curry was penalized for throwing his mouthpiece into the crowd late in Golden State's 122-120 home victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night. The All-Star guard was given a technical foul and ejected.

Embiid's fine was for an obscene gesture midway through the third quarter of Philadelphia's home victory over Brooklyn on Wednesday night.

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Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid goes up for a shot during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Sprained ankle will sideline Mavs star Doncic against Jazz

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Sprained ankle will sideline Mavs star Doncic against Jazz

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic will miss a game at Utah on Saturday after spraining his left ankle against Phoenix in the opener of a two-game trip.

Doncic's absence leaves the Mavericks without their top two scorers. Christian Wood is recovering from a broken left thumb.

The Mavericks went on to a 99-95 victory over the Suns on Thursday despite Doncic going out early in the first quarter. Spencer Dinwiddie scored a season-high 36 points.

Doncic was trying to make a move close to the basket against Phoenix's Cam Johnson, but stepped on Mikal Bridges’ foot before passing the ball and limping away. Coach Jason Kidd called a timeout, and Doncic slowly made his way to the locker room.

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Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) moves the ball up court as Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges (25) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Grizzlies, other NBA teams speak out on Tyre Nichols’ death

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Grizzlies, other NBA teams speak out on Tyre Nichols’ death

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Memphis Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins watched a televised interview on Friday of Tyre Nichols’ mother speaking about the loss of her son, and lost control of his emotions.

“I cried,” Jenkins said.

The outrage, frustration, sadness and anger was evident around the NBA on Friday, the day that video was released showing how Nichols, a 29-year-old father, was killed by five Memphis police officers. Several teams released statements of support for the family, as did the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association.

And the emotions around the league were palpable, as has been the case so many times after so many other incidents of violence by police against Black men and women in recent years.

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Protesters march Friday, Jan. 27, 2023, in Memphis, Tenn., as authorities release police video depicting five Memphis officers beating Tyre Nichols, whose death resulted in murder charges and provoked outrage at the country's latest instance of police brutality. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Analysis: It may be time to re-think NBA All-Star voting

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Analysis: It may be time to re-think NBA All-Star voting

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It’s reasonable to think Chet Holmgren will be an NBA All-Star one day. He was a highly recruited high school player whose one year at Gonzaga was stellar enough for Oklahoma City to make him the No. 2 pick in last year’s draft. He's an obvious talent, an enormous talent.

And it’s terrible that Holmgren got hurt last summer and will miss the entirety of this season.

But evidently, his rehab has been going extremely well — because four NBA players say he should start next month’s All-Star Game.

That’s right. When NBA players were asked in recent weeks who should start their All-Star Game in Salt Lake City on Feb. 19, four of them said that Holmgren should, even though he has yet to make his NBA debut.

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FILE - Chicago Bulls guard Lonzo Ball (2) dribbles the ball up the court against the Dallas Mavericks in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Jan. 9, 2022. Ball has not abandoned hopes of playing this season, even though he’s still experiencing discomfort in his surgically repaired left knee. Ball has been able to do some on-court work, a major step forward in the process. But it’s now been more than a full year since his last NBA game, and he said Monday, Jan. 16, 2023 that there’s no return date in sight at this point. (AP Photo/Tim Heitman, File)

Wilcox leads Saint Francis (BKN) against LIU after 21-point showing

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Wilcox leads Saint Francis (BKN) against LIU after 21-point showing

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Long Island Sharks (3-18, 1-8 NEC) at Saint Francis (BKN) Terriers (10-11, 3-5 NEC)

New York; Saturday, 7 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Saint Francis (BKN) plays the Long Island Sharks after Tedrick Wilcox Jr. scored 21 points in Saint Francis (BKN)'s 65-56 win over the Wagner Seahawks.

The Terriers are 7-3 on their home court. Saint Francis (BKN) ranks third in the NEC shooting 34.5% from deep, led by Larry Moreno shooting 40.8% from 3-point range.

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Long Island Sharks (3-18, 1-8 NEC) at Saint Francis (BKN) Terriers (10-11, 3-5 NEC)

New York; Saturday, 7 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Saint Francis (BKN) plays the Long Island Sharks after Tedrick Wilcox Jr. scored 21 points in Saint Francis (BKN)'s 65-56 win over the Wagner Seahawks.

The Terriers are 7-3 on their home court. Saint Francis (BKN) ranks third in the NEC shooting 34.5% from deep, led by Larry Moreno shooting 40.8% from 3-point range.

Spurs take on the Suns on 4-game losing streak

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Spurs take on the Suns on 4-game losing streak

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Phoenix Suns (25-25, seventh in the Western Conference) vs. San Antonio Spurs (14-35, 14th in the Western Conference)

San Antonio; Saturday, 8 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: San Antonio will try to break its four-game skid when the Spurs take on Phoenix.

The Spurs are 5-28 against Western Conference opponents. San Antonio has a 3-21 record in games decided by 10 points or more.

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Phoenix Suns (25-25, seventh in the Western Conference) vs. San Antonio Spurs (14-35, 14th in the Western Conference)

San Antonio; Saturday, 8 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: San Antonio will try to break its four-game skid when the Spurs take on Phoenix.

The Spurs are 5-28 against Western Conference opponents. San Antonio has a 3-21 record in games decided by 10 points or more.

New York visits Brooklyn after Irving’s 40-point outing

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New York visits Brooklyn after Irving’s 40-point outing

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New York Knicks (26-23, seventh in the Eastern Conference) vs. Brooklyn Nets (29-19, fourth in the Eastern Conference)

New York; Saturday, 5:30 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Brooklyn hosts the New York Knicks after Kyrie Irving scored 40 points in the Brooklyn Nets' 130-122 loss to the Detroit Pistons.

The Nets are 5-4 in division matchups. Brooklyn is seventh in the NBA giving up just 111.6 points per game while holding opponents to 45.3% shooting.

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New York Knicks (26-23, seventh in the Eastern Conference) vs. Brooklyn Nets (29-19, fourth in the Eastern Conference)

New York; Saturday, 5:30 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Brooklyn hosts the New York Knicks after Kyrie Irving scored 40 points in the Brooklyn Nets' 130-122 loss to the Detroit Pistons.

The Nets are 5-4 in division matchups. Brooklyn is seventh in the NBA giving up just 111.6 points per game while holding opponents to 45.3% shooting.

Doncic, Mavericks set for matchup with the Jazz

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Doncic, Mavericks set for matchup with the Jazz

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Dallas Mavericks (26-24, sixth in the Western Conference) vs. Utah Jazz (25-26, 10th in the Western Conference)

Salt Lake City; Saturday, 9 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks face the Utah Jazz. Doncic ranks second in the NBA averaging 33.0 points per game.

The Jazz are 18-15 in Western Conference games. Utah has an 11-7 record in games decided by at least 10 points.

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Dallas Mavericks (26-24, sixth in the Western Conference) vs. Utah Jazz (25-26, 10th in the Western Conference)

Salt Lake City; Saturday, 9 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks face the Utah Jazz. Doncic ranks second in the NBA averaging 33.0 points per game.

The Jazz are 18-15 in Western Conference games. Utah has an 11-7 record in games decided by at least 10 points.

Embiid and the 76ers face the Nuggets

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Embiid and the 76ers face the Nuggets

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Denver Nuggets (34-15, first in the Western Conference) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (31-16, second in the Eastern Conference)

Philadelphia; Saturday, 3 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Joel Embiid leads Philadelphia into a matchup with Denver. He leads the NBA averaging 33.4 points per game.

The 76ers have gone 18-7 at home. Philadelphia scores 114.6 points while outscoring opponents by 3.9 points per game.

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Denver Nuggets (34-15, first in the Western Conference) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (31-16, second in the Eastern Conference)

Philadelphia; Saturday, 3 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Joel Embiid leads Philadelphia into a matchup with Denver. He leads the NBA averaging 33.4 points per game.

The 76ers have gone 18-7 at home. Philadelphia scores 114.6 points while outscoring opponents by 3.9 points per game.

Mitchell and Cleveland visit Gilgeous-Alexander and the Thunder

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Mitchell and Cleveland visit Gilgeous-Alexander and the Thunder

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Cleveland Cavaliers (29-20, fifth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (23-25, 11th in the Western Conference)

Oklahoma City; Friday, 8 p.m. EST

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK NBA LINE: Thunder -1; over/under is 222.5

BOTTOM LINE: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Donovan Mitchell meet when Oklahoma City squares off against Cleveland. Gilgeous-Alexander is fifth in the NBA averaging 30.8 points per game and Mitchell is ninth in the league averaging 28.3 points per game.

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Cleveland Cavaliers (29-20, fifth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (23-25, 11th in the Western Conference)

Oklahoma City; Friday, 8 p.m. EST

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK NBA LINE: Thunder -1; over/under is 222.5

BOTTOM LINE: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Donovan Mitchell meet when Oklahoma City squares off against Cleveland. Gilgeous-Alexander is fifth in the NBA averaging 30.8 points per game and Mitchell is ninth in the league averaging 28.3 points per game.

Top scorers meet in Boston-Los Angeles matchup

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Top scorers meet in Boston-Los Angeles matchup

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Los Angeles Lakers (23-26, 13th in the Western Conference) vs. Boston Celtics (35-14, first in the Eastern Conference)

Boston; Saturday, 8:30 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Jayson Tatum and LeBron James meet when Boston faces Los Angeles. Tatum is third in the NBA averaging 31.1 points per game and James is seventh in the league averaging 29.9 points per game.

The Celtics are 18-6 in home games. Boston is sixth in the Eastern Conference at limiting opponent scoring, giving up just 112.0 points while holding opponents to 46.8% shooting.

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Los Angeles Lakers (23-26, 13th in the Western Conference) vs. Boston Celtics (35-14, first in the Eastern Conference)

Boston; Saturday, 8:30 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Jayson Tatum and LeBron James meet when Boston faces Los Angeles. Tatum is third in the NBA averaging 31.1 points per game and James is seventh in the league averaging 29.9 points per game.

The Celtics are 18-6 in home games. Boston is sixth in the Eastern Conference at limiting opponent scoring, giving up just 112.0 points while holding opponents to 46.8% shooting.

Houston plays Detroit on 8-game road skid

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Houston plays Detroit on 8-game road skid

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Houston Rockets (11-37, 15th in the Western Conference) vs. Detroit Pistons (13-37, 15th in the Eastern Conference)

Detroit; Saturday, 7 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Houston will aim to end its eight-game road losing streak when the Rockets visit Detroit.

The Pistons are 6-18 in home games. Detroit averages 14.2 turnovers per game and is 8- when it wins the turnover battle.

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Houston Rockets (11-37, 15th in the Western Conference) vs. Detroit Pistons (13-37, 15th in the Eastern Conference)

Detroit; Saturday, 7 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Houston will aim to end its eight-game road losing streak when the Rockets visit Detroit.

The Pistons are 6-18 in home games. Detroit averages 14.2 turnovers per game and is 8- when it wins the turnover battle.

Los Angeles faces Atlanta, aims for 4th straight road win

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Los Angeles faces Atlanta, aims for 4th straight road win

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Los Angeles Clippers (27-24, fifth in the Western Conference) vs. Atlanta Hawks (25-24, eighth in the Eastern Conference)

Atlanta; Saturday, 7:30 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Los Angeles hits the road against Atlanta trying to continue its three-game road winning streak.

The Hawks are 13-10 in home games. Atlanta is ninth in the league averaging 116.1 points and is shooting 47.8% from the field.

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Los Angeles Clippers (27-24, fifth in the Western Conference) vs. Atlanta Hawks (25-24, eighth in the Eastern Conference)

Atlanta; Saturday, 7:30 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Los Angeles hits the road against Atlanta trying to continue its three-game road winning streak.

The Hawks are 13-10 in home games. Atlanta is ninth in the league averaging 116.1 points and is shooting 47.8% from the field.

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