Golden State Of Mind: Warriors at Lakers preview: No Lebron James or Lonzo Ball for Lakers in MLK day showdown
The beginning of the Demarcus Cousins iteration of this Golden State Warriors squad looked as good as many had hoped/feared. While the team is still fine-tuning their new engine, it's looking like a fearsome machine. The Los Angeles Lakers are going to be extremely short-handed, so this will be another low stakes opportunity for the Warriors and their new look.Game Details
WHO: Golden State Warriors (32-14) at Los Angeles Lakers (25-22)
WHEN: Monday, January 21; 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Staples Center -- Los Angeles, CA
WATCH: TNT RADIO: 95.
ESPN.com: Dennis Smith Jr. to rejoin Mavericks for Tuesday's game vs. Clippers
Point guard Dennis Smith Jr. plans to rejoin the Dallas Mavericks for Tuesday's home game against the LA Clippers, sources told ESPN.
Coach Rick Carlisle informed the team about Smith's pending return at Sunday's practice in Milwaukee, stressing Smith's value to the team and encouraging players to welcome him with open arms, sources said.
Smith has missed the last five games - three officially due to back soreness and an illness cited by the team as the reason for the last two -- as reports swirled about the Mavs shopping him in the trade market.
The Bird Writes: NBA Preview: New Orleans Pelicans try to find footing in Memphis against free-falling Grizzlies on MLK Day
The New Orleans Pelicans look to end their five-game road trip on a high note in the home of The Blues, as they face the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday afternoon.
This will be the third meeting of the season between the two teams. They split the first two, with each winning on their home floor.
Both teams are in precarious positions, sitting 12th and 14th respectively in the Western Conference standings.
Memphis (19-27) appears to be in free fall, having lost 11 of its last 12 games, including its last five in a row.
The days of the Grizzlies being a consistent playoff team seem a lifetime ago.
Canis Hoopus: Wolves 116, Suns 114: Rose Saves The Day (But...)
MINNEAPOLIS -- If you've followed Canis Hoopus for many years, you're probably familiar with recipe recaps. Instead of writing in-depth summaries after brutal defeats, games that certainly didn't warrant our full attention or effort, we would share a recipe and move on with our lives.
Derrick Rose saved the Wolves from getting that treatment, scoring 29 of his 31 points in the second half, including the game-winning jumper over rookie Mikal Bridges with 0.6 seconds on the clock.
But if we're being honest, this was absolutely a recipe kind of performance regardless of the outcome.
At the Hive: Hornets overwhelmed by Pacers, lose 120-95
Kemba Walker had 23 points and 7 assists, Bismack Biyombo had 10 points and 12 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as the Hornets fell to the Pacers, 120-95.
Jeremy Lamb and Walker scored the first 11 points for the Hornets, while the rest of the team started cold. A Malik Monk floater with just over three minutes left was the first bucket scored by someone other than the Hornets starting back court. The Pacers led by as many as 16 points in the opening quarter, but the Hornets cut it to eight by intermission.
NetsDaily: Kings arrive in Brooklyn for matinee with Nets
I think, at this point, we can declare the 2018-19 Brooklyn Nets a Good Basketball Team. Not streaky, not bad, not OK, not just hot for a minute (although they're scorching right now). No. They're good. They won't play this well all season, I mean they did have to squeak out a win against the Orlando Magic, but it is generally expected around the NBA that the Nets will make the playoffs in some capacity. And that, my friends, is awesome.
Another surprisingly fun team, the Sacramento Kings, are coming to Brooklyn on Monday for the first matchup of the season.
Official Site of the Suns: Bender Notches Double-Double, Suns Fall to Wolves on Game-Winner
The Phoenix Suns closed out their four-game road trip as they traveled to Minnesota to take on the Timberwolves on Sunday night.
The team was without both of their regular centers as Deandre Ayton (left ankle sprain) and Richaun Holmes (right foot sprain) both were injured the night prior. Dragan Bender was placed in the starting role as he and Quincy Acy would look to handle the five spot in Minnesota.
Following a slow start against the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday, the Suns came out with some much needed energy against the Timberwolves, especially on the defensive end again.
The Hoyas are bigger and more physical than the Bluejays. Creighton is on a 4 game skid and it doesn't end at Capital One Arena. Hoyas for the win.
My Pick: Georgetown -1.5
I said never bet against Brady. I don't like the Patriots, but down the stretch it's like they're robots. He can do this in his sleep.
My Pick: New England +3
Thompson is not playing for the Cavaliers but I don't think it would have mattered in the end. The two worst teams in the league, but Chicago is slightly better, maybe it's the shoes.
My Pick: Chicago -2
Charlotte Observer: Pacers, Victor Oladipo hold off Hornets, who had won 3 straight
Victor Oladipo scored 21 points and Darren Collison added 19 points and nine assists Sunday, leading the Indiana Pacers past Charlotte 120-95.
Kemba Walker had 23 points to lead the Hornets, who had a three-game winning streak snapped. Malik Monk finished with 11 points off the bench for Charlotte, which never led after Collison's 3-pointer midway through the first quarter.
It didn't take Indiana long to start pulling away.
The Pacers jumped to a 32-16 lead late in the first quarter, and then answered a 12-2 Charlotte spurt, which cut the deficit to 34-28, by rebuilding a 45-32 lead.
Arrowhead Pride: Chiefs vs. Patriots time, TV schedule, odds, streaming, picks, announcers and more
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The Kansas City Chiefs (13-4) play the New England Patriots (12-5) in the AFC championship on Sunday evening for the right to go on to represent the conference in Super Bowl LIII
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KC scoreless in 1st half. What a unpredictable result !
The over is 8-2 in Wolves games when they are favored in the last 10. Suns are down 2 big men against possibly the hottest big in the league.
My Pick: Minnesota -12.5 & Over 230.5
The Spurs are very comfortable playing their control style of offense and defense. they usually don't win or lose by a lot. I think the spurs win they just don't cover today.
My Pick: Los Angeles +9.5