After a well-earned Thursday off, the NBA returns on Friday night. There will be 14 games showcasing 28 of the league's 30 teams!
Two teams pining for victory, the Minnesota Timberwolves and Charlotte Hornets square off! Still, without key man Damian Lillard, the Portland Trail Blazers face the Charlotte Hornets! And in a massive Eastern Conference matchup, the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Milwaukee Bucks!
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When: 5:00 PM EST
|Minnesota Timberwolves||-4.5 (-110)||O 225.0 (-110)||-190|
|Charlotte Hornets||+4.5 (-110)||U 225.0 (-110)||+160|
The Minnesota Timberwolves are coming off a dominating win in their last game. The Charlotte Hornets are coming off of a big victory over an Eastern Conference rival in their last match.
With a win, the Minnesota Timberwolves would find their sixth straight victory. The Minnesota Timberwolves are, unsurprisingly, one of the league's best defensive teams in the paint - allowing just 50% shooting from inside the arc, fifth in the NBA. The Charlotte Hornets will try to overcome that with their up-and-down play (third in field-goal attempts), despite a 23rd-ranked scoring offense (109.4 points per game).
The Minnesota Timberwolves have the edge with their excellent defense as of late. The Hornets will be inspired after their last win, but clearing the Timberwolves is too tall a task.
When: 7:30 PM EST
|Portland Trail Blazers||+4.0 (-110)||O 222.0 (-110)||+167|
|New York Knicks||-4.0 (-110)||U 222.0 (-110)||-192|
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The Portland Trail Blazers enter this game on a four-game losing streak, showing their weakness without Damian Lillard in the lineup. The New York Knicks found a win in their last game, cutting their losing streak off at two games.
The Blazers are 15th overall in offense, sixth overall in three-point shooting (38.0% three-point efficiency), and 22nd in assists per game (23.5). The New York Knicks are poor offensively as well, owning the league's 18th-ranked offense off the back of the second-worst three-point efficiency (31.6%) in the NBA.
Despite their potential, the Portland Trail Blazers are a bit lost without Damian Lillard. New York should take this game, especially with the home-court advantage.
When: 8:00 PM EST
|Cleveland Cavaliers||+3.5 (-112)||TBD||+128|
|Milwaukee Bucks||-3.5 (-109)||TBD||-157|
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The Cleveland Cavaliers enter this match on a four-game win streak, last finding a win over the Portland Trail Blazers. The Milwaukee Bucks have alternated wins and losses over their last five games.
Owning a top-five offence (116.7) and defence (108.7) in the NBA, the Cleveland Cavaliers are one of the league's most formidable teams. They're shooting 55.2% from the field over their last four games while allowing their opponents just 41.7% shooting from the field while forcing 15.5 turnovers per game. The Milwaukee Bucks own the league's top defence (106.4), but have struggled with their offence (110.3, 22nd in the NBA) due to inconsistency and injury.
The Milwaukee Bucks will put up a good fight, but Cleveland's current run of form and bevvy of offensive options should give them the edge.
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