NBA Daily: News, Recaps, & Previewing Friday's Games

Thursday's four-game slate of NBA action provided two extremely close games as the Chicago Bulls knocked off the Los Angeles Clippers 83-80 and the Sacramento Kings beat the New York Knicks 99-97. Kevin Durant also recorded a triple-double in leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 107-94 win over the Atlanta Hawks.

We've got a full schedule on Friday with 11 games, so let's get to previewing the night ahead.

Miami Heat (12-8) at Indiana Pacers (12-8) - 7:00 pm ET, ESPN

Both of these Eastern Conference contenders are looking to get back on track. Miami has lost two games in a row, while the Pacers have lost three straight.

Clevleand Cavaliers (14-7) vs. Orlando Magic (12-10) - 7:00 pm ET

Cleveland is struggling, having lost three of their last four games, while the Magic are surging, having won six of their last eight games.

Detroit Pistons (12-11) at Philadelphia 76ers (1-22) - 7:00 pm ET

Philadelphia is looking to pick up their second win of the season and face a Pistons team that has won four of their last six games.

Golden State Warriors (23-0) at Boston Celtics (13-9) - 7:30 pm ET

Golden State is looking to prove on the best start in NBA history on the road against a hot Celtics team that has won two games in a row and six of their last eight.

Milwaukee Bucks (9-14) at Toronto Raptors (14-9) - 7:30 pm ET

Milwaukee and Toronto are trending in total opposite directions. The Bucks have lost six games in their last nine contests while the Raptors have won twice in a row and are coming off a victory over the Spurs

Charlotte Hornets (13-8) at Memphis Grizzlies (13-10) - 8:00 pm ET

Charlotte has surged to second place in the Eastern Conferece thanks to a three-game win streak, while the Grizzlies are coming off a one-point victory over the Pistons.

Washington Wizards (9-11) at New Orleans Pelicans (5-16) - 8:00 pm ET

Washington has failed to find any consistency, trading wins and losses over their last seven games, while the Pelicans have lost five of their last six.

Minnesota Timberwolves (9-12) at Denver Nuggets (8-14) - 9:00 pm ET

Minnesota is 6-3 on the road this season, and are can match their road victory total from last season (7-34) with a win over the lowly Nuggets.

Oklahoma City Thunder (14-8) at Utah Jazz (10-10) - 9:00 pm ET

The Thunder are playing the second game of a back-to-back and are looking to beat the Jazz for the second time this season. Utah has won two of their last three games.

Los Angeles Lakers (3-19) at San Antonio Spurs (18-5) - 9:30 pm ET, ESPN

The Spurs are 14-point favorites over the three-win Lakers, who have lost four games in a row. San Antonio is coming off a loss to Toronto, which snapped a four-game win steak.

Portland Trail Blazers at Phoenix Suns - 9:30 pm ET

Portland has lost four of their last six games, while Phoenix has won two in a row to snap a four-game losing streak.

Here are the latest news and rumors from around the league:

NBA commissioner Adam Silver says Lakers guard Kobe Bryant deserves to be in the All-Star game.

The Lakers are unlikley to fire head coach Byron Scott despite lackluster record.

Cavs guard Iman Shumpert will make his season debut today against the Magic. Guards J.R. Smith and Kyrie Irving will miss the game.

Warriors guard Klay Thompson is "optimistic" that he'll play tonight against the Celtics despite an injured ankle.

Carmelo Anthony said the New York Knicks need to play faster if they're going to make the playoffs.

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says NBA officials have "chosen not to call" defensive three-second violations this season.

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