NBA Daily: News, Recaps, & Previewing January 16th's Games

Nine NBA games were on the schedule on a stacked Friday of action yesterday, headlined by three players posting triple-doubles. Russell Westbrook (12 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists) put one up in three quarters in the Oklahoma City Thunder's 113-93 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, while Marcus Smart (10 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists) recorded his first career triple-double in the Boston Celtics' 117-103 win over the Phoenix Suns. Center Hassan Whiteside (19 points, 17 rebounds, 11 blocks) also achieved the feat in the Miami Heat's 98-95 win over the Denver Nuggets.

The schedule holds strong with eight games tonight, so let's get to previewing all of the action ahead. 

Milwaukee Bucks (17-25) @ Charlotte Hornets (18-21) - 7:00 pm ET
Both Milwaukee and Charlotte are playing the second game in back-to-back sets, making fatigue a major factor in this one. Milwaukee has won three of their last five games, while the Hornets have lost eight of their last nine games.

Brooklyn Nets (11-29) @ Atlanta Hawks (23-17) - 7:30 pm ET
Atlanta hasn't lost the second half of a back-to-back at home yet this season, and they'll look to keep that streak alive against a Nets team that has lost six of their last seven.

Boston Celtics (21-19) @ Washington Wizards (19-19) - 7:30 pm ET
Washington is trying to break over .500 for the first time in nearly two months against a Celtics team that has won two games in a row.

Golden State Warriors (37-3) @ Detroit Pistons (21-18) - 7:30 pm ET
This is the first game of a three-game road trip for the Warriors, and they'll take on a Pistons team that is 13-6 at home this year.

Portland Trail Blazers (18-24) @ Philadelphia 76ers (4-37) - 7:30 pm ET
Portland is trying to win their fourth-straight game, which would be a new season high, while the Sixers are looking to snap a four-game losing streak.

New York Knicks (20-21) @ Memphis Grizzlies (22-19) - 8:00 pm ET
Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes and Knicks head coach Derek Fisher will be on the court for the first time together since their bizzare offseason altercation in a game between two teams that have been surging of late.

Los Angeles Lakers (9-32) @ Utah Jazz (17-22) - 9:00 pm ET
Los Angeles has lost five of their last six games, while Utah has lost five of their last seven games.

Sacramento Kings (16-23) @ Los Angeles Clippers (26-13) - 10:30 pm ET
The Clippers are the hottest team in the league, winning 10 games in a row, while the Kings have split each of their last eight games.

Here are the latest news and rumors around the league: 
Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant are ranked as the two best shooting guards of all-time, according to ESPN.

Bryant could miss the next four-to-seven games after re-aggrevating an Achilles injury.

Bulls center Joakim Noah suffered a separated shoulder in Chicago's loss to the Mavs last night.

Warriors forward Harrison Barnes will start against the Pistons. He has come off the bench for seven games after returning from a sprained ankle.

Clippers forward Blake Griffin hopes to return from a leg injury on Thursday against the Cavaliers.

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