NBA Daily: News, Recaps, & Previews For Monday's Games

Seven NBA games were on the schedule last night, providing us with several close games. The Miami Heat held on to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 116-109, while the Atlanta Hawks pulled out the 103-100 win over the Orlando Magic and the San Antonio Spurs handled the Toronto Raptors, beating them 104-94

The schedule ramps up with nine games tonight, so let's get to previewing all of the action ahead. 

Sacramento Kings (11-16) @ Washington Wizards (11-14) - 7:00 pm ET
Sacramento is on a hot streak, winning four of their last five games, while the Wizards snapped a two-game losing streak with a win over the Hornets in their last outing.

Minnesota Timberwolves (11-16) @ Boston Celtics (14-13) - 7:30 pm ET, NBATV
Minnesota hasn't won in Boston in nearly a decade, but the Wolves will look to extend their two-game win streak over a Celtics team that has lost three in a row and four of their last five.

Orlando Magic (15-12) @ New York Knicks (14-14) - 7:30 pm ET
New York is coming off a big win over the Bulls on Saturday, the latest in their four-game winning streak, while the Magic had their three-game win streak snapped by Atlanta last night.

Portland Trail Blazers (11-18) @ Atlanta Hawks (17-12) - 8:00 pm ET
Atlanta has won three straight games, while the Blazers are on a three-game losing streak after losing to the Heat yesterday.

Brooklyn Nets (7-20) @ Chicago Bulls (15-10) - 8:00 pm ET
Brooklyn is looking for just their second road win of the year against a Bulls team that has lost two games in a row after winning four straight.

Charlotte Hornets (15-11) @ Houston Rockets (14-14) - 8:00 pm ET
Charlotte hasn't beaten Houston is five years, while the Rockets are hoping to go over .500 for the first time all year.

Indiana Pacers (16-10) @ San Antonio Spurs (23-5) - 8:30 pm ET
San Antonio has not lost at home this season and want to extend a five-game winning streak against a Pacers team that had a three-game win streak snapped by the Grizzlies in their last game.

Phoenix Suns (12-17) @ Utah Jazz (11-14) - 9:00 pm ET
Utah hasn't won consecutive games in over a month, while the Suns have lost four of their last six games.

Oklahoma City Thunder (18-9) @ Los Angeles Clippers (16-12) - 10:30 pm ET, NBATV
In the marquee matchup of the night, the Clippers will be looking for their first win against a Western Conference team with a better record than them against a Thunder team that has won eight of their last nine games.

Here are the latest news and rumors around the league: 
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr is feeling better and hopes to return soon

Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd will have hip surgery and is out indefinitely.

Bulls guard Jimmy Butler called out head coach Fred Hoiberg's coaching strategy.

Blake Griffin critical of "underachieving" Los Angeles Clippers team.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James is working to become an elite free-throw shooter.

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