Yesterday brought us a light four-game schedule in the NBA, highlighted by dual double-doubts for Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook in the Oklahoma City Thunder's 110-104 road win over the Denver Nuggets. Oklahoma City has won 20 of 24 and is the only team in the Northwest Division currently possessing a winning record.
We're making up for yesterday's light slate with 11 games on Wednesday, so let's get right to today's previews.
Miami Heat (23-19) @ Washington Wizards (19-21) [7:00pm EST]
Washington has lost five of six at home, and is just 9-13 overall at home this season. Miami has lost two straight while failing to score 80 points in either contest.
Philadelphia 76ers (5-38) @ Orlando Magic (20-20 [7:00pm EST]
Orlando's promising 19-13 start is a thing of the past as they've lost seven of eight. Philly is 4-8 after a 1-30 opening to the campaign.
Boston Celtics (22-20) @ Toronto Raptors (26-15) [7:30pm EST]
DeMar Derozan and Kyle Lowry will look to lead the Raptors to a season-best sixth straight win. Boston is looking to gain ground on the Atlantic Division leaders, currently sitting 4.5 games back.
Charlotte Hornets (19-22) @ Oklahoma City Thunder (31-12) [8:00pm EST]
Kemba Walker scored a franchise-record 52 points in Charlotte's 124-119 double-overtime win over Utah on Monday. He'll need to have a similarly huge game for the Hornets to overcome a blazing hot Thunder team.
Detroit Pistons (22-19) @ Houston Rockets (22-21) [8:00pm EST]
Houston has won nine straight against the Pistons at home, but they'll have their hands full against Andre Drummond who leads the league with 15.5 rebounds a game.
Golden State Warriors (38-4) @ Chicago Bulls (24-16) [8:00pm EST]
The Warriors are just 2-2 in their last four games, but Monday's destruction of the Cavs gives them a reserve of momentum heading into Chicago.
Minnesota Timberwolves (13-30) @ Dallas Mavericks (24-19) [8:30pm EST]
Minnesota is averaging just 93.9 points per game over a 2-14 stretch. Dallas is looking to keep their home cooking boiling with their eighth win in ten home games.
Atlanta Hawks (25-17) @ Portland Trail Blazers (19-25) [10:30pm EST]
The Hawks are taking advantage of Miami's recent swoon to get a solid foothold atop the Southeast Division, but they're just 10-10 on the road and need this game in Portland for some positive momentum.
Sacramento Kings (17-23) @ Los Angeles Lakers (9-34) [10:30pm EST]
This California rivalry was hopping just a decade ago. Now, the Lakers are fading and the Kings are trying to hold on to the fringes of the West playoff race.
News & Notes:
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