NBA on Wednesday, 1-18-2017

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It’s an inter-conference clash between a pair of skidding teams looking to get back on track in Buzz City. The Portland Trail Blazers are on the road as they continue a trip with a contest against the Charlotte Hornets Wednesday night. Portland lost their second straight as they opened a road trip with a 120-101 loss to the Wizards Monday. Charlotte dropped their fifth straight and seventh in the last eight with a 108-98 road loss to the Celtics Monday night. Portland has owned the regular season series, holding a 37-15 advantage but the teams split two games last year. Charlotte claimed a 109-94 victory in the most recent matchup here on November 15, 2015.... Read More

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It’s an inter-conference clash between a pair of teams in their respective playoff races in the nation’s capital. The Memphis Grizzlies are on the road as they battle the Washington Wizards Wednesday night. Memphis dropped their second contest in the last three with a 108-104 home loss to Chicago Sunday. Washington won for the fifth time in six games as they ran past Portland 120-101 Monday afternoon at home. Memphis holds a 23-17 advantage in the all-time regular season series. That includes a 112-103 overtime win at home in the first matchup this season on October 30, 2016.... Read More

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DeMar DeRozan and the Toronto Raptors will take on the surging Philadelphia 76ers in a divisional battle Wednesday night from the Wells Fargo Center.... Read More

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It’s a matchup of Atlantic Division foes up in the Northeast. The New York Knicks continue a road trip as they battle the Boston Celtics Wednesday night. New York lost for the 11th time in 13 games with a 108-107 home loss to Atlanta Monday night. Boston won its third straight and seventh in the last eight games by downing Charlotte 108-98 at home Monday night. The Celtics hold a commanding 286-179 advantage in the all-time regular season series between the teams. Boston has won four straight matchups, including a 119-114 road win on Christmas Day in the most recent meeting.... Read More

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An inter-conference clash of teams trying to pick up a victory takes place down in the Big Easy. The Orlando Magic closes their six game road trip as they take on the New Orleans Pelicans Wednesday night. Orlando fell to 1-4 on their trek as they lost their sixth game in the last seven with a 125-112 loss to the Nuggets Monday. New Orleans lost their fifth in the last seven games as they were defeated 98-95 at Indiana Monday. The all-time regular season series between the teams is knotted at 16 wins apiece with Orlando taking the last four meetings. That includes an 89-82 home win on November 16, 2016 in the first matchup this season.... Read More

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It’s a matchup of Eastern Conference foes in the Motor City. The Atlanta Hawks are on the road as they battle the Detroit Pistons Wednesday night. Atlanta won for the ninth time in 10 games by edging the Knicks 108-107 on the road Monday. Detroit finished a five game road trip 2-3 by snapping a three game slide as they edged the Lakers 102-97 Sunday. The Pistons hold a narrow 214-207 advantage in the all-time regular season series between the teams. The teams split the first two meetings this season with the Hawks taking a 105-98 win in the last matchup, which came at home December 30, 2016.... Read More

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The Houston Rockets will be playing the second game of a back-to-back situation when they host the Milwaukee Bucks at the Toyota Center on Wednesday night.... Read More

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Golden State got some revenge on "rival" Cleveland on Monday night, winning with ease, 126-91 at home. Oklahoma City is coming off a 120-98 road loss at the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday. In their last meeting on Nov. 3, the Warriors destroyed the Thunder, 122-96 at home.... Read More

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The Pacers head to Sacramento to take on the Kings on Wednesday night. Both of these teams have aspirations of making the playoffs. The Pacers have won six of ten and are currently in the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference standings, but only a game and a half from being out of the playoffs. They are 21-19 overall. The Kings have dropped to the 10 seed as of now, but they are still only a half game out of the playoffs. They are 16-24 and have lost two in a row.... Read More