NBA on Thursday, 1-12-2017

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It’s an inter-conference matchup taking place across the pond as the NBA heads to Jolly Old England. The Indiana Pacers are on the road to battle the Denver Nuggets Thursday afternoon. Indiana won their fifth straight game after dropping the Knicks 123-109 at home Saturday night. Denver lost their fifth in a row with a 121-106 defeat at Oklahoma City Saturday. Indiana holds a narrow 43-41 edge in the all-time regular season series between the former ABA rivals. Denver has taken eight of the last 10 meetings, including a 129-126 win in the last matchup here on January 17, 2016.... Read More

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It’s an inter-conference tilt in the Big Apple between a couple of teams looking to put together some wins. The New Orleans Pelicans continue their road swing through the east as they face the league’s worst team in the Brooklyn Nets Thursday night. New Orleans snapped a three game slide by beating the Knicks 110-96 on the road Monday night. Brooklyn lost its seventh straight as they were pounded 117-97 by the Hawks at home Tuesday. New Orleans has a narrow 16-14 edge in the all-time regular season series and has won the last five meetings. That includes a 106-87 triumph in the last matchup here on April 3, 2016.... Read More

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It’s a matchup of Eastern Conference foes below the .500 mark trying to make a run in the playoff picture in the Big Apple. The Chicago Bulls are on the road as they face the New York Knicks Thursday night. Chicago lost their second straight with a 101-99 loss on the road to the Wizards Tuesday. New York was in action Wednesday night as they traveled to face the 76ers in an Atlantic Division matchup. Chicago holds a 118-102 advantage in the all-time regular season series but the Knicks took the last three. That includes a 117-104 win on the road in the first matchup this season on November 4, 2016.... Read More

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The Los Angeles Lakers hit the road to take on the San Antonio Spurs for a Thursday night contest. On Nov. 18, the Spurs beat the Lakers 116-107. LaMarcus Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs with 23 points apiece. Los Angeles has won three of their last five games and San Antonio has won four of five. The Lakers balanced attack is led by Louis Williams who is averaging 17.7 points off the bench. Leonard leads the Spurs with averages of 24.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.9 steals. Los Angeles is 18th in the league in points (104.9 ppg) and San Antonio is 10th in offense (106 ppg). Can D'Angelo Russell lead the Lakers to a big upset win on the road?... Read More

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It’s a Western Conference matchup between teams at opposite ends of the standings down in the Lone Star State. The Los Angeles Lakers are on the road as they battle the San Antonio Spurs Thursday night. Los Angeles had a two game win streak halted with a 108-87 pasting at home by Portland Tuesday. San Antonio had won three straight and seven of eight before falling 109-107 at home to Milwaukee Tuesday. The Spurs hold an 84-77 advantage in the all-time regular season series and took the last six meetings. That includes a 116-107 road win in the first matchup this year on November 18, 2016. ... Read More

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It’s a matchup between a pair of teams near the bottom of the Western Conference standings. The Dallas Mavericks are on the road in the desert as they travel to battle the Phoenix Suns Thursday night. Dallas lost their third straight with a 101-92 road loss to Minnesota Monday night. Phoenix had a two game win streak snapped with a 120-116 home loss to Cleveland Sunday night. The Suns hold a 78-70 advantage in the all-time regular season series between the teams. Phoenix took the first meeting this season with a 102-95 road victory on January 5. ... Read More

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Detroit hopes to get revenge on Golden State, who beat the Pistons on Dec. 23, 119-113. The Pistons are coming off a 100-94 loss at Sacramento on Tuesday. That snapped a two-game winning streak. The Warriors have won two straight after beating Miami, 107-95 on Tuesday at home.... Read More