Preview Roundups
January 08, 2013
Brooklyn at Philadelphia 7:00 PM ET
The Brooklyn Nets have responded well to a change on their bench, winning five of six games since Avery Johnson was fired and P.J. Carlesimo was elevated to interim coach. The Nets have opened the new year with a three-game winning streak they'll carry into Tuesday night's matchup at the Philadelphia 76ers. A revitalized offense has sparked the turnaround for Brooklyn, which has scored 100 points in five consecutive games and is averaging 112.7 during the winning streak.
Miami at Indiana 7:00 PM ET
The Miami Heat seemed to get their defense back in order Sunday with a strong performance against the NBA-worst Washington Wizards. The Indiana Pacers should provide a stiffer test when they receive a visit from the Heat on Tuesday. Miami is beginning a six-game road trip against the Pacers and will play 10 of its next 12 away from home. Indiana will be facing Miami for the first time since squandering a 2-1 lead to the Heat in the playoffs last spring.
Phoenix at Milwaukee 8:00 PM ET
The Milwaukee Bucks hit their high-water mark in the days right after Christmas, posting a pair of double-digit victories that included a rout of defending champion Miami. It's been all downhill since, leading to the decision of coach Scott Skiles and the club to part ways. Assistant coach Jim Boylan will take over when Bucks attempt to snap a season-high four-game losing streak against the visiting Phoenix Suns on Tuesday. The four-game skid has dropped Milwaukee back to .500.
L.A. Lakers at Houston 8:00 PM ET
The Los Angeles Lakers have been losing games at a fast pace, and now they also are rapidly losing players. The Lakers will be without center Dwight Howard (shoulder) and forwards Pau Gasol (concussion) and Jordan Hill (hip) when they visit the Houston Rockets on Tuesday. Howard suffered his injury on Friday, while Gasol and Hill were hurt two days later. Houston can match its season-high five-game winning streak with a victory.
Atlanta at Minnesota 8:00 PM ET
The Minnesota Timberwolves again are adjusting to life without their best player. Kevin Love will miss his second game since re-injuring his right hand when the Timberwolves host the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday. Minnesota got used to playing without Love at the beginning of the season and could be without center Nikola Pekovic as well due to a left hip strain. The Hawks have dropped back-to-back games and three of four as their offense struggles.