Preview Roundups
November 21, 2012
Toronto at Charlotte 7:00 PM ET
Even with a modest 5-4 record, the Charlotte Bobcats are off to the best nine-game start in franchise history. They'll try to leverage their newfound home-court advantage for another victory when they host the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday. The Bobcats have won four of their last five contests and are coming off a 102-98 home win over Milwaukee.
Detroit at Orlando 7:00 PM ET
The last time the Orlando Magic won a game, they needed a strong fourth quarter to down the struggling Detroit Pistons in Auburn Hills. Since then, the Pistons have posted an encouraging win while the Magic have struggled to score in back-to-back losses. Orlando managed only 72 points at Atlanta on Monday - the fourth time in 10 games it has failed to reach 80. Detroit is brimming with confidence after blasting the Boston Celtics on Sunday.
Philadelphia at Cleveland 7:00 PM ET
While the Cleveland Cavaliers have predictably struggled to start the season, they'll have to play the next month or so without the services of Kyrie Irving. The reigning Rookie of the Year, Irving attempted to play through a broken left index finger and mustered a season-low nine points versus the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday. The teams will reconvene in Cleveland on Wednesday.
New Orleans at Indiana 7:00 PM ET
The Indiana Pacers have struggled to find any consistency in the early going, as evidenced by the fact they have yet to win back-to-back games. Indiana can end that drought when they host the skidding New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday. The Pacers have won only five of 12 games, and two of them have come at the expense of the winless Washington Wizards - including Monday's 96-89 victory. Forward David West, one of several players who have been struggling for Indiana, scored a season-high 30 points
San Antonio at Boston 7:30 PM ET
Two of the most stable NBA franchises clash Wednesday, when the San Antonio Spurs visit the Boston Celtics. San Antonio has been a model franchise under coach Gregg Popovich and the Celtics have long been one of the most storied franchises in league annals. Not surprisingly, Boston coach Doc Rivers learned some of his coaching methods when he played two seasons with the Spurs at a time when Popovich was San Antonio’s general manager.
Washington at Atlanta 7:30 PM ET
These are tough times for the Washington Wizards who, at 0-9, are the last winless team in the NBA and are off to the worst start in franchise history. It doesn't get any easier Wednesday as the Wizards head to Atlanta to face a Hawks team that has won two straight and three of its last four games. Atlanta swept last season's series with Washington.
Milwaukee at Miami 7:30 PM ET
A semi-healthy LeBron James is better than no LeBron James at all, and the Heat saw that in the finale of their six-game road trip Saturday as the superstar scored 21 points while playing through flu-like symptoms in a 97-88 win at Phoenix. James and the Heat, who sit atop the Southeast, have had three days to rest as they return home to face a fellow division leader in Milwaukee on Wednesday.
L.A. Clippers at Oklahoma City 7:30 PM ET
The Los Angeles Clippers are the owners of the longest current winning streak in the Western Conference and already have built a 2 1/2-game lead in the Pacific Division. The Clippers will put their six-game winning streak on the line Wednesday, when they visit the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder have won seven of their last eight and have put up 229 points in back-to-back victories, placing them one spot above Los Angeles in scoring average.
Chicago at Houston 8:00 PM ET
The Chicago Bulls apparently forgot to pack their traditionally tenacious defense prior to hitting the road for its five-game road trip. Coach Tom Thibodeau's club will attempt to clamp down on the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, when the teams meet in the Lone Star State. The Bulls have yielded triple digits en route to losing three of their last four games - capped by a 102-94 setback at Portland on Sunday.
Denver at Minnesota 8:00 PM ET
The Denver Nuggets have struggled to find consistency thus far this season. Denver's next opponent, Minnesota, has struggled just to maintain a full lineup. After beating Memphis on Monday to snap the Grizzlies' eight-game winning streak, the Nuggets will try to maintain the momentum Wednesday as they travel to face the Timberwolves in the finale of a three-game road trip. It's been a season of ups and downs thus far for Denver, which already has endured two three-game losing streaks.
New York at Dallas 8:30 PM ET
The New York Knicks obviously are aware they own the best record in the league, but the team may not appreciate the historical significance of its fast start. The Knicks kicked off a three-game road trip with a 22-point romp over the New Orleans Hornets on Tuesday and will take an 8-1 record into Wednesday's matchup with the Dallas Mavericks. It marked only the third time in franchise history that New York has opened a season 8-1, and the previous two times resulted in memorable seasons: NBA cha
Portland at Phoenix 9:00 PM ET
The Portland Trail Blazers aim to continue their winning ways Wednesday, when they take on the slumping Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center. Portland extended its winning streak to three games Sunday, when it posted a 102-94 home triumph over Chicago. Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews scored 21 points apiece as the Trail Blazers had six players in double figures.
L.A. Lakers at Sacramento 10:00 PM ET
The Los Angeles Lakers made coach Mike D'Antoni's debut a successful one with a home victory over Brooklyn on Tuesday. They attempt to make it two wins in as many nights Wednesday as they head to Sacramento to take on the Kings. Los Angeles has won three straight contests and five of six since coach Mike Brown was fired on Nov. 9.
Brooklyn at Golden State 10:30 PM ET
The Brooklyn Nets attempt to start a new winning streak when they conclude a three-game road trip against the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday. Brooklyn had won five consecutive contests before falling to the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday. The Warriors have won three of their past four games after posting an overtime win over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday. David Lee grabbed a season-high 19 rebounds and has posted four straight double-doubles.