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The Look Ahead for February 28

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Our nightly look ahead to the schedule with a couple of notes and story lines so you can plan out your NBA viewing.  All Times Eastern.

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 7:00 Golden State Warriors @ Indiana Pacers  pacers_logo

It’ll be offense vs. defense when the 7th best O in the league faces the 10th best D.  The uptempo Warriors will try to run the Pacers out of their own building tonight in the most interesting of a not-so-great batch of games tonight.  

The Pacers come out of the break winners of four straight and currently third in the East thanks to Philly’s five-game slide.  The Warriors have won a couple in a row too, and each team presents some interesting matchups for the other.  Their first matchup was an entertaining one that featured 25 lead changes and 15 ties (the Pacers ultimately won by three).  I’d expect this one to be a similar result.

Couple of notes:

  • The Pacers are off to their best overall start since they were 23-10 in the first 32 games of 2003-04
  • The Warriors have used 12 different players in eight starting lineups to start the season

wolves_text_logo 10:30 Minnesota Timberwolves @ LA Clippers clippers_logo

Newly minted three-point champ Kevin Love (that sentence does not look right at all) takes his squad into LA hoping lead them above .500 and a step closer to a playoff spot.  Meanwhile, the Clips try to prove the first half was no fluke, as they sit 2.5 games out of the second spot in the West.  The last time these two teams met, Kevin Love buried them with, of course, a buzzer beating 3.   

The Clippers are still looking for solutions to life without Chauncey Billups, and are 6-4 in their last 10.  Can they get a string of wins going, or can the TWolves take advantage again?

Couple of notes

  • The Clippers had a season-low 12 assists on Jan. 20 vs. Minnesota.  It was the first time since March 14, 2011 that the Clippers have had 12 or fewer assists in a game.
  • Chris Paul has recorded a steal in his last 35 overall games, dating back to last season… currently the longest streak in the NBA.

Other story lines for tonight

7:00  Boston-Cleveland:  Will the Celtics, who held a team meeting before the All Star break, respond with a good effort?

7:30  Philadelphia-Detroit:  The Pistons have played well lately while Philly has not.  Can the 76’ers right the ship?

8:00  New Orleans-Chicago (NBA TV):  The Hornets are 4-2 over the last six games, but they now face their toughest challenge in the Bulls.

8:00  Toronto-Houston:  The Rockets look to win their 5th straight home game.

8:00  Washington-Milwaukee:  The Bucks are trying to avoid their 7th straight home loss.

8:30  New Jersey-Dallas:  Dallas has won 12 straight home games vs. the Nets

10:00  Utah-Sacramento:  Utah is 3-11 on the road this season

John’s Picks:
Indiana, LA Clippers, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Houston, Milwaukee, Dallas, Sacramento

Last time:  7-6
Season:  52-35

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