Miami @ Indiana
-This is the 3rd meeting between these teams this season, as Miami won at Miami109-100 as 5.5 pt favs back on Nov. 22nd & Indy won at Indy 114-103 as 4.5 pt favs on Jan. 30th-
-Miami has won 2 straight games & are coming off a 12 pt home win over Memphis on Monday & the Heat are 7-3 ATS L/10 games as a road dog of.5 to 4.5-
-Indiana is 2-5 SU & 1-6 ATS their L/7 games, but they are coming off a 108-83 blowout win at Charlotte in their last game on Saturday-
-Indiana is 1-4 ATS L/5 as a favorite & they are 0-4 ATS L/4 vs a team with a winning SU record (3 of those 4 losses came at home)-
San Antonio @ Atlanta
-San Antonio beat Atlanta in the teams only meeting this season, 95-89 as 6.5 pt favs back on Dec. 10th, so Atlanta will be looking for revenge tonight-
-San Antonio is playing their 3rd game in 4 days tonight, as they are coming off a 1 pt home win over Golden St. last night & the Spurs are 2-5 ATS L/7 games following a SU win-
-San Antonio is 34 SU & 1-6 ATS L/7 games & the Spurs are 2-6 ATS L/8 games vs a team with winning SU record & all-star Tim Duncan's minutes will be limited again tonight, if he does indeed play-
-Atlanta is coming off a 12 pt home win vs Minnesota on Monday & the Hawks are now 8-1 SU & 8-0-1 ATS L/9 home games & they hold a 3.5 game lead over the Heat for that very important #4 seed in the Eastern Conference-
-Atlanta is 6-0-1 ATS L/7 games vs the Western Conference (which include: Dallas, Portland, New Orleans & Utah) & the Hawks are also 7-1 ATS L/8 home games vs a team with a road win% of .600 or higher-
Boston @ Orlando
-This is the 3rd meeting between these clubs this season, as Boston won at Orlando 90-80 as 4.5 pt dogs on Jan. 22nd & Orlando won at Boston 86-79 as 2 pt dogs on March 8th. Boston was without both KG & Rondo in that game-
-These teams are tied in the loss column with 18 losses in the battle for the #2 seed & home court advantage in round 2 of the playoffs, but Boston has 2 more games played & 2 more wins then Orlando does, to hold the 1 game lead over Orlando going into tonight-
-Orlando is 8-2-1 ATS L/11 home games vs a team with a road win% of .600 or higher & the Magic are also 5-16 ATS L/21 games as a home favorite of .5 to 4.5-
-Boston is 7-3 ATS L/10 road games vs a team with a home win% of .600 or higher & the underdog is 6-2 ATS L/8 games between these two teams-
Golden St. @ Dallas
-This is the 3rd meeting between these teams this season, as Dallas won at Dallas 117-93 as 7 pt favs back on Jan. 28th & Golden St. won at Golden St. 119-110 as 1.5 pt home dogs 12 days ago, so Dallas should be very up to avenge that loss to Nellie & his Warriors tonight-
-Golden St. is playing their 3rd road game in 4 nights tonight & they are coming off a tough 1 pt loss at San Antonio last night & the Warriors are 1-3 SU & 3-1 ATS their L/4 games & tonight is a very tough spot for the Warriors tonight-
-Dallas has not played since their 94-92 road win at Indiana on Friday night & the Mavs have just a 3 game lead over the Suns for that last playoff spot in the Western Conference with 11 games left to play in the regular season-
-Dallas is 8-0 SU & 6-2 ATS their L/8 home games & they are 5-1 ATS L/6 home games vs a team with a road win% of .400 or lower-
Utah @ Phoenix
-These teams have split 2 meetings this season, as Utah won at Utah 109-97 as 2 pt favs back on Nov. 17th & Phoenix won at Phoenix 106-104 as 7.5 pt favs back on Dec. 6th, & Utah is 3-2 SU & 5-0 ATS L/5 games vs Phoenix-
-Utah is coming off a 99-86 home win over Houston last night & Utah is just 2-6 ATS L/8 games with zero days of rest. Utah is also 1-8 ATS L/9 road games vs a team with a home win% of .600 or higher-
-Phoenix is on a 5 game winning streak & are coming off a 3 pt home win over Denver on Monday, however the Sus other wins during this winning streak include celler dwellers (Thunder, Wizards, & the Warriors)-
-Phoenix is 0-4 ATS L/4 games vs a team with a win% of .600 or higher & the Suns are 1-5 ATS L/6 games as a home favorite of .5 to 4.5-
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Duncan out, Manu in for Spurs @ Hawks
Tim Duncan - F/C - SA - Mar. 25 - 6:48 p.m. ET
Tim Duncan will miss Wednesday's game against the Hawks in order to rest his sore knees, but Manu Ginobili, who has missed 19 straight games with an ankle injury, will play tonight.
Duncan could miss a couple more games, with the second of back-to-backs on April 8 and April 13 the likely targets.
Source: San Antonio Express-News
Nuggets' Nene suspended for two games
Nene Hilario - F/C - DEN - Mar. 25
Nuggets center Nene has been suspended by the league for two games for his role in Monday's fracas against the Suns.
Nene was ejected Monday night in Phoenix after throwing an elbow at Louis Amundson and then made some contact with official Bill Spooner as he left the court. He'll miss tonight's game against New Orleans and Friday at Dallas. Renaldo Balkman and Chris Andersen just got yet another boost in value.
Pacers' Murphy out for Wednesday vs. Heat
Troy Murphy - F/C - IND - Mar. 25
Troy Murphy will miss Wednesday's game with a sprained MCL in his left knee.
He apparently suffered the injury late in this morning's shootaround when he got tangled in a screen. It's being called a Grade 1 sprain, which is good news, but we'll know more after he undergoes an MRI exam. Jeff Foster will start in his place, and owners of Murphy have to hope that this isn't a potential season-ending injury.
GSW's Jackson iffy vs. Mavericks
Stephen Jackson - G/F - GS - Mar. 25
Stephen Jackson sounds like a game-time decision with his big toe injury on Wednesday against the Mavericks.
Initial reports were that Jackson was a go for tonight, and that still may be the case. However, the Dallas Morning News is suggesting that Jackson will be a game-time decision. This could be his last game of the season if things do not go well when he visits a doctor in Houston on Friday.
Source: Dallas Morning News
**I also read that Maggette is out as well**
Report: McHale could bench starters Wednesday
Randy Foye - G - MIN - Mar. 25
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that coach Kevin McHale may opt to start five reserves against the Sixers on Wednesday.
Bobby Brown, Kevin Ollie, Rodney Carney, Brian Cardinal and Craig Smith wore black jerseys at practice, indicating that they'll be the starters as McHale attempts to send a message to a team that has lost five in a row and 24 out of its last 28. There's no word on whether or not the bench players would actually play starters' minutes, but this reported shakeup in Minnesota means that normal starters such as Randy Foye could be shaky options at best on Wednesday night.
Source: Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Nene expected to draw one-game suspension
Nene Hilario - F/C - DEN - Mar. 25
Though nothing has been officially announced, the Nuggets have been told by a league source to prepare for Nene to be suspended for Wednesday's game against the Hornets.
Nene appeared to bump referee Bill Spooner after being ejected from Monday's game, which would be the cause for any discipline from the league. Assuming the suspension does become official, Renaldo Balkman and Johan Petro could both see additional minutes.
Source: Denver Post
Rashard Lewis - F - Magic
Rashard Lewis completed shootaround and is expected to play on Wednesday despite the fact that his one-year-old daughter has been dealing with an illness.
It's possible that Lewis may have to miss some time eventually, but he hasn't missed a game yet this season. Mar. 25
Source: Orlando Sentinel
BOL! Thanks for the info.
Tim Duncan - F/C - Spurs
Tim Duncan remains questionable for Wednesday's game, the second of a back-to-back set.
The Spurs, including coach Gregg Popovich, are being very coy and probably won't release any information until lineups are due. We'll update his status once more is known. Mar. 25
Source: San Antonio Express-News
Kevin Garnett still limited to sub-20 minutes
Kevin Garnett - F - BOS - Mar. 25
Celtics coach Doc Rivers said that Kevin Garnett will again play around 15 minutes against the Magic on Wednesday. KG's playing time will probably move into the low 20's next week.
This is a thoroughly disheartening if you started Garnett this week, since he was supposed to already be playing 20+ minutes. Source: Boston Globe
Good info GoodFella
Peja Stojakovic - G/F - Hornets
Peja Stojakovic (back spasms), Tyson Chandler (ankle), Hilton Armstrong (stitches in finger) and Ryan Bowen (separated shoulder) will all be game-time decisions against the Nuggets on Wednesday.
Armstrong and Bowen aren't worth gambling on and there's no reason to be optimistic about the return of Peja or Tyson, either. Check back for possible updates in the afternoon. Mar. 25
Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune