Professional Basketball – Sneer Sun, 09 Jan 2022 03:10:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Professional Basketball – Sneer 32 32 Sabonis scores career-high 42 against the Pacers ahead of Jazz, 125-113 | Basketball Sun, 09 Jan 2022 03:10:15 +0000

MARK AMBROGI – Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Domantas Sabonis scored a career-high 42 points on 18 of 22 shots to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 125-113 victory over the Utah Jazz on Saturday night.

Lance Stephenson contributed 16 points, 14 assists and four interceptions off the bench for the Pacers. Duane Washington Jr. added 16 points and Justin Holiday 15 for Indiana.

Donovan Mitchell led Utah with 36 points and nine assists. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 21 points and Jordan Clarkson 18 for Jazz.

The Pacers ended a six-game losing streak and completed a season-long Jazz sweep. Indiana shot 56 percent in the first half to take a 61-52 halftime advantage. Utah used a 12-0 streak to reduce the lead to 70-69 midway through the third quarter. Indiana maintained a 90-86 lead after three quarters.

Holding a 101-97 lead, Holiday started an 8-0 streak with 3 straight points. Indiana kept their lead.

The Pacers shot 55% while the Jazz shot just under 48% from the field.

It was the second night of a straight game for Utah, which lost to Toronto on Friday night.

Jazz: Rudy Gobert, who was the first NBA player to test positive for COVID-19 in March 2020, was kicked out of COVID-19 protocols after testing positive on Wednesday. Hassan Whiteside started in his place of Gobert. … Elijah Hughes was sidelined by an illness unrelated to COVID-19.

Paul has a triple double, the Suns’ best Clippers in the NBA 106-89 | Basketball Fri, 07 Jan 2022 06:24:59 +0000

By DAVID BRANDT – AP Sports Writer

PHOENIX (AP) – Chris Paul and the Phoenix Suns have become some of the best pitchers in the league. That’s a big reason they’ve reached 30 wins ahead of any other NBA team this season.

Paul had a triple-double with 14 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists, and the Suns improved to 25-0 as a three-quarter lead as they beat the Los Angeles Clippers 106-89 on Thursday night.

As usual, Paul, 36, was the maestro who made big plays in the dying minutes to shut down the Clippers. He scored a crucial 3 points and had five assists in the fourth quarter.

“The biggest problem with some teams is that they don’t know what they want to run or who they want to go to on the last row,” said Paul. “I think we have a good idea. We know what we’re going to do. The games are.

The Suns edged Golden State for the league’s best record. They have won three straight wins and four out of five. That’s despite several players missing a lot of time this season, including All-Star goaltender Devin Booker.

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“I just think the players have done a really good job promoting our culture,” said Suns coach Monty Williams. “We have an unreal guard game, which really helps. “

Paul continues to look like he’s 26 instead of 36, doing anything to keep the Suns among the league’s elite. His 13 rebounds were a career high in his 1,128th regular season NBA game.

Cam Johnson added 24 points, a career-high, and Jalen Smith – the second-year forward whose playing time increased significantly recently due to the Suns’ COVID-19 issues – had another good game with 19 points and 14 rebounds.

“We have a lot of fun playing together,” Johnson said. “Things are starting to click.”

Those performances helped make up for a tough night for Booker, who shot just 5 of 22 from the field and finished with 11 points. He was 0 out of 7 on 3 points.

Williams said center Deandre Ayton, forward Jae Crowder and JaVale McGee all approved the league’s COVID-19 protocols but were kept out of the game as they got back into shape. Guard Landry Shamet is still in protocol.

The Clippers fell below 0.500 to 19-20 despite a season high of 26 points from former Suns forward Marcus Morris Sr. Reggie Jackson added 16. The Clippers missed guards Luke Kennard and Xavier Moon, as well as the Ivica Zubac center, because of COVID -19 protocols.

“We scratched and competed,” said Clippers coach Ty Lue. “It’s a good ball club out there and they played well. Their stars took over on the stretch and got back into play.”

The Suns led by 17 points midway through the third quarter, but the Clippers pulled it down to 73-66 within minutes. The Suns took a 75-66 lead in the final quarter.

The Clippers shot 79-76 with 8:36 remaining as Amir Coffey converted a three-point play after making a layup while being fouled. But the Suns responded with the following six points and slowly walked away.

The Suns took a 56-40 halftime lead after outscoring the Clippers by 15 in the second quarter. Johnson led the Suns with 17 points before the break. Morris had 13 for the Clippers.

Suns: F Bismack Biyombo was in his third game for the Suns and his first at home. The 11-year-old veteran was signed last week because the Suns were thin in the frontcourt. He finished with three rebounds in 13 minutes. … The Suns have recorded 63 rebounds, a season high.

Clippers: G Brandon Boston Jr. was back on the field after spending time in COVID-19 protocol. … LA only shot 3 of 18 (17%) to 3 points in the first half.

Clippers: Host Memphis on Saturday.

Suns: Host Miami Saturday night

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LeBron and Monk lead the Lakers’ late rally ahead of the Kings, 122-114 | Basketball Wed, 05 Jan 2022 06:03:00 +0000

By GREG BEACHAM – AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) – LeBron James scored 14 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter, Malik Monk added 11 of his 24 in the final seven minutes, and the Los Angeles Lakers fended off the Sacramento Kings 122-114 on Tuesday night for their fourth victory in five games.

Talen Horton-Tucker scored 19 points for the Lakers, who caught up to a seven-point loss with one big basket after another from Monk and James. Monk scored six points from 3 points in another impressive offensive game, and Russell Westbrook added 19 points and shot a key late charge as the Lakers climbed back above 0.500.

Westbrook played 34 minutes in their first non-turnover game since March 14, 2016.

De’Aaron Fox had 30 points and Buddy Hield added 26 with seven to 3 points for the Kings, who scored 11 straight points early in the fourth quarter before weakening down the home stretch. Harrison Barnes had 14 points for Sacramento, who had won three straight wins against the Lakers in Los Angeles.

The Tyrese Haliburton jumper gave the Kings three minutes to play, but Monk’s 3-point shot and James’ layup put the Lakers back in the lead 114-110. Westbrook and James added lay-ups in the passing minutes as LA held on.

Dwight Howard scored 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Lakers, who beat an opponent in the Pacific Division at home for the first time in six tries this season.

]]> James and Monk help Lakers beat Timberwolves 108-103 | Basketball Mon, 03 Jan 2022 05:25:47 +0000

By BETH HARRIS – AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) – LeBron James scored 26 points, Malik Monk added 22 and the Los Angeles Lakers hung on to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 108-103 on Sunday night for the first time in three games this season.

A few streaks ended in the Lakers ‘opener of the new year: James’ streak of seven in a row with at least 30 points and Russell Westbrook’s streak of four consecutive triple doubles. Westbrook finished with 20 points, three rebounds, five assists and nine of the Lakers’ 28 turnovers.

“We did a good job of holding on, gutting it out,” said Westbrook, who had just one second-half turnover.

Naz Reid led the Wolves with a season-high 23 points, making 10 of 17 from the floor and 11 rebounds, the first 20 points and more than 10 rebounds of his career. Jaylen Nowell added 17 points off the bench.

The Lakers (19-19) climbed back to 0.500, with their 30-something veterans taking them to the fourth quarter. Carmelo Anthony has scored five in a row to help close a four-point deficit. Hanging on to a point lead in the dying minutes, Anthony hit a 3 point, was fouled and took the free throw. He finished with 14 points.

“He’s done a great job for us all year,” said Lakers coach Frank Vogel. “He brought great basketball integrity to our team, making sure the guys are playing the right way offensively. “

Bulls Vs Wizards: NBA Basketball Betting Odds And Trends Sat, 01 Jan 2022 06:53:54 +0000

The Chicago Bulls (23-10) will look to continue a six-game winning streak when they visit the Washington Wizards (18-17) on Jan.1, 2022 at Capital One Arena. Bulls (-2.5 on the spread) and Wizards (+120 to win) will meet on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET. The total points in the match are fixed at 216.5.

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Bulls vs Wizards betting odds

Bulls against. Wizard Player Accessories

January 1 injury report

Marko Simonovic: Out (Health and safety protocols),
Ersan Ilyasova: Out (Health Protocols),
Tony Bradley: Out (Health and Safety Protocols),
Patrick Williams: Out (left wrist),
Lonzo Ball: Out (Health and Safety Protocols),
Alfonzo McKinnie: Out (Health and Safety Protocols),
Alex Caruso: Out (foot)

Davis Bertans: Out (Illness),
Spencer Dinwiddie: Out (Health and Safety Protocols),
Brad Wanamaker: Out (Health and Safety Protocols),
Raul Neto: Out (Health and safety protocols),
Rui Hachimura: Out (Health Protocols),
Thomas Bryant: absent (left knee)

Statistical rankings

Bull offense Statistics (Rank) Defense of sorcerers
110.7 (9) Points / Gm 108.5 (19)
20.4 (14) Goods / Game 19.1 (13)
47.4 (3) Field objective% 45.3 (16)
38.1 (1) 3 PT% 34.1 (10)
53.9 (3) % Effective FG 51.2 (8)
57.6 (3) % actual fire 55.3 (12)
Sorcerer offense Statistics (Rank) Defense of the bulls
106.1 (20) Points / Gm 106.9 (13)
19.1 (18) Goods / Game 20.4 (17)
46.5 (7) Field objective% 45.2 (15)
32.7 (26) 3 PT% 36 (23)
52.4 (15) % Effective FG 51.9 (11)
55.8 (16) % actual fire 55.6 (14)

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Bulls and Wizards Betting Records

  • Chicago is 21-12-0 ATS so far this year.
  • The Bulls are 13-4 ATS this season when playing with at least 2.5 points from favorites.
  • In total, 16 of Chicago’s 33 games this season have been completed.
  • Washington is 16-19-0 ATS this season.
  • The Wizards have covered the spread eight times this season (8-8 ATS) playing with at least 2.5 underdogs.
  • A total of 17 games in Washington this year have topped the points total.

Bull heads

  • DeMar DeRozan leads the Bulls with 26.8 points per game.
  • Nikola Vucevic beats Chicago with 11.4 rebounds per game and Lonzo Ball leads the team with five assists per game.
  • Ball is the Bulls’ top three-point shooter, knocking down 3.1 per game.
  • Alex Caruso leads the team with two interceptions per game. Vucevic collects 1.1 blocks of a contest to give rhythm to Chicago.

Wizarding chiefs

  • Bradley Beal sits at the top of the Wizards’ scoring and assist lists, totaling 23.4 points and 6 assists per game.
  • When it comes to rebounds, Kyle Kuzma leads Washington with eight per game.
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope leads the Wizards in beyond the arc, averaging 2.1 three shots per game.
  • Washington’s Caldwell-Pope sits first in the team’s interception charts at 1.3 per game and Daniel Gafford is first in blocks at 1.8 per game.


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Haliburton helps Kings take out shorthanded Thunder 117-111 | Basketball Wed, 29 Dec 2021 06:13:16 +0000

By MICHAEL WAGAMAN – Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Tyrese Haliburton had 24 points and 10 assists, and the Sacramento Kings held off the Oklahoma City Thunder 117-111 on Tuesday night.

Buddy Hield added 21 points off the bench for the Kings. Harrison Barnes scored 17 points and De’Aaron Fox had 12 points and eight assists.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 33 points for the Thunder.

Earlier today, Oklahoma City coach Mark Daigneault, rookie Josh Giddey and forward Derrick Favors entered into NBA health and safety protocols. Assistant coach Mike Wilks led the team in Daigneault’s absence.

The Kings weathered a flurry of goals from the Thunder in the third quarter, built a 17-point lead early in the fourth and made three free throws in the final 32 seconds to end a three-game losing streak.

Haliburton had 10 points in the fourth quarter, including a 3-point clutch after Oklahoma City shot 106-96. This is the fifth time in six games that Haliburton has scored at least 20 points and 10 assists.

Gilgeous-Alexander kept Oklahoma City close and scored 15 points in the last 12 minutes, but the shorthanded Thunder only had two players to hit the double.

The Thunder began a lineup that included Isaiah Roby making his second start of the season after missing four of the last five games due to the coach’s decision, and Paul Watson, who was making his third start in career and his first this season. Roby had eight points and six rebounds, while Watson scored five points.

Sacramento led by 10 early in the third, but Aaron Wiggins had eight points in a 17-3 run to give Oklahoma City the lead. The Kings scored the next 13 points and led 87-71 before the fourth.

Thunder: Gabriel Deck made a 3-pointers beating the buzzer to end the first quarter. … Wiggins was called up for a technical foul in the second quarter.

Kings: Former No. 2 draft pick Marvin Bagley III started for the second time this season and had nine points and 10 rebounds. … Damian Jones set a career high with 14 rebounds.

Thunder: Play for the Suns in Phoenix on Wednesday. Oklahoma City have lost three straight games to Phoenix, including 113-101 last Thursday.

Kings: Face the Mavericks on Wednesday for the first of two games in three days against Dallas at the Golden 1 Center.

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NBA basketball | Jokic continues to break records – CVBJ Mon, 27 Dec 2021 10:59:21 +0000

12/27/2021 at 11:19 am CET

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Nikola Jokic is still determined to prove that he is the best “5” in the NBA. Their 26 years and after winning the league’s MVP award last season, serbian is the benchmark of some Denver Nuggets that they surely have a somewhat irregular season, with the record of wins and losses tied at 16, but they know that they have in their ranks such a privileged resource as Jokic.

Last night The Nuggets beat the combative Clippers by 103-100 with those fighting for prime playoff positions in the west. It was a marked match on the calendar for both teams and apparently also for a Jokic who In the previous game against the Charlotte Hornets, he had already totaled 29 points, 21 rebounds and 5 assists.

Jokic equals over 30-year record held by Barkley

Against the Clippers, the Serbian rose to 26 points, 22 rebounds and 8 assists, managing to exceed for the second consecutive game the marks of 20 points, 20 rebounds and 5 assists, a record which He had not been matched since 1988, owned by Charles Barkley.

The Serb also passed Marcus Camby

This record was not the only one of the night for the Serbian, since with his numbers, he achieved his sixth game since he is in the competition in which he reaches 20 points and 20 rebounds, and this way he becomes the Nuggets player who achieves this mark the most times, beat a legendary actor of the franchise as it is Marcus Camby.

Above Wilt Chamberlain

The good journey that Jokic leads, also does it today leads the ranking for the highest efficiency in a season in NBA history. This index is calculated by including the positive and negative actions of each player according to the minutes played. And today, with a figure of 32.7, ahead of Wilt Chamberlain’s 32.1 in 61/62, and Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 31.9 in 19/20, where he raised the ‘MVP’.

]]> Former Arizona goalie Brandon Williams to sign 10-day contract with Portland Trail Blazers Sat, 25 Dec 2021 17:47:12 +0000

B-Will gets his shot.

Former Arizona Wildcats goalie Brandon williams signs a 10-day contract with the Portland Trail Blazers, according to Shams Charania of Athletics.

Williams, 22, played for the Westchester Knicks of the NBA G League in his first year of professional basketball. He didn’t play anywhere in 2020-21 after leaving Arizona to pursue a professional career.

The 6-foot-2 Williams was in the Wildcats’ program for two seasons but only played 26 games with lingering knee problems. As a true freshman in 2018-19, he started 21 games and averaged 11.4 points and 3.8 assists, but then missed 2019-20 after undergoing surgery to repair a congenital condition of the knee.

Williams is the second ex-Wildcat to sign a 10-day contract in the past two days, with the other being Wing Stanley Johnson with the Los Angeles Lakers. The impact of COVID-19 on the NBA has forced teams to add players on difficult contracts in order to fill the rosters.

Lakers Vs Spurs: NBA Basketball Betting Odds And Trends Thu, 23 Dec 2021 07:41:02 +0000

The Los Angeles Lakers (16-16) will look to end a three-game losing streak when they host the San Antonio Spurs (12-18) on Thursday, December 23, 2021 at Staples Center. The contest airs at 10:30 p.m. ET. The Lakers (-1.5) meet the Spurs (+110 on the cash line) at 10:30 p.m. ET on Thursday. The total points of the match are fixed at 223.5.

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Lakers vs Spurs betting odds

Lakers vs. Spurs Player Accessories

Injury report as of December 23

Anthony Davis: outside (knee),
Austin Reaves: Out (Health and Safety Protocols),
Avery Bradley: Out (Health and Safety Protocols),
Malik Monk: Out (Health and Safety Protocols),
Kent Bazemore: Out (Health and Safety Protocols),
Kendrick Nunn: Out (knee)

Zach Collins: Out (ankle)

Statistical rankings

Lakers offense Statistics (Rank) Spurs defense
109.8 (9) Points / Gm 109.8 (24)
22.6 (9) Goods / Game 23.5 (23)
46.2 (11) Field objective% 46.3 (23)
34.9 (15) 3 PT% 36.6 (25)
52.8 (12) % Effective FG 53.4 (24)
55.7 (15) % actual fire 56.1 (19)
Spurs offense Statistics (Rank) Defense of the Lakers
109.8 (9) Points / Gm 111.2 (27)
23.5 (8) Goods / Game 22.6 (22)
46.8 (4) Field objective% 44.4 (10)
35.2 (14) 3 PT% 33.3 (5)
52.5 (15) % Effective FG 51.2 (8)
54.7 (22) % actual fire 54.5 (7)

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Lakers and Spurs betting records

  • Los Angeles have set a 12-19-1 ATS record so far this year.
  • The Lakers are 6-12-1 ATS this season when playing with at least 1.5 points in favorites.
  • Los Angeles and their opponents have combined to strike more than 16 out of 32 times this season.
  • San Antonio has covered 17 times in 30 ATS chances this season.
  • Spurs are 12-8 ATS this season when playing with at least 1.5 underdogs.
  • So far this year, 17 of San Antonio’s 30 over / under games have reached over.


The Lakers secured a team-record 34 points over Anthony Davis en route to victory over Keldon Johnson (24 points) and the Spurs in their most recent clash on November 14, 2021. The Lakers were favorites with 2 points remaining. . and covered the gap in the win. The teams totaled 220 points in total to go over 219.5 points over / under.

Dated Favorite Home team Propagated Total Results
11/14/2021 Lakers Lakers -2 219.5 114-106 LAL *
10/26/2021 Spurs Spurs -2 219.5 125-121 LAL *
  • 11/14/2021 DNP – Spurs: Jakob Poeltl
  • 10/26/2021 DNP – Lakers: Wayne Ellington

Lakers leaders

  • Davis leads the Lakers in scoring (23.3 points per game) and rebounding (9.9 rebounds per game).
  • The leader in Los Angeles assists is Russell Westbrook, who has a combined 8.1 per game.
  • Carmelo Anthony is the Lakers’ top three-point shooter, at 2.4 per game.
  • Westbrook leads the team with 1.2 steals per game. Davis accumulates two blocks per outing to give rhythm to Los Angeles.

Spurs leaders

  • Dejounte Murray sits first in Spurs scoring and assists lists, totaling 18.1 points and 8.6 assists per game.
  • Jakob Poeltl’s 8.7 rebounds per game punctuate San Antonio’s rebound effort. He also adds 12.2 points per game.
  • Doug McDermott leads the Spurs in beyond the arc, averaging two-by-threes per game.
  • Murray of San Antonio sits first in the team’s interception standings with two per game and Poeltl is first in blocks at 1.6 per game.


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COVID concerns eclipse NBA Christmas slate that features Giannis, Bucks | Basketball Tue, 21 Dec 2021 10:05:00 +0000

And the Christmas lineup, chosen by the NBA months ago, seemed a lot brighter than this one.

There’s Atlanta in New York, a rematch of a playoff series from last season. Boston in Milwaukee, the traditional Christmas appearance as part of the reigning NBA champions benefit package. Golden State in Phoenix, a clash between perhaps the top two teams in the league so far this season. Brooklyn at the Lakers, a game many thought was a potential preview of the NBA Finals a few months ago. And Dallas in Utah, which will give Rudy Gobert fans in France and Luka Doncic fans in Slovenia something to watch at 4.30am on a Sunday.

Right now, neither the Hawks nor the Knicks would be playoff teams. The Celtics, Mavericks, and Lakers all hover around 0.500. Doncic suffers from ankle pain, which could hamper his availability for Christmas. Davis won’t play for the Lakers until the end of January, at the earliest, with a knee problem. Irving has yet to play for Brooklyn this season.

“We are all in uncertainty,” said Williams.

There will certainly be arguments made by some to suggest that the league should suspend or postpone more games, as the number of players currently facing virus issues is huge – 15% of the league, give or take. When Gobert tested positive on March 11, 2020, the league closed for four months. It’s obviously a very different world now and a very different NBA, with 97% of players vaccinated and over 60% boosted.