After a day off for Thanksgiving, the NBA has twelve games on the schedule tonight. The only National TV game is on NBA TV and it should be a good one between the LA Clippers and Houston Rockets.
Two other games should be entertaining as well; Sacramento Kings @ San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies @ Portland Trail Blazers.
Sacramento Kings @ San Antonio Spurs 8:30 pm
The Kings are 2-1 on their four game road trip. They looked flat on the second night of a back-to-back in Houston.
The Spurs are slowly getting their form back. They are on a five game winning streak and currently have the second ranked defense in the league.
The Spurs will need to slow down DeMarcus Cousins who has been on a tear his last five games. He’s averaging 25.6 ppg, 15.6 rpg, 4 apg while shooting 53%. The Kings played the last two games without starters Rudy Gay and Darren Collison.
Collison is day-to-day with a quad injury, while Gay has been out dealing with an Achilles injury. Both players are questionable for tonight’s game.
Sacramento beat the Spurs two weeks ago to snap a nine-game losing streak against them.
The Spurs won their game on Wednesday night without coach Gregg Popovich who had a minor medical procedure. He is expected to miss tonight’s game as well.
Memphis Grizzlies @ Portland Trail Blazers 10:00 pm
The team with the best record in the Western Conference takes on the hottest team in the NBA.
Led by Marc Gasol the Grizzlies are 13-2 and on a three game win streak. They continue to grind out games with their defense but have scored over 100 points in two of their last three games.
The Blazers are the best rebounding team in the league and are on a nine game winning streak. Portland is sixth in both points per game and points allowed.
The Grizzlies will try to slow the tempo and chase the Blazers off the three point line. They will attack the paint with Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol. Mike Conley, Courtney Lee Quincy Pondexter and Vince Carter will have to knock down some three pointers.
The Blazers are second in made three pointers and shoot 39% from downtown. They take about 25 three pointers a game.
This has the potential to be the game of the night.