Tune-In Tidbits: MLK Day tripleheader on TNT
Get ready for three MLK Day games on TNT with 5 key stats to know about each matchup.
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Get ready for an MLK Day tripleheader on TNT with five key stats to know about each matchup.
9 games today with hoops all day on NBA TV and TNT. #MLKDay
— NBA (@NBA) January 18, 2021
Suns (7-4) vs. Grizzlies (6-6), 5:00 ET, TNT
• Ja Morant made his return to the court on Saturday after missing eight games; he finished with 17 points on 7-14 shooting and six assists in Memphis’ 106-104 win.
• Of the 28 players that have defended at least five shots at the basket per game, Memphis Jonas Valanciunas ranks fourth in rim protection, holding opponents to 50% shooting.
• Cameron Johnson ranks second in the league in wide-open 3-point attempts (5.1 per game); he is shooting 35.7% on those attempts so far this season.
Bucks (9-4) vs. Nets (8-6), 7:30 ET, TNT
• Of the 28 players that have attempted at least five catch-and-shoot jumpers per game, Brooklyn’s Joe Harris has the top effective field goal percentage (79.2%) by nearly nine percentage points over the second-ranked shooter.
• The Bucks have been the best first-quarter team in the league – averaging a 6.1-point lead after the first 12 minutes of play. Meanwhile, the Nets has been the best fourth-quarter team – outscoring their opponents by an average of 3.0 points per game in the final 12 minutes of play.
• Brooklyn’s James Harden (32 PTS, 12 REB, 14 AST) became the first player in NBA history to record a 30-point triple-double in his debut with a new team during the Nets’ win over Orlando on Saturday.
• Of the 28 players that have defended at least five shots at the basket per game, Milwaukee’s Brook Lopez ranks second in rim protection, holding opponents to just 43.2% shooting.
Warriors (6-6) at Lakers (11-3), 10:00 ET, TNT
• Of the 14 players that average at least five post ups per game, Anthony Davis has the top field goal percentage at 61.5%, which is five percentage points higher than any other qualified player.
• Lakers teammates Alex Caruso (58.3%) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (55.3%) ranks second and third in the league, respectively, in 3-point accuracy this season.
• The Lakers lineup for LeBron James, Marc Gasol, Anthony Davis, Dennis Schroder and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has outscored its opponents by 66 points in their 126 minutes on the court together – it is the highest plus/minus of any five-man lineup this season.
• The Warriors play at the third-fastest pace in the league (104.67 possessions per 48 minutes), averaging four extra possessions per game than the 19th-ranked Lakers (100.43).