Tune-In Tidbits - TNT Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021
Get ready for Thursday's TNT doubleheader with five key stats to know about each matchup.
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Get ready for Thursday’s TNT doubleheader with five key stats to know about each matchup.
Warriors (11-10) at Mavericks (8-13), 7:30 p.m. ET, TNT
• Luka Doncic averages a league-high 24.1 drives per game, scoring 13.8 points and dishing out 2.9 assists per game. His 55.8% shooting on drives ranks 7th among the 48 players that average 10 drives per game.
• Luka Doncic enters Thursday having scored at least 25 points in eight straight games. It is the 2nd-longest active streak in the league, trailing only Bradley Beal at 17.
• Stephen Curry ranks 2nd in 3-pointers made at 4.6 per game, which is on pace for the third-highest average of his career (5.1 in both 2018-19 and 2015-16). Curry is averaging 28.2 ppg (5th in NBA), which is on track to be his highest scoring season since being the unanimous choice for MVP in 2015-16.
• Stephen Curry (8.6 ppg) and Luka Doncic (8.4 ppg) rank 2nd and 3rd, respectively, in first-quarter scoring this season. The Warriors are 7-2 this season when they lead after the first quarter, and 4-8 when they trail after the first quarter.
Nuggets (12-8) at Lakers (16-6), 10 p.m. ET, TNT
• LeBron James needs three made baskets to pass Wilt Chamberlain for 3rd place in career field goals made. The last time LeBron finished a game with fewer than three field goals made was on Halloween 2007.
• The Lakers rank 3rd in the league in second-chance points (14.8 per game) and tied for 6th for points in the paint (49.3 per game). However, the Nuggets only give up a league-low 10.2 second-chance points in addition to 44.8 ppg in the lane (T-8th in the NBA for fewest allowed).
• The Lakers offense has been 15.2 points per 100 possession better with Kentavious Caldewell-Pope on the court (120.4 offensive rating in 433 minutes) than when he’s off the court (105.2 offensive rating in 623 minutes). Caldwell-Pope has the 7th-highest on/off court differential of any player that has logged at least 200 minutes – trailing only Damian Lillard (19.0), Kawhi Leonard (18.9), Luguentz Dort (17.0), Joel Embiid (16.7), Nikola Jokic (16.5) and Trae Young (16.0).
• The Nuggets enter Thursday ranked 5th in 3-point percentage (38.4%) and 12th in 3-pointers made per game (13.2). They will face a Lakers team that allows the 3rd-lowest 3-point percentage in the league (34.0%), which is 2.4 percentage points lower than their opponents’ normal average.