Tune-In Tidbits: TNT Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Get ready for Tuesday's TNT doubleheader with five key stats to know about each matchup.
Brian Martin, for NBA.com
Clippers (37-18) at Pacers (25-27)
7:30 p.m. ET, TNT
• The Clippers won the first meeting of the season with the Pacers, 129-96 on Jan. 17, as LA shot 19-39 (48.7%) from 3-point range. This season, the Clippers are 20-2 when making more than 15 3s in a game; they are 17-16 when making 15 or fewer.
• LA enters Tuesday riding a five-game win streak – two wins shy of their longest win streak of the season from January – winning by an average of 13.8 points per game. Western Conference Player of the Week Paul George has led the way with 29.3 ppg on 53.9% shooting from the field, 59.3% (16-27) from 3-point range and 100% (19-19) at the free-throw line, while adding five rebounds and five assists.
• Indiana is 16-12 on the road compared to 9-15 at home – no team has a bigger disparity of road wins over home wins (+7) in the league this season; Dallas ranks second with three more road wins than home wins. Indiana’s win percentage on the road (0.571) is 0.196 points higher than their home win percentage (0.375). That is the largest differential in the league as well, with San Antonio second at 0.177.
• The Pacers lead the NBA in fast break points (16.0 per game), which are fueled by their 8.6 steals per game (fourth in the league). However, the Clippers only turn the ball over on 13.2% of their possessions (sixth lowest percentage in the league) and hold teams to 11.8 fast break points per game (12th).
• Domantas Sabonis ranks second among centers in traditional assists with 6.1 per game, producing 15.9 points per game for Indiana. He also ranks second in screen assists at 6.2 per game, producing another 14.6 ppg. When combined with the 19.8 ppg that Sabonis scores himself, he is involved with 50.3 of Indiana’s 113.5 points per game (44.3%).
Celtics (28-26) at Trail Blazers (31-22)
10 p.m. ET, TNT
• Portland leads the NBA in first-quarter scoring (31.2 ppg) and takes an average lead of 1.6 points in the second quarter. Boston ranks 23rd in first-quarter scoring (27.5 ppg) and trails by an average of 0.5 ppg after the first 12 minutes. Damian Lillard averages 9.0 points per game in the first quarter – second only to Stephen Curry’s 9.2; Jaylen Brown lead the Celtics at 7.0 points (15th in the league).
• The Blazers rank second in the league in 3-pointers made (16.0 per game) and sixth in 3-point percentage (38.0%). Damian Lillard (4.1) and CJ McCollum (3.9) rank second and fourth, respectively, in 3-pointers made per game as the backcourt duo combines for half (8.0) of Portland’s triples each game.
• In Friday’s overtime win over Minnesota, Marcus Smart scored 24 points and shot 4-8 on 3-point shots, giving him 651 for his career and passing Larry Bird (649) for the fourth-most in Celtics team history. Smart added two more 3s on Sunday to bring his career total to 653; next up on the franchise list is Ray Allen, who made 798 3-pointers during his tenure in Boston.
• This game features some of the most prolific pull-up shooters in the game. The Blazers duo of CJ McCollum (11.7) and Damian Lillard (11.2) rank second and third, respectively, in points per game on pull-up jumpers. Jayson Tatum leads Boston at sixth overall (9.6 ppg), but the Celtics have three other players ranked in the top 30 – Kemba Walker (7.6), Jaylen Brown (6.3) and Evan Fournier (6.3).
• Carmelo Anthony ranks 10th in scoring among eligible bench players, averaging 12.9 points per game in 24.4 minutes off the Blazers’ bench this season. Anthony needs 186 points to pass Elvin Hayes and enter the top 10 on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. With 19 games remaining on Portland’s schedule, Anthony would need to average 9.8 points over those 19 games to make that move into the top 10. At his current scoring rate off the bench, Anthony would need 15 games to pass Hayes.