Tune-In Tidbits: Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Indiana Pacers (43-28) vs. Houston Rockets (44-26), 4:00 ET, NBA TV
James Harden (33.4 PPG) and T.J. Warren (31.0) rank second and tied for fourth in scoring during the restart. They are the only two players averaging over 30 points and shooting above 50% from the field so far in the restart.
There are seven players averaging at least 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists during the restart; three of those players are represented in this matchup: James Harden (33.4 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 8.6 APG), Russell Westbrook (24.3 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 7.8 APG) and Malcolm Brogdon (18.6 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 6.4 APG).
James Harden leads all players with 2,263 total points this season. Unless Damian Lillard scores 64 in Portland’s final seeding games on Thursday, Harden will be the only player in the NBA to reach 2,000 total points this season. It will be the sixth consecutive season Harden has eclipsed 2,000 points.
Russell Westbrook ranks third in the restart in drives per game with 25.0, which is a 4.5 drive per game increase over his league-leading 20.5 prior to the restart. Westbrook’s scoring on drives has remained similar before and during the restart, but his assists off drives have nearly doubled from 2.0 before to 3.5 during the restart.
In the restart, T.J. Warren is shooting 18-29 (62.1%) on catch-and-shoots, including 15-24 (62.5%) from 3-point range, which gives him an effective field goal percentage of 87.9% on catch-and-shoots. That is the second-highest mark among the 79 players with at least 20 attempts during the restart.
Toronto Raptors (51-19) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (42-29), 6:30 ET, ESPN
During the restart, Toronto has held its opponents to 30.0% shooting from beyond the arc; that is the second-lowest 3P% allowed. In their first six games of the restart, the Sixers are shooting 40.1% from three, the fourth-best mark of the 22 teams in Orlando.
The Raptors have the top defensive rating of any team in the restart, allowing just 99.5 points per 100 possessions. Toronto’s 6.5 point advantage over the second-ranked Thunder (106.0) is more than what separates the next 12 teams (New Orleans, 13th, 111.5).
In three games against the Raptors this season, Tobias Harris has been Philadelphia’s leading scorer at 22.0 points per game while shooting 44.0% from beyond the arc.
Kyle Lowry leads all players in charges drawn this season with 34, with four of those coming in the restart. Since the hustle stat began being tracked during the 2016-17 season, Lowry has finished 12th, 1st, 6th, and 1st each season in total charges drawn.
During the restart, the Sixers have shot lower percentages from the field (2.5 percentage points lower) and from beyond the arc (6.1 percentage points lower) in their wins compared to their losses. The biggest difference has come at the free throw line as the Sixers have made (nine more) and attempted (12 more) free throws per game in their wins.
LA Clippers (47-23) vs. Denver Nuggets (46-25), 9:00 ET, ESPN
During the restart, the Nuggets have been 19.7 points per 100 possessions better with Michael Porter Jr. on the court (plus-3.9 net rating in 208 minutes) than when he’s on the bench (minus-15.8 net rating in 95 minutes).
Of the 99 players in the restart that have attempted at least four 3-pointers per game, the Clippers trio of JaMychal Green (51.9%), Kawhi Leonard (51.7%) and Paul George (51.3%) rank fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively in 3-point percentage. The Clippers lead all teams in the restart in 3-point accuracy at 42.7% as a team.
The Nuggets leads all teams in the restart with 28.0 assists per game as 62.0% of their baskets have come off an assist. This season, the Nuggets are 24-7 when they dish out at least 28 assists in a game.
Of the 179 players in the restart that have attempted at least 30 shots during the restart, Ivica Zubac ranks second in field goal percentage at 67.6%. Zubac shot 60.1% from the field prior to the restart.
The Clippers rank 21st out of the 22 teams in the restart in rim protection, as opponents have shot 69.5% at the basket when defended by the Clippers. Prior to the restart, the Clippers ranks sixth in the league by allowing just 61.0% shooting at the basket.