The Look Ahead for March 20


Our nightly look ahead to the schedule with a couple of notes and story lines so you can plan out your NBA viewing.  All Times Eastern.

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clippers_logo7:00  LA Clippers @ Indiana Pacers 

The Pacers have hit a bit of a funk lately (six losses in last eight games), but they’re getting some help in Leandro Barbosa, whom they acquired in the most underrated of the deadline day trades.  Barbosa is a good scorer who should help the Pacers off the bench.  

The Clippers have come back down to earth too, floating along at about a .500 pace for a few weeks.  The teams have contrasting styles, but they they also have the potential to put up lots of points.  The scoreboard might be in for a workout in this one.

Couple of notes:

  • The Los Angeles Clippers draw the third highest crowds on the road (18,991 avg) trailing the Miami Heat and LA Lakers.
  • A winning record at home (13-6 currently. 14 home games remaining) would be the Pacers 23rd straight season with a winning home record, the longest streak in the NBA.

Other story lines for tonight:

7:30  Toronto-New York:  The Knicks go for their fourth win in a row under Mike Woodson.

7:30  Phoenix-Miami (NBA TV):  The Suns are on a season-high four game winning streak, but Miami has won 14 straight at home.

8:00  LA Lakers-Houston:  The Ramon Sessions era begins in La-La land.

9:00  Oklahoma City-Utah:  The Jazz look for their sixth straight win at home, which would avoid a sixth straight loss to the Thunder.

10:00  Memphis-Sacramento:  Memphis has split the two games since Zach Randolph’s return

10:00  Milwaukee-Portland:  The Bucks try to extend a current NBA-high five game winning streak.

John’s Picks:
LA Clippers, New York, Miami, LA Lakers, OKC, Memphis, Milwaukee

Last Time:  3-8
Season:  104-89