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Chicago Bulls (8-15, 11th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Miami Heat (16-6, third in the Eastern Conference) Miami; Sunday, 6 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Miami will try to keep its nine-game home win streak alive when the Heat take on Chicago. The Heat are 11-2 in Eastern Conference games. Miami has a 1-0 record in …

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Indiana Pacers (14-8, sixth in the Eastern Conference) vs. New York Knicks (4-18, 15th in the Eastern Conference) New York; Saturday, 7 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: New York takes on Indiana looking to break its five-game home skid. The Knicks have gone 2-14 against Eastern Conference teams. New York ranks last in the league scoring …

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Minnesota Timberwolves (10-11, eighth in the Western Conference) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (20-3, first in the Western Conference) Los Angeles; Sunday, 9 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Two of the league’s top scorers, Anthony Davis and Karl-Anthony Towns, meet when Los Angeles and Minnesota square off. Davis is seventh in the NBA averaging 26.6 points per …

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Denver Nuggets (14-6, third in the Western Conference) vs. Brooklyn Nets (12-10, seventh in the Eastern Conference) Brooklyn; Sunday, 3 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets host Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets in a non-conference matchup. The Nets are 6-4 on their home court. Brooklyn averages 16 turnovers per game …

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Los Angeles Clippers (16-7, fourth in the Western Conference) vs. Washington Wizards (7-14, 12th in the Eastern Conference) Washington; Sunday, 6 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Bradley Beal leads Washington into a matchup against Los Angeles. He currently ranks fifth in the league averaging 28.3 points per game. The Wizards are 4-5 in home games. Washington …

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Oklahoma City Thunder (9-12, ninth in the Western Conference) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (9-14, 11th in the Western Conference) Portland; Sunday, 9 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Damian Lillard leads Portland into a matchup against Oklahoma City. He’s sixth in the league averaging 26.7 points per game. The Trail Blazers are 6-9 against Western Conference opponents. …

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Atlanta Hawks (5-17, 14th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Charlotte Hornets (9-15, 10th in the Eastern Conference) Charlotte; Sunday, 5 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Trae Young leads Atlanta into a matchup against Charlotte. He currently ranks fourth in the NBA averaging 28.7 points per game. The Hornets are 0-2 in division games. Charlotte is 6-2 …

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Cleveland Cavaliers (5-16, 13th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (15-7, fifth in the Eastern Conference) Philadelphia; Saturday, 7 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Philadelphia faces the Cleveland Cavaliers after Joel Embiid’s 26-point, 21-rebound performance in the 76ers’ 119-113 loss to the Wizards. The 76ers are 10-3 in Eastern Conference games. Philadelphia is sixth in …

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson battled Orlando’s big men and then defended his rookie coach. At least some of the Cavaliers have John Beilein’s back. Following a 93-87 loss to the Magic — Cleveland’s 11th loss in 12 games — Thompson said he was disappointed to learn that some of his teammates had …

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Seven months ago, Brooklyn Nets sharpshooter Joe Harris won the NBA All-Star Weekend 3-point contest at the Spectrum Center. On Friday night, Harris was at it again by scoring 22 points and hitting six 3-pointers as the Nets continued their recent strong play in road games with a 111-104 victory over …

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