Tune-In Tidbits: ESPN Friday, Jan. 11, 2019
01/11/2019 at 03:01pm
Get ready for Friday’s ESPN doubleheader with key stats and trends to know about each matchup.
Indiana Pacers (27-14) at New York Knicks (10-31), 7:30 ET, ESPN
|Streak/Last 10||L1, 7-3||L2, 1-9|
|OffRtg||109.1 (16)||105.5 (25)|
|DefRtg||104.1 (2)||113.4 (29)|
|NetRtg||4.9 (5)||-7.9 (27)|
|Pace||98.81 (25)||100.95 (13)|
Need To Know
- Kevin Knox was the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month in December after averaging 17.1 points and 6 rebounds per game.
- Emmanuel Mudiay is coming off the best month of his career after averaging 18.6 PPG in December. This season he has increased his scoring efficiency on drives, increasing his FG% on drives from 40.1% last season to 48.8% this season.
- The Pacers are tied for the 2nd best record since Dec. 1, winning 14 of 19 games. They have a top five defensive rating over that span and have allowed the 4th fewest points per 100 possessions with 104.
- The Pacers have won the first two meetings with the Knicks this season, with Victor Oladipo averaging 25 points on 54.8% shooting from the field and 47.1% from three; it is tied for his third-highest scoring average against any opponent this season.
- Tim Hardaway Jr. was the primary defender on Oladipo for 88 possessions in their first two meetings this season. Oladipo scored 31 points on 11-19 shooting, including 6-12 from beyond the arc, when matched up with Hardaway.
Los Angeles Lakers (23-19) at Utah Jazz (21-21), 10:00 ET, ESPN
|Streak/Last 10||W2, 4-6||W1, 6-4|
|OffRtg||107.6 (20)||107.3 (21)|
|DefRtg||106.1 (8)||105.2 (5)|
|NetRtg||1.5 (12)||2.1 (10)|
|Pace||104.09 (3)||100.37 (16)|
Need To Know
- The Jazz have the best defensive rating since Dec. 1 and have allowed the fewest points per 100 possessions with 102.1.
- In five games in January, Donovan Mitchell is averaging 24.4 points per game and shooting 47.1% from three.
- Kyle Kuzma is coming off a career-high 41 points in L.A.’s win over Detroit on Wednesday. He shot 16-24 from the field and hit half of his 10 3-point attempts.
- The Lakers won their first meeting of the season with the Jazz, 90-83, on Nov. 23 behind 24 points from Brandon Ingram. The 83 points scored by Utah is their second-lowest scoring output of the season.
- Royce O’Neal (24 possessions) and Donovan Mitchell (17) were the primary defenders on Brandon Ingram for over half of his offensive matchup time. Ingram scored just six points on 3-7 shooting in those possessions.
- Ingram took advantage of other matchups. In 10 combined possessions against either Jae Crowder, Rudy Gobert or Grayson Allen, Ingram scored 12 points on 5-6 shooting, including 2-2 from three.
BONUS Tidbits: San Antonio vs. Oklahoma City 2OT Classic From Thursday
- Russell Westbrook had 24 points, 13 rebounds and a career-high 24 assists in Thursday's 2OT loss at the Spurs. He's the first player in NBA history to reach those numbers in a game. It's also ties the most assists in a triple-double in NBA history. The only active player with more assists in a game is Rajon Rondo, who had 25 last year with the Pelicans.
- Russell Westbrook now has two 20-10-20 games, the only players with more are Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson who each have three.
- The Spurs beat the Thunder 154-147 in 2OT on Thursday. It was the most points in a game for the Spurs since Nov. 7, 1990, when they beat the Nuggets 161-153 in regulation. The 301 combined points are the most in a game since the Suns and Nets combined for 318 on Dec. 7, 2006.
- The Spurs made their first 14 3-point attempts in Thursday's 2OT win over the Thunder. That's the most consecutive made threes to start a game by any team over the last 20 seasons. The Spurs’ previous high for 3-pointers to start a game was 11 against Sacramento in 2002.
- LaMarcus Aldridge scored a career-high 56 points in Thursday's 2OT win against the Thunder. It was the most points by any player without attempting a 3-pointer since Shaquille O’Neal scored 61 on his 28th birthday on March 6, 2000 and the first since Jermaine O'Neal scored 55 points in January of 2005.
- LaMarcus Aldridge’s 56 points were the 3rd most by a Spur ever. David Robinson scored 71 in 1994 and George Gervin scored 63 in 1978.