Tune-In Tidbits: ESPN Saturday, August 1, 2020
Miami Heat (41-24) vs. Denver Nuggets (43-22), 1:00 ET, ESPN
Miami’s Bam Adebayo and Denver’s Nikola Jokic are two of the four players to average at least 15 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists per game this season. The other two are Giannis Antetokounmpo and Domantas Sabonis.
Bam Adebayo ranks third in the NBA in screen assists at 5.2 per game, which produce 12.5 Heat points each game. His 5.1 traditional assists per game produce another 13.6 Heat points. The combination of the points he scores himself (16.2) and generates from his assists (26.1) means Adebayo directly impacts 42.3 of Miami’s 112.2 points per game (37.7%).
Nikola Jokic ranks 14th in traditional assists at 6.9 per game, which produce 17.0 Nuggets points each game. His 4.3 screen assists (10th in NBA) produce another 9.5 Nuggets points. The combination of the points he scores himself (20.2) and generates with his assists (26.5) means Jokic directly impacts 46.7 of Denver’s 110.4 points per game (42.3%).
Utah Jazz (42-23) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (40-24), 3:30 ET, ESPN
In two games against Oklahoma City this season, Donovan Mitchell averaged 29 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists, while shooting 51.1% from the field.
The Thunder lead the NBA with 29 wins that came in clutch time, when the score is within five points in the final five minutes. OKC is 29-13 in such games, outscoring their opponents by a total of 116 points in 171 clutch minutes.
Chris Paul ranks fifth in the NBA in points scored on pull-up shots at 10.3 per game. Of the 82 players with at least 200 pull-up shot attempts this season, Paul’s 47.7 FG% ranks second to Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton (48.0%) and Paul’s 54.2 eFG% ranks second to Portland’s Damian Lillard (55.3%).
New Orleans Pelicans (28-37) vs LA Clippers (44-21), 6:00 ET, ESPN
In two games against the Clippers this season, Jrue Holiday has averaged 27.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 3.0 steals and 3.5 3-pointers made, while shooting 51.3% from the field and 63.6% from beyond the arc.
Zion Williamson finished with 13 points in 15 minutes in New Orleans’ first game of the restart on Thursday. As he remains on a minutes restriction, the Pelicans will have to maximize his time on court. This season, New Orleans has been 12.1 points per 100 possessions better with Zion on the court (plus-8.9 net rating in 580 minutes) compared to when he’s on the bench (minus-3.2 net rating in 2,570 minutes).
The Clippers have outscored their opponents by 205 points in 786 minutes that Paul George and Kawhi Leonard have shared the court this season. However, in 24 minutes together on court against New Orleans this season, the Clippers were outscored by 13 points.
Los Angeles Lakers (50-14) vs. Toronto Raptors (46-18), 8:30 ET, ESPN
Anthony Davis scored a game-high 34 points in the Lakers’ win over the Clippers on Thursday. This season, the Lakers are 15-5 when Davis scores at least 30 points.
Toronto’s Kyle Lowry is tied with the Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell for total charges drawn with 30, but Lowry leads all players at 0.58 per game.
Toronto’s Pascal Siakam leads all players in contested 3-pointers at 5.7 per game; Lakers forward Anthony Davis ranks second at 4.6 per contest. As a team, the Raptors allow the lowest 3-point percentage in the league at 33.7%, while the Lakers rank fourth at 34.3% allowed.