Tune-In Tidbits: ESPN Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019
LA Clippers (18-7) at Toronto Raptors (16-7), 7:00 ET, ESPN
Wednesday marks Kawhi Leonard’s first game in Toronto since leading the Raptors to the NBA title last season. In his one season with the Raptors, Leonard averaged career-highs of 26.6 points during the regular season and 30.5 points per game in the playoffs en route to his second title and second Finals MVP.
The Clippers won the first meeting of the season with the Raptors 98-88 in LA on Nov. 11. The Clippers’ bench outscored the Raptors’ bench (56-35) as well as both starting units (Toronto’s starters had 53 points, LA’s starters had just 42). The Clippers lead all teams in bench scoring (52.3 points per game), while the Raptors rank 22nd (34.2 points per game).
The Raptors are 13-2 this season when Pascal Siakam scores at least 20 points. He has reach 20 points in 15 of 23 games far this season (65.2%), compared to 26 times in 80 games last season (32.5%).
Paul George is shooting a career-high 41.9% from three this year. Of his 9.7 3-point attempts per game, 3.8 of are pull-ups, which he is knocking down at a 43.4% rate, which ranks fifth among players with at least 25 pull-up 3-point attempts.
Opponents shoot just 36.5% when Kawhi Leonard is the closest defender, which is 10.2 percentage points below their normal shooting percentage (46.7%). That is the second-highest differential among the 276 players that have defended at least 100 shots this season. Toronto’s Norman Powell ranks seventh with a 9.0 differential.
New Orleans Pelicans (6-18) at Milwaukee Bucks (21-3), 9:30 ET, ESPN
During their 15-game win streak, the Bucks are averaging a league-best 121.0 points per game and winning games by an averaged of 16.1 points per game.
The Bucks rank second in the league in fast break points (18.6 per game), while the Pelicans allow the third-most fast break points of any team in the league (15.4 per game). Giannis Antetokounmpo leads all players in fast break points at 6.3 per game.
The Pelicans look to snap a nine-game losing streak that dates back to Nov. 23. Six of the nine games during the streak have been decided by single digits with four coming by five points or less. The Pelicans are just 4-11 in games that feature clutch time (score within five points inside of five minutes to play) as they are shooting a league-low 31.9% in those situations.
The Bucks lead the league in defensive efficiency (100.9), anchored by their rim protection; they allow the second-fewest shots from within 6 feet per game (28.0), opponents shoot by far the lowest percentage in there(49.9%), and thus they allow the fewest points in the paint (39.8 per game).