Tune-In Tidbits: Friday, Jan. 24, 2020
Milwaukee Bucks (39-6) vs. Charlotte Hornets (15-30), 3:00 ET, NBA TV
Giannis Antetokounmpo is scoring 0.98 points per minute this season; only Wilt Chamberlain (1.38 in 1961-62) and James Harden (0.98 in 2018-19) have reached or exceeded that mark over a full season.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging a career-high 12.9 rebounds per game (15.1 per 36 minutes). He has converted 66.4% of his rebound chances into boards, which is the third-highest percentage among the 22 players with at least 15 rebound chances per game.
Among the 133 players with at least 150 drives this season, Khris Middleton ranks second in the NBA with a 58.9% shooting percentage. Giannis Antetokounmpo ranks fourth at 58.2%, and he combines that with a foul rate of 13.5%, which ranks third in that group of 133 players.
Both Devonte’ Graham and Terry Rozier have been clutch players for Charlotte this season. Graham ranks 10th in clutch points (71) and tied for third in clutch 3-pointers (11), while Rozier is 14th and tied for fifth in the respective categories.
Which team will be able to dictate the pace of the game? The Bucks lead the NBA with 105.11 possessions per 48 minutes, while the Hornets rank last at just 96.76 possessions per 48 minutes.
LA Clippers (31-14) at Miami Heat (31-13), 8:00 ET, ESPN
Bam Adebayo is shooting 65.5% from the field in 2020, which is second highest out of 110 players with 100 FGA this month. He is shooting 69.2% on drives and 80.9% on paint touch field goals during that stretch.
Miami has a plus-7.3 net rating with Jimmy Butler on the court, as opposed to a minus-3.9 rating off it. Miami’s assist percentage goes from 64.8 to 60.7, and their turnover percentage rises from 14.3 to 17.5.
Miami ranks second in the league in 3-point percentage at 37.2%. The Heat are fifth in the league with 9.5 catch-and-shoot 3s made per game, with Duncan Robinson second among all players at 2.8 made catch-and-shoot 3s per game.
The Clippers rank second in the NBA with 15.0 second-chance points per game. Montrezl Harrell is fourth in the NBA with 4.2 second-chance points per game; Harrell is also second in the NBA with 15.6 points in the paint per game.
Though this is their first meeting this season, Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler were frequent matchups last season. Leonard was Butler’s most frequent defensive matchup last season; Kawhi shot 6-of-13 with two assists and three turnovers in 56.9 partial possessions. Butler was Leonard’s sixth-most frequent defensive assignment last season with 47.6 partial possessions – Butler went 4-of-7 shooting, 3-of-5 from 3 point range.
Indiana Pacers (29-16) at Golden State Warriors (10-36), 10:30 ET, NBA TV
Domantas Sabonis leads the NBA in points scored as the roll man at 261; the gap between him and second place is bigger than the gap between second and 12th place. He is also 10th in the NBA in points on plays ending in a cut with 135, and 12th in plays ending in a post-up with 116. Sabonis is the only player where the Pacers have a negative net rating when he’s off the court at minus-3.1.
Malcolm Brogdon is averaging a career-high 7.3 assists in his first season in Indiana. He is averaging 2.3 assists per game to TJ Warren on just 11.9 passes; Warren is shooting 53.2% overall, and 46.2% from 3-point range on passes from Brogdon.
The Warriors lead the NBA in scoring on plays ending in the scorer coming off a screen at 8.8 points per game. D’Angelo Russell is ninth among players with 2.9 points per game in that category, while teammate Damion Lee is 13th at 2.2. Russell is one of seven players averaging at least 24 points and seven assists in January.
The Pacers generate the eighth most wide-open shots (closest defender six or more feet away) in the league at 20.9 per game. Indiana’s 55.4 effective field goal percentage on those wide-open looks ranks 24th.
The Pacers (14.3%) and Warriors (12.9%) rank second and third, respectively, in percentage of points coming from mid-range shots. D’Angelo Russell ranks seventh with 2.1 mid-range field goals made per game; he shoots 50.9% from mid-range, which is the second-highest percentage among the 22 players that average four mid-range shot attempts per game.