Tune-In Tidbits: Monday, August 10, 2020

08/10/2020 at 02:08pm
Get ready for a full day of NBA action across three networks with five key stats to know about each matchup. Things get started on NBA TV with Mavericks-Jazz, then switch over to ESPN for a clash of the top two seeds in the East with Raptors-Bucks, and wrap up the night on TNT with two of the top three seeds in the West with Lakers-Nuggets.

Dallas Mavericks (42-30) vs. Utah Jazz (43-27), 3:00 ET, NBA TV

  • Dallas leads all teams in points scored at 125.0 points per game, but they also lead the league in points allowed at 127.6 points per game.

  • Rudy Gobert ranks second in the restart in screen assists at 6.4 per game. Those screen assist generate 15.8 points per game, the highest mark of any player.

  • Dallas leads all teams in the restart with a turnover percentage of just 11.1% and have a league-best 2.25 assist/turnover ratio. Utah ranks 21st with an 18% turnover percentage.

  • The Mavs will be without Luka Doncic today, who is 3rd in the league in Usage (35.5%) and Dallas has a 116.7 Offensive Rating with him on the court. He is the only Sophomore since 1996-97 to have a Usage above 30% with his team’s Offensive Rating above 115 with him on the court, and only 4 players since 1996-97 have achieved this in any season (James Harden 3 times, Kawhi Leonard 2 times, Stephen Curry, and Isaiah Thomas).

  • The Jazz will also be without their leading scorer as Donovan Mitchell (23.8 PPG in restart) will not play. That leaves Mike Conley as the Jazz’s top scorer; Conley is averaging 19.8 PPG in the restart, a six point improvement from his 13.8 PPG prior to the restart.

Toronto Raptors (50-19) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (55-15), 6:30 ET, ESPN

  • Milwaukee (102.3) and Toronto (104.5) are ranked first and second respectively on the season in Defensive Rating. While Toronto has improved their number to 99.6 in the restart, Milwaukee has allowed 111.9 PTS per 100 Possessions in the restart having played three of the top four offenses in these five games.

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 31.0 points, a league-high 12.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.6 blocks in Milwaukee’s five restart games. The Bucks have three players averaging at least 20 points per game (Antetokounmpo 31.0, Brook Lopez 22.0 and Khris Middleton 21.4). The Raptors are one of five teams without a 20 points per game scorer in the restart.

  • Milwaukee leads the season series with Toronto, 2-0, winning each game by double digits. Giannis Antetokounmpo has averaged 27.5 points, 17.0 rebounds, 8.0 assists and 3.5 steals in two games against the Raptors. It is his highest blocks average against any opponent this season.

  • The Bucks are averaging 122.6 points per game during the restart, which ranks 5th among the 22 teams in Orlando. The Raptors are averaging 106.2 points which ranks 20th. While the Bucks are outpacing their scoring from before the restart (118.6 PPG, 1st), the Raptors scoring has dropped off significantly from before the restart (113.0, 12th).

  • Fred VanVleet is averaging 4.6 deflections during the restart, which ranks third among all players. The Raptors rank third among all teams in the restart with 8.8 steals per game.

Denver Nuggets (46-24) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (51-18), 9:00 ET, TNT

  • Jamal Murray has 23 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists in 39 minutes in his first game of the restart on Saturday. He was one of four Nuggets to score at least 20 in the double-overtime win over Utah: Nikola Jokic (30), Michael Porter Jr. (23) and Jerami Grant (21).

  • The Lakers rank last in the restart in offensive efficiency (97.9) and have shot a league-low 25.4% from beyond the arc. That mark is 10.1 percentage points lower than their percentage prior to the restart.

  • Denver ranks 5th in the restart in Offensive Efficiency (116.1) with Michael Porter Jr. leading them in points per game (25.6).

  • The Nuggets are 3-1 during the restart in games that feature clutch time (score within five points in final five minutes). In 24 minutes of clutch play, the Nuggets have outscored their opponents by 21 points.

  • Nikola Jokic ranks first in the league in front court touches during the restart at 65.6 per game, which is 18.9 more than any other player in the league (Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic ranks second at 46.7). Jokic ranks 17th in scoring (22.4 PPG) and third in assists (9.4 APG) during the restart.