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Tune-In Tidbits: TNT Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018

12/13/2018 at 05:12pm

Get ready for Thursday's TNT doubleheader with key stats and trends to know about each matchup.

Los Angeles Lakers (17-10) at Houston Rockets (12-14), 8:00 ET, TNT

STAT LAKERS ROCKETS
Streak/Last 10 W2, 7-3 W1, 3-7
OffRtg 108.6 (15) 111.2 (6)
DefRtg 106.3 (8) 112.2 (27)
NetRtg 2.3 (9) -1.1 (20)
Pace 103.82 (4) 96.76 (29)

Need To Know

  • The Lakers and Rockets are near polar opposites when it comes to pace of play. The Lakers rank fourth in the league at 103.82 possessions per 48 minutes, while the Rockets rank 29th at 96.76.

  • This matchup features the two of the league's top three scorers with James Harden leading all players at 30.0 points per game and LeBron James not far behind at 28.3, which ranks third in the NBA. If LeBron maintains this scoring rate, this would be his highest scoring season since 2009-10 (the final season of his first Cleveland era).

Last Game

  • The Rockets won the first meeting of the season between these teams with a 124-115 win in Los Angeles on Oct. 20 in the second game of the season for both teams. James Harden and Chris Paul combined for 64 points (19-36 FG, 8-16 3P), while LeBron James led seven Lakers double figures with 24 points.

  • The Lakers tried plenty of defenders to try to slow down James Harden with five players being the primary defender for at least eight possessions. Only Rajon Rondo found success as Harden scored two points on 0-3 shooting in 18 possessions.

  • PJ Tucker defended LeBron James for 48 possessions (59.3% of matchup time) in the first meeting. LeBron scored 15 points on 6-13 shooting against Tucker, but the Lakers scored 57 points in those 48 possessions (1.19 points per possession).

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Dallas Mavericks (15-11) at Phoenix Suns (4-24), 10:30 ET, TNT

STAT MAVERICKS SUNS
Streak/Last 10 W3, 8-2 L10, 0-10
OffRtg 108.5 (16) 101.3 (28)
DefRtg 106.6 (10) 112.7 (29)
NetRtg 2.0 (12) -11.4 (30)
Pace 101.04 (13) 100.29 (21)

Need To Know

Last Game

  • The Suns won the first meeting between the teams this season with a 121-100 win over the Mavs in the season opener for both teams.

  • Devin Booker led five Suns in double figures with a game-high 35 points on 12-19 FG and 6-10 3P. Booker will miss his sixth straight matchup Thursday while recovering from a left hamstring strain.

  • Trevor Ariza was the primary defender on Luka Doncic for 38 possessions (59.4% of matchup time) and held the rookie to two points on 1-8 shooting from the field. Doncic dished out three assists but also had three turnovers while being defended by Ariza.

  • In the battle of Deandre vs. DeAndre (Ayton vs. Jordan), the vet defended the rook for 41 possessions (58.6% of matchup time). During that time, Ayton scored nine points on 3-4 shooting, had three assists and forced Jordan into two shooting fouls.

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