Tune-In Tidbits: TNT Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018
Get ready for Thursday’s TNT doubleheader with key stats and trends to know about each matchup.
New York Knicks at Boston Celtics, 8:00 ET, TNT
|Streak/Last 10||L1, 4-6||W3, 6-4|
|OffRtg||106.7 (21)||107.1 (20)|
|DefRtg||111.8 (27)||103.1 (2)|
|NetRtg||-5.0 (26)||4.0 (7)|
|Pace||100.94 (16)||100.24 (22)|
Need To Know
- During Boston’s three-game win streak, Kyrie Irving has paced the team with 25.3 PPG and 7.7 APG. Even more impressive, he has shot almost 50% (48%) from deep on 8.3 3PA per game.
- Noah Vonleh has been a diamond in the rough for the Knicks this season, averaging career highs across the board in all major categories (minutes - 25.3, points - 8.4, FG% - 50, 3P% - 45.5, REB - 8.1, AST - 1.6, STL - 0.6, BLK - 1.0).
- Boston has won four of five games since falling to 9-9 with a home loss to New York on Nov. 21.
- The Celtics are averaging 123.4 points during their current three-game win streak. A win tonight would allow Boston (13-10) to match its longest winning streak of the season.
- Noah Vonleh is the only player in the NBA averaging eight rebounds and shooting 45% from three (min. 1 3PA).
- Allonzo Trier is averaging 11.3 points per game, the most of any two-way player.
- Among season single game stat leaders (PTS, REB, AST, STL, BLK), Knicks players have sole possession, or are tied for the NBA single game season-high in Rebounds (Enes Kanter with 26) and Blocks (Mitchell Robinson with 9)
Houston Rockets at Utah Jazz, 10:30 ET, TNT
|Streak/Last 10||L1, 5-5||W1, 5-5|
|OffRtg||111.6 (6)||106.3 (23)|
|DefRtg||111.7 (25)||107.5 (12)|
|NetRtg||-0.1 (18)||-1.1 (19)|
|Pace||97.08 (29)||100.50 (21)|
Need To Know
- James Harden leads the NBA in scoring (31.1 ppg) and steals (2.47 spg). The last two players to lead the NBA in both categories over a full season are Stephen Curry (2015-16) and Allen Iverson (2001-02).
- Utah’s Rudy Gobert of France leads the NBA in field goal percentage. Houston’s Clint Capela of Switzerland led that category last season.
- On Tuesday, the Jazz became the 10th team to hit 20 or more threes in one game this season; Orlando became the 11th team on Wednesday night. The Jazz shots 20-33 from deep, good for the highest 3P% among that group. The Rockets meanwhile have reached this feat three times, the only team to do it more than once.
- The Rockets and Jazz are both 5-5 in their last 10 games. They join a group of FIVE playoffs teams from last season that are currently outside the playoff picture.
- Both James Harden (1st at 11.1 per game) and Eric Gordon (5th at 9.0 per game) are top five in the NBA in 3PT attempts, joining Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson as the only teammates in the top 10.
- As a team, the Rockets shooting 49.4% of their shots from deep, the highest percentage in the league.
- Among the 18 five-man lineups that have played at least 150 minutes together, the Jazz quintet of Ricky Rubio, Jae Crowder, Rudy Gobert, Joe Ingles and Donovan Mitchell has the highest offensive rating (116.1), net rating (plus-13.0) and effective field goal percentage (58.8%).