Tune-In Tidbits: TNT Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018
Get ready for Thursday's TNT doubleheader with key stats to know about each matchup. The action tips off at TD Garden in Boston as the Celtics (5-2) host the Bucks (7-0) in a rematch of last year's Eastern Conference first round playoff matchup. Milwaukee enters the game as the only undefeated team in the NBA.
That is followed by the Blazers (5-2) hosting the Pelicans (4-3) in a rematch of last year's Western Conference first round playoff matchup. Portland enters the game looking for their third straight win, while New Orleans is looking to snap a three-game skid.
Milwaukee Bucks at Boston Celtics, 8:00 ET, TNT
Boston leads the league in Defensive Rating (96.2) while Milwaukee is 2nd with 98.2. Boston’s 96.2 DRTG is lower than any team has averaged for a full season since 2003-04, when the Spurs, Pistons, and Pacers were all below that
Not coincidentally, Boston has the lowest 3P% against (27.4%) and Milwaukee has the second lowest (28.8%)
Khris Middleton is shooting 54.9% from three on a career high 7.3 3PA per game. Last season his total number of 3PA was 89.4% of his total number of Mid Range FGA. This season his 3PA are 3.9 times his number of Mid Range FGA
Milwaukee has allowed the second lowest FGA per game from within 6 feet of the basket (26.7) despite being 6th in PACE (106.07). They hold opponents to 55.6% from within 6 feet of the hoop, the third lowest percentage in the league
Giannis Antetokounmpo specifically has held opponents to 48% from within 6 feet of the basket on 4.2 attempts per game
Giannis Antetokounmpo is 4th in the NBA in REB per game (14.2). 89% of his 18 Offensive Rebounds are classified as contested while a third of them have had two or more opponents contesting
Jayson Tatum is shooting 41.7% on 1.7 Pull-Up 3PA per game compared to 18.8% on 2.3 Catch and Shoot 3PA per game
New Orleans Pelicans at Portland Trail Blazers, 10:30 ET, TNT
In the 5 games he’s played, Anthony Davis has received 11 assists from Jrue Holiday and 10 from Elfrid Payton.
The Pelicans and Blazers have the 4th (114.3) and 5th (113.9) best offensive ratings, respectively, in the league. However, Portland gets the edge in Net Rating as the 4th best (+7.5) in the league behind a defense (106.4 Defensive Rating) that ranks Top 10 in the NBA.
When Anthony Davis is on the floor, the Pelicans Defensive Rating (currently 24th in the league) becomes a would-be Top 10 Rating at 106.4, the same number as the Portland Trail Blazers.
The backcourt duo of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum lead the way for the 5-2 Blazers, having played the fourth most minutes together (215) among guards in the entire league, behind the Raptors’ Kyle Lowry and Danny Green (236), the Warriors’ Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson (217),and the Mavs’ Wesley Matthews and Luka Doncic (216). The McCollum and Lilliard backcourt duo has an 8.8 Net Rating.
The Pelicans and Blazers split their season series last year 2-2, but the Pelicans ultimately prevailed come the playoffs with a 4-0 sweep of the 3-seeded Blazers. Key mid-season acquisition Nikola Mirotic scored only 2 points in a loss to Portland in March, but went on to average 18.3 PPG on 57.1% shooting in the playoffs.
So far this season the Pelicans have a 28.8 Net Rating in 100 Minutes with Anthony Davis and Nikola Mirotic on the court together compared to a -2.7 Net Rating in 85 Minutes with Davis and no Mirotic
In the postseason matchup, Damian Lillard was primarily guarded by Jrue Holiday. He was held to 20 Points per 100 Possessions lower than his normal output, took 79% of his normal FGA output, and shot 25.8% from the field.
Zach Collins is averaging 11.1 PTS and 2.0 BLK with 65.1-50-88.9 shooting splits, and Portland has a 14 Net Rating with him on the court compared to a 2.5 Net Rating with him off. Their DRTG falls from 97.3 with him on the court to 110.4 with him off.