Tune-In Tidbits: Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Brooklyn Nets (31-25) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (54-13), 1:30 ET, NBA TV
Milwaukee won the first meeting of the season with Brooklyn, 117-97 on Jan. 18, behind 49 points combined between Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton. The Bucks are 19-5 this season when Antetokounmpo and Middleton each score at least 20 points in the same game.
In the first two games of the restart, Giannis Antetokounmpo has averaged 36.0 points (3rd in NBA), 16.5 rebounds (1st) and 7.5 assists (T-7th) while shooting 62.2% from the field (6th, min. 20 FGA).
In the first two games of the restart, Joe Harris is shooting 61.5% from beyond the arc, which is the fifth-highest percentage among players with at least 10 3PA. For the season, Harris ranks 8th in 3-point percentage at 41.9%.
For the season, Brooklyn attempts the fifth-most 3-pointers in the league (37.8 per game) but shoots the fifth-lowest 3-point percentage in the league (33.9%). In the first two games of the restart, that percentage has dropped to 32.0% as all Nets not named Joe Harris are shooting just 25.8% from three (16-62).
For the season, Giannis Antetokounmpo leads the NBA in fast break points at 6.2 per game. In the first two games of the restart, that average is up to 8.0 points per game, which ranks third in the league behind Indiana’s TJ Warren and Houston’s James Harden.
Phoenix Suns (28-39) vs. LA Clippers (45-21), 4:00 ET, NBA TV
The Clippers made a franchise-record 25 3-pointers (on 47 attempts) in Saturday’s win over New Orleans, topping the previous mark of 24 set in February against Miami. This season, the Clippers are 3-0 when they make at least 20 3s and 14-2 when they make at least 15 3s.
In Phoenix’s two games of the restart (both wins), Devin Booker has averaging 28.5 points, which ranks 11th among all players. Booker has shot 18-19 (94.7%) from the free throw line in the first two games.
The Clippers lead the season series 2-1, winning each of the past two meetings by double-digits. Kawhi Leonard has led the Clippers with 23.7 points, 9.3 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 2.3 steals per game against the Suns this season.
Kawhi Leonard (9.3 PPG) and Devin Booker (8.6 PPG) rank 8th and 10th, respectively, in points scored on pull-up shots this season. Since the restart, Paul George (16.0) and Booker (12.5) rank first and second, respectively, in pull-up scoring. George has shot 11-16 FG, 10-14 3P on pull ups during the restart.
The Suns lead the NBA in assist percentage this season, with two third (66.5%) of their baskets coming off an assist. Ricky Rubio ranks third in the NBA at 8.9 assists per game on the season. The Clippers rank 23rd in assist percentage for the season (57.3%).
Boston Celtics (44-22) vs. Miami Heat (42-25), 6:30 ET, TNT
In the first two games of the restart, Jaylen Brown has averaged a team-high 26 points per game and shot 9-18 from beyond the arc. Boston is 4-0 this season when Brown makes five 3-pointers or more in a game.
The Heat are the only team that does not have at least one player averaging 20 points in the restart. The key for Miami has been balance as Goran Dragic (19.0), Jimmy Butler (19.0), Kelly Olynyk (18.5) and Bam Adebayo (16.0) have shared the scoring load.
Boston won the first two meetings of the season with Miami and held the Heat to an average of 97.0 points per game, which is the second-lowest average the Heat had against any opponent this season.
Miami is third in the league in assist percentage (65.8%), second in the league in effective field goal percentage (54.9%), and second in free throw attempts per 100 possessions (25.2) on the season.
Jimmy Butler ranks seventh in the NBA in both deflections (3.4 per game) and steals per game (1.7).
Houston Rockets (42-24) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (30-38), 9:00 ET, TNT
In their win over Milwaukee on Sunday, the Rockets tied the NBA record for 3-point attempts in a non-overtime game with 61. They made 21 of those attempts to improve to 11-1 when they make at least 20 3-pointers in a game this season.
Houston has forced 43 turnovers in the first two games of the restart while committing just 18, leading the league in both numbers per game.
Among the 75 players with at least 10 3-point attempts in the restart, Gary Trent Jr. leads in 3-point accuracy at 68.8% as he has made 11 of 16 from beyond the arc in Portland’s first two games back.
The Blazers lead the seasons series with Houston 2-1. In each of the three games, the Blazers have attempted exactly 36 3-point shots. Their 32.4% shooting from beyond the arc is their sixth-lowest mark against any opponent this season.
James Harden leads all players in the restart in first quarter scoring, as he has averaged 15.0 points on 72.7% FG, 40.0% 3P and 92.3% FT shooting splits in Houston’s first two games.