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Let’s hit on some injuries and other goodies from around The Association going into Wednesday’s nine-game slate…
–Brooklyn’s Kevin Durant is listed as ‘probable’ to return to the lineup tonight vs. New Orleans. Durant has been out since Feb. 13. The perennial All-Star forward has played in just 19 games this year, averaging 29.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.4 blocked shots per game. However, James Harden (25.2 PPG, 10.9 APG, 8.0 RPG, 1.2 SPG) is expected to miss at least 10 days with a hamstring issue. Landry Shamet and Tyler Johnson are also ‘out’ tonight. The Nets are mired in a 3-10 against-the-spread slump.
–Although the ‘over’ is 30-21 overall for Brooklyn, the ‘under’ has cashed at a 7-2 clip in its last nine contests. As of this morning, the Nets were listed as nine-point home favorites against the Pelicans with a total of 232 points. The ‘over’ is 33-12 for New Orleans in its last 45 games. Brandon Ingram, Jaxson Hayes and Kira Lewis are listed as ‘questionable’ tonight for the Pelicans, while Josh Hart (thumb) and Nickeil Alexander-Walker are ‘out.’ Zion Williamson returned from a three-game absence in last night’s 123-107 loss at Atlanta. Williamson finished with 34 points, five rebounds and two assists without a turnover.
–Memphis is on a 9-1 ATS run and has won seven games in a row against foes NOT named Utah. The Grizzlies won by double digits last night at Miami and are at Atlanta tonight. Memphis and the Hawks are both in back-to-back spots. As of this morning, most books had Atlanta installed as a 2.5-point home favorite with a total of 225. Since Nate McMillan took over for Lloyd Pierce as interim head coach, the Hawks are 13-4 straight up and 11-5-1 ATS. They’ve won four games in a row both SU and ATS.
–Memphis star guard Ja Morant left last night’s game at Miami and didn’t return, but he will be available tonight. On the flip side, Brandon Clarke (11.7 PPG), Justice Winslow and De’Andre Melton (10.1 PPG) are ‘out’ at Atlanta.
–Atlanta’s John Collins is hoping to return from an ankle sprain sometime in the next week. McMillan noted to reporters on Tuesday that De’Andre Hunter (16.0 PPG) could return in the next week, too. Hunter came back from a seven-week absence due to a knee injury to play in two games, but he’s missed seven games in a row since then. He reportedly had a non-surgical procedure this past weekend. Kris Dunn is getting close to making his season debut for the Hawks, perhaps in the next week or two. Meanwhile, Cam Reddish (Achilles) isn’t expected back for another month or so. Nevertheless, the Hawks take a four-game winning streak both SU and ATS into tonight’s tilt vs. Memphis. They set an NBA record vs. New Orleans last night by draining 11-of-11 attempts from 3-point range in the third quarter. The previous NBA record for 100-percent shooting from beyond the arc in a stanza was nine makes.
–The ‘over’ has cashed at a 19-10 clip for Atlanta in its last 19 games. Danilo Gallinari and Clint Capela have both been added to Atlanta’s injury report as ‘questionable’ tonight.
—Patrick Beverley returned to the Clippers’ lineup for the first time since March 11 last night. He had eight points, four rebounds, one steal and three assists without a turnover in 20-plus minutes of playing time in a 133-116 win over Portland as a six-point home ‘chalk.’ DeMarcus Cousins made his Clips’ debut after signing a 10-day contract, finishing with seven points, four boards and two assists on 3-of-4 shooting from the field in merely 7:37 of action. Paul George and Kawhi Leonard scored 36 and 29 points, respectively.
–Washington All-Star guard Bradley Beal (31.3 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 4.8 APG & 1.2 SPG) hasn’t played since March 27 due to a hip contusion. Beal, Robin Lopez (quad) and Rui Hachimura (shoulder) are ‘questionable’ tonight at Orlando.
–Dallas is an 11.5-point favorite tonight at Houston. The Mavericks have won seven games in a row both SU and ATS when Luka Doncic has been in uniform (they lost back-to-back games without him). The Rockets have lost 27 of their last 29 games while going 6-23 ATS. John Wall has been upgraded to ‘probable’ for Houston tonight, but Eric Gordon and Danuel House remain ‘out.’
–After missing last night’s 134-119 win over Detroit, Denver’s Jamal Murray is ‘questionable’ tonight vs. San Antonio. The Nuggets, who have won six straight games while compiling a 5-1 spread record, are 6.5-point home favorites. The Spurs have dropped three games in a row both SU and ATS and four of their last five.