NEW YORK, Sporting Alert – The Los Angeles Clippers will look to rebound from Thursday night’s setback against the Cleveland Cavaliers when they continue their road trip.
The LA Clippers, still playing without star forward Blake Griffin, suffered a 115-102 defeat at the Cavaliers, despite getting off to a solid start and Chris Paul scoring a game-high 30 points.
Friday night Paul and Co. (27-15, 12-8 Away) will travel to New York to face the Knicks (22-22, 13-8 Home) at Madison Square Garden.
Carmelo Anthony, who was recently named to his ninth All-Star Game roster, which matches George Gervin and Dominique Wilkins for the most NBA ASG selections without an NBA Finals appearance, has led his team to a pair of victories in the last two games and the star forward will be hoping to extend the streak at home.
It will be the first meeting between the two sides this season and the LA Clippers start as 1.5 point favourites.
Meanwhile, Golden State Warriors will have head coach Steve Kerr back on the bench for the first time this season, as he is set to return Friday against the Indiana Pacers.
Kerr missed the team’s first 43 games after undergoing back surgery after the title-winning season, but will make his season debut tonight.
The Warriors (39-4) in the absence of Kerr, has been led by the team’s assistant and interim coach Luke Walton.
It was first reported that all the wins and losses up to this point, would have been credited to Walton, but it is now understood that those numbers will go on Steve Kerr’s record, according to the NBA rules.
Indiana (23-19), which dropped the first meeting of the term 131-123 on Dec. 8, has dropped three of the last four games overall and could struggle again in this fixture.
In the three defeats prior to the 97-94 win over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday, the Pacers have failed to hold teams below 100 points per game.
Golden State is yet to lose at home this campaign, and heads into the contest with a 19-0 home record.
The matchup between the Warriors and the Pacers will be live on ESPN and WatchESPN.
Elsewhere on Friday, fellow Western Conference powerhouses San Antonio Spurs (37-6, 13-6 Away) stay on the road to take on the Los Angeles Lakers (9-35, 5-14 Home) at STAPLES Center.
The Spurs go in search of their 13th successive win.
NBA Schedule and TV Channels
Friday, January 22 ET
Charlotte at Orlando 7:00 PM FSFL
Chicago at Boston 7:30 PM CSNN
Utah Brooklyn 7:30 PM ROOT YES
Los Angeles Clippers at New York 7:30 PM FSW2 MSG
Miami at Toronto 8:00 PM ESPN, WatchESPN SUN Sportsnet One
Milwaukee at Houston 8:00 PM FSWI
Oklahoma City at Dallas 8:30 PM FSOK FSSW
Indiana at Golden State 10:30 PM ESPN, WatchESPN FSMW CSNB
San Antonio at Los Angeles Lakers 10:30 PM FSSW TWC SN