Sporting Alert – Following are the top performers and listed players to watch for each team heading into Wednesday night’s NBA fixtures on December 16.
Looking At The NBA Fixtures And More
Warriors (24-1, 10-0 Home) at Suns (11-15, 4-9 Away)
After losing for the first time this season against the Buck on Saturday, Golden State (24-1) will try to get back on track when they play host to Phoenix on Wednesday. Point guard Stephen Curry (32.3 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 6.0 APG) is the player to watch for the defending champions, while for the Suns (11-15), point guard Eric Bledsoe (22.3 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 6.5 APG) leads the way. They are the top performers to watch out for. The Warriors are 12.5 point favorites to beat the Suns in this NBA fixture.
Wizards (10-13, 6-6 Away) at Spurs (21-5, 13-0 Home)
San Antonio owns the NBA second-best record this season and the best home record so far at 13-0, and the Western Conference powerhouse will look to extend its undefeated in-house mark against the Washington Wizards. Forward Kawhi Leonard (20.8 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 2.6 APG) is the player to watch for the Spurs entering this fixture, while energetic point guard John Wall (19.6 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 8.8 APG) leads the way for the Wizards, who have dropped three of the last four games.
Trail Blazers (11-15, 5-9 Away) at Thunder (16-8, 11-3 Home)
Oklahoma City has won five in a row and has one of the best home records this campaign. The Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant combination again is taking teams apart and Portland, which has dropped three of their last five games, could become the Thunder’s next victim. Heading into this game, the top performers for each team are guards Damian Lillard (24.7 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 6.7 APG) for the Trail Blazers and Westbrook (26.1 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 9.6 APG) for Oklahoma City.
Bucks (10-16, 2-11 Away) at Clippers (15-10, 9-5 Home)
The Los Angeles Clippers have been inconsistent this season, but have won two in succession and five of the last six. Chris Paul isn’t quite 100 percent, and neither is J.J. Redick, but team leader, All-Star forward Blake Griffin (24.3 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 4.8 APG) is healthy and continues to show that he is the go-to man for these Clippers. In fact, Blake and Greg Monroe (16.2 PPG, 9.8 RPG, 2.4 APG) of the Bucks, are the top performers for their respective clubs. Milwaukee ended the Warriors’ perfect start to the season, but have lost three of their last four games, including going down 109-95 to the Clippers on Dec 9.
Grizzlies (14-12, 6-6 Away) at Bulls (14-8, 10-3 Home)
Chicago goes in search of its fourth successive victory on Wednesday night against the Grizzlies. After losing four straight, the Bulls have put away the 76ers, Pelicans and Clippers in their current streak. Memphis, on the other hand, has dropped two of its last three. Top performers entering this game are Marc Gasol (16.4 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 3.8 APG) of Memphis and Jimmy Butler (20.7 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 3.2 APG) for Chicago.
76ers (1-25, 0-15 Away) at Hawks (14-12, 8-6 Home)
The top performers coming into this fixture are Paul Millsap, ATL – (18.0 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 3.5 APG) and Jahlil Okafor PHI – (17.8 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 1.2 APG). The Sixers are 0-15 on the road and have been cut down in their last seven games. Atlanta has not won in the last three games, but could return to winning ways after Wednesday night.
Heat (14-9, 3-5 Away) at Nets (7-17, 6-6 Home)
The Miami Heat have won two successive and go for their third win against the Brooklyn Nets who were bettered in their last two outings. On Wednesday night, the top performers to watch out for are Brook Lopez (19.0 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 1.5 APG) of the Nets and Chris Bosh (17.7 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 2.1 APG) for Miami.
Celtics (14-11, 7-5 Away) at Pistons (14-12, 9-4 Home)
Top Performers and players to watch in this battle are, Isaiah Thomas (20.5 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 6.6 APG) for Boston and Andre Drummond (17.7 PPG, 16.3 RPG, 0.8 APG) of Detroit. Drummond has been one of the leading contributors overall in the league this season.
Timberwolves (9-15, 6-5 Away) at Knicks (11-14, 5-7 Home)
New York has won just once in the last five games, which is not a good sign, especially with the decline in form of Kristaps Porzingis. The rookie averaged 5.6 points with a mere 24-percent shooting in his last 3 games. The Timberwolves are on a poor run themselves, and have failed to win in their last three. Top performers: Carmelo Anthony NY – (21.8 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 3.2 APG) and Karl-Anthony Towns MIN – (15.0 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 1.0 APG).
Hornets (14-9, 4-5 Away) at Magic (13-11, 7-4 Home)
Top performers so far this season for these teams are: point guard Kemba Walker (18.0 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 4.7 APG) for Charlotte and Nikola Vucevic (15.6 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 2.4 APG) for Orlando. Despite losing to the Celtics, 98-93, in the last outing, the Hornets have won four of the last five games.
Mavericks (14-11, 8-6 Away) at Pacers (14-9, 8-3 Home)
The top performers coming into this battle are listed as Paul George (26.5 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 4.1 APG) for the Indiana Pacers and he is one of the best players overall in the league for the term — and Dirk Nowitzki (17.3 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 2.0 APG) for the Dallas Mavericks.
Pelicans (6-18, 1-12 Away) at Jazz (10-13, 5-5 Home)
The respective team top performers: Anthony Davis (23.6 PPG, 10.7 RPG, 1.5 APG) for New Orleans and Derrick Favors (17.0 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 1.5 APG) for Utah.
NBA Games and TV Listings
Wednesday, December 16
Dallas at Indiana 7:00 PM FSSW, FSMW
Charlotte at Orlando 7:00 PM FSFL
Miami at Brooklyn 7:30 PM SUN, YES
Boston at Detroit 7:30 PM CSNN, FSDT
Minnesota at New York 7:30 PM FSN, MSG
Philadelphia at Atlanta 8:00 PM CSN
Memphis at Chicago 8:00 PM ESPN, WatchESPN,
Portland at Oklahoma City 8:00 PM KGW, FSOK
Washington at San Antonio 8:30 PM CSNB, FSSW
New Orleans at Utah 9:00 PM FSN, ROOT
Phoenix at Golden State 10:30 PM ESPN, WatchESPN, FSAZ, CSNB
Milwaukee at LA Clippers 10:30 PM FSW2