Cleveland Cavaliers at New Jersey Nets (-7, 193.5)
Even though the Nets don’t have much to play for these days, they’re putting together a nice run down the stretch.
New Jersey has won four of its last six, covering five times over that span as they get set to host the struggling Cavaliers.
As usual, point guard Deron Willams has been a major catalyst. He put up 19 points and 13 assists in New Jersey’s 100-84 blowout of the Wizards. The Nets shot a season-best 56 percent from the floor.
"We didn't finish up strongly on the road trip (losing the last two games to the Lakers and Trailblazers), so we wanted to get back on our winning track," Williams told reporters. "We started off better than usual and that was the key. We just played solid all throughout the game. We all played well."
The Cavs just snapped a nine-game losing streak with a win over Toronto, but they’re going to struggle against New Jersey without Kyrie Irving and Anthony Parker.
Utah Jazz at San Antonio Spurs (-10, 209.5)
The condensed schedule is starting to catch up to the Utah Jazz.
Paul Millsap (stomach virus) and C.J. Miles (nausea) have been battling through illness, and Devin Harris (sprained left ankle) and Al Jefferson (strained abdomen) are banged up.
"This time of year, especially, most guys are aching in some kind of way. If you want an excuse not to play, you can find it easy," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said. "If you love what you're doing and you're willing to be responsible to your teammates and the character of you as a person, you fight through those things."
The Jazz downed the Warriors to snap a two-game losing skid, but they’ve covered only once in the last six contests.