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NBA Game Previews for Tuesday, Nov. 25
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Kings at Pelicans, 8 p.m. ET -- STATS LLC reports: With Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins leading the way, the New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings have emerged as two of the biggest surprises in the NBA.
A couple of the league's top young frontcourt players meet Tuesday night when the Pelicans go for their fourth straight home win and second victory over the Kings in eight days.
Davis is coming off his best performance as a pro, scoring a career-high 43 points and adding 14 rebounds to help New Orleans wrap up a 2-2 road trip with a 106-94 win over Utah on Saturday.
The All-Star forward ranks second in the NBA with 26.3 points per game, trailing only Kobe Bryant (26.7). He leads the league with 3.5 blocks... Cousins has played a huge role in the club's turnaround, averaging career highs of 23.2 points and 12.3 rebounds. He ranks among the NBA leaders in scoring and rebounding after finishing with 31 points and 18 boards in Saturday's 113-101 road win over the Timberwolves.
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Hawks at Wizards, 7 p.m. ET -- STATS LLC reports: The Washington Wizards snapped a five-year playoff drought last season with young stars John Wall and Bradley Beal leading the way.
They're looking all the more dangerous with veteran Paul Pierce on board.
The first-place Wizards go for a third consecutive win and fifth in six tries against the visiting Atlanta Hawks as these Southeast Division foes meet for the first time this season Tuesday night... Atlanta (6-5) bounced back from back-to-back defeats with Friday's 99-89 victory over Detroit, its fifth win in seven games. Jeff Teague led the way with a season-high 28 points while Millsap added 15 and 12 rebounds for his fourth double-double.
The Hawks, who blew a 19-point lead before taking control dow
Warriors at Heat, 7:30 p.m. ET -- STATS LLC reports: No team has fewer losses than the Golden State Warriors. That statement might not have remained true going into this week if it weren't for a journeyman who is ninth on the team in playing time.
Marreese Speights heads to his native Florida riding an out-of-nowhere hot streak, and the rolling Warriors may need it to continue to help make up for the absence of one or two frontcourt starters Tuesday night against the Miami Heat.
Golden State (10-2) began a five-game road trip Sunday by notching a fifth straight win, 91-86 over Oklahoma City behind Speights' 28 points. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, both among the league's top 10 in scoring, totaled 35 points on 11-of-35 shooting... While Golden State is 5-1 on the road, the Heat had lost three straight home games before beating Charlotte 94-93 on Sunday only after the lowly Hornets missed three potential go-ahead shots in the final seconds.
Pistons at Bucks, 8 p.m. ET -- STATS LLC reports: Though the Detroit Pistons have endured many poor shooting nights this season, their best came against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Looking to avoid a fifth consecutive defeat, the visiting Pistons will try to end the latest shooting slump with another strong performance against the Bucks on Tuesday night.
Detroit (3-10) is shooting 41.0 percent to rank near the bottom of the league, but has been a touch worse over the last three contests at 38.4... Milwaukee (7-7) had won three straight and five of six before losing to Toronto and Washington by a combined 53 points. The Bucks shot 39.9 percent in those two contests, but perhaps more alarming is that their last four opponents shot a combined 50.1 percent.
"We've got to treat every team like they are (one of the top teams) in the conference," said rookie Jabari Parker, who matched a season low with six points during Saturday's 111-100 home loss to the Wizards.
Bulls at Nuggets, 9 p.m. ET -- STATS LLC reports: Though Derrick Rose is back for the Chicago Bulls, the last time he played on consecutive nights ended up being the last time he saw the floor in 2013-14.
It appears that Rose will be available Tuesday night to try to help the Bulls end a seven-game road slide to the surging Denver Nuggets.
Denver (6-7) last fell at home to Chicago in a 110-107 loss Feb. 8, 2006. Rose is averaging 20.7 points in his three visits, scoring 19 in a 97-87 loss Nov. 21, 2013... Denver seeks a fifth straight win after using strong defensive efforts in two weekend victories. The Nuggets limited New Orleans to 39.7 percent shooting Friday in a 117-97 rout and held the Los Angeles Lakers to 37.1 percent in Sunday's 101-94 overtime win.