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Hornets vs. Hawks Preview and Predictions

If the Charlotte Hornets are going to have any chance of rallying to snag a playoff spot in the final five weeks of the regular season, they'll have to do plenty of damage against the Atlanta Hawks. The teams meet three times in a four-week span, beginning Monday night in Atlanta, where the Hornets will try to build upon one of their better wins of the season.

Hornets vs. Heat Preview and Predictions

The Miami Heat are trying to climb the standings in the Eastern Conference and get a three-game homestand against sub-.500 competition to help them toward that goal. The Heat, who own a 27-4 home record, begin that stretch by hosting the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday.

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Jazz vs. Pistons Preview and Predictions

The Utah Jazz look to defeat Detroit for the eighth consecutive time when they visit the Pistons on Saturday. Utah has won four straight games overall and is 3-0 on a four-game road trip after posting a 99-94 win over the Boston Celtics on Friday.

Pistons vs. 76ers Preview and Predictions

The Philadelphia 76ers are hoping to have one or more of their injured starters available when they return home to host the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday. Both All-Star center Joel Embiid (shoulder) and shooting guard Josh Richardson (concussion) are nearing a return while point guard Ben Simmons (back) is expected to miss his eighth straight contest.

Hawks vs. Grizzlies Preview and Predictions

The Atlanta Hawks could be without All-Star point guard Trae Young for the second straight game when they visit the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday. Young missed Friday night's 118-112 road loss against the Washington Wizards due to flu-like symptoms and his status is uncertain for Saturday.

Pelicans vs. Kings Preview and Predictions

The New Orleans Pelicans are receiving more attention as they make a run at the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference due to the hype surrounding rookie forward Zion Williamson, but the Sacramento Kings have just as good a shot at jumping up and grabbing a postseason berth. The two teams will square off Wednesday when the Kings host Williamson and the Pelicans.

Kings vs. Trail Blazers Preview and Predictions

The Portland Trail Blazers and Sacramento Kings are both trying to make up ground in the Western Conference playoff race as they enter Saturday's contest in the Pacific Northwest. Both teams are 3 1/2 games behind the Memphis Grizzlies for the eighth and final playoff spot with the New Orleans Pelicans and San Antonio Spurs just another a half-game behind.

Bucks vs. Nuggets Preview and Predictions

The Milwaukee Bucks will try to break out of their mini-slump without MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo when they complete a three-game road trip at the Denver Nuggets on Monday. Antetokounmpo missed Sunday's 140-131 loss at Phoenix due to a knee sprain and will not return until Thursday against Boston, at the earliest.

Jazz vs. Thunder Preview and Predictions

The Oklahoma City Thunder have a chance to move into a tie for the No. 4 spot in the Western Conference when they host the Utah Jazz on Wednesday. The surprising Thunder just finished sweeping a three-game road trip and won eight of the last 10 to pull within one game of the Jazz.

Raptors vs. Jazz Preview and Predictions

The Utah Jazz have been incredibly streaky all season, and right now they are on another solid run after sweeping a four-game road trip. They'll try to extend their latest winning streak to six games when they host the Toronto Raptors on Monday.

Heat vs. Pelicans Preview and Predictions

The New Orleans Pelicans are running out of time to make a move in the Western Conference and can't afford to let the losing streak run any longer. The Pelicans will try to snap a three-game slide when they host the Miami Heat on Friday.

Magic vs. Timberwolves Preview and Predictions

The Orlando Magic are stuck in a defensive slump and it is threatening their playoff positioning. The Magic will try to fix things on the defensive end and snap a three-game slide when they visit the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday.

Pacers vs. Bulls Preview and Predictions

The Indiana Pacers were feeling good about themselves with wins in four straight games before getting a look at how far they are from the top in a 119-100 loss at NBA-best Milwaukee on Wednesday. The Pacers will try to bounce back and win for the seventh time in nine games when they visit the Chicago Bulls on Friday.

Thunder vs. Knicks Preview and Predictions

The Oklahoma City Thunder aren't playing their best basketball of late but managed to avoid a three-game slide with a 114-107 triumph at Detroit on Wednesday. The Thunder will try to clinch a winning three-game trip when they visit the New York Knicks on Friday.

Knicks vs. Hawks Preview and Predictions

Trae Young put back-to-back subpar outings behind him and now looks to make it two consecutive superb efforts when the Atlanta Hawks host the New York Knicks on Wednesday. The All-Star point guard contributed 31 points and 16 assists on Monday when the Hawks recorded a 143-138 double-overtime victory over the visiting Charlotte Hornets.

Nuggets vs. Mavericks Preview and Predictions

The Denver Nuggets have split their past 10 contests and look to get back on the upswing when they open a three-game road trip against the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday. The Nuggets were 38-16 before the rough stretch but displayed signs of putting it aside with Monday's 109-95 home win over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Thunder vs. Celtics Preview and Predictions

One of the top teams in the league at home for much of the season, the banged-up Boston Celtics are suddenly struggling to put together complete efforts at TD Garden. They'll try to snap a three-game home losing streak before beginning a road-heavy portion of the schedule when they host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday.

Pacers vs. Mavericks Preview and Predictions

Despite a rash of injuries the Indiana Pacers are staying afloat during their five-game road trip, which wraps up Sunday with a visit to the Dallas Mavericks. Playing without two of their top three scorers and with former All-Star Victor Oladipo on a minutes restriction, the Pacers survived a visit to Chicago on Friday to improve to 3-1 on the trip.

Bucks vs. Suns Preview and Predictions

The Milwaukee Bucks remain comfortably atop the Eastern Conference and own the best record in the NBA, but losses in two of the last three games are concerning. The Bucks will try to bounce back from a 113-103 setback at the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday when they continue the three-game trip by visiting the Phoenix Suns on Sunday.

Heat vs. Wizards Preview and Predictions

The Miami Heat, who have lost just four times in 31 games at home this season, hope to begin changing their fortunes on the road when they visit the Washington Wizards on Sunday night. The Heat are fourth in the Eastern Conference despite losing seven of their last eight contests away from home after falling behind by 14 points at halftime en route to a 110-104 setback at New Orleans on Friday.