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Rockets vs. Lakers Preview and Predictions

The Houston Rockets halted a four-game slide and look to record a signature victory when they visit the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night. Houston ended its season-worst-matching skid with a 117-111 home win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday while the Lakers are coming off a 104-102 home loss to the Brooklyn Nets from the same night.

Nets vs. Warriors Preview and Predictions

The Golden State Warriors and the Brooklyn Nets will become the first teams to play in an NBA arena without fans on Thursday following an order from the San Francisco Health Office that prohibited gatherings of more than 1,000 people due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. The Nets will visit the empty Chase Center looking for their fourth straight victory after a thrilling triumph over the Lakers on Tuesday.

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Grizzlies vs. Trail Blazers Preview and Predictions

The Portland Trail Blazers are trying to chase down Memphis in the playoff race and get a chance to make up some ground when they host the Grizzlies on Thursday. The Trail Blazers are eight games below .500 with only 16 games remaining and trail eighth-place Memphis by 3 1/2 games for the final Western Conference playoff spot.

Celtics vs. Bucks Preview and Predictions

Reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo is a questionable participant due to his left knee injury when the Milwaukee Bucks host the Boston Celtics on Thursday. Antetokounmpo, who returned to practice on Wednesday, suffered the injury in Friday's loss to the Los Angeles Lakers and the NBA-best Bucks dropped their first two games without him.

Bulls vs. Magic Preview and Predictions

The Orlando Magic found themselves on the final three games of a four-game trip and come home feeling good about the way the team is playing heading down the stretch. The Magic will try to push their winning streak to four in a row when they open a two-game homestand by hosting the Chicago Bulls on Thursday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Clippers vs. Warriors Preview and Predictions

The Clippers had a chance to establish themselves as the most dominant team in the city of Los Angeles on Sunday but instead fell 112-103 to the Lakers in a battle of the top two teams in the Western Conference. The Clippers will take a steep step down in competition when they visit the NBA-worst Golden State Warriors on Tuesday.

Nets vs. Lakers Preview and Predictions

The Los Angeles Lakers seek their fifth straight victory and 12th in the past 13 games when they host the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday. Los Angeles has been especially strong over the past two games with victories over the NBA-best Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Clippers.

Suns vs. Trail Blazers Preview and Predictions

Aron Baynes aims to turn in another huge performance against Portland when the Phoenix Suns visit the Trail Blazers on Tuesday night. The 33-year-old Baynes established career bests of 37 points and nine 3-pointers as the Suns earned a 127-117 home win over Portland last Friday.

Cavaliers vs. Bulls Preview and Predictions

The Cleveland Cavaliers are heading for the lottery but are not giving up and have taken great strides since the All-Star break behind coach J.B. Bickerstaff. The Cavaliers will try to move above .500 since the break when they open a six-game road trip by visiting the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday.

Magic vs. Grizzlies Preview and Predictions

The Memphis Grizzlies are fighting to stay in the top eight in the Western Conference with a slew of teams chasing them for the No. 8 spot and need to pick up as many wins as they can, especially against teams with losing records. The Grizzlies will try to make it two in a row against sub-.500 teams from the East when they host the Orlando Magic on Tuesday.

Mavericks vs. Spurs Preview and Predictions

The Dallas Mavericks look to complete a four-game sweep of San Antonio when they visit the Spurs on Tuesday. Dallas won the first three contests by an average of 5.7 points, including a 109-103 win in San Antonio on Feb. 26.

Timberwolves vs. Rockets Preview and Predictions

The Minnesota Timberwolves look to halt a 13-game losing streak in Houston when they visit the Rockets. Minnesota hasn't departed Houston with a victory since recording a 111-98 win on Feb. 17, 2012, when former star Kevin Love had 33 points and 17 rebounds.

Knicks vs. Wizards Preview and Predictions

The Washington Wizards are talking less about making a run at the No. 8 spot in the Eastern Conference and more about developing young players as the season winds down, and losses in seven of the last 10 games is increasing the chatter. The Wizards will try to combine development and winning when they wrap up a three-game homestand by hosting the New York Knicks on Tuesday.

Celtics vs. Pacers Preview and Predictions

A pair of Eastern Conference contenders trending in opposite directions meet Tuesday in Indiana, where the host Pacers look to get closer in the standings to the slumping Boston Celtics. Indiana's 112-109 win at Dallas on Sunday gave the team eight victories in its last 10 games and pushed it into fifth place alone in the East, just 3 1/2 games back of the third-place Celtics.