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Grizzlies vs. Clippers Preview and Predictions

The Los Angeles Clippers will try to snap their first three-game losing streak of the season and avenge one of their more embarrassing losses when they host the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday. After dropping back-to-back road games going into the All-Star break, the Clippers started the final third of the season with a clunker, falling 112-103 to visiting Sacramento on Saturday.

Suns vs. Jazz Preview and Predictions

The Utah Jazz fell short in a showdown against the Houston Rockets at home on Saturday and are winless in two contests since the All-Star break. The Jazz will try to avoid letting the slide reach three in a row when they host the Phoenix Suns on Monday.

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Knicks vs. Rockets Preview and Predictions

Extreme small ball seems to be suiting the Houston Rockets nicely as they climb the standings in the Western Conference. The Rockets will try to push their winning streak to four in a row when they open a two-game homestand by hosting the New York Knicks on Monday.

Magic vs. Nets Preview and Predictions

The Brooklyn Nets continue to put their best foot forward without star guard Kyrie Irving and will attempt to win for the fourth time in their last five games when they host the Orlando Magic on Monday. The Nets went 8-12 with Irving (shoulder) in the lineup this season but improved to 18-17 without him with Saturday's 115-86 rout of the Charlotte Hornets.

Heat vs. Cavaliers Preview and Predictions

The Miami Heat had no trouble dispatching the Cavaliers at home on Saturday and will attempt to do the same on the road when they visit Cleveland on Monday in the finale of the home-and-home set. The Heat are one of the best home teams in the league at 23-3 in their own arena but are 13-17 on the road.

Hawks vs. 76ers Preview and Predictions

The Philadelphia 76ers are still trying to find their consistency on the road but winning at home has not been a problem this season. The 76ers will try to defend their NBA-best home record when they host the Atlanta Hawks on Monday.

Pistons vs. Trail Blazers Preview and Predictions

The Trail Blazers are trying not to let the absence of All-Star point guard Damian Lillard push them further out of the race in the Western Conference but did not get off to a great start on Friday. Lillard is expected to miss his second consecutive game when the Trail Blazers host the Detroit Pistons on Sunday.

Pelicans vs. Warriors Preview and Predictions

Zion Williamson is providing exactly the kind of production the New Orleans Pelicans envisioned when they made him the No. 1 pick in the draft last June and are hoping it's not too late for him to lead them to the playoffs. Williamson and the Pelicans will try to win for the fifth time in six games when they visit the NBA-worst Golden State Warriors on Sunday.

Wizards vs. Bulls Preview and Predictions

The Washington Wizards were unable to maintain the momentum they built before the All-Star break, dropping a home contest to Eastern Conference-worst Cleveland on Friday. The Wizards will try to bounce back against another team behind them in the standings when they visit the Chicago Bulls on Sunday.

Spurs vs. Thunder Preview and Predictions

The San Antonio Spurs are trying to put together a stretch drive that will lead them to their 23rd consecutive postseason appearance and started out strong by earning an impressive win at Utah in their first game after the All-Star break. The Spurs will try to make it two in a row at teams in front of them in the Western Conference when they visit the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday.

Pacers vs. Raptors Preview and Predictions

The Toronto Raptors lost their final game before the All-Star break to halt a franchise-record 15-game winning streak but picked things right back up in their return on Friday. The Raptors will try to make it victories in 17 of 18 when they host the Indiana Pacers on Sunday.

Timberwolves vs. Nuggets Preview and Predictions

The Denver Nuggets will try to avoid matching their longest losing streak of the season when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday in the opener of a two-game homestand. After dropping their final game before the All-Star break in overtime against the Los Angeles Lakers, the Nuggets fell 113-101 at Oklahoma City in their return to action Friday night.

Celtics vs. Lakers Preview and Predictions

The Boston Celtics broke out of a funk when the Los Angeles Lakers paid a visit in January and they have't slowed down since. The Lakers seek payback and eye a fifth consecutive victory of their own when the teams renew their storied rivalry Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles.

Rockets vs. Jazz Preview and Predictions

The Houston Rockets look to notch their 10th victory in 14 games when they visit the Utah Jazz on Saturday. It is a crucial contest for both teams with Utah sitting in fourth place in the Western Conference, one game ahead of the Rockets.

76ers vs. Bucks Preview and Predictions

The Philadelphia 76ers came out of the All-Star break and battled for an overtime home win on Thursday, pushing their streak to four in a row, but things are about to get tougher. The road-challenged 76ers will play six of their next eight away from home, beginning with a visit to the NBA-best Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday.

Cavaliers vs. Heat Preview and Predictions

The Miami Heat attempt to defeat Cleveland for the eighth straight time when they host the Cavaliers on Saturday. The contest is the first of a home-and-home set between the teams that also features a Monday contest in Cleveland.

Suns vs. Bulls Preview and Predictions

The Chicago Bulls are suffering through their longest losing streak of the season, a seven-game slide they'll try to snap Saturday against Phoenix. The Bulls came out of the All-Star break with a 103-93 loss to Charlotte on Thursday in the opener of a four-game homestand.

Mavericks vs. Hawks Preview and Predictions

The Atlanta Hawks have been playing around .500 ball for over a month now, and their surge toward respectability on the court rests squarely on the shoulders of All-Star guard Trae Young. The dynamic point guard will try to follow up the first 50-point game of his career with another gem when he leads the Hawks into a matchup with the visiting Dallas Mavericks on Saturday.

Nets vs. Hornets Preview and Predictions

If the Brooklyn Nets are going to hold off the teams chasing them in the Eastern Conference and earn a playoff spot, they'll have to do it without star point guard Kyrie Irving. The Nets will try to earn their first win since it was announced that Irving would undergo arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder when they visit the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday.

Kings vs. Clippers Preview and Predictions

The Los Angeles Clippers got a longer break than most teams after the All-Star Game and will return to action when they host the Sacramento Kings on Saturday. The Clippers are hoping the extra time off will allow some players to get healthy and new players time to get acclimated to the system.