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Preview Roundups
January 01, 2018
Orlando at Brooklyn 7:30 PM ET
The Orlando Magic and Brooklyn Nets put together a pair of fast-paced, high-scoring affairs during the first week of the season as they both burst out of the gate with winning records. The teams begin 2018 with a meeting in Brooklyn on Monday under very different circumstances, fighting to keep themselves out of the basement in the Eastern Conference.
Milwaukee at Toronto 7:30 PM ET
The Toronto Raptors ran into a little speed bump on the road, but they've been unbeatable at home of late. The Raptors will go for their 12th consecutive home win when they ring in the New Year by hosting the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday.
Portland at Chicago 8:00 PM ET
The Portland Trail Blazers hope to turn the tables in January after a disappointing month when they visit the surging Chicago Bulls for a New Year’s Day matchup on Monday night. The Trail Blazers finished 5-8 in December after dropping a 104-89 decision against the NBA-worst Atlanta Hawks on Saturday to open a three-game road trip that ends in Cleveland on Tuesday.
L.A. Lakers at Minnesota 8:00 PM ET
The Los Angeles Lakers will be hard-pressed to summon the energy to compete with the host Minnesota Timberwolves when the teams tangle on Monday. Playing without three starters on Sunday, the Lakers took a high-powered Houston squad to double overtime before falling 148-142 in a wild affair.