Thunder vs Pelicans

Thunder vs Pelicans : Get a summary of the Oklahoma City Thunder vs. New Orleans Pelicans basketball game. February 14 2019 Will the Thunder earn their 12th win in 13 games as they visit the Pelicans in a Western Conference clash at the Smoothie King Center onThursday night.

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The Thunder’s defense has been in free fall recently- even on their current 3 game winning streak, the defense has been merely fine, not the elite level we’ve come to expect earlier in the season. You might expect an AD-less New Orleans offense to be a pushover, but they’ve actually been okay- the team has an offensive rating of 111.1 across all minutes Davis plays, which is an above average, if not intimidating, mark. And that makes sense. Even without Davis, the Pelicans have an All-Star level guard in Jrue Holiday. They have Elfrid Payton, who’s played quite well when healthy this year.

OKC will need to take this team seriously and build off their strong defensive performance against Portland. If they do that, they should handle the Pelicans.

If the defense is again lacking, however, OKC will need to win on the strength of it’s offense. Their offense, which has been mediocre to average all season, has been quite good since their embarrassing loss in Washington two weeks ago, a fact that’s been overshadowed by their dismal defense.

Russell Westbrook has yet to rediscover his shot, but he’s leaned into more of a facilitator role (by Russ standards), and his team has come through. Paul George has been a monster, continuing to force his way into the MVP conversation. Terrance Ferguson has hit 50% of his 3’s in January. Steven Adams has been a little quiet, taking nearly 2 less shots per game than he did to start the season (those extra Ferguson 3’s had to come from somewhere), but he’s hitting the shots he gets. The Thunder do have the power to win a shootout.

But it’ll be a lot easier if they can lock down defensively, particularly during the 2nd quarter where OKC is often surrendering leads. That shouldn’t be too much to ask against a sub-.500 team playing without it’s star player.

In some locker rooms around the NBA, eyes are starting to wander towards the calendar, specifically Friday Feb. 15. Airline tickets are being booked, plans are being organized and for some, thoughts are drifting towards a well-earned break. While the Thunder will embrace this weekend’s All-Star Break and are thrilled that three members of the team are representing Oklahoma City in Charlotte, the Thunder’s eyes are still on the prize.

At 37-19, in a stretch of wins in 11 of the past 12 games, the Thunder is firing on all cylinders and has one more test to take before the break begins. On the road against the New Orleans Pelicans, the Thunder must bring its A game and maintain its steely focus to get up to a season-best 19 games above .500, for a .667 winning percentage.

“It’s important that we take care of the game,” said Russell Westbrook. “You just gotta take care of business.”

“Every game against a Western team is a playoff game. That’s how we look at things,” said guard Terrance Ferguson.

Head Coach Billy Donovan’s club has won in a variety of ways this season, with victories coming through high-octane offense, disruptive defense and some gut-check playmaking. After having a bit of a lull, the Thunder’s defense has come back in full force against Western Conference foes over the past week, with wins against Memphis, Houston and Portland all coming as a result of stout, coordinated defensive efforts.

“They do a really good job of reading the game, and what’s going on in the game, and how they have to play to impact the outcome of the game,” said Donovan. “There’s not one cookie-cutter way every night that’s going to be the way that you win. There’s a system, and a style, and an identity that I think we have to play to for us to win.”

“It’s just more intensity, attention to detail and just discipline, meaning just doing all the small things over and over again,” added Steven Adams. “Even though you feel like it doesn’t make a difference, it makes a huge impact on the outcome.”

“Their ones come to more stopping the ball early and then also just the rotations on the back side from rolls or cutters and whatnot,” said Adams. “They love to cut, this team, and old mate (Jrue) Holiday is really good at probing, getting to his spot and his pace is really good.”

Fortunately for the Thunder, there’s a two-way player on its roster than has the NBA buzzing about potential MVP recognition. Paul George is now up to 28.7 points per game on 45.4 percent shooting, including 41.3 percent on an incredible 9.5 attempts per game. That’s not to mention that George is racking up 8.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists and a league-leading 2.3 steals per game this year.

All season long, George has provided an incredible boost to the Thunder’s on-court outcomes as he has a plus-10.8 net rating this season, meaning that the Thunder outscores its opponents by 10.8 points per 100 possessions that George is on the floor.

“(Westbrook) sets the boundaries the second the game starts off that we’re coming after you,” said George. “Everybody else just has to get in line and follow his lead. He’s going to come out and he’s going to set the standard that we’re coming. That we’re not messing around.”

– Jerami Grant (ankle) and Dennis Schröder (personal – birth of child) both did not practice on Wednesday before the team left for New Orleans. Their statuses for the Pelicans game are uncertain. One of the players who has thrived off of the Thunder’s brotherhood culture and stepped up when Grant and Schröder were unable to go on Monday was Deonte Burton. The rookie two-way player racked up 18 points against Portland and didn’t hesitate to fire up shots or attack the paint when he was open. Against the Pelicans, he’ll have to continue to defend at a high level as well, both on the ball and as a help-side rim protector.

Hornets vs Magic

Hornets vs Magic : the Orlando Magic are as scorching hot as they have been all season, racking up four straight victories and winning the last three games in such lopsided fashion This is a list of seasons completed by the Orlando Magic.The Orlando Magic are an American professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida.They play in the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

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NBA action on Thursday evening and a pair of teams from the Southeast Division will square off as the Charlotte Hornets duke it out with the Orlando Magic at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. The Hornets have taken the first two meetings between these teams this year.

Charlotte enters this game off a 99-90 road loss to Indiana, while the Magicare off a 118-88 home win over New Orleans.Offenses Struggles In Loss To The PacersThe Charlott Hornets are just 27-29 on the year, but in the weak Southeast Division, that is good enough to put them in first place. They have lost three of their last four games but still, hold a one-game lead over the Heat in the division. The Hornets also have a 2.0 game lead over the Magic, so this is a huge game for both teams.

The offense for the Hornets has been below average, but it was downright horrible in their last game as they lost to the Pacers on the road by a score of 99-90. Charlotte shot just 32.2% from the field overall and they were a pathetic seven of 40 from beyond the arc. The Hornets were +5 in the turnover department and they outscored the Pacers 25-15 from the charity stripe, but it wasn’t nearly enough. The defense also struggles some as they allowed the Pacers to connect of 51.4% of their shots overall. The defense could have a good showing against a weak Orlando offense. Leading their attack was Kemba Walker 25.2 ppg), who had 34 points, while Jeremy Lamb (15.2 ppg) had 21.

he Hornets have a below average offensive team this year as they come in ranked 18th in the league in scoring, putting up 111.2 ppg, while also ranking 20th in shooting (45.1%), 12th in 3-point shooting (35.4%) and 10th in free throw shooting (78.7%). At the defensive end of the court, they have been average as they have allowed 111.0 ppg, which is 15th in the league, while also ranking 22nd in defensive FG% (46.7%) and 13th in 3-point defense (35.3%).

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Magic Look To Close The GapThe Orlando Magic have a shot at closing the gap in the Southeast Division to just one game out of first. Right now, the Magic are two games out and they have a 26-32 record overall, but they have been playing well of late as they come in having won their last four games in a row. The Magic are 13-15 at home, but they have won their last three games here at Amway Center.

Orlando enters this game off a 118-88 pounding of the Pelicans on the road and that completed a three-game road sweep, which included a 20 point win over the Bucks, who have the best record in the league. The defense has been good this year and they held the Pelicans to just 38.5% shooting overall, including 34.5% (10/29) shooting from long range. On offense, they shot 44.2% from the field overall, including 40.6% (13/32) from long range, while also connecting on 21 of 22 attempts from the charity stripe. Leading their attack was Nikola Vucevic (20.6 ppg), who had 25, while Evan Fournier (15.0 ppg) had 22.

I will look for the Hornets to pull the minor upset in this one. the Magic have been playing well of late but their offense is still an issue and I don’t feel that they will score enough to take this one. The Hornets have gone 21-8 ATS the last 29 games in this series and that is the clincher. Look for the Hornets to win this one outright.

I will look for this one to go Under the total. The Magic have struggled on offense this year, but they have a solid defense that has allowed just 104.6 ppg over their last five games. The Hornets have averaged just 109.1 ppg on the road, while the Magic have averaged just 107 ppg at home. This will not be a high-tempo game and that means fewer opportunities to score for a couple of offenses that have not been that great this year. The Under is 5-2-1 in Charlotte’s last eight games following a straight up loss. and 35-16 in Orlando’s last 51 games playing on one day’s rest. I will look for no more than 210 points in this one.

In this battle between two teams fighting for the final playoff places of the East, the Orlando Magic (26-32), who have lost only once in their last 7 games and are trending up, are hosting the Charlotte Hornets (27-29), who on the other hand are looking to bounce back after their latest defeat.
Charlotte Hornets have a 27-29 record (28-28 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 7th place of the East. They have lost three of their last four matches and in their last game they lost on the road against the Pacers with a 90-99 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kemba Walker with 25.2 ppg, adding 4.4 boards and a team high 5.7 dimes per game. He is followed by Jeremy Lamb with 15.2 ppg and 5.6 boards per game.

Hornets won both meetings against the Magic earlier this season (at home by 25 points and on the road by 32). Magic have a 13-15 home record, while the Hornets are 8-20 on the road. Hornets are better offensively, scoring 111.5 ppg to Magic’s 105.4, while Magic are better defensively, allowing 107.2 ppg to Hornets’ 111. Both teams have similar percentages both in field goals (45.1% to 44.9%) and in 3-pointers (35.4% to 35%). Hornets are better in turnovers committed (12 to 13), while Magic are better in dimes made (24.68 to 23.3) and both teams are almost equal in boards grabbed (44.4 to 44.3). Magic have been playing much better lately and Vegas odds give them a -3.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the home win.

Orlando has been poor on offense so far as they come in ranked 25th in the league in scoring, putting up 105.4 ppg, while also ranking 24th in shooting (44.9%), 16th in 3-point shooting (35.0%) and 11th in free throw shooting (78.6%). At the defensive end of the court, they have been very solid as they have allowed just 107.2 ppg, which is 7th in the league, while also ranking 14th in defensive FG% (45.7%) and 20th in 3-point defense (36.1%).

Chelsea vs Malmo FF

Malmo FF vs Chelsea: Europa League Football 2019 TV channel, kick-off time, team news, preview and how to watch the Europa League clash with BT Sport. We’ll be live from 8pm on Thursday 14 February on BT Sport 2 HD to see if the Blues can earn a crucial away win in Sweden to take a giant leap towards the last 16.

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The game is part of a mouth-watering week of Europa League football on BT Sport, as Arsenal and Celtic join Chelsea in search of a crucial first-leg advantage. If you don’t already have BT Sport, find out how we can get you set up ahead of Malmo v Chelsea in just 15 minutes right here.

Malmo FF v Chelsea: Match preview Chelsea visit Malmo at the Swedbank Stadion hoping to put their dismal domestic form behind them. The Blues have never lost to Swedish opposition, drawing 0-0 on their two previous visits to the country, but Maurizio Sarri’s side could not be in a worst state going into Thursday’s all-important first-leg tie.

Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday was their biggest top-flight defeat since 1991 and the pressure is well and truly on Sarri as his side prepare to resume their European campaign.

Sarri and Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta were both forced to apologise to fans after reigning FA Cup champions shipped six goals away from home just 10 days after they were humiliated in a 4-0 defeat to Bournemouth on the south coast.

Having previously accused his players of being ‘hard to motivate’, the former Napoli manager has conceded his team’s current form is his responsibility.

“In the last three matches away we’ve played very badly so we need to say sorry,” said the 69-year-old Italian, who has now been installed as the bookies favourite to become the next manager to lose his job, while Blues captain Azpilicueta described the result as “one of the worst nights in my career.”Attention now turns to Thursday’s opponents, 20-time Swedish league champions Malmo, who qualified for the knockout stages as runners-up in Group I.

All eyes will be on Sarri, who has been accused of being overly-reliant on Jorginho and ‘too tactical’, according to sources quoted in recent media reports. The Italian recently admitted the Chelsea job is proving tougher than he expected, but insisted he won’t adopt a ‘plan B’ to replace ‘Sarri-ball’.

Asked if he was struggling to adapt to English football slower than he thought he would he said: “Probably yes, but I knew very well it’s very difficult.

“The level is very high and this team played another [style of] football. They won with another football, so it’s really very difficult. But we can do it. We can improve, change mentality and play our football.”

“I want to do well playing plan A,” said Sarri, who has stuck rigidly with a 4-3-3 formation that employs the out-of-form Jorginho as a holding midfielder. “I don’t want to change something that at the moment doesn’t work very well. I want to see my football played very well. Then we can change something.

“Everybody 10 years ago knew Barcelona won everything – because they played their football very well. So first of all I want to play my football very well.” Sarri know he desperately needs a result on Thursday to buy himself more time to prove his way is the right way for Chelsea and Roman Abramovich.

Malmo FF v Chelsea: Team news In-demand winger Callum Hudson-Odoi could be thrown into action as Sarri looks to resuscitate Chelsea’s season with some much-needed youth and enthusiasm. The 18-year-old remained at Stamford Bridge in January despite being the subject of several big-money bids from Bayern Munich. He missed Chelsea’s defeat to City through illness but is expected to be fit and available for Thursday.Gary Cahill could miss out once again through a minor back injury. Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who scored a hat-trick in Chelsea’s group-stage win over BATE in October, could also feature.

With Jorginho, N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic all struggling for form, Sarri may opt to give the young England international a chance to impress in Sweden. For the hosts, Guillermo Molins is likely to miss out through injury while both Oscar Lewicki and Franz Brorsson will be assessed ahead of Thursday’s first leg. Marcus Antonsson, who has scored five goals in his last six matches – including the winner against Besiktas – is set to start up top.

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Malmo boss Uwe Rösler: “They started the season in an impressive manner. Obviously the results lately have not been to the standard of Chelsea. When you are at that level with the squad they have at their disposal, criticism and unhappiness come to the surface. Chelsea is not an easy club to manage.

“I think we will get opportunities. I have seen there are areas we can cause them problems. “The odds are against us. The odds are £18m turnover to 450m turnover. But who thought Leicester would win the Premier League? The stadium will be cooking. “Everyone is looking forward to this game, and we have been speaking about it for six weeks.”

Chelsea boss Sarri on slump: “I’m surprised because at the beginning of the season we played better away than at home so I don’t know what has happened but at the moment we are in trouble.In the last three or four matches we were without a reaction from the first difficulty so we need to understand.

Arsenal vs BATE Borisov

Arsenal vs BATE Borisov : 2019 Soccer UEFA Europa League Round of 32. Arsenal vs BATE Borisov Here on SofaScore livescore you can find all BATE Borisov vs Arsenal previous results sorted by their H2H matches. Links to Arsenal vs BATE Borisov Thursday, February 21, 2019. Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal have had an emotional week, with the formal announcement that due to financial destitution, Aaron Ramsey will be leaving the club and getting paid what he deserves at Juventus, where he will probably win all kinds of things – also like he deserves.

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But here in North London, life goes on, and that means that the next order of business is BATE Borisov in the first round of the Europa League knockout stages. Given the break in Premier League action at the weekend, this is a match that doesn’t require any big time need for rest of our regular first-teamers, but that doesn’t mean things shouldn’t be changed up to give some rest where it is needed.

It’s not an easy one to call as to who Unai Emery will put in the starting XI sheet, especially seeing as how this is the away fixture, and we don’t play again until next Thursday for the home fixture, meaning that if we put in a shift in this one, next week’s match becomes more of a leisurely stroll, which is more important than getting players a rest now.

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Still, a match is a match, and whether it’s being played in Belarus or not, the Europa League remains the best route for the Gunners to quality for that crucial Champions League berth and achieve the financial boon that comes with it.

Meaning that you can bet that Unai Emery is taking this match dead serious, Premier League break or no break. So let’s talk about just how seriously he may take it, starting in between the sticks.

Arsenal will be without Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey for the first leg of their Europa League round of 32 clash with BATE Borisov.

Neither player travelled to Belarus, with Ozil still feeling the effects of illness and Ramsey missing training during the week with a knee complaint.

Granit Xhaka (groin) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (illness) are back but Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Danny Welbeck, Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding remain sidelined.

Sevilla vs Lazio

Sevilla vs Lazio : Sevilla have enjoyed huge success in the Europa League in recent years and the five-time winners of the competition travel to Lazio on Thursday evening. Four people were stabbed and seriously injured in a brawl between fans of Lazio and Sevilla in downtown Rome. The two clubs will face off on Thursday in the first leg of their Round of 32 UEFA Europa League playoff tie.

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After two days dedicated to the Champions League, the Europa League returns to action. Today the first round of the final 32 will kick off, which will involve three Italian teams: Lazio, Inter and Napoli.

Simone Inzaghi’s team will meet against Sevilla at the Stadio Olimpico without Immobile, while Luciano Spalletti will have to deal without Mauro Icardi in Vienna, while Napoli travelled to Zurich without Marek Hamsik, whose transfer to Dalian Yifang is a step away from completion. Here are the probable line-ups of the three matches:

Lazio-Sevilla

Lazio: Strakosha; Bastos, Acerbi, Radu; Marusic, Parolo, Leiva, Luis Alberto, Lulic; Correa, Caicedo.

Sevilla: Vaclik; Mercado, Kjaer, Sergi Gomez; Jesus Navas, Banega, Vazquez, Arana; Sarabia; Ben Yedder, André Silva.​

Rapid Wien-Inter

Rapid Wien: Strebinger; Potzmann, Dibon, Hofmann, Bolingoli; Grahovac, Schwab; Ivan, Knasmullner, Murg; Berisha.

Inter: Handanovic; Cedric, de Vrij, Miranda, Asamoah; Borja Valero, Vecino; Politano, Nainggolan, Perisic; Lautaro Martinez.​

Zurich-Napoli

Zurich: Brecher; Untersee, Bangura, Maxso, Kharabadze; Kryeziu, Domgjoni; Winter, Schonbachler, Kololli; Odey.

Napoli: Ospina; Malcuit, Maksimovic, Koulibaly, Hysaj; Callejon, Allan, Fabian Ruiz, Zielinski; Insigne, Milik.​
A British man is among at least four people said to have been rushed to hospital with stab wounds after a violent attack in Rome blamed on football hooligans.

Reports in Spain say around 40 people were involved in a fight which broke out near an Irish bar less than 24 hours before Lazio’s UEFA Europa League match against Sevilla.

A Spaniard is understood to be fighting for his life after being knifed during the altercation.

Italian media have said the British man, an American and another Spaniard were among those who suffered stab wounds.

The violence broke out around 9.30pm on Wednesday near the Colosseum in the Rome neighbourhood of Monti, one of the city’s major tourist attractions.Italian sports daily La Gazzeta dello Sport reported around 40 people were involved in the violence.

A witness told local press: “Everything was calm when we began to hear shouting and the sound of breaking glass.

“We looked up and saw a group of hooded men armed with sticks, truncheons and belts and people fleeing. One of the Spaniards was stabbed in the leg. He was frightened and asking for help.”Both sides have been regular participants in European competitions but they haven’t crossed path before. The Rome outfit have won five of their 18 matches with Spanish teams (W5 D4 L9) while the Seville side have lost five of their 10 fixtures against Italian teams (W3 D2 L5).

La Biancocelesti have won nine of their previous 16 home games in all competition (W9 D3 L4) this season. They are also undefeated in their last three games in all competitions. The Andalusians meanwhile have lost its last four away games going into this match. A victory is crucial for the host as they are valued at (2.30) with Bet365.

Valencia vs Celtic

Valencia vs Celtic : Valencia vs Celtic Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions. William Duncan. Betting Writer. 11:02 13/02/2019. Celtic will reap the reward of fighting through the Europa League group stage with a last-32 encounter against Valencia at Parkhead on, Get statistics for the Valencia vs. Celtic 2018/19 UEFA Europa League, Round of 32 football match.

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Brendan Rodgers’ men face a major test at Parkhead, where they play host to the La Liga outfit
Celtic will reap the reward of fighting through the Europa League group stage with a last-32 encounter against Valencia at Parkhead on Thursday.

The Hoops approach the encounter in excellent form, having made a perfect start to 2019 after looking fatigued prior to the winter break.

At Celtic Park, however, Brendan Rodgers’ men will face one of their greatest challenges of the season against opponents who have been going well in La LigaWhat Trueform says for Celtic vs Valencia
Celtic only just managed to scrape through their Europa League group but do now look in good shape to give it a go against Valencia at the last-32 stage.

The Hoops have rattled off seven straight domestic victories, with 21 goals scored during that hot streak and none conceded.

We reckon 5/2 for a home win here is a value Celtic vs Valencia prediction, especially as Parkhead will be buzzing for another big European night.

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Celtic finished nine points behind RB Salzburg in Group B after losing 2-1 to the Austrian champions in Glasgow on Matchday 6.

However, a late equaliser for Rosenborg at RB Leipzig helped the Hoops to progress in second place and they will be eager to make the most of that reprieve.

Brendan Rodgers can take heart from having won the two other pool matches at this venue and home form has always been the key to Celtic doing well in Europe.

Scott Sinclair made it 11 goals in his last 11 appearances when hitting a hat-trick in Sunday’s 5-0 Scottish Cup drubbing of St Johnstone.

“I’m back confident,” he told Celtic TV. “I’m scoring goals, obviously, and I feel like I am back on form.

“It is up to me to keep carrying on the form I’m in, to keep scoring goals and to keep playing as well as I can.”

Looking at the Celtic vs Valencia odds, Sinclair is a tempting 3/1 to score at anytime again.

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Valencia drop down from the Champions League after finishing third behind Juventus and Manchester United, despite taking four points off the Red Devils.

Los Che have a number of talented individuals, with Rodrigo and Kevin Gameiro providing plenty of big-match experience up front.

Midfielder Carlos Soler, left-back Jose Gaya and striker Santi Mina are highly-rated younger players.

However, they do lack consistency and can be guilty of not converting plenty of possession into points.

Valencia were good enough to draw 2-2 at Barcelona in La Liga recently, but then failed to beat Real Betis or Real Sociedad.

With the visitors not always travelling well in Europe either, we’re going with 11/2 for a home win and both teams to score to complete our Celtic vs Valencia betting tips.Tierney has been sidelined for TWO MONTHS with a hip injury, but the Hoops diehard believes he is ready for first-team duty again.

Rodgers, is faced with having only winger Jonny Hayes available as a makeshift option for the position, with defender Emilio Izaguirre also crocked.

He will give Tierney until at least Wednesday to convince him of his readiness.

Tierney, 21, returned to light training last week, and has been gradually pushing himself ever since.So far he’s not suffered any setbacks, and is holding out for what would be an against-all-the-odds recovery.

The £25 million-rated Tierney, who has resorted to watching games with the fans, last featured against RB Salzburg on December 13.

Tierney played the full 90 minutes of the group stage defeat before suffering a reaction that has ruled him out since.Recurring trauma against continental opposition in recent times might have afforded Scottish football an inferiority complex, but Brendan Rodgers has urged his Celtic players to appreciate the level of their own talents when facing Valencia.

Justifiably so, too. Celtic progressed to this last-32 tie in the Europa League after emerging from a group in which RB Leipzig were left behind.

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“This is a challenge for us,” Rodgers said. “I said to the players this morning: ‘Listen, we are playing against a good team, everyone recognises that, but let’s not forget we’re a good team as well.’ That’s why we are at this stage of the competition. We are through on merit. We had good teams in our group and we qualified. We deserve it. So let’s go and attack the game and enjoy it.

“You are just trying to constantly reinforce the belief. Sometimes you don’t play well and if you don’t play well against teams like Valencia you get hurt. But that’s always a constant. The players arrive into this game having been playing well – their commitment in the games has been very good.”

Since the turn of the year, Celtic have won seven domestic fixtures in succession without conceding a goal. Their task, quite obviously, is to adapt from matches in which they dominate possession towards handling a La Liga side. Valencia are eighth in Spain’s top tier, where they have only lost four games.

“Valencia is a club I know well,” Rodgers said. “They have a great history and there is always a demand to do well. They have very good players and some of their recent results tell you everything about the level they are at. But it’s an opportunity for us. I never see a good team as an obstacle. No matter how good they are or how much money they have, they can’t put 12 players out there. It’s 11 v 11 and we have to give everything we can to get a result. The longer we are together, the more experience the players are getting.”

Knicks vs Hawks

Knicks vs Hawks : Hawks vs Knicks Two teams sitting on the lower places of the Eastern Conference table are clashing today, when the fourth-worse Atlanta Hawks (19-38), looking to Knicks vs Hawks turn their latest victory into a streak, are hosting the team with Knicks vs Hawks the worse NBA Basketball 2019 record in the whole league, the New York Knicks (10-47), who have won only once in their last twenty-seven games.

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Atlanta Hawks have an 19-38 record (25-32 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 12th place of the East. In their last game they snapped a three-game losing streak by winning at home against the Lakers with a 117-113 score, beating the odds.

They are led in scoring by John Collins with 19.4 ppg, adding a team high 9.7 boards per game. He is followed by Trae Young with 16.9 ppg and a team high 7.6 dimes per game.

New York Knicks have a 10-47 record (23-33-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the last place of the whole league. They have lost 26 of their last 27 matches and in their last game they lost at home against the Sixers with a 111-126 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Dennis Smith Jr with 16.7 ppg, adding and a team high 5.8 dimes per game. He is followed by Emmanuel Mudiay with 14.7 ppg and 3.9 dimes per game but he is out with an injury.

This will be the third meeting between those two teams so far this season with the Knicks leading 2-1 wins, having won the previous game in Atlanta with a 107-112 score. Hawks have a 9-16 home record, while the Knicks are 6-23 on the road.

Hawks are better offensively, scoring 111 ppg to Knicks’ 105.3, while Knicks are better defensively, allowing 114.4 ppg to Hawks’ 118.4 ppg. Hawks have better percentages both in field goals (45.4% to 43%) and in 3-pointers (34.7% to 33.5%). They are also better in boards grabbed (45 to 44.2) and in dimes made (25.6 to 19.9), while Knicks are better in turnovers committed (13.1 to 17.9). Hawks are the favorite at home and Vegas odds give them a -7 spread and expect them to beat the odds for an easy win today.

The New York Knicks are pushing the limit of how much team can lose without calling it tanking. While the Philadelphia 76ers named it “The Process”, the Knicks are very comfortably 10-46 and last in the NBA.

The New York Knicks are on a seventeen game losing streak. While some of those games have been close and against solid opponents – Sixers, Wizards, Rockets – losing by two or three points are still a loss.

When the Knicks take on the Hawks they will be taking on a team that is very much in their quality range. The Hawks however have been on the correct side of some positive results as of late – over the Wizards and Lakers – showing they will certainly be taking this game seriously.

The Atlanta Hawks certainly aren’t setting the league ablaze with their play. With a record of 18-38 they are unlikely to make the playoffs. But with the discipline and motivation of the Hawks’ young pieces, the Hawks have pulled off some impressive wins.

Over their last ten matches the Hawks are 4-6, but recently ended a three game losing streak with a win over the Los Angeles Lakers. It was a close match but a solid defensive stand for the Hawks during the fourth quarter sealed the game for them.

When the Hawks take on the Knicks they will be testing to see if the lessons they’ve learned against stronger teams will translate to a wins. The Knicks are awful, but the Hawks will want this win to establish what section of the East’s hierarchy they are in.The New York Knicks and the Atlanta Hawks are two of the NBA’s most storied franchises. In the all-time series the teams are square, with a record of 110-110.

 

We are going to compare the New York Knicks and the Atlanta Hawks in an attempt to see who has the advantage in this matchup.

It seemed that with the acquisition of Luka Doncic by the Dallas Mavericks, Smith Jr was not long for the Mavericks. An electric guard coming out of college with questions about his health and range – a la Russell Westbrook – Smith Jr fell to ninth in the 2017 NBA Draft, beyond even the New York Knicks.

In 2017 the Knicks selected French guard Frank Ntilikina for his athleticism, playmaking, and defensive potential. A spot after him, the Mavericks selected Smith Jr. The Knicks have made up for that miss by acquiring Smith now, but it came at the cost of star forward Kristaps Porzingis.

Since he joined the Knicks Smith Jr has averaged 17.4 points, 6 assists, 3.2 rebounds, and just 2.4 turnovers per game. While all have been losses, Smith Jr has showed that his offensive ability is years ahead of any other Knicks guard. He has still shown inconsistency with his shot from three though, shooting over the league average (36%) only once.

A lot is spoken about Trae Young when it comes to his ability as a shooter. Known as a deep-range threat in college, Young brought his tendencies to the NBA with mixed results. While he’s shooting a below-average 31% from three, he’s made up for his shortcomings shooting the ball with fantastic playmaking skills.

Young is averaging 7.4 assists per game to 3.9 turnovers per game. While the ratio is quite high, head coach Lloyd Pierce has clearly given his young point guard the green light to make plays. The result of that faith is seen in Young’s 999 points generated by assists so far this season. Far and away first for the Atlanta Hawks whose second, Jeremy Lin who is no longer with the team, is not even half that amount.

Young is clearly the player the Hawks want leading them into the future. His ability to shoot the three and move the ball is crucial to a guard in the modern NBA. While he has much to learn, the Hawks are fortunate to be in the position where their losses hold no lasting drawbacks.