Toronto Raptors centre Chris Boucher is off to a great start this season that is similar to what Pascal Siakam offered in his 2019 Most Improved campaign. Can Boucher keep us his production and win a major NBA award?
Golden State Warriors (8-7, seventh in the Western Conference) vs. Utah Jazz (11-4, second in the Western Conference) Salt Lake City; Saturday, 9 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Utah hosts Golden State trying to prolong its four-game home winning streak. The Jazz have gone 7-2 against Western Conference opponents. Utah ranks second in the Western Conference at limiting opponent scoring, allowing just 106 points while holding opponents to 44.1% shooting. The Warriors are 5-3 against Western Conference opponents. Golden State ranks ninth in the league with 26.1 assists per game led by Draymond Green averaging 6.9. The Jazz and Warriors square off Saturday for the first time this season. TOP PERFORMERS: Donovan Mitchell leads the Jazz with 3.5 made 3-pointers, and is averaging 24.3 points while shooting 40.8% from beyond the arc. Rudy Gobert is averaging 13.6 rebounds and 10.3 points per game over the last 10 games for Utah. James Wiseman is second on the Warriors with 6.1 rebounds and averages 11.6 points. Stephen Curry is averaging 29.1 points and 5.9 rebounds while shooting 44.9% over the last 10 games for Golden State. LAST 10 GAMES: Jazz: 8-2, averaging 114.2 points, 48.3 rebounds, 24.6 assists, 5.8 steals and 7.1 blocks per game while shooting 47.9% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 105.9 points on 44.3% shooting. Warriors: 6-4, averaging 113.5 points, 44.6 rebounds, 28.7 assists, 6.9 steals and 4.8 blocks per game while shooting 46.8% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 109.5 points on 43.4% shooting. INJURIES: Jazz: Elijah Hughes: out (ankle). Warriors: Marquese Chriss: out for season (leg), Alen Smailagic: out (knee), Klay Thompson: out for season (right achilles). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar. The Associated Press
New York Knicks (8-8, eighth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Sacramento Kings (5-10, 13th in the Western Conference) Sacramento; Friday, 10 p.m. EST LINE: Kings -4; over/under is 218.5 BOTTOM LINE: New York looks to keep its three-game win streak alive when the Knicks take on Sacramento. The Kings are 4-6 on their home court. Sacramento ranks fifth in the Western Conference with 14 fast break points per game led by Buddy Hield averaging 3.7. The Knicks are 5-4 on the road. New York is 0-7 when opponents win the rebound battle and averages 47.1 rebounds per game. The matchup Friday is the first meeting of the season for the two teams. TOP PERFORMERS: De'Aaron Fox is scoring 20.8 points per game and averaging 3.0 rebounds for the Kings. Tyrese Haliburton is averaging 9.1 points and 4.4 assists over the last 10 games for Sacramento. Alec Burks leads the Knicks averaging 2.8 made 3-pointers while scoring 18.3 points per game and shooting 64.7% from beyond the arc. Julius Randle is averaging 11.9 rebounds and 23.1 points per game over the last 10 games for New York. LAST 10 GAMES: Kings: 2-8, averaging 112.2 points, 40.1 rebounds, 25.3 assists, 6.3 steals and five blocks per game while shooting 47.8% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 126.7 points on 50.8% shooting. Knicks: 5-5, averaging 101.8 points, 47 rebounds, 20.9 assists, 7.2 steals and 5.8 blocks per game while shooting 44.6% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 101.7 points on 43.2% shooting. INJURIES: Kings: Marvin Bagley III: day to day (wrist), Hassan Whiteside: day to day (hip), DaQuan Jeffries: out (left ankle). Knicks: Austin Rivers: out (achilles), Frank Ntilikina: out (right knee). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar. The Associated Press