Des Moines Register
Preview Roundups
February 21, 2020
Dallas at Orlando 7:00 PM ET
Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic had a busy weekend while representing the World team in the Rising Stars Challenge and starting for Team LeBron in Sunday's All-Star Game but will get back to the business of leading his team to the playoffs on Friday. Doncic and the Mavericks will visit the Orlando Magic on Friday to begin a stretch with six of seven on the road.
Cleveland at Washington 7:00 PM ET
The Eastern Conference-worst Cleveland Cavaliers will be under the direction of a new head coach when they come out of the All-Star break and visit the Washington Wizards on Friday. The Cavaliers and coach John Beilein mutually agreed to part ways during the break, with Beilein leaving four years on a pact signed over the summer.
Indiana at New York 7:30 PM ET
The Indiana Pacers were in a deep slump to start the month but went into the break feeling good about themselves after knocking off the NBA-best Milwaukee Bucks and will try to carry that momentum into the final 27 games of the regular season. The Pacers will try to make it back-to-back wins when they visit the New York Knicks for the opener of a two-game trip.
Phoenix at Toronto 7:30 PM ET
The Toronto Raptors watched their franchise-record winning streak end in a lethargic performance before the All-Star break. The Raptors will try to find the energy after a week off when they begin the stretch run by hosting the Phoenix Suns on Friday.
Boston at Minnesota 8:00 PM ET
The Boston Celtics streaked into the All-Star break with wins in 11 of their final 13 games and hope to carry the momentum out of the intermission when they begin a four-game road trip at the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday. A dramatic double-overtime win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Feb. 12 sent the Celtics into the break with loads of momentum and owners of the fourth-best record in the NBA.
Denver at Oklahoma City 8:00 PM ET
The Denver Nuggets attempt to beat Oklahoma City for the eighth straight time when they visit the Thunder on Friday night. The Nuggets have won nine of the past 10 meetings following a stretch in which Oklahoma City racked up nine consecutive triumphs.
San Antonio at Utah 9:00 PM ET
The San Antonio Spurs are in a precarious position as they resume play after the All-Star break by visiting the Utah Jazz on Friday. San Antonio resides in 10th place in the Western Conference - five games behind the eighth-place Memphis Grizzlies as of Thursday - as it looks to make the playoffs for the 23rd consecutive season.
Memphis at L.A. Lakers 10:30 PM ET
The Los Angeles Lakers look to record their sixth victory in the past seven games when they resume play after the All-Star break with a home game against the Memphis Grizzlies. The Lakers sputtered through a 3-4 stretch to conclude January but have recovered their stride with their solid play this month.
New Orleans at Portland 10:30 PM ET
The New Orleans Pelicans attempt to complete a four-game season sweep of Portland when they visit the Trail Blazers on Friday. The Pelicans won the first three meetings by an average of 13.3 points, including a 138-117 home romp on Feb. 11, and Portland will be missing star guard Damian Lillard this time.