What to expect from the 2017 NBA All-Star festivities in Las Vegas
Lights are out at the 2017 All-star festivities in the Las Vegas desert, and ESPN Crips will bring you the full rundown from the NBA’s most anticipated games.
Here are the highlights from the first day of the festivities: 1.
Chicago Bulls vs. Cleveland Cavaliers: The Chicago Bulls are in town for a two-game home stand with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night.
With the Bulls’ trip to the All-Stars coming in the wake of Derrick Rose’s injury, the Bulls have already secured a spot in the first two games of the doubleheader.
Chicago’s starting lineup is as follows: Rose, Pau Gasol, Taj Gibson, Pau Murphy, Joakim Noah, Jimmy Butler, Nikola Mirotic, Joao Plata.
Butler is likely to be the starting center, but he’s not expected to play, either.
Chicago will have the first-round pick from the Cavaliers in the 2018 NBA draft, which will be conveyed to the Bulls on draft night.
This is a great opportunity for Chicago to get a taste of what this All- Star class looks like, as the Bulls will get to see some of the stars that are on their roster.
Chicago is the only team with two All-stars on its roster, so the Bulls might see some other big names on the court, including Kyrie Irving, DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Korver.
Atlanta Hawks vs. Philadelphia 76ers: The Atlanta Hawks and Philadelphia 76er have been meeting this season, and the Hawks are likely to see a return to the postseason after being eliminated from the playoffs last year.
The Hawks are still playing their best basketball, averaging 108.0 points per 100 possessions, and they are the only unbeaten team in the NBA right now.
The 76ers, meanwhile, are currently sitting at a 3-13 record, and haven’t beaten an opponent since Feb. 3.
The two teams will likely be meeting for the first time since the 76ers won their first-ever NBA championship back in 2014.
The first meeting between the two teams came in a 2015 NBA Finals game, and this year’s rematch could be the first one to feature the stars of the two franchises on the floor together.
The Atlanta’s starting five is as following: Kyle Kormer, Kyle Korbin, DeAndre Jordan, Thabo Sefolosha, Kyle Okocha and Mike Scott.
Kormer has a career average of 20.9 points per game, while Sefosha has been the Hawks’ best player this season at 17.4 points per contest.
Jordan has been a revelation for Atlanta this season.
He has averaged 16.9 rebounds and 6.8 assists this season after averaging just 4.7 and 5.1 in 2016-17.
Okochas’ 12.4 rebounds per game and six blocks per game are solid marks, but the big forward has been inconsistent offensively, averaging 7.4 and 4.8 in his two seasons with the Hawks. 3
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