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NBA Game Previews for Sat, March 28
Hawks at Hornets, 7 p.m. ET -- STATS LLC reports: The regular season has become essentially meaningless for the Atlanta Hawks. That's far from true for the Charlotte Hornets.
Needing a strong late-season push to stay in playoff contention, the Hornets look to snap a three-game skid Saturday night when they host the Hawks, who have wrapped up the Eastern Conference's top seed.
Since dropping three straight to Golden State, Oklahoma City and San Antonio while allowing 117.0 points per game, Atlanta (55-17) has been much better defensively against some lesser competition.
Knicks at Bulls, 8 p.m. ET -- STATS LLC reports: Finally healthy and playing up to their own expectations, the Chicago Bulls are focused on extending their positive stretch rather than worrying about where they'll be seeded in the playoffs.
That shouldn't be much of a problem with the injury-ravaged New York Knicks coming to the United Center.
While the Bulls go after their 24th win in 27 home games in the once-heated rivalry Saturday night, the league-worst Knicks hope to avoid setting a franchise single-season record for futility.
Warriors at Bucks, 8:30 p.m. ET -- STATS LLC reports: With Klay Thompson back to form and Stephen Curry on a sizzling road tear, the Golden State Warriors are on the verge of adding a few more milestones to their already historic campaign.
The league-best Warriors can wrap up the Western Conference's top seed and become the first team in the franchise's 69-year history to reach 60 victories by extending their winning streak to nine Saturday night against the host Milwaukee Bucks.
Golden State (59-13) tied the 1975-76 team for the franchise's single-season win mark with Friday's 107-84 rout at Memphis. The squad has won by an average of 19.0 points during its third winning streak of at least eight games.
Thunder at Jazz, 9 p.m. ET -- STATS LLC reports: What the Oklahoma City Thunder feared has been confirmed. Kevin Durant's season is over as he prepares to have bone graft surgery next week to treat a fracture in his right foot.
While playing without Durant to begin the season, that might have prompted wait-until-next-year mentality for the Thunder, but the latest absence of the reigning NBA MVP has been at least somewhat easier to stomach.
The difference has been a healthy Russell Westbrook, and a day after learning Durant's fate, the team's latest MVP candidate will try to continue carrying the load in Saturday night's visit to the Utah Jazz.
Nuggets at Trail Blazers, 10 p.m. ET -- STATS LLC reports: The Portland Trail Blazers have put together back-to-back wins, but their play at times has brought reminders of the issues that led to the losing streak that preceded those victories.
Another matchup with the Denver Nuggets could bring out their best.
The Blazers look to win an eighth consecutive meeting with the visiting Nuggets on Saturday night.
Portland (46-25) ended a season-high five-game slide with Wednesday's 92-89 win over Utah, then defeated Phoenix 87-81 on Friday. The Blazers, though, needed to outscore the Jazz 37-24 in the fourth quarter before rallying from an eight-point deficit in the final quarter against the Suns.