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  • Pistons-Magic Preview (The Associated Press)
    Coach Stan Van Gundy remains focused on this season's final 11 games no matter how unlikely it may be for the Detroit Pistons to leap four teams to secure the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot. Detroit seeks its fourth consecutive victory when it visits the Orlando Magic on Friday night. The Pistons (27-44) still are holding on to slim playoff hopes in their first season under Van Gundy, but Charlotte, Brooklyn, Indiana and Boston all appear in better shape as they battle for eighth place. Detroit has won four of five after beating Toronto 108-104 on Tuesday...

  • NBA-National Basketball Association roundup (Reuters)
    Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose said he feels pain-free in his surgically repaired knee and remains optimistic for a return before the regular season ends. "Whenever I'm ready to come back, that's when I'm going to come back." - - The Houston Rockets hope starting point guard Patrick Beverley can avoid season-ending wrist surgery and are seeking medical advice on their options. Beverley suffered torn ligaments in the wrist Monday night in a victory over the Indiana Pacers. He saw a doctor in Houston on Wednesday and will get a second opinion before deciding...

  • Matchups by the Numbers (Rotoworld)
    Ryan Knaus analyzes the most and least favorable matchups among all 30 teams since the All-Star break. Avoid the Jazz whenever possible.

  • Bulls-Raptors Preview (The Associated Press)
    The Toronto Raptors and Chicago Bulls have probably long considered playoff spots a given, and the latter have clinched. Seeding remains entirely up in the air, and in that regard Wednesday night's meeting in Toronto could be the most influential remaining game for both of the nearly deadlocked Eastern Conference teams. Toronto can clinch the postseason with a win or a Boston loss Wednesday night against visiting Miami, and it can secure its second straight Atlantic Division title with a win and a Boston loss. The Raptors (42-29) lost 108-104 Tuesday in Detroit, failing in a first...

  • NBA Playoff Picture Update: The Warriors won the division! (Ball Don't Lie)
    With just a few weeks remaining until the NBA postseason, every night can impact the standings. The NBA Playoff Picture Update keeps you up to date on all the most important news for all 16 berths and seeds. [DraftKings: FREE entry to huge cash Fantasy Basketball Contest with first deposit ] Pacific Power: All hail the Golden State Warriors, your new Pacific Division overlords. The Warriors erased a five-point halftime deficit with a 36-18 third quarter to grab an ultimately convincing 122-108 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. That win brings the Warriors to 58-13, good...

  • Jackson has 28 points as Pistons beat Raptors 108-104 (The Associated Press)
    Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy still hasn't finished putting together his ideal roster. Drummond had 21 points and 18 rebounds while Jackson and Caldwell-Pope combined for 54 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds without a turnover in Detroit's 108-104 victory. ''That is a very promising sign for the future, because it was the three young guys getting the job done tonight,'' Van Gundy said.

  • Raptors' Lowry leaves Detroit game with back spasms (The Associated Press)
    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry left Tuesday's game against the Detroit Pistons with back spasms and will not return.

  • Thunder lose Andre Roberson for 2 to 3 weeks with sprained right ankle (Ball Don't Lie)
    I mean, sure, why not? At this point, if you're the Oklahoma City Thunder, what's another injury amongst friends, right? Pile 'em on! [DraftKings: FREE entry to huge cash Fantasy Basketball Contest with first deposit ] The latest bit of bad news came down on Tuesday evening, prior to Oklahoma City's home tilt against the Los Angeles Lakers: Thunder radio voice Matt Pinto just said Andre Roberson is likely out "two to three weeks" with ankle sprain. OKC didn't practice today. — Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) March 24, 2015 Yep,...

  • Raptors-Pistons Preview (The Associated Press)
    Though Toronto is on the verge of winning back-to-back division titles for the first time, its only focus is to play well heading into the playoffs. The visiting Raptors can secure a playoff berth as early as Tuesday night with a win over the Detroit Pistons. Toronto (42-28) bounced back from Friday's frustrating 16-point loss at Chicago by rolling to a 106-89 victory over New York two days later. In the mix for one of the top 3 spots in the Eastern Conference, the Raptors have won three of four since losing 10 of 12.

  • NBA Power Rankings: An MVP candidate on the rise (Yahoo Sports)
    Watch out, Stephen Curry and James Harden. There is another Western Conference guard who is playing at an MVP level.

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