MINNEAPOLIS (AP) For 17 years, Kobe Bryant has been a supremely confident, ultra-aggressive offensive force who believed that the more he scores, the better the odds the Los Angeles Lakers win.
Klay Thompson's red-hot shooting over the last two games has helped the Golden State Warriors overcome their leading scorer's absence.
The Utah Jazz are much better at home than on the road, but visiting the Portland Trail Blazers may help them pick up a victory away from Salt Lake City.
PHOENIX (AP) With or without Dirk Nowitzki, the Dallas Mavericks almost always beat the Phoenix Suns.
Friday night was more of the same.