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The NBA returns with the Martin Luther King Jr. Day triple-header on Monday, live on Sky Sports USA.

Dallas Mavericks @ Milwaukee Bucks, 7pm

Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks handles the ball against the Memphis Grizzlies on January 16, 2019 at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee
Giannis Antetokounmpo will be hoping for a big night against the Mavericks

Luka Doncic will be absent for the Mavericks after he was ejected from their defeat to the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.

Harrison Barnes and Tyreke Evans will be expected to carry the scoring load with Doncic unavailable.

Dennis Smith Jr. will also miss the game, but coach Rick Carlisle has confirmed the second-year point guard will rejoin the team on Tuesday despite wanting a trade.

Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks dribbles the ball while defended by Victor Oladipo #4 of the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on January 19, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana


Highlights of the Dallas Mavericks’ visit to the Indiana Pacers in Week 14 of the NBA.

 D.J. Augustin #14 of the Orlando Magic passes the ball during the game against the Milwaukee Bucks on January 19, 2019 at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.


Highlights of the Milwaukee Bucks’ visit to the Orlando Magic in Week 14 of the NBA.

The Bucks have the NBA’s best record at 33-12 for the season and, heading into their win over Orlando Magic on Saturday, they had the best defense in the league and the fifth-best offense.

With the Mavericks holding a 4-19 record on the road, the Bucks, led by Giannis Antetokounmpo, will expect to extend their four-game winning streak.

New Orleans Pelicans @ Memphis Grizzlies, 10.30pm

Julius Randle attacks the rim against the Toronto Raptors
Julius Randle will be required to fill the void left by Anthony Davis

The Pelicans’ star man Anthony Davis will miss out. He has been sidelined for a fortnight with a sprained finger.

Davis has career-best averages in points (29.3), rebounds (13.3) and assists (4.4) this season, so his absence will be felt heavily by a Pelicans team who had been struggling even with their star man.

Big men Julius Randle and Nikola Mirotic are likely to get a rare chance to play together in Davis’ absence and are both likely to enjoy a greater share of the offense.

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Highlights of the New Orleans Pelicans’ visit to the Portland Trail Blazers in Week 14 of the NBA.

Garrett Temple #17 of the Memphis Grizzlies handles the ball against the Toronto Raptors on January 19, 2019 at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Highlights of the Memphis Grizzlies’ visit to the Toronto Raptors in Week 14 of the NBA.

At 21-25, the Pelicans are four games behind the final playoff spot in the Western Conference and will hope the margin isn’t bigger by the time Davis returns.

Marc Gasol, the Grizzlies’ best player, is also likely to miss out as the struggling Grizzlies try to end their five-game losing streak.

Live NBA: New Orleans @ Memphis

The home side, like their visitors, have plenty of problems. Their 19-27 record means their playoff hopes might have already slipped away.

Houston Rockets @ Philadelphia 76ers, 1am

Joel Embiid salutes the crowd after scoring against Minnesota
Joel Embiid will be ready to battle with James Harden

James Harden is the NBA’s most in-form player, and some might argue its best.

In his past three games he has twice posted 50 points, then scored 48 against the Los Angeles Lakers, including an overtime salvo that won the game.

Austin Rivers #25 of the Houston Rockets handles the ball against the Los Angeles Lakers on January 19, 2019 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.


Highlights of the Los Angeles Lakers’ visit to the Houston Rockets in Week 14 of the NBA.

Paul George #13 of the Oklahoma City Thunder handles the ball against the Philadelphia 76ers on January 19, 2019 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Highlights of the Oklahoma City Thunders’ visit to the Philadelphia 76ers in Week 14 of the NBA.

Stopping Harden, the reigning MVP, is central to the 76ers’ hopes.

Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid’s own form gives the Sixers hope, despite slipping to a last-gasp defeat to Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night.

Live NBA: Houston @ Philadelphia

Embiid racked up 31 points and Simmons scored 20 in that game but the Sixers’ generosity at the other end of the court will be a worry with Harden coming to town.

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