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There were 10 NBA teams in action last night. Here are 11 things you should know:

2016 DRAFT PICK WATCH

1. The Nets (11-30) were idle last night.  They have the third-worst record in the NBA.  The Celtics own the Nets unconditional first-round draft pick.  As of today, the bottom of the league standings are as follows:

6. Pelicans 13-26
5. Suns 13-29
4. Timberwolves 13-29
3. Nets 11-30
2. Lakers 9-34
1. 76ers 5-37


2. The Celtics (22-19) beat the Wizards.  Their projected list of picks did not change as a result of last night's games: 3, 17, 20, 31, 35, 49, 52, 58.

3. The Mavericks (23-19) lost to the Spurs last night. With the loss, they are tied with the Grizzlies for the fifth seed and only one-game ahead of the Rockets, who currently own the seventh seed. Dallas will convey their first-round pick to the Celtics only if it falls between 8-30.  If Dallas' pick falls between 1-7, the conditional 2016 pick will become a 2017 first-round pick with the same conditions. This pick would be conveyed if the season ended today as they would be projected to receive the 20th pick in the draft.

ATLANTIC DIVISION WATCH

No games scheduled.

Atlantic Division Standings as of 1/18
Toronto 25-15
Boston 22-19
New York 20-22
Brooklyn 11-30
Philadelphia 5-37

EASTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFFS WATCH

4. Winners: None
5. Losers: Heat and Pacers
6. Notable Change: With the Heat and Pacers losing, the Celtics are now only one-game back of the fifth seed.

Eastern Conference Standings as of 1/18
1. Cavaliers 28-10
2. Raptors 25-15
3. Bulls 23-16
4. Hawks 23-17
5. Heat 23-18
6. Pistons 22-18
7. Pacers 22-19
8. Celtics 22-19
9. Magic 20-19

FORMER CELTICS

7. Kevin Garnett played 15 minutes in the Timberwolves win over the Suns last night. He finished with 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.

8. Brandon Bass played 19 minutes in the Lakers loss to the Rockets last night. He finished with 8 points, 2 blocks, 1 steal and 1 rebound.

WHAT'S ON TONIGHT?

Celtics @ Mavericks
76ers @ Knicks
Bulls @ Pistons
Magic @ Hawks
Nets @ Raptors
Warriors @ Cavaliers
Rockets @ Clippers

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Max Sandgrund 1/18/2016 12:41:00 PM Edit
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