Old newcomers making big impacts in college basketball

There are a lot of old newcomers making a splash this season in college basketball. ACC top scorer Alondes Williams for Wake Forest and Pac-12 leader Terrell Brown Jr. at Washington are both senior transfers who joined their new teams this season. The same goes for the leading scorers for four of the 10 teams in the Big 12.

Surging Nuggets face road challenge at New Orleans

Winners in three consecutive games and eight of their last 11, the Denver Nuggets will try to continue their momentum when they visit the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night. The Nuggets will be playing the third contest of a six-game road trip that began with victories against the Detroit Pistons (110-105) and the short-handed Brooklyn Nets (124-118) on Wednesday night. "We haven't played maybe perfect basketball, but we're winning games," Nuggets coach Michael Malone said.

Pacers, Thunder to meet, both looking for answers

The last time the Indiana Pacers played on the road against the Oklahoma City Thunder, they made some history. Friday night, when the Pacers return to the site of their 152-95 victory on May 1 last season, they will do so trying to forget an eyebrow-raising score from just this week. Indiana is coming off a 158-126 home loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday where the Pacers set franchise records for the most points allowed, most points allowed in a half (87) and tied for most 3-pointers allowed (24).

Pistons shoot for 3-0 mark vs. Magic this season

Two of the league's youngest teams meet for the third time this season when the Orlando Magic host the Detroit Pistons on Friday. The Pistons, one of three teams to enter the season with 11 players aged 23 and under, and Magic (nine) have 20 combined victories. The Pistons dropped both ends of a home-and-home with the Denver Nuggets, including a 110-105 decision on Tuesday as top overall pick Cade Cunningham posted a career-high 34 points and added eight rebounds and eight assists to become the youngest player in franchise history with a 30-5-5 game.