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Thursday NBA Rundown
Here is the NBA rundown. All of Thursday Fantasy Basketball matchups to get you ready for your cash drafts. Play at FanPicks now!
Phoenix Suns (22-49) vs Brooklyn Nets (14-56)
Phoenix is looking for encouraging performances from its young players and got one in Tuesday’s loss from rookie power forward Marquese Chriss, who scored 24 points on 7-of-9 shooting – 2-of-2 from 3-point range – and grabbed seven rebounds. Brook Lopez is the unquestioned leader of the Nets and is trying to keep his young teammates focused through the end of a lost season.
Toronto Raptors (42-29) vs Miami Heat (35-36)
Toronto point guard Cory Joseph scored 19 points on Tuesday. It’s his highest total since taking over the starting spot from Kyle Lowry (wrist) last month. Miami’s center Hassan Whiteside grabbed 14 rebounds in his last game to reach 936 on the season. He surpassed Rony Seikaly’s for franchise record of 934. Whiteside also scored 23 points before leaving late with a cut on his hand that required 13 stitches to close. If he’ll play against the Raptors remains to be seen.
Los Angeles Clippers (43-29) vs Dallas Mavericks (30-40)
The Clippers backcourt quartet of Chris Paul (27 points), J.J. Redick (24), Austin Rivers (18) and Jamal Crawford (15) set the tone for the rout of the Lakers on Tuesday by combining for 84 points and neither Paul nor Redick played in the fourth quarter. Players sitting out games has been a major topic around the NBA and Dallas has a player who has started all 70 games in small forward Harrison Barnes. He scored in single digits only four times all season but two have occurred in the past three games.
Memphis Grizzlies (40-31) vs San Antonio Spurs (54-16)
Memphis averaged 104.5 points during the four-game winning streak but had to tally 28 points in the final quarter against the Pelicans on Tuesday just to reach 82. The concern over the health of power forward LaMarcus Aldridge is dissipating after he scored 26 points against Minnesota on Tuesday.
New York Knicks (27-44) vs Portland Trailblazers (32-38)
New York’s power forward Kristaps Porzingis scored 31 points as the Knicks recorded a 107-103 home victory over the Trail Blazers on November 22. Standout point guard Damian Lillard is on a roll by scoring 25 or more points in a career-best seven straight games. Lillard is averaging a staggering 34.9 points during the stretch with five 30-point outings, topped by a 49-point splurge against the Miami Heat on Sunday.