Chicago Bulls vs Utah Jazz

The 113-88 win over the Portland Trail Blazers marked a third straight win for Chicago and is a strong way to kick off a six-game road trip. The Bulls will work to keep that offense humming when they face one of the best defensive teams in the league at the Utah Jazz on Thursday (Enter Contest). The teams split two meetings last season, with each team winning on its own home court.

Defense was Chicago’s biggest issue during a stretch of four losses in five games to open November, but the Bulls held their last three opponents under 100 points and limited the Trail Blazers to 35.8 percent from the floor (and 9-of-34 from 3-point range) on Tuesday. Chicago outrebounded Portland 67-49 and scored 52 points in the paint as all five starters scored in double figures. It will be more difficult to control the glass against the Jazz, who have Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert up front with Trey Lyles coming off the bench. Favors and Gobert are both trying to bounce back from sub-par efforts after combining for 12 points, seven rebounds and one block in a 102-96 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday.

ABOUT THE BULLS (7-4)

Chicago brought in Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo in the offseason, and the veteran presence is bringing a new level out of swingman Jimmy Butler. The 27-year-old scored 20 or more points in each of the last two games and led the way with 27 points, 12 rebounds and five assists on Tuesday. Rondo sat out Tuesday after suffering an ankle injury in Monday’s practice and is day-to-day.

ABOUT THE JAZZ (7-5)

Favors left Monday’s game in the fourth quarter with left knee soreness and did not return, and Gobert watched most of the fourth quarter from the bench as well. Favors will continue to be monitored carefully due to the recurring pain in his knee but the team is not yet planning to sit him for an extended period. Guards Rodney Hood (illness) and George Hill (thumb) sat out Monday and are both day-to-day.

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Fantasy Playoffs Basketball Preview

Pacers vs Raptors Game 7

In this must win highly anticipated matchup between the Indiana Pacers and the Toronto Raptors, a lot of emotions will be running in both camps at the Air Canada Center. This Fantasy Playoffs Basketball Preview is brought you by FanPicks. Come PLAY in our Daily Fantasy Basketball contests and get a free chance to win $1 Million dollars!

 

Fantasy Playoffs Basketball Preview

The Raptors have been disappointing this 1st round of playoffs and come in this game pumped, hoping to snap their first round series losing streak. They’re on verge of getting knocked out for the 4th straight time in the first round of NBA playoffs basketball, and it would be such of shame after this record winning regular season and talented squad’s efforts. Unfortunately for the Raptors, their two top players DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry are struggling at the worst potential time. Even though they’ve received some extra surprising efforts from Bismack Biyombo who’s 8 or more boards per game in 4 straight contests could help their resurgence. Defense has been a key indicator in every wins in this series, as the winning team has always scored at least 100 Pts. The Raptors are favorite in this one statically speaking and on paper, however we’ve seen them have ridiculous issues in previous Game 7 matchups.

 

Indiana has really surprised everyone and rocked the odds in this series. They took care of business on home court and have been playing exceptionally well in defense. A matter fact, they were able to hold Toronto to only 37% shooting from the field and a mere 39 pts in last game’s 2nd half. All of their starters were in double digit scoring figures in their win. Paul George’s playoff comeback has been very effective and his peers Monta Ellis, Myles Turner and George Hill have all stepped up in their nothing to lose approach to the game.

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Fanpicks.com NBA Game Preview

The Indiana Pacers (19-14) will face the Miami Heat (20-13) in the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami on Monday. Dominate your competitions with our free to use RotoPicker tool, create the winning fantasy NBA contest lineups for Fanpicks.com

The Indiana Pacers could use a victory after splitting their last 10 games. The Indiana Pacers are averaging 102.5 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 98.6 points on 44.3 percent shooting. Paul George is averaging 24.5 points and 7.7 rebounds while C.J. Miles is averaging 14.5 points and 1.1 assists. Monta Ellis is dishing 4.5 assists and George Hill is grabbing four rebounds. The Indiana Pacers are shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc and 75 percent from the free throw line. The Pacers are allowing 33 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 16.1 turnovers per game. The Indiana Pacers have lost six of their last seven road games.

The Miami Heat look for another victory after winning six of their last 10 games. The Miami Heat are averaging 97.2 points on 46.6 percent shooting and allowing 95.1 points on 42.9 percent shooting. Dwayne Wade is averaging 18.6 points and 4.6 assists while Chris Bosh is averaging 18.4 points and 8.1 rebounds. Hassan Whiteside is grabbing 11.2 rebounds and Goran Dragic is dishing 5.3 assists. The Miami Heat are shooting 33.5 percent from beyond the arc and 72.9 percent from the free throw line. The Heat are allowing 33 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 12.5 turnovers per game. The Miami Heat have won six of their last 10 home games.

The Pacers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Southeast. The Heat are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record and 6-20 ATS in their last 26 vs. NBA Central. The Pacers are 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings.

The Pacers have been flat out brutal on the road as of late. Meanwhile, the Heat are slowly figuring things out on the offensive end and seem to be clicking more than the beginning of the season.

 

Expected Starting Lineups (not confirmed):

Indiana Pacers

PG: George Hill
SG: Monta Ellis
SF: Paul George
PF: Lavoy Allen
C: Ian Mahinmi

Miami Heat

PG: Goran Dragic
SG: Dwyane Wade
SF: Luol Deng
PF: Chris Bosh
C: Hassan Whiteside

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