Thunder vs Nuggets

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The Oklahoma City Thunder (30-12) will take on the Denver Nuggets (16-25) at Pepsi Center in Denver, CO on Tuesday. Fanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy basketball competition.  Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $10K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball site

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Since the start of the season, the Thunder have been one of best teams in the NBA. They’ve improved their defense, as it rose nearly 20 spots in the defensive rankings since the first few weeks. The offense is still efficient, as they now rank 2nd in points scored. Russell Westbrook comes into this matchup with 2 straight triple-doubles and he may have a good chance at another one here against a poor Denver defense. Not to mention, Westbrook had 30 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists the last time these two teams squared off. Oklahoma City are projected 9 point favorite.

 

Denver has won 4 of their last 6 games; one of their best stretches of the season. Gallinari has been fantastic in that stead. He’s averaging 24 points per game since returning from an ankle injury 8 games ago. It hasn’t been a great season for Denver, but the future appears to be bright with players like Emmanuel Mudiay, Nikola Jokic and Gary Harris all playing great basketball and are all under 21 years-old. In the injury front, regular starters Wilson Chandler and Jusuf Nurkic are still out of the lineup. It will be a tough task for this squad to win tonight against a team with whom they’ve struggled with for years.

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T-Wolves vs Pelicans

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The Minnesota Timberwolves (13-29) pay a visit to the Smoothie King Center to take on the New Orleans Pelicans (13-27) on Tuesday. Fanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy basketball competition.  Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $10K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball site

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Minnesota will try to put an end to their 6 game road losing streak and build on last Sunday’s win over the Phoenix Suns. It marked the Timberwolves 2nd highest scoring tally of the season. Ricky Rubio and Andrew Wiggins led with a pair of 18-point efforts, while standout rookie Karl-Anthony Towns scored 14 points and 8 rebounds. 4 of Minnesota’s reserves, Gorgui Dieng, Shabazz Muhammad, Zach LaVine and Kevin Martin, posted double-digit scoring. The blowout win snapped their 9 game losing streak.

 

The Pelicans have improved recently. After a stretch in which they lost 6 of 7 games, New Orleans bounced back with consecutive victories over the Sacramento Kings and Charlotte Hornets. Monday, they suffered a heartbreaking 101-99 defeat at the hands of the Memphis Grizzlies. Despite the loss, they’ve showed a lot of good stuff that stretch. During pre-game warmups, Tyreke Evans experienced some knee soreness and missed the Grizzlies contest, leaving Norris Cole and Jrue Holiday to man the point. Holiday registered 23 points and 9 assists. Anthony Davis collected 21 points and 8 rebounds. If Evans is unable to take the floor again, Cole should receive the start with Holiday filling in as back up.

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Bucks vs Heat

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The Milwaukee Bucks (18-25) make the trip down to South Florida to take on the Miami Heat (23-18) at the American Airlines Arena on Tuesday. Fanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy basketball competition.  Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $10K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball site

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The Bucks will come into Tuesday’s contest with a full two days of rest. They secured a trio of victories last week against Chicago, Atlanta and Charlotte, all teams with superior records. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and Greg Monroe have stepped up their game for the Bucks as of late. The Greek Freak has four consecutive double-doubles and five straight contests with double-digit rebounds, Middleton has 20 points or more in six of his last seven games, and Monroe has posted five straight double-doubles, as well as double-digit scoring performances in nine out of the last 10 contests. Those 3 spearheaded the Bucks’ most recent win, a 105-92 victory over the Hornets on Saturday. Middleton paced the starters with 24 points, Monroe contributed 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Antetokounmpo tallied 14 points and hauled in 11 boards.

 

The Heat are returning home, coming back from a miserable 2-4 road. Their injured list continues to pile up, as virtually every member of their roster is affected by some type of ailment. Miami’s 2 best point guards, Goran Dragic and Beno Udrih, are both on the shelf with calf and neck injuries, respectively. The pair are going to miss Tuesday’s tilt. Gerald Green is also dealing with injury. He will likely be questionable with knee tendinitis. Erik Spoelstra’s squad were blown out in their most recent outing, a forgettable 99-74 beating at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Despite suffering from a shoulder injury, Dwayne Wade led his team with 22 points, while Hassan Whiteside, also dealing with injury, had a second strong performance in a row. He put up 14 points and hauled in 10 boards.

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MLK Day Special

NBA Preview, Picks & DFS Advice

On this very special day, the NBA has once again gone above and beyond to reflect the appreciation of a nation for a great man and staple of American history. The league has provided fans with a tremendous schedule, including the one battle that defines them all…Curry vs Lebron.  Below I will break down the matchups and hopefully, give you some good daily fantasy advice.

Brooklyn Nets (11-30) at Toronto Raptors (25-15) (7:30 pm)

After a full slate of afternoon games, this evening kicks off with the Raptors, winners of four straight hosting the lowly Brooklyn Nets.

This game is a matchup dream for Raptor All-Star hopefuls Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. A home game on a special day, versus a less than formidable opponent. The pair will make a lot of plays in this one, as the Nets defense isn’t nearly sturdy enough to contain this dynamic duo.

If you’re a streak rider, big man Jonas Valanciunas has been hot of late averaging over 25 DFS points in three of his last four games.

On the Brooklyn side, Brook Lopez is always an option. Albeit recent trade rumours, his tough inside game is often matchup proof as he works hard for his results inside the paint.

Advice: All three Raptors are good options (Lowry, DeRozan and Valanciunas), but I would avoid any Nets other than Lopez.

Golden State Warriors (37-4) at Cleveland Cavaliers (28-10) (8 pm)

There may be no such thing as Monday Night Basketball, but this would be the inaugural event if there ever was one.

Two of the world’s best athletes will be on display tonight as Lebron James and his Cavaliers play host to the incredibly impressive Golden State Warriors. Led by Steph Curry, this Warriors squad has a ton of talent and plays with an equally impressive amount of conviction. Cleveland may be the favourite because they are at home, but Golden State has “championship” written all over them, so King James’ heroics alone may not be enough to earn the Cavs a victory tonight.

If Cleveland wants to win, Matthew Dellavedova will need to play like he did in the NBA Finals last season, as the Warriors seem to bring out the best in 25-year-old guard.

It won’t be an easy task, as Curry has all the lights on him and a chance to show the people who the world’s best player really is.

Advice: Play Curry and Lebron (even if it cripples your cap) as this super-showdown is sure to bring out the best of the best. Don’t be the one “saving money” and watching one or the other put up a historic stat line on this historic day. Dellavedova is a great bargain in exchange.

Houston Rockets (22-20) at Los Angeles Clippers (26-14) (10:30 pm)

Though big names such as Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan (probably) won’t be available for this one, there is still enough star power on both sides to keep fans on the edge of their seats.

James Harden, the league’s favorite beard, is expensive but could be very well worth it. He is a big leader for his team, and in a big matchup he must come through in the clutch. Dwight Howard has seen a revival of sorts and is a fantastic option in this one.

While Griffin and Jordan watch from afar, superstar Chris Paul will do the heavy lifting. Jamal Crawford is a name to watch for. The 35-year-0ld veteran should step-up in Jordan’s absence and get the job done for the Clippers. Another value pick from L.A. is Cole Aldrich who has had back-to-back monster DFS games.

Advice: This late night matchup should be a dandy, and Harden, Howard, Paul and Aldrich should be safe picks.

 

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The action begins at 7:30PM Eastern Time on NBA League Pass Channel as the Washington Wizards will host the Boston Celtics. These teams have met twice already this season with the Celtics winning each time on their home court by the score of 111-78 and 118-98 covering the spread handily both times. But Boston has hit the skids in recent games by losing four straight until their beat Indiana at home on Wednesday. The Celtics are on a back to back in this spot after hosting Phoenix on Friday night. Washington has won three straight after a five point home victory to Milwaukee on Wednesday. They too are on a back to back after traveling to Indiana on Friday.

 

On NBA League Pass Channel at 7:30PM Eastern Time the Detroit Pistons will be home to the Golden St Warriors. They met back on November 9th at Golden St with the Warriors posting the 109-95 victory at home and covering as a -12 ½ point favorite. Warriors have won nine straight against the Pistons. They rebounded after a road loss to Denver with the 116-98 home victory to the LA Lakers on Thursday night. Detroit is 13-6 on their home court but enters with a two game losing streak following a two point loss at Memphis on Thursday.

 

The Memphis Grizzlies will host the New York Knicks at 8PM Eastern Time on NBA League Pass Channel. The Knicks fall a game below .500 at 20-21 after a 110-104 road defeat to lowly Brooklyn on Wednesday. That broke a two game win streak for the team as the Nets were hot from the field. Memphis has struggled shooting the basketball this season that has resulted in a 22-19 mark. They are 3-1 on this home stand after beating Detroit 1-3-101 on Thursday.

 

The late night game begins at 10:30PM Eastern Time on NBA League Pass Channel as the LA Clippers will host the Sacramento Kings. These are two teams that don’t like each other. The Clippers have won both meetings thus far with Sacramento posting a 111-104 win at Sacramento and three days later beat the Kings at home 114-109.

 

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Cleveland Cavaliers   vs. Houston Rockets

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The Cleveland Cavaliers  (27-10) will be hosted by the Houston Rockets (21-19) on Friday evening. Fanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy basketball competition.  Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $25K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball

Starting LineupThis game comes in a tough circumstance for Cleveland, as it’s the second half of a back-to-back after a tough game on Thursday. They lost to the San Antonio Spurs by four points in a hard fought blood bath. That brought their road record to an unimpressive 12-9 and that’s something they need to improve on come playoff time. That loss isn’t the end of the world though, as they won eight-straight prior to that and playing some of the best ball in the NBA. This Cavaliers team needs more from it’s bench though, as they scored just 12 combined points in that loss to the Spurs and have been below average all season. Keep an eye on the minutes here as well, as many starters played heavy minutes in Thursday’s defeat.

Houston appears to be turning the corner and fans must be wondering if the recent success will hold up. The Rockets come into this game in the midst of a five-game winning streak and playing much better on the defensive end. Over that five-game span, Houston is allowing 96 points per game. That doesn’t sound great, but that’s a heck of an accomplishment after allowing nearly 110 points a game prior to that stretch. With that said, those five wins came against weak competition and this will be their toughest test since losing to the San Antonio Spurs by 18 points just two weeks ago. Look for Cleveland to come into this matchup projected as a small favorite.

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Miami Heat   vs. Denver Nuggets

Author : Aldo Panessidi

The Miami Heat  (22-17) will be hosted by the Denver Nuggets (15-24) on Friday evening. Fanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy basketball competition.  Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $25K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball

Starting LineupMiami is in the midst of a lengthy road stretch and it’s clear they miss South Beach with the recent form they’ve shown. They have now lost four of their last five games and just recently lost their starting point guard to an injury. Goran Dragic will miss at least the next three games with a calf injury and that comes at a bad time considering they traded their backup point guard earlier in the season. That has left Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh with more responsibility and they’ve both been stepping up lately even in the losses. The defense has been the key all season allowing about 95 points per game, but that has faltered a bit lately, as the Heat have allowed at least 95 points in six-straight games. This may be a good opportunity to get on track against a weak offense like the Nuggets though.

Denver has had a rough season, but they are coming off their best win in quite some time. They defeated a 36-2 Golden State Warriors team, despite allowing 38 points to Steph Curry. Danilo Gallinari was the hero in that game, as he scored 28 points and snatched the game-capping steal in the win. He has been brilliant since returning from injury two weeks ago, as he is averaging over 26 points a game since. With how bad this team was struggling a few weeks back, it would have seemed like a miracle that they could beat the Warriors and Heat in back-to-back games, but that may just happen. That has become a nearly 50 percent chance, as this game’s spread is nearly dead-even heading into Thursday night.

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Atlanta Hawks  vs. Milwaukee Bucks

Author : Aldo Panessidi

The Atlanta Hawks (23-16) will be hosted by the Milwaukee Bucks (16-25) on Friday evening. Fanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy basketball competition.  Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $25K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball

Starting Lineup The Hawks have been inconsistent as of late, after losing back-to-back games against the Knicks last week, they had two decisive victories over the Bulls and 76ers. However, on Wednesday they lost to a struggling Hornets team 107-84. They head into Milwaukee after losing nine of their last 15 road games. One explanation for Atlanta’s spotty play is the health of the team. Thabo Sefolosha is a question-mark heading into Friday’s game after not playing on Wednesday. Jeff Teague did play on Wednesday but on a sprained left ankle. His play seemed to be hampered by the injury, as he only scored nine points (3-10 FG) in the loss. Friday will be the first matchup of the season between the two teams, with the Hawks controlling the series 3-1 last year.

The Bucks have lost four of their last six and have also show inconsistencies all season. One game after an impressive victory over Central Division rival Chicago Bulls, the Bucks were defeated by the mediocre Wizards 106-101. In their win over the Bulls, the Bucks committed a season-low five turnovers. In their loss to the Wizards, the Bucks committed a season-high 27 turnovers. Milwaukee will need to tighten up their ball security if they want to win on Friday against the Hawks. One way to do that is to get point guard Jerryd Bayless back out on the court, who has now missed four-straight games do to an ankle injury. O.J. Mayo was forced to leave Wednesday’s game with left hamstring soreness and it is unclear if he will be healthy enough to play on Friday. Milwaukee is 11-7 at home this season.

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Charlotte Hornets  vs. New Orleans Pelicans

Author : Aldo Panessidi

The Charlotte Hornets (18-20) will be hosted by the New Orleans Pelicans (12-26) on Friday evening. Fanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy basketball competition.  Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $25K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball

Starting LineupThe Hornets finally were able to get a quality win on Wednesday, snapping a seven-game losing streak. It was their first victory in the new year, defeating the Hawks 107-84. During their skid, the Hornets fell to last place in the Southeast Division. While the Hornets are a dreadful 4-13 on the road this season, they get to travel to New Orleans, who has a 7-9 mark at home this year. In Wednesday’s win, Jeremy Lamb was forced to leave the game after he sprained his right big toe. His status for Friday is still up in the air and likely won’t be made until game-time. The Hornets will look to sure up their defense if they want to continue their winning ways, as they haven’t beat a team who has shot over 42 percent since Nov. 23.

There is good news for the Hornets, the Pelicans have been shooting just under 40 percent in their past four games, which has resulted in a 1-3 record. The ended their three-game road trip on a high note, defeating the Kings 109-97 on Wednesday night. Anthony Davis and Eric Gordon led the way in the win, each contributed 24 points. It was Davis’ first game back after a two-game absence due to a lower-back contusion. With Davis back in the lineup, Ryan Anderson is now back on the bench. He scored 18 in his bench-role on Wednesday, which was more points than he had in either of his two starts. Tyreke Evans is questionable for Friday’s game after leaving Wednesday’s game in the first quarter with due to tendinitis in his right knee. The Hornets and Pelicans have split their matchups evenly the past two seasons.

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Dallas Mavericks  vs. Chicago Bulls

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The Dallas Mavericks (18-20) will be hosted by the Chicago Bulls (23-15) on Friday evening. Fanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy basketball competition.  Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $25K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball

Starting Lineup The Mavericks head into Chicago for the second game of three-game road trip, bringing their 11-11 road record with them. The Mavericks are coming off a 108-89 loss to the Thunder on Wednesday night. Dallas was extremely short-handed in the contest, as they rested four of their five starters due to the heavy minutes they logged the night before in an overtime win loss to the Cavaliers. J.J. Barea led the team in scoring on Wednesday with 18 points (7-15 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 1-3 FT), alongside six assists and three rebounds. All the regular starters should return to the lineup for Friday’s matchup after their night of rest. The Mavericks are 7-9 against Eastern Conference opponents this season. One of those victories came against the Bulls on Dec.26, when Barea led Dallas to 118-111 victory.

The Bulls return home Friday after snapping a three-game slide by the narrowest of margins on Thursday, with a 115-111 overtime victory over the woeful 76ers. One reason for Chicago’s recent skid can be attributed to the health of the team. Derrick Rose sat out of Thursday’s win due to tendinitis in his left knee. The former MVP has already made it clear that he will be available for Friday’s contest. In Rose’s absence, Jimmy Butler took charge of the game, scoring a career-high 53 points (15-30 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 21-25 FT), along with 10 rebounds, six assists, and three steals. The Bulls look to defend their 16-6 mark at home this season. Chicago is 9-4 against the Western Conference this season.

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Portland Trail Blazers  vs. Brooklyn Nets

Author : Aldo Panessidi

The Portland Trail Blazers (17-24) will be hosted by the Brooklyn Nets (11-28) on Friday evening. Fanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy basketball competition.  Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $25K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball.

Starting LineupThe Hornets finally were able to get a quality win on Wednesday, snapping a seven-game losing streak. It was their first victory in the new year, defeating the Hawks 107-84. During their skid, the Hornets fell to last place in the Southeast Division. While the Hornets are a dreadful 4-13 on the road this season, they get to travel to New Orleans, who has a 7-9 mark at home this year. In Wednesday’s win, Jeremy Lamb was forced to leave the game after he sprained his right big toe. His status for Friday is still up in the air and likely won’t be made until game-time. The Hornets will look to sure up their defense if they want to continue their winning ways, as they haven’t beat a team who has shot over 42 percent since Nov. 23.

There is good news for the Hornets, the Pelicans have been shooting just under 40 percent in their past four games, which has resulted in a 1-3 record. The ended their three-game road trip on a high note, defeating the Kings 109-97 on Wednesday night. Anthony Davis and Eric Gordon led the way in the win, each contributed 24 points. It was Davis’ first game back after a two-game absence due to a lower-back contusion. With Davis back in the lineup, Ryan Anderson is now back on the bench. He scored 18 in his bench-role on Wednesday, which was more points than he had in either of his two starts. Tyreke Evans is questionable for Friday’s game after leaving Wednesday’s game in the first quarter with due to tendinitis in his right knee. The Hornets and Pelicans have split their matchups evenly the past two seasons.

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Phoenix Suns  vs. Boston Celtics

Author : Aldo Panessidi

The Phoenix Suns (13-27) will be hosted by the Boston Celtics (20-19) on Friday evening. Fanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy basketball competition.  Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $25K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball

Starting LineupThe Suns are in the midst of a miserable season and head into the weekend on a 1-12 run that has them floundering in fourth place in the Pacific Division, ahead of only the Los Angeles Lakers. The team traveled to Indiana on Tuesday night and were summarily pounded by the Pacers, 116-97. Having now won only four games on the road in their 2015-16 campaign, Phoenix were led by Devin Booker and Mirza Teletovic, who each put up 19 points. Markieff Morris came off the bench to come a hair shy of a double-double with 16 points and 9 boards, yet failed to connect on all four of his long range attempts. Things may only get worse for the club, as they have lost eight straight games away from home and will cap off January with a four-game road jaunt that includes a visit to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Celtics were able to shake off a four-game string of losses to best the Indiana Pacers at TD Garden on Wednesday, 103-94, to improve to .500 at home. Isaiah Thomas once again led Boston in scoring with 28 points, making 9 of 18 from the floor and 4 of 6 from deep. Thomas is averaging a gaudy 32.3 points in his last three outings and is by far the most potent offensive threat the team possesses. Jae Crowder went 11-for-15 to finish with 25 points and Amir Johnson put up 14 points and hauled in 18 rebounds to see the Celtics try and dig out from a 1-5 start to the year. Boston has leapfrogged the New York Knicks to once again sit at second place in the Atlantic Division, 4.5 games behind the Toronto Raptors, who they will meet next Wednesday north of the border.

 

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Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

Author : Aldo Panessidi

The Minnesota Timberwolves (12-28) will be hosted by the Oklahoma City Thunder (28-12) on Friday evening. Fanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy basketball competition.  Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $25K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball

Starting Lineup The Timberwolves have won only one game in their last 13 outings and are starting to make a case for worst team in the West after being edged 107-104 on the road against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. Andrew Wiggins again showed flashes of the player and leader the organization hopes that he will flourish into, leading the team with 28 point and draining 8 of 9 free throw attempts. Kevin Martin posted 22 points from the bench, while rookie Karl-Anthony Towns put up 12 points and 16 rebounds. Wiggins and Towns are combining for an average of 35.5 points per game for the team. Minnesota is struggling on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball and simply don’t yet have the experience or depth to compete at a Playoff level. The Wolves are tied for the second-worst away record in the NBA at 1-9.

The Thunder have had an up-and-down start to 2016 after finishing December with 12-3 record. The team has won four of its last six contests, the latest in a dominating effort at home against the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night, 108-89. Kevin Durant was the top scorer for OKC with 29 points and 10 boards, making 9 of 14 from the field. Durant is the third-ranked scorer in the league, averaging 26.7 points per match-up. Russell Westbrook finished the game with zero points in 15 minutes played following a second quarter ejection after getting into an altercation with Dallas guard J.J. Barea. Serge Ibaka picked up the slack in the form of a double-double, recording 20 points and 11 rebounds. Ibaka also went 3-for-6 from long range, as did Dion Waiters from the bench, as the former Cavalier finished with 18 points. The Thunder are locked into first place in the Northwest Division, a clear 10 games ahead of the second place Utah Jazz.

 

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