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Preview: Warriors at Trail Blazers
The Golden State Warriors look to wrap up play before the All-Star break with their 17th victory in the past 18 games when they visit the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday. The Warriors have scored at least 100 points in 27 straight games after registering a 115-108 home win over the Utah Jazz on Tuesday.
Golden State has opened up a three-game lead over the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference and will be shooting for its sixth straight win before getting in a bit of relaxation. “That week off is nice but we got to finish the job,” Warriors star point guard Stephen Curry said in a postgame television interview. “We want to end on a high note, go up to Portland and get a win and feel good about ourselves and get rejuvenated and come back looking forward to that playoff push.” Portland has lost three of its past four games after falling 120-111 to the host Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday. Trail Blazers star point guard Damian Lillard is averaging 28 points against Golden State this season, including a 40-point effort during a 115-105 loss on Dec. 29.
TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN, NBCS Bay Area (Golden State), NBCS Northwest (Portland)
ABOUT THE WARRIORS (41-15): Shooting guard Klay Thompson scored 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting against Utah despite dislocating the ring finger on his left hand in the first quarter. Coach Steve Kerr said after the contest that Thompson will play against Portland and marveled at the reliability of the eight-year veteran. “His availability every single night is one of his best attributes as an NBA player,” Kerr said. “It is just incredibly valuable to have a guy you just know you can count on. Even on nights where he gets banged up, he seems to kind of shake it off and come right back.”
ABOUT THE TRAIL BLAZERS (33-23): Lillard scored 31 points against Oklahoma City for his second 30-point outing and his sixth in his past 11 appearances. Shooting guard CJ McCollum scored 30 or more points in three straight games and four of six before struggling with 11-of-37 shooting – averaging 13.5 points – in back-to-back losses to Dallas and Oklahoma City. Backup guard Rodney Hood is getting incorporated into the mix and is averaging 10.3 points while making 13-of-19 shots in three games since being acquired from the Cleveland Cavaliers.
1. The Warriors are 2-1 against the Trail Blazers this season and have won 18 of the past 24 meetings.
2. Golden State SF Kevin Durant scored 28 points against Utah and has scored 20 or more in 28 of the past 29 contests.
3. Portland backup SF Jake Layman scored 17 points in the loss to the Thunder and has scored in double digits in 10 of the past 13 games.
Preview: Trail Blazers at Mavericks
The Portland Trail Blazers are experiencing issues after getting off to a strong start. Portland has dropped five of its last six games entering Tuesday’s road game against the Dallas Mavericks, who have won nine of their past 12 games.
The Trail Blazers have allowed 125 or more points three times during the six-game stretch and the issues were evident during Sunday’s 131-118 road setback against the San Antonio Spurs. “It’s definitely been a struggle,” Portland forward Al-Farouq Aminu told reporters. “Teams have been able to score at a highly efficient rate pretty easy the last couple of games. I like the way that we started the game, we had a couple of steals, guys getting on the floor — we even showed that at halftime. We just have to make sure that we sustain.” Dallas continued its recent stellar stretch with a 114-110 home win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday and the Mavericks have topped 100 points in four of their past five games. Impressive rookie forward Luka Doncic (hip) was unable to play against the Clippers and is expected to return against Portland.
TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, NBCS Northwest (Portland), FS Southwest (Dallas)
ABOUT THE TRAIL BLAZERS (13-10): The 131 points allowed to the Spurs is the second most allowed by Portland this season behind the poor showing in a 143-100 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Nov. 21. The Trail Blazers are giving up 111.7 points per game and often are trying to outscore teams behind the offensive attack averaging 113 per contest. Star point guard Damian Lillard had 37 points and 10 assists against San Antonio for his third 30-point effort in four games and his third double-digit assist outing of the campaign.
ABOUT THE MAVERICKS (11-10): Second-year point guard Dennis Smith Jr. will be in the lineup but had a dentist appointment Monday after losing part of a tooth courtesy of an elbow from Clippers guard Patrick Beverley. “It’s just a freak accident,” Smith told reporters after the contest. “I’m sure he didn’t do it on purpose. I’m sure that wasn’t his intentions, but it happens. Come back in, finish the game, we got a win. That’s all that matters. I love when the game gets like that. You can go out there, get mad, play with some intensity, heart. When it gets chippy, it’s just like playing back home. That’s the best way to play.” Small forward Harrison Barnes scored a season-high 30 points against Los Angeles and is averaging 24 over the last five games.
1. The Trail Blazers went 2-1 against the Mavericks last season to win the season series for the first time since 2009-10.
2. Dallas G J.J. Barea scored a season-best 24 points against the Clippers for his third 20-point performance of the campaign.
3. Portland G-F Evan Turner (Achilles) could miss his second straight game.
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Preview: Bucks at Trail Blazers
The Milwaukee Bucks have matched the best nine-game start in franchise history and look to add another victory when they visit the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday. Milwaukee has won eight of its first nine games to join the 1971-72 squad led by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the franchise’s top mark.
The Bucks continued their strong opening stretch by rolling to a 144-109 win over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday. Milwaukee set a franchise record with 22 made 3-pointers and also registered its most points in a non-overtime game since racking up 147 against the San Antonio Spurs on March 18, 1979. Portland has won four of its last five games and pounded the Minnesota Timberwolves 111-81 on Sunday to improve to 7-3. “To be sitting where we are now, I’m sure people didn’t expect it,” star point guard Damian Lillard told reporters. “I think we’re playing good basketball. We’ve been pretty consistent with the things that we need to do to win games and it’s showing.”
TV: 10 p.m. ET, FS Wisconsin (Milwaukee), NBCS Northwest (Portland)
ABOUT THE BUCKS (8-1): Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo posted his second triple-double of the season and 12th of his career with 26 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists in the rout of the Kings. Antetokounmpo was one of eight players to reach double digits against Sacramento as solid ball movement was evident throughout the easy victory. “Hopefully, one of the keys to Giannis being great is everybody around him being great,” Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer told reporters. “We can also talk about a lot of other guys who played well, too. So, that’s a great sign for Giannis and a great sign for us.”
ABOUT THE TRAIL BLAZERS (7-3): The victory over Minnesota came one night after a stunning home loss against the Los Angeles Lakers and Lillard liked how his team bounced back against the Timberwolves, who were without guards Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose. “I think it speaks to our maturity,” Lillard told reporters. “In the past, we might have let that one slip (Saturday) and then come back and been, I guess, too emotional about it, like a younger team would be, kind of holding on to it. It would carry over to (Sunday).” Center Jusuf Nurkic has posted back-to-back double-doubles after recording 19 points and 12 rebounds against Minnesota and has five for the season.
1. The Bucks won both of last season’s meetings and prevailed in six of the past seven.
2. Milwaukee SF Khris Middleton has made three or more 3-pointers in eight of the first nine games.
3. Portland backup SG Nik Stauskas (quadriceps) is questionable after departing Sunday’s game.
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2018 NBA Playoffs
If the playoffs are anything like the wild finish to the regular season, hold on. It took an overtime play-in win just to determine the Western Conference playoff teams, and little was settled outside of the top two seeds in the East heading into Wednesday’s season finale. But now that we have the sixteen teams, it’s on. The NBA’s second season officially begins on Saturday afternoon.
Toronto Raptors vs. Washington Wizards
The Raptors have all sorts of pressure on them this postseason, but they couldn’t have done much better than facing the fledgling Wizards at the start. Washington, which has lost 14 of its last 21 games, welcomed five-time All-Star John Wall back on March 31 after he missed more than two months with a knee injury. Still, Toronto — which was third in offensive rating and fifth in defensive rating this season — should be able to survive.
Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks
Boston, which is without five-time All-Star Kyrie Irving for the playoffs and guard Marcus Smart until at least late April, has its hands full against these Bucks. Milwaukee’s 106-102 win over Boston on April 3 serves as the best evidence of how they match up at the moment. The Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo will be looking to advance past the first round for the first time (he’s 0-for-2 thus far).
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Miami Heat
Philadelphia comes in as the league’s hottest team, having won 16 games in a row. Never mind that All-Star big man Joel Embiid went down with an orbital fracture in his left eye eight games into the stretch, the Sixers just kept rolling. When Embiid was asked if he might be able to play for Game 1, he told reporters it’s “unlikely but still a chance.”
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers
LeBron James is no stranger to memorable playoff matchups against the Pacers, but this is a different version of the familiar story. With coach Nate McMillan and All-Star guard Victor Oladipo leading the way, the Pacers were a wonderful surprise this season.
Houston Rockets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
The Rockets dominated the season series against the Timberwolves, but only one of those games (a 126-108 win on Feb. 13) included Minnesota’s Jimmy Butler from beginning to end. The four-time All-Star tore his meniscus in their second matchup on Feb. 23, then missed the final two meetings before returning on Friday. The Rockets, meanwhile, lost key defender Luc Mbah a Moute to a dislocated shoulder on Tuesday, and he’s expected to miss the first round — if not longer.
Golden State Warriors vs. San Antonio Spurs
This is a rematch of last year’s Western Conference finals in name alone, as Golden State is without two-time MVP Stephen Curry this time around and the Spurs’ franchise centerpiece, Kawhi Leonard, remains out after playing just nine games this season. But if anyone is capable of creating a gameplan to upset the ailing defending champions, it’s San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich. His Spurs had the fourth-best defensive rating this season. The Warriors, meanwhile, have lost 10 of their last 17 games.
Portland Trail Blazers vs. New Orleans Pelicans
The Trail Blazers lost seven of their last 12 games, but the regular season finale win over Utah was enough to earn them the No. 3 seed. Portland, which had the league’s ninth-best defensive rating this season, will have all it can handle with the way Pelicans star Anthony Davis has been playing (a league-leading 30.2 points, 11.9 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per game since DeMarcus Cousins’ season-ending Achilles injury Jan. 26).
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Utah Jazz
The Jazz boasted the NBA’s best defense for the final few months of the regular season, and now they’ll try to stop a star-studded Thunder squad that finished 10th in offensive rating. But the Jazz have to score too, and therein lies the most pressing question of their postseason: Can rookie guard Donovan Mitchell be the same star-caliber player on this stage? Utah certainly needs him to be.
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Top 20 Fantasy Picks NBA DFS
May 11th 2016
Two FanPicks NBA DFS games on tap for today. It all starts at 8pm ET in Toronto, as the Heat and the Raptors will face each other in game 5 to break the 2-2 tie. Three of the four games in this series were decided in overtime. Dwayne Wade has made a lot of enemies north-of-the-border. First, because of his practice routine during the “Oh Canada” national anthem interpretation in game 3, and his solid game throughout the series. Wade will have to contend with the crowd tonight with the contest shifting back to the Air Canada Center. At 10pm ET, the NBA will turn to the West with game 5 of the series between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors could end it tonight at home, as they lead this series 3-1. Golden State’s point guard is fresh off a repeat NBA MVP win and an incredible 40 points performance in game 4. His value is off the roof, and there’s just no way we can expect otherwise from him.
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NBA DFS Notables
- Warriors point guard Stephen Curry scored a NBA-record 17 points in overtime during game 4.
- Raptors center Jonas Valenciunas will miss the rest of the playoffs due to an ankle injury.
- Warriors power forward Draymond Green is the only player to have a triple-double in those playoffs. It happened during game 1 of the current series with Portland.
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Western Conference Round 2
Things are already started in the west. The league’s best Golden State Warriors have taken the first game over the Portland Trail Blazers, even without potential repeat MVP Stephen Curry in the lineup. On the other side, the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs have already played two game in the series. They each hold a win, but the competition will move to Oklahoma City on Friday. If you want to enjoy following the NBA playoffs, come play the NBA Playoffs daily fantasy basketball at FanPicks.com
Andrew Bogut has taken to publicly calling himself unflattering names. As long as Bogut and the defending champion Warriors keep playing the kind of defense that has helped them set the tone so far in these playoffs without MVP Stephen Curry, he won’t even mind if anybody else uses those words to describe him either. Bogut’s two early blocks got Golden State going during Sunday’s 118-106 win against the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals. The teams resume their best-of-seven series Tuesday night in Oakland. The Warriors again will try to establish an energy and presence on the defensive end from the start. They know their offense will come given this team’s depth and many playmakers.
Dion Waiters pushed off on Manu Ginobili while throwing an inbounds pass with 13.5 seconds left in Monday night’s game. It took a hairy conclusion and the officials to miss a call to avoid catastrophe is the reason why the Thunder so gleefully jumped for joy and hugged each other when the horn finally sounded, only the second visiting team to win in 45 games at the AT&T Center all season. It’s also why the Spurs should now be concerned going to OKC with the series 1-1. It wasn’t about a missed call and some missed chances in the end. It was about a horribly uninspired and inept start, wasting a 41-point night by Aldridge and actually letting the Thunder beat them three different times in the same game.
Fantasy Basketball Courtside Watch
There is a three NBA Playoffs Game 2 set for the evening. The Hornets are in Miami, the Cavs host the Pistons and the TrailBlazers hope to win in L.A. against the Clippers. All home team have taken Game 1 of the series. It will be the last chance for those visiting clubs to take over the series lead at home for Game 3. So expect a lot of pressure from the underdogs tonight. We’ve listed the top 20 fantasy points producers from their previous game in FanPicks Fantasy Basketball Courtside Watch.
Cleveland’s big three got things done in the first game versus Detroit. Kyrie Irving was the biggest draw with a total of 36.5 fantasy points. LeBron James and Kevin Love came a close second and third with 36 and 35 fantasy points of their own. No other Cavs players were that significant in Game 1, leaving to wonder that they must just be relying on those three to provide the score day in and day out. There’s is no doubt that LeBron is the main man of the bunch, and could enjoy some huge fantasy production for at-least the first two rounds of playoffs. Love, for his part, should be providing regular rebounding defense in the double-digits. This leaves Irving with doubts on if his production level will stay in par with his teammates. He collected 31 points in the game, which contributed for most of his fantasy points production. The point guard came second in Cleveland’s scoring, behind poster boy LeBron James. So it would be doubtful that Irving could score more than King James on the regular, leaving him on the outside looking in. Other top 20 options at the guard position would be L.A.’s Chris Paul, Portland’s, Damon Lillard and Miami’s Dwayne Wade. Charlotte’s Nicolas Batum led the charge against the Heat, he should be a sleeper to provide the points again today.
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NBA Playoffs Fantasy Basketball Preview
So we’ve just capped off a bit of the Eastern Conference Playoffs matchups. Let’s get to the very interesting Western conference where a whopping 32 games separate the top seed from the 8th, making it one of the largest margins of all time. Of course you can thank the record breaking Golden State Warriors and realize that some teams aren’t necessarily playing for the same thing. This NBA Playoffs Fantasy Basketball Preview of the Western Conference is is brought you by FanPicks.com. Dominate your competition with our NBA Daily Fantasy Basketball and create the winning lineup to get a free chance to win $1 Million dollars!
(1) Golden State Warriors vs (8) Houston Rockets
There’s not much to say here as this series should be a sweep on paper. They’ve traditionally dominated Houston without a problem. However, don’t be surprised if they end up losing a game or two in this series due to fatigue or possibly taking the Rockets too lightly. There’s really not much to say about this Warriors’ team as they deserve this championship on top of their record breaking regular season.
The Rockets really come into this series trying to be as competitive as possible. The interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff will be hoping that his Rockets can turn the tides around and potentially steal 2 games in this series. They’ve won only once since last season against the Warriors in 12 attemps. Houston will absolutely need the involvment of Dwight Howard to help James Harden, which is sadly their only formula to really compete with Golden State.
(2) San Antonio Spurs vs (7) Memphis Grizzlies
The Spurs have not really been playing like the real Spurs since their March 23 victory against the Miami Heat. Gregg Popovich has been resting his star players on and off for the postseason. San Antonio will most likely sweep the Grizzlies and find their rhythm as they would potentially enter a tough second round matchup against the Thunder.
The Grizzlies have a 500-to-1 odds as underdogs to survive this round against against the Spurs. They may pull off a win by luck but they might not have even made the playoffs if the season lasted a week longer. They will hope to repeat what they did back in 2011, when a much different top seed in the Western Conference, San Antonio team got shocked by the 8th ranked Grizzlies.
(3) Oklahoma City Thunder vs (6) Dallas Maverick
Few teams in the NBA have suffered due to health in the playoffs like the Thunder. Back in the opening rounds of 2013, Russell Westbrook’s knee injury kept him out of the opening round in 2013 and their season derailed from there. Serge Ibaka’s calf injury put them in an immense struggle last year against the Warriors in the Western Conference finals. And last season, Kevin Durant’s foot injury kept them out altogether. The matchup with Dallas appears pretty dry and cut since OKC is 4-0 against htem this season.
It will be a monumental upset if Dallas elimnates the 3rd seed Oklahoma City Thunder. The realistic measure of success for Dallas is if they can remain competitive in the series. If they can push this series to 6 or even 7 games, it will count as great accomplishment for them.
(4) Los Angeles Clippers vs (5) Portland Trail Blazers
There was a time when just making the playoffs, let alone winning a playoff series, was viewed as a success for the Clippers. After all, we’re talking about a franchise with only one playoff series win from 1977 to 2011. But the Clippers have made the playoffs in each of the past five seasons and have advanced past the first round in three of the past four years. So the meaning of success has changed. Yes, making it out of the first round is important, but finding a way to stay healthy and getting to the conference finals for the first time in franchise history is the real measure of success
No team in the 2016 NBA playoffs is playing with more house money than the Trail Blazers. The Trail Blazers are a steep underdog against the Clippers, and any respectful showing that pushes the series to six or seven games would constitute a solid out for Portland, which is a couple of years ahead of its rebuilding schedule.
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Portland Trail Blazers vs Golden State Warriors
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Stephen Curry’s record breaking Golden State Warriors (41-36) will try to push their season record and march towards victory # 73 when hosting Sunday night, the Portland Trail Blazers (41-36) in Oakland at the Oracle Arena. This Daily Fantasy Basketball Projections preview is brought you by FanPicks.com. Come PLAY in our Daily Fantasy Basketball contests at FanPicks and get a free chance to win $1 Million dollars!
Golden State are on the brink of becoming the best NBA team ever but however hit a speed bump in their most recent game. They lost at home on Friday night against the Boston Celtics to halt their 54 game home winning streak. Surprisingly, Stephen Curry had the worst game of his season and committed 9 turnovers. He also missed an open 3 pt shot at the end of the game to tie it. They’re still headed for their second straight season leading record and most likely the best record in the NBA even if they drop only 1 game in the next 6, goals are still limitless for the Warriors though, as they are a 5-1 finish away from having the best record in NBA history. They will most likely avenge their loss against the Celtics.
The Trail Blazers are coming into this game winning Portland comes into this game on a 4 game winning streak and it couldn’t come at a better time. They ‘re currently on a 4 game winning streak and it couldn’t come at a better time. They’re now only 1 game away from the 5th place in the West. The Memphis Grizzlies are on slope and continue to fall down the ranks. What’s impressive is that their last 2 wins have come against elite teams from the East. With Damian Lillard setting his career high 52 pts in a win earlier this year against Golden State, look for him to have a great game this campaign.
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Miami Heat vs Portland Trail Blazers
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The red hot Miami heat will travel South West to visit the Portland Trail Blazers still battling for their playoffs spot at the Moda Center. FanPicks is proud to bring you this NBA Fantasy Basketball picks and preview. Come play in our NBA Magic Million contest where you can win up to a $1 million this week at FanPicks.
Portland Trail Blazers are on a 3 game winning streak and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Portland sits in the 6th spot in the Western Conference, only 1 game behind the reeling Memphis Grizzlies. It is quite an accomplishment, as they weren’t even expected to get to 30 wins this season. Their home form has been huge for them this season as they have a 25-12 record in their home building on the year. There’s no issues yet on the injuries department, but look for the Blazers to be a small favorite in this matchup.
The Heat come into this game having dropped only 2 of their last 7 games and sit currently in a three-way tie for their division crown. The good news for them is that own the tiebreaker over the Atlanta Hawks and Charlotte Hornets, and on top of that clearly have the easiest schedule. In their most recent win, Miami beat the Sacramento Kings despite playing without their star Dwyane Wade. They preferred to rest him so that he would be fresh here in a much tougher matchup.
Boston Celtics vs Portland Trail Blazers
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Two teams battling for their playoffs will meet up tonight at the Moda Center in Portland when the Boston Celtics visit the Portland Trail Blazers in what should be a great showdown. FanPicks is proud to bring you this NBA Fantasy Basketball preview. Come play in our NBA Magic Million contest where you can win up to a $1 million this week at FanPicks.
The Trail Blazers are playing very well and have won 3 of their last 4 games. Their intensity is growing as they’re battling to stay into the playoffs. They’re currently sitting in the 6th spot in the Western Conference but are only 2 games up from the 9th place Dallas Mavericks. This season had a lot of ups rather than downs and they can see this campaign as a success, as they were a projected lottery team who’s game exceeds expectations. The Trail Blazers can look very bright in the figure as this team is full of talented young stars who can carry this team very far. This game will be tight as the Celtics are in the same boat and in a 3 way tie to remain in the playoffs.
The Celtics as well have been playing stellar lately having lost only one of their last five games. Even though the wins came against extremely weak opponents such as the Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns and last place 76ers, a win is a win and they need to be taken into consideration though. The Celtics are fighting for their tough playoff spot in the Eastern Conference where being in 3rd place one day means you can be in 6th the next. It’s extremely tight and they will need to focus and dig deep to beat the Trail Blazers on their home court. Jae Crowder has been practicing with the squad and may be back with this game. He’s a great defensive players as well as an offensive weapon for the Celtics.
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Portland Trail Blazers vs Los Angeles Clippers
The Los Angeles Clippers will host the visiting Portland Trail Blazers tonight at the Staples Center. FanPicks is proud to bring you this Fantasy NBA Basketball preview. Take a break from March Madness and come play in our NBA Magic Million contest where you can win up to a $1 million this week at FanPicks.
The Clippers are currently on one their worst stretches of the season and lost 5 of their last 6 games surprisingly. A matter fact, they haven’t won consecutive games since the start of this month. They’re getting beaten badly in the rebounds sections, having been outrebounded 11 straight games. It’s difficult to understand how that’s happening with their big man DeAndre Jordan ranking 2nd in the league in boards. The team is really lacking to keep up with Jordan and will need to step it up with the playoffs right around the corner.
The Trail Blazers come into this matchup having won 2 of their last 3 games including a crucial victory in their playoff contention against the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavs and Blazers have been battling this second half of the season non stop for the final spots in the Western Conference. With Portland on a slump recently, having won only 4 games out of their last 12, they will definitely need to get back in their hot form of January-February. This will be another critical test for their playoff race but another undervalued asset of their team is their rebounding. With that being, they should take advantage of the Clippers front court difficulties when Jordan isn’t on the floor as they now rank 5th in the NBA in rebounds.
Portland Trail Blazers vs San Antonio Spurs
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Gregg Popovich’s San Antonio Spurs, en route to capture the league’s second-longest home winning streak will be hosting The Portland Trail Blazers at AT&T Center on Thursday night. This Fantasy NBA Preview is brought you by Fanpicks.com. Come sign up and PLAY some Fantasy Basketball at FanPicks to get a free chance to win $1 Million dollars!
San Antonio are on a 42 home game winning streak, 3 games shy of the NBA record prior to Golden State eclipsing the 90’s Bulls record. In fact, they’re clearly being overlooked this year due to the ridiculous records being pulled by the Warriors and the Spurs are having a wonderful season, one of the best in recent times. Not only they’re ranking first in points allowed with their solid defensive play, but are also on pace to have the best all time point differential in the NBA’s history. The whole team is playing extremely well including Kawhi Leonard who has really stepped us his already high level game but also LaMarcus Aldrige. Aldrige who led the Trail Blazers in scoring the last 5 seasons signed surprisingly to the Spurs in the summer and integrated his new team quite well.
The Trail Blazers, despite being a hot team the past 2 months are on an ugly stride right now, having dropped 5 of their last 7 games and in terrible fashion. Their defense is non-existent allowing over 109 pts in 6 of those 7 last games. Their offense is still solid led by Damian Lillard and ranking 8th in the league for points scored. With the playoff around the corner, they will need to really pace themselves and focus further defensively to secure their berth. The Spurs are far favourites in this contest.