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The NBA on Thursday night features some exciting matchups from across the NBA!
The shorthanded Utah Jazz look to steal a victory from the bottom-feeding Orlando Magic. The Golden State Warriors and Memphis Grizzlies re-ignite their rivalry when they tip off on TNT. And the New York Knicks' stalwart defense takes on the Sacramento Kings' league-best offense.
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When: 7:00 PM EST
|Utah Jazz||+4.0 (-118)|
|Orlando Magic||-4.0 (-103)|
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While both teams are missing valuable contributors, the Utah Jazz and Orlando Magic want to return to the winning trend. The Orlando Magic are 13th in the Eastern Conference with a 27-39 overall record and a 15-18 home record. The Utah Jazz are 13th in the Western Conference with a 31-35 overall record and an 11-22 road record.
Utah boasts one of the NBA's most energetic offenses, averaging 117.0 points per game (7th in the NBA) while hitting 13.8 threes (6th in the NBA). On a four-game losing streak, the Utah Jazz have allowed 120.3 points per game on 47.7% from the field and 38.4% from three-point range. The Orlando Magic work to keep teams out of the paint, limiting their opponents to 28.4 two-point field goals per game (8th in the NBA) and 42.0 rebounds per game (7th in the NBA). Orlando's two-game losing streak has seen them allow opponents to score 128.0 points per game on 52.8% from the field despite forcing 16.5 turnovers per game.
The Orlando Magic thrive in the paint, and the Utah Jazz will miss their chief deterrent in that guard. Utah's second-leading scorer, Jordan Clarkson, and top paint defender, Walker Kessler, will be unavailable for this matchup with the Magic. Take Orlando to win on their home court, as the Jazz defense doesn't project to hold the Magic off.
When: 7:30 PM EST
|Golden State Warriors||-2.0 (-110)|
|O 235.5 (-110)|
|Memphis Grizzlies||+2.0 (-110)|
|U 235.5 (-110)|
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Due to their competitive nature and cast of unique characters, the Golden State Warriors and Memphis Grizzlies have sparked one of the NBA's most intense rivalries. The Golden State Warriors are fifth in the West, owning a 34-32 overall record and a 7-25 road record. The Memphis Grizzlies are third in the West with a 38-26 overall record and a 26-5 home record.
The Warriors are the league's most potent three-point shooting team, averaging 118.1 points per game (3rd in the NBA) while hitting 16.5 threes per game (1st in the NBA) on 38.3% efficiency (4th in the NBA). Golden State has dropped back-to-back games, allowing their opponents to average 125.0 points per game on 48.7% from the field while getting outrebounded 45.0 to 37.5. The Memphis Grizzlies swear by the quality of their defense, which allows just 112.0 points per game (6th in the NBA) on 44.9% shooting from the field (1st in the NBA) while forcing 15.4 turnovers per game (6th in the NBA). With many vital contributors unavailable, the Grizzlies have dropped three games by allowing 120.0 points per game despite holding opponents to 48.1% from the field and 30.7% from the three-point range.
The Golden State Warriors are dreadful on the road, and the Memphis Grizzlies have been excellent on their home court. However, with three rotation players unavailable, including Ja Morant, for the Memphis Grizzlies, the Golden State Warriors have the edge on both ends of the court. Take the Warriors in this feature matchup of the evening.
When: 8:00 PM EST
|Brooklyn Nets||+13.0 (-110)|
|Milwaukee Bucks||-13.0 (-110)|
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While the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks no longer match up in quality, their rivalry will be felt when they face off. The Brooklyn Nets are sixth in the Eastern Conference with a 37-28 record and an 18-16 road record. The Milwaukee Bucks worked their way to the top of the Eastern Conference, owning a 47-18 overall record and an impressive 27-6 home record.
Due to Brooklyn's size and athleticism, they've established themselves on both ends, shooting 49.5% from the field (3rd in the NBA) and 38.4% from three-point range while holding teams to just 46.2% from the field (4th in the NBA). The Nets are on a three-game win streak after limiting opponents to just 95.7 points on 43.1% from the field and 28.2% from three-point range. The Milwaukee Bucks are similarly strong defensively, allowing just 111.7 points per game (5th in the NBA) on 45.2% from the field (2nd in the NBA). The Bucks want to push their win streak to three games after averaging 125.5 points per game on 52.8% from the field and 41.6% from three over their two-game win streak.
All credit to the Brooklyn Nets for their win streak, but going up against a deep team on their home court will be too much. The Nets are in decent form after trading away superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, but the Milwaukee Bucks should outmatch them. It will be a tight defensive matchup, but the Milwaukee Bucks' shooting and rebounding should be the difference maker
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