There are just four games on the schedule for Thursday night, so be sure to keep your eye on some key players when the matches tip-off!
When the Utah Jazz and the Houston Rockets face off, keep an eye on Kevin Porter Jr. whose production on the glass has spurred his recent jump in production. Coming off of a loss in their last game, Al Horford's contributions from deep will be key when the Boston Celtics take on the Dallas Mavericks. And when the LA Clippers and the Denver Nuggets face off, Jamal Murray's three-point shooting will be put to the test!
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Kevin Porter Jr. remains one of the NBA's most energetic and versatile young wing players. At FanDuel Sportsbook, Porter Jr. is a +114 to clear 5.5 rebounds when he faces the Utah Jazz.
On the season, Porter Jr. is averaging 19.5 points, 5.8 assists, and 5.6 rebounds on 43.8% from the field and 33.6% from three-point range. Porter Jr. has been excellent through his last three games though, averaging 21.7 points, 7.0 assists, and 6.7 rebounds on 50.0% from the field and 41.7% from three-point range. In his matchup against the Jazz, Porter Jr. should have every opportunity to keep up his form.
The Utah Jazz are on a negative run of form as of late, and they aren't one of the league's stronger rebounding teams to begin with. Given Porter's athleticism and willingness to push the pace - a pace the Jazz should oblige - expect him to clear 5.5 rebounds for the third game in a row.
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Al Horford may be one of the Boston Celtics' more understated players, but he remains one of the most important to their success. At Caesars Sportsbook, Horford is a +114 to fall short of 1.5 threes when he takes on the Dallas Mavericks.
On the season, Horford is averaging 9.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 2.1 threes on 44.1% from range. However in Horford's last game, a loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, he failed to convert on a three in limited minutes - mostly due to him being outpaced by the Thunder's play style.
The Dallas Mavericks are one of the NBA's better three-point defensive teams, allowing just 10.9 three-point field goals per game (2nd in the NBA) on 35.6% efficiency (11th in the NBA). Against the Mavericks' versatile three-point defense, expect Horford to struggle from a range for his second straight game.
Canadian point guard Jamal Murray has returned to excellent form this year, playing a big role in the Nuggets' successful season. At PointsBet, Murray is a +120 to fall short of 1.5 threes when he takes on the LA Clippers.
On the season, Murray is averaging 18.0 points, 5.6 assists, and 1.9 three-pointers on 35.8% efficiency from deep. He's alternated in his availability through Denver's last four games, hitting just two threes in two games.
Murray will have the cards stacked against him when he takes on the LA Clippers. Holding teams to just 11.6 threes per game (8th in the NBA) on 34.0% efficiency (4th in the NBA), Murray doesn't project to beat the Clippers from deep. With so many capable and versatile wing defenders, expect Murray to fall short from deep in this game.
Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.
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