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The NBA on TNT Thursday night has just six games on the schedule, but it's full of exciting matchups.
When the Indiana Pacers face the Houston Rockets, sharpshooter Buddy Hield aims to get his scoring back on track. Lauri Markkannen's ball security is in question when he leads his Utah Jazz against the Orlando Magic. And when the Golden State Warriors face the Memphis Grizzlies, Draymond Green's production will be under the spotlight.
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Pacers guard Buddy Hield is a lights-out shooter, but he's struggled in back-to-back games. At FanDuel Sportsbook, Hield is a +100 to clear 17.5 points when he faces the Houston Rockets.
On the season, Hield is averaging 17.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 3.7 threes on 45.7% from the field and 42.7% from the three-point range. Hield has been inconsistent through his last five games, averaging 14.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 2.8 assists on 52.2% from the field and 46.2% from the three-point range.
Hield has cleared 17.5 points in just one of his last five games, but he's done so in 33 of his 66 appearances this season. Against a Houston Rockets team that is in the bottom third in points allowed, three-pointers allowed, field-goal percentage allowed, and three-point percentage allowed, Hield will get back on track. The pace of play shouldn't hurt, but with teammate Tyrese Haliburton feeding him opportunities, Hield should display his shooting prowess.
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The positives of Lauri Markkanen's game were highlighted all season, but his ball security has been questioned in the last few games. At Caesars Sportsbook, Markkanen is a +126 to commit more than 2.5 turnovers when he faces the Orlando Magic.
On the season, Markkanen averages 25.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 1.9 turnovers in 34.4 minutes per game. Through his previous five games, Markkanen has averaged 30.2 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 3.4 turnovers in 34.0 minutes per game.
With Jordan Clarkson unavailable, Markkanen has taken on a more significant role as a playmaker, resulting in more turnovers. Markkanen has committed more than 2.5 turnovers in three of his last five games and 15 of his 59 appearances this season. Given the Jazz's availability and the length of the Magic defense, Markkanen projects to clear 2.5 turnovers on Thursday night.
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Draymond Green has been vocal about his Warriors' rivalry with the Grizzlies, so his production is the focus in this matchup. At DraftKings Sportsbook, Green is a +105 to clear 7.5 rebounds when he takes on the Memphis Grizzlies.
On the season, Draymond Green is averaging 8.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 6.8 assists on 53.2% from the field and 33.0% from the three-point range. Over his last five games, Green is averaging 10.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 6.4 assists in 29.7 minutes per game.
Draymond Green's rebounding has been solid through his last five games, collecting more than 7.5 rebounds in three of his previous five games. He's also cleared 7.5 rebounds in 27 of his 58 games this season. Green will play freely on the glass against the Memphis Grizzlies, who are missing Steven Adams and Brandon Clarke.
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