Welcome everyone to your Run Pure Sports – NBA DFS Daily Breakdown. Today we will be previewing Thursday’s six-game slate in the NBA. The idea of this article will be to give you a quick glance at the games each day and provide the overnight point spreads, game and team totals along with overnight injury news and potential DFS targets.
SUNS (112.5) -6, 219 @ CELTICS (106.5)
The Boston Celtics (31-27) will look to start a new winning streak when they host the Phoenix Suns (42-16). The Celtics lost to the Chicago Bulls at home on Monday 102-96 snapping their six-game winning streak. Jayson Tatum recorded a triple-double with 14 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists. Jaylen Brown had a team-high 23 points. The Suns are coming off an impressive 116-113 win in Philadelphia behind Chris Paul’s 28 points and 8 assists. Devin Booker added 19 points and 7 assists. They have now won 13 of their last 15 games.
Boston – Evan Fournier, OUT, Robert Williams, OUT, Kemba Walker, Probable, Jayson Tatum, Questionable, Jaylen Brown, Doubtful
Phoenix – Abdel Nader, Questionable, Jae Crowder, Questionable
Jayson Tatum, Kemba Walker, Devin Booker
BUCKS (116) -5.5, 226.5 vs 76’ERS (110.5)
The Milwaukee Bucks (35-22) are looking to get healthy for the stretch run as they host the Philadelphia 76’ers (39-19). The Bucks are coming off back-to-back home losses to Memphis (128-115) and Phoenix (128-127). They are currently the #3 seed in the East. In the loss to the Suns, Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way with 33 points on 12-22 shooting and added 8 rebounds. Khris Middleton had 26 points and Jrue Holiday added 25 points and 8 assists. They are 5-5 in their last 10 games. The 76’ers are currently the #1 seed in the East but are coming off back-to-back home losses as well to Golden State (107-96) and Phoenix (116-113). They played the last few games without starters Tobias Harris and Ben Simmons. They are both listed as questionable for tonight.
Philadelphia – Joel Embiid, Probable, Ben Simmons, Questionable, Tobias Harris, Questionable, Seth Curry, Questionable
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jrue Holiday, Joel Embiid
PELICANS (116) 7.5, 224.5 @ MAGIC (108.5)
The stumbling New Orleans Pelicans (25-33) will travel to Orlando to take on the Magic (18-40) trying to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. The Pelicans have lost four games in a row after their loss to Brooklyn at home 134-129. They are now 4 games back of the #10 seed to make the playoffs with 14 games remaining. Zion Williamson led the way in the loss to the Nets with 33 points and 7 rebounds. Brandon Ingram added 27. They are 4-6 in their last 10 games. The Magic are 3-11 since trading away their 3 best players (Vucevic, Fournier and Gordon) at the trade deadline. One of those wins was against the Pelicans back on April 1st in overtime 115-110. They have lost nine of their last 10 games.
New Orleans – Nickeil Alexander-Walker, OUT, James Johnson, Doubtful
Orlando – Otto Porter, OUT, Michael Carter-Williams, OUT, Terrence Ross, Questionable, James Ennis, Questionable
Zion Williamson, Cole Anthony, Wendell Carter Jr.
SPURS (112.5) -7.5, 217.5 vs PISTONS (105)
The San Antonio Spurs (28-29) will look to rebound after a tough loss last night when they welcome in the Detroit Pistons (18-41). The Spurs lost at home to the Miami Heat 107-87. They led 53-51 at halftime only to be outscored in the second half 56-34. They were led by DeMar DeRozan with 15 points. They are 4-6 in their last 10 games. The Pistons are coming off a 127-117 loss in Dallas and own the worst record in the Eastern Conference. Jerami Grant had a team-high 26 points. Cory Joseph added 24 points and Mason Plumlee posted 13 points, 16 rebounds and 7 assists. They are 4-6 in their last 10 games.
San Antonio – Trey Lyles, Questionable
Detroit – Dennis Smith Jr., Doubtful, Mason Plumlee, Doubtful, Cory Joseph, Doubtful, Wayne Ellington, Doubtful, Jerami Grant, Doubtful, Killian Hayes, Questionable, Rodney McGruder, Questionable
DeMar DeRozan, Derrick White, (Detroit) depends on injury news throughout the day
BULLS (107.5) -2.5, 212.5 vs HORNETS (105)
The Chicago Bulls (24-34) will welcome in the Charlotte Hornets (28-29) to the United Center trying to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Bulls are coming off a 121-105 loss in Cleveland and have now lost six of their last eight games. They continue to play without leading scorer Zach LaVine who missed his fourth straight game because of the league’s health and safety protocols. They are currently the #12 seed in the East. The Hornets have been struggling lately losing five of their last six games. They lost in New York on Tuesday 109-97. PJ Washington came off the bench to lead the way with 26 points on 10-18 shooting. Terry Rozier had 21 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Miles Bridges added 15 points and 14 rebounds. They are 4-6 in their last 10 games.
Chicago – Zach LaVine, OUT, Troy Brown, Questionable
Charlotte – LaMelo Ball, OUT, Malik Monk, OUT, Nate Darling, OUT
Terry Rozier, PJ Washington, Nikola Vucevic
MAVERICKS (109.5) -2, 217 vs LAKERS (107.5)
The Los Angeles Lakers (35-23) will travel to American Airlines Arena to take on the Dallas Mavericks (31-26). Anthony Davis, who hasn’t played since Valentine’s Day, is expected to make his return to action but probably will be on a minutes limit his first game back. The Lakers are coming off a 111-97 loss to Utah. Talen Horton-Tucker came off the bench to lead the way with 24 points. They are 5-5 in their last 10 games. The Mavericks, who had lost four of their previous five games, beat the Detroit Pistons 127-117 at home last night. Luka Doncic just missed a triple-double with 30 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists. Jalen Brunson had 20 points off the bench and Kristaps Porzingis added 19 points and 7 rebounds.
Dallas – Kristaps Porzingis, Questionable, Maxi Kleber, Questionable, Tyrell Terry, Questionable
LA Lakers – Lebron James, OUT, Jared Dudley, OUT, Dennis Schroder, Probable, Andre Drummond, Probable, Markieff Morris, Probable, Anthony Davis, Questionable, Marc Gasol, Questionable
Luka Doncic, Dennis Schroder, Kyle Kuzma