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Welcome everyone to your Run Pure Sports DFS Daily Breakdown. Today we will be previewing Thursday’s huge 11 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.

HORNETS (113.5) -6, 221 vs PISTONS (107.5)

The Charlotte Hornets (17-18) are coming off their biggest offensive scoring night of the year when they beat Minnesota 135-102. Terry Rozier led the way in the win with 31 points. LaMelo Ball has been steady all year long and a nice fantasy producer in his rookie year. They are led in scoring by Gordon Hayward with 21.5 ppg. The Hornets are 5-5 in their last 10 games.

The Detroit Pistons (10-26) come in with the second worst record in the league and are 3-7 in their last 10 games. Jerami Grant has been spectacular for the Pistons this year having a breakout season at 23.4 ppg however he has missed the last two games with a left quad contusion. Recently Josh Jackson, Dennis Smith Jr and Wayne Ellington have provided some value that you can plug into your lineups if Grant is out.

 Injury News –

Charlotte – Devonte’ Graham, Probable, (knee), Cody Zeller, Probable, (hip contusion)

Detroit – Jerami Grant, Probable, (left quadriceps), Delon Wright, Questionable (right adductor)

DFS Targets – 

 Gordon Hayward, LaMelo Ball, Terry Rozier, Jerami Grant (if healthy), Josh Jackson, Dennis Smith Jr.

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NETS (118) -3, 233 vs CELTICS (115)

The Brooklyn Nets (24-13) will take on the Boston Celtics (19-17) in a game between two of the top four teams in the Eastern conference. The Nets come into this game as the top offense in the NBA averaging 121 ppg. They are coming off a 132-114 win over the Rockets and have won nine of their last 10 games. James Harden recorded another triple double in the win recording a 29/10/14 stat line. Kyrie Irving has played the last 3 games after sitting out with an injury however Kevin Durant hasn’t played since Feb 13th. The Nets signed veteran Blake Griffin over the all-satr break and is set to make his Nets debut tonight.

The Celtics were able to find some success at home prior to the break going 4-0 on the home stand. Prior to that they had dropped 3 games in a row. Jason Tatum led the way in their recent victory over the Raptors with 27 points and 12 rebounds and has started to shoot the ball much better after going through a brief shooting slump. Kemba Walker and Jaylen Brown recently returned from injury to give the Celtics a nice boost during this current winning streak.

Injury News – 

Brooklyn – Kevin Durant, Out (hamstring), Jeff Green, Questionable (shoulder), Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, Questionable (knee)

 DFS Targets –

 James Harden, Kyrie Irving, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown

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HAWKS (114.5) -2, 227 @ RAPTORS (112.5)

The Toronto Raptors (17-19) will look to get back on the winning track as they host the Atlanta Hawks (16-20). The Raptors come in losing four of their last five and may come in short-handed again. We should know during the day if the Raptors will still be without Anunoby, Siakam and VanVleet due to safety and health protocols. They may have to miss another game. There have been rumors the last few days that Kyle Lowry could get traded so keep an eye on that the next few days.

The Hawks are coming off a disappointing month of February where they went 4-11. They have however started March with back to back wins over Miami and Orlando before the break. Trae Young got back on track in the win over Orlando with 32 points and 8 assists. John Collins has been really good lately and always a nice fantasy option.

Injury News – 

Toronto – Terrence Davis, Questionable (ankle)

DFS Targets –

 Kyle Lowry, Norman Powell, Chris Boucher, Trae Young, John Collins

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PELICANS (123.5) -8, 239 vs TIMBERWOLVES (115.5)

The New Orleans Pelicans (15-21) look to get the second half off to a good start as they welcome in the league’s worst team, the Minnesota Timberwolves (7-29). The Pelicans ended the first half losing four of their last five games with their only winning in that stretch coming against the Utah Jazz (129-124) who own the best record in the league. Zion Williamson leads the team in scoring at 25.6 ppg followed closely by Brandon Ingram at 23.9 ppg.

The Timberwolves changed head coaches recently but that didn’t seem to help either. They come in losing nine games in a row and 13 of their last 14. They are coming off a 135-102 blowout loss to the Hornets.  Center Karl Anthony-Towns and forward Anthony Edwards have been nice fantasy options.

Injury News – 

New Orleans – JJ Redick, Out (heel)

Minnesota – Jarrett Culver, Doubtful (toe)

 DFS Targets –

 Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram, Karl Anthony-Towns, Anthony Edwards

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BULLS (115.5) -3, 228 vs 76’ERS (112.5) 

The Philadelphia 76’ers (24-12) will be without stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons as they travel to Chicago to take on the Bulls (16-18). Simmons is set to miss today and tomorrow’s game with Embiid missing today but could return on Friday. Tobias Harris returned from injury against Utah and had 22 points. He will be an elite play in this game. This should also open up a ton of value for guys like Shake Milton, Furkan Korkmaz and Seth Curry. The 76’ers are 1-5 without Embiid this year. They ended the first half of the year winning four of their last five games and are currently the top seed in the Eastern conference.

The Bulls come in winning six of their last nine games. All-star Zach LaVine has been incredible this year and has carried the scoring load for the Bulls all season averaging 28.7 ppg. Lauri Markkanen has been out since Feb 5th with a shoulder injury. Guard Cody White has been a nice fantasy the last several games.

Injury News – 

Philadelphia – Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons both Out (health and safety protocol)

Chicago – Otto Porter, Probable (back), Lauri Markkanen, Questionable (shoulder)

 DFS Targets –

 Zach LaVine, Coby White, Wendell Carter Jr., Tobias Harris, Shake Milton, Furkan Korkmaz

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HEAT (110.5) -6.5, 214.5 vs MAGIC (104)

The Miami Heat (18-18) welcome in the Orlando Magic (13-23) to the American Airlines Arena. The Heat were on fire before the break winning seven of their last eight games. Jimmy Butler returned to the lineup against the Pelicans and had 29 points and 9 assists. The Heat played that game with Bam Adebayo (knee). Kelly Olynyk started in place of Bam and nearly recorded a triple double with 18 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.

The Magic on the other hand are heading in the opposite direction losing five straight games. They have had to battle through injuries but the one constant has been the big fella in the middle in Nikola Vucevic who comes in averaging a double-double with 24.6 ppg and 11.6 rpg and is coming off his first all-star game appearance.

Injury News – 

Orlando – Evan Fournier, Out (groin), James Ennis, Out (calf), Cole Anthony, Out (ribs), James Ennis, Out (calf), Aaron Gordon, Questionable (ankle)

Miami – Bam Adebayo, Out (knee)

 DFS Targets –

Nikola Vucevic, Terrence Ross, Jimmy Butler, Kelly Olynyk (if Bam sits), Tyler Herro

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BUCKS (117) -11, 223 vs KNICKS (106)

The New York Knicks (19-18) go on the road to take on the Milwaukee Bucks (22-14) in a battle between two of the top five teams in the Eastern conference. The Knicks have been one of the surprise teams in the league this year and are led by all-star Julius Randle at 23 ppg and 11 rpg. Starting point guard Elfrid Payton returned from injury last game and had 20 points and 6 rebounds against the Pistons.

The Bucks come into this contest winning six of their last seven games and are coming off a 112-111 win at Memphis. Giannis Antetokounmpo won the MVP of the All-Star game on Sunday and comes in 5th in the NBA in scoring at 29 ppg.

Injury News – 

New York – Derrick Rose, Out (health and safety protocol), Taj Gibson, Questionable (ankle)

Milwaukee – Mamadi Diakite, Questionable (health and safety protocol)

 DFS Targets –

Julius Randle, Elfrid Payton, Giannis Antetokounmpo

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MAVERICKS (113) -6.5, 219.5 @ THUNDER (106.5)

The Dallas Mavericks (19-16) will look to extend a current four-game winning streak and knock off the Oklahoma City Thunder (15-21) for the second time in the last eight days. These two teams played a low scoring game before the break in Dallas and the Mavs came out on top 87-78. In that game Luka Doncic sat with a back issue. Doncic returned to the lineup last night in a 115-104 win over the Spurs and recorded a triple double with 22 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists. Kristaps Porzingis led the Mavs with 28 points and 14 rebounds.

The Thunder come in 4-6 in their last 10 games but are coming off a nice 107-102 win over the Spurs. Leading scorer Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the way with 33 points and 8 assists in the win. The Thunder are rebuilding with a young core group every night including Theo Maledon, Darius Bazley, Lugentz Dort and Isaiah Roby to go along with SGA.

Injury News – 

Oklahoma City – Al Horford, Questionable, (rest), Josh Hall, questionable (knee), Hamidou Diallo, Questionable (groin)

 DFS Targets –

 Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

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CLIPPERS (119.5) -7.5, 231.5 vs WARRIORS (112)

The Los Angeles Clippers (24-14) will look to snap a three-game losing streak as they welcome in the Golden State Warriors (19-18) to the Staples Center. The Clippers went 1-4 on their five game road trip prior to the break. It appears as though both Kawhi Leonard and Paul George will both play tonight as they alternated sitting out the last two games.

The Warriors also come in looking to break a three-game losing streak after their 120-98 loss to Phoenix a week ago. Steph Curry, Draymond Green and Kelly Ourbe Jr. all sat out in that one. Jordan Poole came off the bench and scored a team high 26 points. Curry will start the second half of the year 4th in the NBA in scoring at 29.7 ppg. The Warriors are 5-5 in their last 10 games.

Injury News – 

Los Angeles – Paul George, Probable (dizziness), Marcus Morris, Questionable (concussion), Patrick Patterson, Questionable (personal)

Golden St. – Kelly Oubre Jr, Questionable (wrist), James Wiseman, Questionable (missed Covid testing)

 DFS Targets –

 Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Steph Curry, Draymond Green

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SUNS (114.5) -2.5, 226.5 @ TRAIL BLAZERS (112)

The red hot Phoenix Suns (24-11) travel to Portland to take on the Trail Blazers (19-18). The Suns defeated the Blazers back on Feb. 22nd 132-100 in Phoenix. They own the second-best record in the NBA and have been led by guards Devin Booker (24.9 ppg) and Chris Paul (16 ppg and 8.8 assists). They have won 8 of their last 10 games.

The Trail Blazers come in on a three-game winning streak after close wins over Sacramento and Golden State. With CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic sidelined with injuries since mid-January it has been “DAME-TIME” most nights as the all-star guard has been one of the most consistent fantasy players this year. During this recent winning streak Lillard has averaged 32 ppg and has shot 19-41 from 3-point range. Gary Trent Jr has been a nice surprise and a guy you can plug into your lineups most nights. Carmelo Anthony recently turned back the clock with 29 points against Charlotte shooting 6-10 from 3-point range.

Injury News – 

Portland – Harry Giles, Questionable (calf)

Phoenix – Devin Booker, Probable (knee sprain), Cameron Johnson, Questionable (health and safety protocol)

DFS Targets –

Damian Lillard, Gary Trent Jr., Devin Booker, Chris Paul

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KINGS (116) -4.5, 227.5 vs ROCKETS (111.5)

In a battle between two struggling teams the Sacramento Kings (14-22) will take on the Houston Rockets (11-23). The Kings come in losing eight of their last 10 games. De’Aaron Fox just missed a triple double with 32 points, 8 rebounds and 12 assists in a loss to Portland 123-119. Fox leads the team with 23 ppg and 8 assists. Buddy Hield has picked it up the last three games averaging 26 ppg including 20-38 from 3-point range.

The Rockets meanwhile have lost 13 games in a row and haven’t won in over a month when they beat Memphis 115-103. John Wall (21 ppg) and Victor Oladipo (20 ppg) have been the lone bright spots during this recent losing streak. Leading scorer Christian Wood (ankle) has been sidelined since Feb. 4th but hopes to get back in the lineup soon.

Injury News – 

Houston – Christian Wood, Out (ankle), Danuel House, Questionable (knee), Eric Gordon, Questionable (knee)

Sacramento – Hassan Whiteside, Out (health and safety protocol)

DFS Targets –

John Wall, Victor Oladipo, De’Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield, Harrison Barnes

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