The NBA Game Breakdown takes an in-depth look at all of the games on the schedule each day in terms of expected pace of play, Vegas lines and defense vs. position matchups.

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WIZARDS AT HORNETS

Game Analysis

The Hornets (21-27) are not the same team they were just one month ago. When the beginning of January hit, the Hornets had a 10-23 record, but since that point they’ve gone 11-4. The Hornets get a turnaround matchup against the Wizards (31-19), who they just beat on Monday night 92-88 in Washington D.C. While the Hornets continue to win games of late, it’s going to be a longshot for them to beat the Wizards twice in three days. Defensively the Hornets remain strong (96.9 points per game allowed on average), but keep in mind that the Wizards are no slouch when it comes to the defensive side of the ball. Look for point guard John Wall to lead his team to victory, although don’t be surprised to see a total score under the 186 mark.

Line: CHA -1.0, Over/Under: 186

Players to Watch

  • John Wall, PG, Wizards – 27th OPRK ($8,900)
  • Al Jefferson, C, Hornets – 9th OPRK ($7,600)
  • Bradley Beal, SG, Wizards  – 28th OPRK ($6,000)
  • Brian Roberts, PG, Hornets  – 18th OPRK ($4,500)

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CLIPPERS AT CAVALIERS

Game Analysis

This game should make professional basketball fans happy, as both the Clippers (33-16) and the Cavaliers (30-20) represent two of the best teams in the game in a very strong matchup. The Cavs have won 11 games in a row and remain a top team in the Eastern Conference as LeBron James looks strong and healthy. Kevin Love may still be looking for his game, but with Kyrie Irving pitching in to help James the Cavs remain one of the better balanced clubs in the game. The Clippers are looking for power forward Blake Griffin to continue his positive game, contributing enough to stop the Cavs winning streak. I like both teams to go over the 207.5, but if I’m betting the line I’m happy putting in with the Clippers defense to stay within -4.5.

Line: CLE -4.5, Over/Under: 207.5

Players to Watch

  • LeBron James, SF, Cavaliers – 28th OPRK ($10,500)
  • DeAndre Jordan, C, Clippers – 27th OPRK ($7,800)
  • Timofey Mozgov, C, Cavaliers – 25th OPRK ($5,200)
  • Jamal Crawford, SG, Clippers – 12th OPRK ($5,000)

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MAVERICKS AT KINGS

Game Analysis

It’s the biggest mismatch on Thursday as the Mavericks (33-17) look to manhandle DeMarcus Cousins and the Kings (17-30). Well, it will be a task to manhandle Cousins but the Mavs overall lineup depth will be enough to roll over the Kings, who are 1-9 over their last 10 games. Monta Ellis and Tyson Chandler are two players to lock onto when building your lineups, considering their skill level and what they’ll run you overall against the DraftKings 50K salary cap. The 210 over/under seems a bit steep to me, so I’m going with the under in this game. As much as I like the Mavs to dominate the Kings, I don’t expect their high-scoring club to do enough to go over 210 combined.

Line: DAL -3.0, Over/Under: 210

Players to Watch

  • DeMarcus Cousins, C, Kings – 13th OPRK ($10,600)
  • Monta Ellis, SG, Mavericks  – 19th OPRK ($7,700)
  • Darren Collison, PG, Kings – 26th OPRK ($6,500)
  • Tyson Chandler, C, Mavericks – 21st OPRK ($6,400)

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SUNS AT TRAIL BLAZERS

Game Analysis

The Trail Blazers (33-16) are trying to survive Damian Lillard’s slump, but have run a 3-7 record over their last 10 games. The Suns (28-22) are a decent team looking to find that extra oomph, and they’re catching the Trail Blazers at the perfect time. The Trail Blazers have not won back-to-back games in almost four weeks, so just being able to string two wins together will be huge. The Blazers do get Robin Lopez back in action, so that could be the added bump in production they need as the Suns are one of the worst rebounding teams in the league. Look for the Suns to squeak out a win here, so make sure you take the 4.5 points.

Line: POR -4.5, Over/Under: 213

Players to Watch

  • Damian Lillard, PG, Trail Blazers – 25th OPRK ($8,700)
  • Goran Dragic, PG, Suns  – 21st OPRK ($6,100)
  • Isaiah Thomas, PG, Suns  – 21st OPRK ($5,400)
  • Nicolas Batum, SF, Trail Blazers  – 27th OPRK ($5,000)

 

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