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Top NBA Plays Tuesday April 5th| Lakers Out?


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The NBA stepped aside last night to let college hoops have center stage, so now everybody is fresh for this huge 12-game pro hoops slate. One of the big headlines is the Lakers fighting for their play-in life, facing elimination if the Spurs beat the Nuggets and L.A falls to Phoenix.
The Bulls can punch their ticket to the postseason (avoiding the play-in) with a win over the Bucks, but Chicago is 0-17 vs. the top three teams in both conferences.
Other than that the storylines are going to dwindle more and more as we push towards Sunday’s regular-season finale. Let’s get to it:

Reuters Sports
The Los Angeles Lakers remain in desperation mode as they inch closer to being eliminated from play-in berth consideration.
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🏀Bam Adebayo (Over 10.5 rebounds) -He’s got 12+ rebounds in two of the last four, and the Hornets have given up 14, 10, 19, 17, and 19 boards to the last five starting centers.
🏀Andre Drummond (Over 11.5 points) – Could be a blowout with the Nets -17 point favorites, but he also had 13 rebounds in 18 minutes on Saturday – the 5th straight game in double figures. Rockets allowing 11.6 rebounds/game to opposing centers over the past 20.
🏀Kristaps Porzingis (Over 8.5 rebounds) – He’s grabbed 9 in six of the last eight, and TimberWolves have allowed double digit rebounds to four straight starting centers including 15 and 19 in the last two games.
🏀Moses Brown (Over 9.5 rebounds) – Has grabbed at least 9 rebounds in four straight games in the starting lineup, including 12.7 over the past three games.
Tonight’s Key NBA Matchups
Hornets @ Heat (-5.5), O/U 226.5 7:30 ET
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra is in the health and safety protocols, but Miami’s Jimmy Butler has been upgraded to probable with a toe injury. Miami has a 2 game lead in the East with 3 to play, but still have plenty going on with their injury report.
Hawks @ Raptors (-4), O/U 226 7:30 ET
Atlanta got hot this time of year last season, and they’re doing it again with a five game win streak. The Hawks are in the #8 seed but Toronto can also avoid the play-in tournament with a win and a loss by the Cavs.
Bucks (-5) @ Bulls , OU 233 8:00 ET
The Bulls are trying to end a 5-year playoff drought, but to do so will require snapping an 0-17 mark vs. the top two teams in each conference this year. Milwaukee is in the #3 seed, 2.5 back from Miami for the top spot in the East but with 4 games to play.
Joe Cowley
Bulls about to move to 0-17 against Mil, Miami, Philly, Phx, GState and Memphis this season. I’ll throw Boston in to make you all feel better because I’m Mr. Positive – 1-18.
Spurs @ Nuggets (-9), O/U 234.5 9:00 ET
Dejounte Murray has missed the last two games with a non-COVID illness, but San Antonio still won mostly because they had the benefit of playing Portland in each of those. The degree of difficulty ramps up a bit tonight against Nikola Jokic, who has gone for 32/16/7, 22/13/10, and 35/17/8 in 3 games vs. the Spurs this season.
Grizzlies @ Jazz (-5.5), OU 225 9:00 ET
Memphis has clinched the #2 seed but is still rolling with 7 straight wins down the stretch. The Grizzlies are strangely still +5.5 underdogs even though the Jazz have dropped 6 of their last 7. The Grizzlies could play a little light with their roster here though too.
When does Memphis take the foot off the gas?
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Pelicans (-8) @ Kings, OU 225.5 10:00 ET
The Pelicans can clinch their spot in the play-in tournament tonight and more importantly a victory will help them stay up on San Antonio in the battle for #9/#10. The #9 hosts the play-in against the #10.
Lakers @ Suns (-11.5), OU 225 9:00 ET
L.A. has dropped 6 in a row and 19 of their last 24, so do they even want to get into the play-in tournament at this point? LeBron James has 36+ real points in his last 5 and Anthony Davis has 50 and 60fp in his two games since returning to the lineup – but both are also GTD per usual.
Shams Charania
Lakers star LeBron James (ankle) will miss second consecutive game tonight vs. Suns.
Tonight’s Point Guard / Shooting Guard Notables
Kevin Porter, Jr. DK $8.3k | FD $8.2k vs. Brooklyn
  • Nets should run away with this one pretty easily as -17 point favorites meaning the defense eases up bit
  • Brooklyn has allowed 45+ fp to four straight PGs
  • Porter, Jr. has 6X in three of his last four
Tre Jones DK $4k | FD $3.7k @ Denver
  • Has 33 and 40 fp in the last two games starting for Dejounte Murray
  • Nuggets allowing 21.5 points and 7.6 assists to opposing PGs past 20 games
  • Projected for 8X tonight
Monte Morris DK $5.2k | FD $4.8k vs. San Antonio
  • Scored 30fp on Sunday despite shooting 1-10 from the floor
  • Has a 34 and a 41fp game over his last four, and had 35 vs. the Spurs in December
  • San Antonio allowing 21.6 ppg to opposing PGs over past 20
Tonight’s SF / PF Notables
Miles Bridges DK $7.7k | FD $7.9k @ Miami
  • Heat allowing 17.7/5.1/3 to opposing SFs over past 20 games
  • Heat have given up 36+ fp to 4 of past 5 SFs
  • Bridges had 29 points and 11 rebounds vs. Miami on February 17th
Keldon Johnson DK $6.7k | FD $7.3k @Denver
  • Consistently hovering right around 6X in 8 of the last 10
  • Dejounte Murray remains out vs. Nuggets (26.8% usage)
Bojan Bogdanovic DK $5k | FD $5k vs Memphis
  • Had 6X in four straight games prior to his injury
  • Increasing shots the last two games back (11 and 15) as well as minutes (22 and 31).
  • Grizzlies likely playing a few players down
Tonight’s Center Position Notables
Moses Brown DK $4.8k | FD $4.9 @ Orlando
  • Has grabbed a dozen rebounds in three straight games
  • Magic giving up 15.5 and 8.9 to opposing centers over the past 20 games
Olivier Sarr DK $4k | FD $4.8k vs. Portland
  • Has scored 17+ real points in two of the last three, has hit 6X DK value in three straight games
  • Portland has allowed at least 125 points in 4 of the last 7
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