NBA DFS Podcast December 10
Jon Impemba and James Grande preview Tuesday's NBA DFS main slate
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Caris LeVert put on a show on Thursday, hitting 16-of-29 shots and a 3-pointer for 37 points, six rebounds, nine assists, two steals and a block in 33 minutes of a 134-133 loss to the Blazers.
He missed a game-winning step-back 3-pointer at the buzzer and no one was mad at him for it. Twitter was alive with 'we should be talking more about Caris LeVert' chatter, but we were pretty high on him coming into the bubble. He looked silky smooth tonight and the Nets, who beat the Clippers and Bucks in the bubble, and almost sent the Blazers home, will face the Raptors in Round 1 of the playoffs. LeVert and his mates have nothing to lose and will surely leave it all on the floor against Giannis and company. They finished 5-3 in the bubble despite being completely depleted and LeVert left his mark. If nothing else, it will be fun to see what they can do against the No. 2 seed next week.
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C. McCollum - SG
C.J. McCollum hit 9-of-21 shots and missed all six of his 3-point attempts for 25 points, four rebounds, seven assists, three steals and a block in 44 minutes of Thursday's 134-133 win over the Nets.
McCollum played really well in the first half, cooled off in the second half and was outshined by Brooklyn's Caris LeVert, who scored 37 in the loss. But the Blazers' needed C.J.'s offense tonight and are now the No. 8 seed, facing the Grizzlies on Saturday in a play-in game. If they can beat Memphis once in two games they'll move on to face the Lakers in Round 1 of the playoffs. And they're going to need McCollum, who is reportedly playing with a back fracture, to bring his A game.
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J. Nurkic - C
Jusuf Nurkic hit 11-of-17 shots for 22 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, a steal and zero blocks in 33 minutes of Thursday's thrilling 134-133 win over the Nets to secure the No. 8 seed in the West.
Nurk gave us several alerts tonight, although he couldn't seem to keep the Nets off the offensive boards with the game on the line. This was win-or-go-home for the Blazers and they're going to have to step up their defense and rebounding going forward. The Blazers now just have to win 1-of-2 games against the Grizzlies to advance to the playoffs and you have to think the Lakers are shaking in their boots right now. Nurkic had a great fantasy line, but was basically outplayed by Jarrett Allen tonight.
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D. Lillard - PG
Damian Lillard hit 13-of-22 shots, 8-of-14 3-pointers and 8-of-9 free throws for 42 points, three rebounds, 12 assists, two steals and just one turnover in 44 minutes of Thursday's thrilling 134-133 win over the Nets, helping the Blazers secure the No. 8 seed in the West.
What a game and what a bubble performance for Lillard, who is now the undisputed pre-playoff bubble MVP, although there wasn't much doubt going in. Lillard's finest play might have been a steal of the ball from Caris LeVert, who had 37 points, to help seal the game with 1:10 left on the clock. The Blazers finished the bubble regular season 6-2 and Lillard will finish as the leading scorer for the eight-game stretch. The Blazers will now face the Grizzlies in a play-in game on Saturday afternoon. If they win, it's over and they'll face the Lakers in Round 1. If they lose, they'll face the Grizzlies again on Sunday and the winner of that game will go on to face the Lakers.
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R. Tucker - SG
Rayjon Tucker hit 6-of-12 shots, a 3-pointer and 5-of-5 free throws to lead the Jazz with 18 points, two rebounds and one assist in Thursday's meaningless 118-112 win over the Spurs.
The Spurs were eliminated from the playoffs before the game started and both teams went with a G-League lineup, at least after the first half. Jarrell Brantley and Georges Niang were both fun and scored 13, while Jordan Clarkson, Donovan Mitchell, Ed Davis (who was injured during the game), Nigel Williams-Goss and Mike Oni all scored in double figures tonight. The Jazz lineup will, obviously, look a lot different when the playoffs start on Monday.
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D. Murray - PG
Dejounte Murray hit just 5-of-14 shots and missed both his 3-pointers but finished with 12 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists in Thursday's 118-112 loss to the Jazz.
He also had six turnovers, but tied his career high with the 14 boards. The Spurs found out they were eliminated from the playoffs just before this game started so it turned into a Summer League game and the lineups didn't come out until the game was underway. This is the first Spurs postseason miss in 22 seasons and since 1997. You also have to wonder if this was Gregg Popovich's last game as head coach of the Spurs. Keldon Johnson led the way with 24 points, while Luka Samanic, Jakob Poeltl, Lonnie Walker, Chimezie Metu and Marco Belinelli all scored in double figures for the Spurs.
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M. Bamba - C
Mo Bamba will not play for the Magic on Thursday, according to coach Steve Clifford.
Clifford says he'll play 10 guys and that it will look like a "preseason game." Gary Clark and Khem Birch could make some noise, but trying to predict which Orlando players are going to go off in fantasy tonight will not be easy.
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Caris LeVert, Garrett Temple, Joe Harris, Rodions Kurucs and Jarrett Allen will start for the Nets on Thursday.
Jacque Vaughn says he's not planning on limiting starters' minutes in hopes of getting them ready for the playoffs, which start on Monday. But if the game gets out of hand, it would not be surprising to see some of these guys get a rest.
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