NBA BEASTDOWN ARTICLE #2400
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NBA RUN DOWN
PELICANS @ CLIPPERS
Rajon Rondo brings a high scoring Pelicans offense into LA where he goes up against his old coach. Anthony Davis will do what he can to bring DeAndre Jordan out of the paint and open things up. Jrue Holiday is really going to have to pick up a bunch of the offensive scoring load. Lots of scoring in this one, especially if Okafor sit.
NETS @ WARRIORS
Nets will try to follow what the Hawks were able to do and stay competitive with the Warriors. That is not likely going to be the case as this game is in Golden State. Expect the Nets to play no defense and in the process give up a ton of points to the Warriors who should easily blow them out.
KNICKS @ BLAZERS
The Knicks coming off of a bad game travel to Portland to take on a red hot Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. This is how the duo was playing a couple years ago when they made a little playoff run, and this is the same roster as well. Blazers will make a push that the Knicks cannot really stay with.
NUGGETS @ MAVERICKS
Dallas is still in tank mode and the Nuggets are playing great high scoring/high flying basketball. Mavericks will need help getting things together, next year, while Denver can ride all of their talent to an easy blowout victory. Dallas cannot guard the paint, Jokic can be vintage.
ROCKETS @ THUNDER
The showdown everyone is waiting for. James Harden is playing like a MVP candidate while Russell Westbrook is starting to put up the MVP numbers he put up last season. Expect plenty of fireworks and plenty of Trevor Ariza guarding Paul George, while Tucker guards Carmelo. Which means we can easily have a Westbrook vs. Harden showdown.
HEAT @ WIZARDS
Both teams playing amazing team ball, both teams looking to lock up playoff spots. Great matchup against two great teams where every role player is going to have to step up in a big way. Whiteside coming off of a vintage Whiteside game gets a matchup against a small Wizards big men. Look for Miami to find plenty of ways to destroy the Wizards.
HAWKS @ RAPTORS
Hawks playing good basketball as of late, but the Raptors are playing lets win the East Basketball right now. While the Hawks are playing great basketball it is only great for them and this is their first time on the road since beating the Suns and staying close with the Warriors. Raptors at home is a tough enviornment and lots of different options for the Raptors can take voer this game.
76ERS @ HORNETS
76ers still playing great basketball while the Hornets can do all they can do to stay in the playoff race. Every game is must-win for Charlotte and at home you can expect them to play with that type of mentality. Dwight beating Embiid, and MKG/Batum limiting Ben Simmons is also key. Both are possible, but the 76ers have a ton of scoring options which will force the Hornets to go above their weakness. Scoring a lot of points.