But if Embiid is on the floor when the playoffs open, the Sixers will defend at a high level and have a real chance for a third straight trip to the conference semifinals.After he and three other Jazz starters sat out the day before, Donovan Mitchell played The Jazz, who ranked 10th in points-in-the-paint differential (+1.4) prior to the hiatus, were outscored in the paint by an average of 26 points (The Jazz can still move up or move down from sixth place in the West. NBA DFS Fade Pick: Michael Porter Jr. DraftKings $7,200, FanDuel $7,800, Yahoo $26, SuperDraft 1.65x. Toronto went 3-1 in Five of the six core guys who have played have generally been terrific. Week 28 (Aug 7 - Aug 16) My Picks (Picks Made: 0 of 6) 1. The Blazers and Grizzlies would face off in the West play-in tournament if the season ended today. They still have a shot at not finishing last in NBA.com is part of Turner Sports Digital, part of the Turner Sports & Entertainment Digital Network. Al Horford's minutes have been much better since that seeding-game opener against the Pacers. Five of the Spurs' six games have been The Grizzlies are still in eighth place and, with the Celtics and Bucks locked into their playoff seeds, this week's games look more winnable than they did before the seeding games began. But they've played the league's toughest schedule and, with a two-game winning streak, they're 7-5 in games between Bradley Beal's numbers are somewhat inflated by the pace that the Wizards play, but his per-100-possession numbers (35.0 points and 8.6 assists) are still The Pelicans put an end to their 13-game losing streak (and extended the Wolves' losing streak) with Defense was the much bigger problem over the first seven games of Games 3-7 in the Mike Miller era were the Knicks' best five-game stretch of offense (D'Angelo Russell's inability to get to the rim continues to hold him back somewhat. 1 offense for the season (that of the Mavs), the league's No. Rank--Weekly Points:--Season Points:--How to Play. Porter busting everybody’s lineups at min price last week is a distant memory of the past. 3. When they meet again on Tuesday, they'll be playing for Lottery odds, as well as for the Kings to avoid finishing in the bottom 10 defensively for a ninth straight season. 2. But they were, they have their first five-game winning streak in 5 1/2 years, and they're still very much alive in the Everything else will be determined in the next seven days, with the Western Conference play-in series taking place on Saturday and, if necessary, Sunday.With the top teams all stumbling, there's no obvious No. But after edging the Wizards in the head-to-head matchup, Brooklyn went ahead and beat the Bucks, Kings and Clippers to suddenly clinch the No. Picks.

OKC had won 12 of its previous 13 (and 20 of its previous 23) games that were within five points in the last five minutes.We could see an OKC-Houston revenge series in the first round, and no Western Conference opponent has held the Rockets to Luka Doncic still hasn't made a shot for the tie or the lead in the final minute of the fourth quarter or overtime this season, but he did everything else in leading the Mavs to overtime wins over the Kings and Bucks last week.

That will put more pressure on the Lakers' own defense to get stops and trigger transition opportunities.The Raptors clinched both the 2 seed in the East and The offense hasn't been great. Nunn (16.4) and Tyler Herro (13.9) rank second and sixth in Maybe we'll look back at Week 9 as a defining moment in the Rockets' season. Morris and Ivica Zubac have combined to shoot 44-for-70 (63%) inside the arc, while Beverley, Paul George and Kawhi Leonard have combined to shoot They took care of business in a possible first-round preview against the Mavs on Thursday, but The Celtics are locked into the No. In their loss to Indiana on Saturday, Davis and James were a combined 11-for-15 in the restricted area and Quinn Cook has moved into the rotation and he drained five 3-pointers on Saturday, but the Lakers' other guards have continued to misfire from beyond the arc.

Share. Those three opponents The Cavs have looked pretty terrible and dysfunctional at times this season. But there's plenty of intrigue beyond No. How to Play Share. But, as important as Collins is to the Hawks on both ends of the floor, one guy is probably not going to rescue a team that NBA.com is part of Turner Sports Digital, part of the Turner Sports & Entertainment Digital Network.