NBA on Thursday, 3-23-2017

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It’s a matchup of Eastern Conference foes looking to improve their playoff positioning meeting up in South Beach. The Toronto Raptors are on the road as they zip down the east coast to face the Miami Heat Thursday night. Toronto rallied from a 16 point deficit to knock off the Bulls 122-120 in overtime at home Tuesday night. Miami dropped Phoenix 112-97 at home Tuesday to jump back into the playoff picture. The Heat has a solid 50-27 advantage in the all-time regular season series between the teams. The teams split two earlier meetings this season with Miami taking a 104-89 win at home in the most recent matchup March 11.... Read More

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It’s an inter-conference matchup of doormats taking place in the Big Apple. The Phoenix Suns continue a road swing against Eastern Conference foes as they face the league worst Brooklyn Nets Thursday night. Phoenix lost their fifth in a row as they were dumped 112-97 at Miami Tuesday night. Brooklyn had dropped five of seven before edging the Pistons 98-96 at home Tuesday. Phoenix holds a 44-39 advantage in the all-time regular season series between the teams but the Nets have won three straight contests. That includes a 122-104 road win in the first matchup this season on November 12, 2016.... Read More

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It’s a matchup of Western Conference foes trying to improve their standing meeting up in the Lone Star State. The LA Clippers try to continue a late season charge as they visit the Dallas Mavericks Thursday night. LA won their third in a row as they pasted the crosstown rivals, the Lakers, 133-109, as the road team Tuesday night. Dallas has dropped four of six since a four game win streak as they were clubbed 112-87 by the Warriors at home Tuesday night. The Mavericks hold an 89-58 advantage in the all-time regular season series between the teams. The clubs split two earlier meetings this season with the Mavericks taking a 90-88 road win in the last matchup on December 23, 2016.... Read More

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It’s a matchup of teams in the playoff picture from the Southwest Division meeting in a potential first round matchup from the Lone Star State. The Memphis Grizzlies are on the road as they travel to face the San Antonio Spurs Thursday night. Memphis saw their four game win streak snapped with a 95-82 road loss to the Pelicans Tuesday night. San Antonio won their second straight with a 100-93 road win at Minnesota Tuesday. The Spurs have a dominant 63-22 advantage in the all-time regular season but Memphis has taken both meetings this season. That includes a 104-96 home win in the last matchup March 18.... Read More

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The Portland Trail Blazers will continue their playoff chase when they host the New York Knicks Thursday night from the Moda Center.... Read More

NBA on Friday, 3-24-2017

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The Chicago Bulls will continue their playoff chase when they host the Philadelphia 76ers Friday night from the United Center.... Read More

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A recent fade has essentially killed the Minnesota Timberwolves’ chances of making the playoffs, so they are simply playing for pride as this point as they visit the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night. The Lakers punted on the season weeks ago and are plummeting in the West.... Read More