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Feb 12, 2018

NBA Weekly Preview Feb 12, 2018

This week will be an abbreviated one for NBA teams as the All-Star break officially starts on Friday. The Raptors, Rockets, and Jazz are on five, eight, and nine-game winning streaks respectively. They will all be playing two games this week as they hope to keep those streaks rolling into the break. The Raptors have taken over the top spot in the East on their winning streak and will play a back to back Tuesday and Wednesday against the Heat and the Bulls. The Rockets also play a back to back Tuesday and Wednesday as they hope to dethrone the first place Warriors before the break. They’ll be playing a tough Minnesota team on the road and then the bottom-feeding Kings at home. The Jazz look to push their streak into the double-digits with a win over the Spurs tonight. This resurgence has helped to spring the Jazz back up to .500 for the first time in 30 games, and they are now a game and a half out of 8th place. Rookie Donovan Mitchell has been huge on the Jazz’s streak, scoring 30 or more fantasy points in six of the nine games, with a career-high 59 fantasy points against the Suns.

Just as there are teams looking to keep their streaks rolling into the All-Star weekend, there are also teams hoping to stop their skids before the break. The Knicks, Nets, Grizzlies, and Suns have all dropped at least five games in a row. The Suns are playing particularly bad as they are winless this month, and have not won back to back games (or even two of three games) this calendar year. They will be heading to play Golden State tonight which likely means they’re looking at their 6th straight loss. To make matters worse, Devin Booker will miss his fourth straight game tonight and will probably be sidelined until the break.

The newly revamped Cavs looked great against the Celtics on Sunday, which has a lot of NBA fans calling them favorites to win the East again this year. Rodney Hood and Jordan Clarkson looked great off the bench with 15 and 17 points respectively. LeBron looked like he was energized again with a 24/10/8 stat line and his third straight game with 50 plus fantasy points. The Cavs will be tested for the second straight game against the Thunder this Tuesday in OKC. The Thunder laid a 148-124 whooping on Cleveland in their first meeting this year, but that was a very different looking Cavaliers team of course. Additionally, Westbrook and Carmelo are questionable to play Tuesday, both of whom have sat the last two games with sprained ankles. 

Dan Quinn