NBA Fantasy Basketball Cavaliers vs Nets
Dominate your competitions with our NBA Fantasy Basketball updates, create the winning fantasy NBA contest lineups for Fanpicks.com. Barclays Center hosts a Thursday night match-up between the Cleveland Cavaliers (51-20) and Brooklyn Nets (19-51).
Cleveland have come out on top of four of their last five outings to solidify their first place standing in the Eastern Conference, their latest win coming on Wednesday night over the visiting Milwaukee Bucks, 113-104. LeBron James had a team-best 26 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds to lead a starting five that all recorded double digits in the victory. Kevin Love logged a double-double, putting up 24 points and 10 boards, shooting 8 of 14 from the field and 4 of 10 from downtown, while J.R. Smith contributed 13 points, 4 assists and 3 boards, going 5 of 10 from the paint and 3 of 7 from long range. Smith has started 66 games for the Cavaliers this season, averaging 12.3 points and 2.8 boards along the way, leading the team in three-point attempts with 6.5 per game. The team has lost only six games at Quicken Loans Arena all season.
Losers of seven of their last eight games, the Nets fell 105-100 to the visiting Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday night, dropping to 12-24 at home on the season. Brook Lopez once again lifted the team in defeat with 29 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists, going 11 of 19 from the paint and draining all seven of his attempts from the free throw line. Sean Kilpatrick emerged from the bench with a career-high 25 points, shooting 9 of 12 from the field, 4 of 5 from deep and 3 of 3 from the foul line. Through just 11 games, the sophomore is averaging 13.4 points a night for Brooklyn, and has posted double digits in seven straight games for the club. Bojan Bogdanovich posted 20 points and hauled in 3 boards, going 3 of 5 from long range and and perfect 9 of 9 from the foul line as the Nets remain at 14th place in the East. The team owns a 7-27 record away from home, where they will contest seven of their next ten games.
Top 3 Fantasy Picks
F LeBron James (Cavaliers)
F Kevin Love (Cavaliers)
C Brook Lopez (Nets)