Oklahoma City Thunder vs San Antonio Spurs- 4/7/15 NBA Fantasy Sports, Basketball Picks, Odds & Predictions
TNT will be televising a nice match up involving the Oklahoma City Thunder at home to the San Antonio Spurs with a start time of 8PM Eastern Time. We will examine NBA mock draft picks from this contest for cash fantasy leagues.
The Spurs are sitting at 51-26 season to date and with just five games remaining in the regular season the team sits in the sixth seed. They sit just one game behind the number three seed Memphis Grizzlies for home court advantage for the first round of the postseason.
Injuries have taken their toll on the Oklahoma City Thunder as the team sits just ½ game ahead of the ninth seeded New Orleans Pelicans for the final playoff spot in the western conference. The Thunder has a record of 42-25 and has five games left while the Pelicans have six games remaining. Missing from the lineup for the Thunder are three important rotational players. Kevin Durant has been loss for the season with foot surgery. Outside shooter Nick Collison will not play with his ankle problem. Defensive stalwart Serge Ibaka has a bum knee that may need surgery.
San Antonio Point Guards: Tony Parker has seen very limited minutes of late. That’s a concern for those NBA mock draft managers. He has averaged 23 minutes of play in his past three games scoring in single digits in every game. It could be possible that Greg Popovich would rather limit his starts minutes instead of catching Memphis for home court in the first round of the playoffs. Backup point guard Cory Joseph had nine points and six rebounds playing 18 minutes in a 15 point home win to Golden St on Sunday.
San Antonio Spurs Shooting Guards: Danny Green has been productive of late with 18 points and six boards against Golden St on Sunday plus a 21 point game at home to Denver on Friday. With Manu Ginobilli banged up expect Green to see extended minutes down the stretch.
San Antonio Spurs Power Forwards: Tim Duncan against the Warriors on Sunday was good to the cash fantasy players on Sunday as he put up 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds in their win against Golden St going 6 of 7 from the floor. He played 24 minutes. Prior to that he had ten points combined against the Nuggets and Magic.
San Antonio Spurs Small Forwards: Marco Belinelli is a career 39% three point shooter. He wasn’t productive against Golden St but averaged 13 points in the wins against Denver and Orlando. Accuracy has been an issue for Belinelli hitting just 11 of 30 in his past three games.
San Antonio Spurs Center: Boris Diaw has scored in double digits in four of his past five games with 4 ½ rebound average in that span. He played 25 minutes in a game against the Thunder this season scoring 19 points and pulling down six rebounds.
Oklahoma City Thunder Point Guard: Russell Westbrook is trying to carry the Oklahoma City Thunder with the injuries to Kevin Durant and the supporting cast. Westbrook is averaging nearly 32 points, nearly 9 assists and 9 rebounds per game over his past five contests. The shooting percentage is bad at 35% but many pro basketball fantasy daily leagues don’t grade on that criteria.
Oklahoma City Thunder Shooting Guards: Dion Waiters is averaging 14 points and three rebounds over his past ten games. He is not strong defensively but his role is clearly defined and that is to pick up the scoring with Durant being done for the season.
Oklahoma City Thunder Power Forwards: With power forwards Serge Ibaka and Nick Collison out it gave an opportunity to Mitch McGary for playing time. He hasn’t produced much for his NBA draft managers with just 3 points and 4 ½ rebounds per outing in his past five games.
Oklahoma City Small Forward: Lance Thomas had 30 minutes on Sunday and contributed with 14 points and nine rebounds in the win on Sunday against Philadelphia. Thomas will see more minutes with small forward Kevin Durant out for the year. He is battling consistency issues with just a seven point per game average over his past five contests.
Oklahoma City Thunder Centers: Enes Kanter was a nice acquisition away from the Utah Jazz. He is a happier player in a more up tempo offense than the slow half-court offense by the Jazz. Over his past ten games Kanter is averaging 32 minutes with production in 21 points and 13 rebounds per game. During that time span Kanter is making nearly 59% of his shots.
NBA Fantasy Basketball Draft Picks for One-Day Leagues
PG: Russell Westbrook (Thunder)
SG: Danny Green (Spurs)
PF: Tim Duncan (Spurs)
SF: Lance Thomas (Thunder)
C: Enes Kanter (Thunder)