Portland Trailblazers vs Phoenix Suns- 3/30/15 NBA Fantasy Sports, Basketball Picks, Odds & Predictions
The bail out game for daily fantasy sports managers will be nationally televised by NBA TV as the Portland Trailblazers will host the Phoenix Suns at 10PM Eastern Time.
Portland has ten remaining games left this regular season while the Phoenix Suns will be playing their 74th game of the year meaning there are just eight games remaining. This game has important meaning for both teams as the Trailblazers are battling for home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs while the Suns sit four games behind Oklahoma City for the final playoff spot.
The Suns are on a back to back and will be playing their third game in four nights. They suffered a back breaking loss to Oklahoma City on Sunday. The significance of that loss was the fact that the Suns are chasing the Thunder for the final playoff berth and it knocked Phoenix four games back of OKC with only eight games remaining. We will take a look at some picks for NBA mock drafts in One Day Fantasy Leagues.
Phoenix Point Guards: Eric Bledsoe is coming off a 39 minute game on Sunday where he produced 15 points and seven assists. He committed a high six turnovers. Friday night Bledsoe saw 38 minutes against the Trailblazers at home where he scored 13 points and dished seven assists in an 87-81 home loss to the Trailblazers. Bledsoe’s production has gone downward since playing his third game in four nights at home to Dallas on March 22nd. The concern is that Bledsoe could be wearing down with Dragic and Isaiah Thomas being dealt at the trading deadline.
Phoenix Shooting Guards: Gerald Green has only played in five of the teams past ten games and averaged over eleven minutes with nearly six points per game average. He played 13 minutes in the team’s home loss to Portland on Friday and scored 12 points and pulled down five rebounds.
Trailblazers Point Guards: Point guard Damian Lillard is coming off two down performances scoring eight points on Saturday home to Denver and scoring 11 points and dishing just four assists against Phoenix on Friday.
Trailblazers Shooting Guards: With the injury to Wesley Matthews veteran shooting guard Arron Afflalo is seeing major minutes. He is coming off a nice 21 point and five rebound performance Saturday at home to Denver.
Suns Power Forwards: Power forward Marcus Morris has seen increased production by averaging 17 points per game over his past three games. Morris poured in 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds at home to Portland on Friday. Markieff Morris is coming off a 24 point game Sunday at home to Oklahoma City. He turned the ball over five times against Portland on Friday.
Suns Small Forwards: P.J. Tucker has been inconsistent. After averaging 4 ½ points per game against Sacramento and Portland Tucker scored 12 points and dished out four assists against OKC on Sunday.
Trailblazers Power Forwards: LaMarcus Aldridge is playing through a hand injury that a few weeks ago required surgery. Aldridge, who is in his contract year opted to play though this injured hand. He has had back to back outstanding performance by averaging 30 points per game and ten rebounds in wins against Denver and Phoenix. He hit 26 of 46 shots in those two games. Aldridge looks to be a play on for fantasy basketball mock drafts as he is trying to better his resume for a max contract once the free agency period begins during the offseason.
Trailblazers Small Forwards: Nicolas Batum was bothered by a bad back which forced him to miss two games last week. He returned averaging 34 ½ minutes in two games. On Saturday Batum scored 15 points and dished out seven assists in the 120-114 win Saturday night at home to Denver. Batum has had success against an undersized Phoenix team as he has averaged 17 points and nearly eight rebounds in the three games these teams met this year.
Suns Centers: Center Alex Len is only producing an average of five points per game over his past ten games. He had a disappointing six points and five rebounds in 30 minutes of play Friday home to Portland.
Trailblazers Centers: Both Robin Lopez and Chris Kaman alternate time at center. With players at the seven foot tall range it makes sense to include two in the rotation as these players have been prone to injuries. Lopez put up 12 points and grabbed ten rebounds against an undersized Suns team on Friday. Kaman has been listed as out with a shoulder injury. Joel Freeland has seen limited time in Kaman’s absence and has been unimpressive for fantasy managers.
Best Fantasy Roster Picks for your Cash Real Money Leagues:
PG: Damian Lillard (Trailblazers)
SG: Gerald Green (Suns)
PF: LaMarcus Aldridge (Trailblazers)
SF: Nicolas Batum (Trailblazers)
C: Robin Lopez (Trailblazers)