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NBA EZ Pick Preview 03/18/19

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Stephen Curry vs Russell Westbrook

Stephen Curry netted 33 points in 33 minutes on Saturday, adding five triples, seven boards, three assists, two steals and four turnovers in an easy win over the Thunder. Curry scored his 16,000th career point in this one, becoming just the fifth player in Warriors’ history with 16,000 career points, and with his five trey-bombs, he improved his season total to 289 – which ranks as the fourth-most threes in a single season in NBA history. Steve Kerr hinted he could rest some of his stars on the upcoming Monday-Tuesday back-to-back set, so owners will want to confirm Curry’s status prior to both those games.

Russell Westbrook has been suspended for Monday’s game after picking up his 16th technical foul of the season on Saturday. Dennis Schroder should benefit the most in Westbrook’s absence, while Paul George will soak up extra usage and Raymond Felton should join the rotation. For every two techs Westbrook gets after No. 16 he’ll face another suspension, so hopefully he can keep his cool in the final 11 games for which he’ll be active. This also means he’ll play just two games in Week 23, a brutal turn of events for his fantasy owners.

Kevin Durant vs Anthony Davis

Kevin Durant (ankle) will return to the lineup on Monday vs. the Spurs. He arrived early at the arena to get some extra shots up and went through a full shootaround. Despite his questionable tag, coach Steve Kerr was expecting him back in the lineup tonight prior to this update. This is the first game of five for the Warriors this week which includes two back-to-backs, so there’s a good chance KD will be rested at some point.

Anthony Davis returned from a one-game rest with 15 points, 11 rebounds, three steals and one block in 22 minutes against the Suns on Saturday. That’s still a pretty awesome line for his fantasy owners and he’ll continue to put up high value points even with his minutes limit. The good news is that the Pels are done with the back-to-back sets, but they could still sit The Brow with even the smallest injury.

Paul George vs Kawhi Leonard

Paul George scored a team-high 29 points during Saturday’s blowout loss to the Warriors, adding 13 rebounds, four 3-pointers, two assists, one steal and two turnovers in 38 minutes. Golden State did an excellent job of running George off the 3-point line, and overall, their 3-point defense was phenomenal with them holding OKC to 13-of-41 shooting from beyond the arc. PG-13 has struggled against the Warriors this season, but he should be better on Monday vs. the Heat, particularly with Russell Westbrook likely to be suspended for that game.

Kawhi Leonard (load management) is out for Monday’s game vs. the Knicks. Kawhi played three games in a row for the first time in over a month, so this was inevitable against the Knicks. With Serge Ibaka (suspension) out and Kyle Lowry (ankle) questionable, Pascal Siakam is set up for a monster game. The last time Kahwi sat, Norman Powell had 15 points, four assists and three triples in 24 minutes, while OG Anunoby had an 11-3-1 line with two steals and a block in 24 minutes.

Damian Lillard vs Kyrie Irving

Damian Lillard scored 34 points (13-of-29 FGs, 5-of-5 FTs) with six rebounds, five assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 38 minutes against the Spurs on Saturday. C.J. McCollum left the game early in the third quarter with an apparent knee injury, after which Lillard scored 26 of his 34 points. Lillard posts per-36 minute averages of 34.7 points, 5.9 boards, 6.1 dimes, 1.8 steals and 3.4 triples with a 35.6 usage rate and a 58.0 TS% without McCollum this season. If he is out for any period of time, Lillard’s role within the Blazers’ offense will only rise, making him an elite play with their 3-4-4 schedule over the next three weeks.

Kyrie Irving just missed a triple-double during a 129-120 win over the Hawks on Saturday, scoring 30 points with 11 rebounds, nine assists, one steal, two blocks and four 3-pointers in 36 minutes. He just dropped a 30-point triple double on Thursday for the second of his career, and Irving is on some kind of heater since getting a game off on Mar. 6. In those four, he averaged 27.3 points, 7.5 boards, 9.3 dimes, 1.3 steals, 1.3 blocks and 3.0 treys with Boston hitting 115-plus points in each of those. As long as he’s not resting, Irving has massive upside every time he steps on the floor.

Nikola Jokic vs Andre Drummond

Nikola Jokic was ejected from Saturday’s game during the fourth quarter, finishing with 26 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two 3-pointers and four turnovers in 34 minutes. During Thursday’s game, Jokic didn’t get his first bucket until the fourth quarter, so the Nuggets made sure to get him going early in this one and he wound up scoring 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting through his first 10 minutes of play. On the season, Jokic has been operating with a 27.1 usage rate, but his usage was at 35.1 tonight, and Mike Malone has indicated during recent interviews he wants him to be more aggressive on offense. The ejection was petty, so he shouldn’t face any additional punishment from the league.

Andre Drummond helped the Pistons earn their ninth straight home win on Sunday with 15 points, 17 rebounds, two steals and one assist in 33 minutes. That gives Drummond his sixth consecutive season with at least 1,000 rebounds. He didn’t block any shots today but also committed just one turnover, while making 5-of-8 FGs and 5-of-5 FTs. His efforts helped cement the Pistons’ hold on the No. 6 seed in the East, while giving coach Dwane Casey his third straight win vs. his former team. That’s no small feat, given Toronto’s position near the top of the standings.

Devin Booker vs Jrue Holiday

Devin Booker scored 40 points with five rebounds, 13 assists, one block, seven turnovers and three 3-pointers in 41 minutes during a 138-136 overtime win at New Orleans on Saturday. The Suns got lucky in this one with the Pelicans calling for a timeout when they ran out, so Booker hit the go-ahead free throw. The Suns have won five of their last eight games and they’re only 2.5 games “up” on the Bulls for top lottery odds. Booker has played excellent ball lately as a top-25 player since the break, so keep him locked and loaded.

Jrue Holiday (abdominal strain) and E’Twaun Moore (quad) will remain on the sidelines for Monday’s matchup with the Mavericks. Holiday and Moore were scheduled to be re-evaluated today, and while we didn’t get word on those results, the fact that they’ve already been ruled out for Monday’s game isn’t a great sign. Alvin Gentry has hinted that both these guys could be headed for a shutdown, and with each missed game, that scenario becomes more and more likely. Frank Jackson and Kenrich Williams will continue to start with these two on the sidelines.

Luka Doncic vs Draymond Green

Luka Doncic (right knee contusion) is being listed as probable for Monday’s matchup with the Pelicans. Doncic sat out Saturday’s game, but it looks like the knee contusion will only force him to spend one game on the sidelines. With Doncic expected back in action on Monday night, Dorian Finney-Smith or Tim Hardaway Jr. could return to the second unit and Trey Burke could drop out of the rotation entirely.

Draymond Green scored nine points on 3-of-6 shooting Saturday, to go with three 3-pointers, eight rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block and two turnovers in 34 minutes. Green had his 3-point stroke working for him in this one, drilling two treys through the first quarter of action, and this was the first time he had multiple three-balls since January. Green has been shooting his worst 3-point percentage (24.6) since his rookie year, but he’s been knocking down a somewhat more respectable 30.4% of his 3-point attempts since the All-Star break.

Kevin Love vs Lauri Markkanen

Kevin Love (lower back contusion) is questionable for Monday’s game vs. Detroit. Love has been productive lately but the Cavs are likely to play it safe any time he’s banged up, so his inclusion on the injury report is ominous. Cleveland does play four games next week, though, so even if he misses Monday’s game he could still put together a solid three-game slate.

Lauri Markkanen had 11 points, three rebounds, two assists and one block in 23 minutes during Sunday’s blowout road loss in Sacramento. Markkanen was one of just two Bulls starters with double-digit points tonight, joining Zach LaVine, and coach Jim Boylen opted to bench his key guys for most of the second half. This was a fluky result for Markkanen, in other words, but at least it wasn’t a total loss — he also shot 4-of-8 from the field and 2-of-2 from the line with one 3-pointer. Expect much better vs. the Suns (Monday) and Wizards (Wednesday).

Klay Thompson vs Kyle Lowry

Klay Thompson scored 23 points on 9-of-21 shooting Saturday, to go with three 3-pointers, eight rebounds, four assists, three steals, one block and one turnover in 34 minutes. Thompson passed up Peja Stojakovic for the No. 17 spot on the NBA’s all-time 3-point list in this one, and he was aggressive in seeking out his shot with Kevin Durant (ankle) on the sidelines. As a team, the Dubs dropped in 40 points through the first quarter of action, which accounted for the most points OKC has allowed through any first quarter this year, and they never really let up at any point throughout the game.

Kyle Lowry (ankle) has been upgraded to probable for Monday’s game against the Knicks. Lowry has missed the past two games, but it appears there’s a chance he’ll be able to make it back to the court tonight. If he does play, he could see some more shots falling his way with Kawhi Leonard (rest) unavailable, but he could also take an early seat on the bench if the game turns into a blowout, so he’s not the best DFS target.

DeMarcus Cousins vs Steven Adams

An MRI on DeMarcus Cousins’ sore right ankle revealed no structural damage and he is being listed as day-to-day. Boogie will sit out Monday’s game against the Spurs, and there’s a decent chance he’ll miss Tuesday’s game vs. the Timberwolves, but even if he skips those two he’d still have the opportunity to play in three games this week. Kevon Looney will likely get the start in his place tonight, and Andrew Bogut will have the opportunity to make his Dubs’ debut.

Steven Adams scored nine points on 4-of-7 shooting (1-of-4 from the line) on Saturday, adding nine rebounds, one assist, one steal, two blocks and two turnovers in 33 minutes. Adams did tweak his left ankle midway through the third fighting for a loose ball with Stephen Curry, which required a trip to the locker room, but he eventually returned to the game during the fourth quarter despite the Thunder being down by 20. Adams is one of the toughest dudes out there, so he’ll likely play through the pain, but owners would be wise to just confirm his status prior to Monday’s game against the Heat.

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Fantasy Basketball Projections – April 22nd 2016

The NBA playoffs continues with a couple of Eastern conference Game three’s and one Western conference. All three better-seeded teams could take a 3-0 lead in the series tonight, but it’s back at home for the underdogs. The first matchup sets LeBron and the East number 1 Cavs against the Pistons at 7PM ET. Following at 8 PM will be the Hawks in Boston’s TD Garden Arena, while at 9:30 PM, the second best team in the West take on the Grizzlies. FanPicks has you prepared with Friday’s fantasy basketball projections, charting the top 20 best performers for all three games.Top 20 4-22-16

It’s no surprise that LeBron James takes number one in the top 20 fantasy picks. His level of consistency is tremendous, scoring over 30 FP is past 10 games. Along with LeBron, Kyrie Irving his the only other player in today’s lineup to score an average of over 30 FP during the playoffs. Kyle Korver suprisingly ranks number two with 25 FP, having had a huge Game 2 against Boston. His numbers don’t usually reflect that. He’s got a post-season average of 12.5 FP and a past four game average of 10.1 FP. His teammate, Al Horford, scored the same number fantasy points, and it’s clear that his status his much better than Korver’s. Reggie Jackson is the best fantasy draft player from Detroit, and he’s not even the most expensive. That goes to rebounding machine Andre Drummond. The Piston and Hawks share the most players listed in the top 20 with 5 each. The Hawks leading scorer, Paul Millsap, didn’t make the cut. Proves that the Hawks have a nice arsenal on their hands.  The Spurs and Grizzlies are lacking in that list, mostly due to the fact their Game 2 ended in a 94-68 win for San Antonio. Off the board, you could see guys like Celtics Isaiah Thomas, Spurs Kawhi Leonard and Grizzlies Matt Barnes provide more than they did last time around. It will also need to be seen if Kent Bazemore could make the Hawks starting five, as he is a game time decision. Thabo Sefolosha is the one who could take his spot if unavailable. The Swiss player has been increasingly good and could line-up as an amazing sleeper pick.

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NBA Fantasy Basketball Value Picks Thunder vs Pistons

Dominate your competition with our NBA Fantasy Basketball Value Picks, create the winning lineup at Fanpicks.com. The Oklahoma City Thunder (52-22) travel to Michigan to take on the Detroit Pistons (39-35) at Palace of Auburn Hills.
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Oklahoma City is playing their finest basketball of the season right now and it couldn’t have come at a better moment. They carry an eight-game winning streak into this match-up, with seven of those coming versus teams with .500 records or better. What’s even more impressive are the margins, as they have defeated six of those teams by double-digits. The last two victories may be the most impressive, as they beat the number two ranked squads in both conferences. This will be a difficult task though, as the Thunder are in the back end of a back-to-back set and are facing a Detroit lineup that is fighting to get into the playoffs.

The Pistons come into this contest winning five of their last six, which has launched them into the eight-seed. They find themselves 2.5 games ahead the Chicago Bulls and three above the Washington Wizards. This is not a team you want to face in the playoffs either, as they have very few weaknesses. Andre Drummond leads the NBA in rebounding, Reggie Jackson continues to develop as one of the best guards in the league, and Tobias Harris provides support on the wing. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Marcus Morris are no slouches either. Despite all of that, this starting core tops the league in minutes which could become an issue when playoffs starts and extends the season.

Detroit can hold themselves against any team, but facing a top one who is having success right now is too much of a task to accomplish.

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G Russell Westbrook (OKC)

F Kevin Durant (OKC)

F Marcus Morris (DET)

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NBA Daily Fantasy Picks 2/22

 

The below chart is misleading to the NBA Daily Fantasy novice. On first look you probably look at Lebron James and Stephen Curry, decide that Lebron is projected higher than Stephen Curry but is cheaper so you should pick Lebron James. That is true that Lebron is a better option for today than Steph, but is he the best option? When it comes to daily fantasy picks, your picks are all about value (points per dollar) rather than sheer points. Winning a daily fantasy contest comes down to scoring the most total lineup points, and that is done with turning your $50,000 salary cap into all around value, not just a couple big scorers.

 

This may be a bad example because Lebron does have a good value coefficient of 5.5, meaning he is projected to score 5.5 fantasy points for each $1000 or his total $8700 of salary. That is not bad but as you can see, there are players on this list with higher value coefficients.

 

The one that sticks out especially is Jamal Crawford. He has taken on a larger role for the Clippers in Griffin’s absence and has been very consistent over the past 5 games at that 30 fantasy point mark. However, with a salary of only $5000, if he continues to put up 30 fantasy points per game, he will provide more value than any other player is projected. He should get plenty of play time in what should be a high scoring blowout in the Clippers favor against the Suns.

 

Another player who has been providing huge value is Khris Middleton. He has a more moderate salary level at $6500, but looks like he will be putting up numbers with the heavy hitters today. Milwaukee is favored by 8 points against the Lakers is what should be slightly higher scoring game.

 

If you need another cheap option to fill some gaps in your lineup Jabari Parker should be a good overlooked value pick. His numbers have been fantastic lately for his cheap salary level. Pairing him with Middleton may pay off if Middleton sets up Parker for some baskets as you will double dip with Parker’s points and Middleton’s assists.

 

 

Position PlayerName Points Dollars Value
SF LeBron James 48.1 8700 5.5
PG Stephen Curry 46.9 9400 5.0
C DeAndre Jordan 40.1 7300 5.5
SF Carmelo Anthony 39.6 7500 5.3
PF Paul Millsap 39.5 7100 5.6
PF Draymond Green 39.1 7500 5.2
SG Khris Middleton 38.5 6500 5.9
PG Kyle Lowry 38.3 7600 5.0
C Andre Drummond 38.3 7800 4.9
PG Isaiah Thomas 38.1 6900 5.5
SG DeMar DeRozan 35.9 6900 5.2
SF Giannis Antetokounmpo 34.9 6500 5.4
SG Klay Thompson 34.5 6500 5.3
C Greg Monroe 34.2 6800 5.0
PF Kevin Love 31.7 6800 4.7
PF Julius Randle 31.5 6100 5.2
SG Jamal Crawford 31.4 5000 6.3
C Al Horford 31.1 6500 4.8
PG Ricky Rubio 30.3 6100 5.0
PG Reggie Jackson 30.3 6500 4.7
PF Jabari Parker 30.1 5100 5.9

 

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NBA/CBB All-Star Game Cross Sport Recap

 

If you were looking for Fantasy Basketball to play yesterday for the NBA All-Star game, Fanpicks was the only place to satisfy your needs with our exclusive Cross Sport Daily Fantasy Basketball tournaments. We offered several different NBA/NHL and NBA/CBB cross sport cash drafts, here’s what it took to win big money yesterday.

 

The game ended in a massive 196-173 point total, in favor of the West. However, fantasy point totals were not as high as you would expect with this high scoring of a game with points being spread out throughout the teams.

 

There was very little defense played all around with only 2 blocks in the entire game, however, out lead scorer Russell Westbrook only took this position at the top of the charts due to his defensive game play adding 5 steals on top of his 31 points, 5 assists, and 8 rebounds. Paul George did what he could to get you fantasy points from the losing side of the game scoring a huge 41 points. Chris Paul brought his value as the point man, racking up 16 assists and Drummond led the centers with 16 points and 13 rebounds for the only other double-double in the game besides Chris Paul.

 

PlayerName Position Points Assists Blocks Steals Rebounds Turnovers FantasyPoints
Russell Westbrook PG 31 5 0 5 8 3 41.5
Paul George SF 41 1 0 1 5 3 38.5
Stephen Curry PG 26 6 0 4 5 2 35
Chris Paul PG 14 16 0 1 4 4 32.5
Kevin Durant SF 23 7 0 2 5 0 31.5
Kyle Lowry PG 14 10 1 2 5 6 28.5
Andre Drummond C 16 0 0 2 13 1 26.5
James Harden SG 23 3 0 0 4 1 25.5
Anthony Davis PF 24 0 0 1 6 0 25
Kawhi Leonard SF 17 3 0 2 6 2 23
John Wall PG 22 3 0 1 3 2 23
Kobe Bryant SG 10 7 0 1 6 1 21
LeBron James SF 13 7 0 0 4 4 19
DeMar DeRozan SG 18 2 0 1 1 1 17
Dwyane Wade SG 8 6 0 2 4 3 16.5
Carmelo Anthony SF 13 0 1 0 6 2 16
Pau Gasol C 9 1 0 1 7 1 14.5
DeMarcus Cousins C 11 1 0 0 4 0 13.5
Klay Thompson SG 9 2 0 1 2 0 12.5
Isaiah Thomas PG 9 1 0 1 3 1 11.5
Al Horford C 7 2 0 0 3 0 10.5
Draymond Green PF 4 0 0 2 5 1 9.5
LaMarcus Aldridge PF 4 1 0 1 4 0 9
Paul Millsap PF 3 1 0 0 3 0 6.5

 

 

However, the whole idea behind cross sport is you can’t win with one sport alone, its both that contribute to your point total. In your NBA/CBB cross sport contest, NBA matters more with the 6 roster spots, but a little value at the 3 CBB roster spots could go a long way. Below are the top scorers from college yesterday. With the right picks there was a lot of value to be found, but with the unpredictability of college sports, its hard to determine who will be the top scorers will be in the league, let alone on each individual team.

 

 

PlayerName Position TeamName Points Assists Blocks Steals Rebounds FantasyPoints
Denzel Valentine G Michigan St 30 13 1 3 5 63
Egidijus Mockevicius C Evansville 24 0 7 0 16 58.5
Jabarie Hinds G Massachusetts 37 6 0 2 2 52
Micah Mason G Duquesne 29 10 1 3 3 54.5
Jarrod Uthoff F Iowa 24 0 6 0 15 55.5
Jakob Poeltl F Utah 25 0 2 3 10 47.5
Antwan Space F Massachusetts 17 2 0 3 17 50
Cleveland Thomas G Hartford 35 2 0 0 6 47
Jaylen Bond F Temple 18 2 1 2 14 46.5
Matt Costello F Michigan St 22 1 3 0 11 44.5

 

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NBA All-Star Skills Competition and Game preview

 

This NBA All-Star weekend will be a special one for the NBA and Canada but most importantly for future Hall of Famer and Lakers’ own Kobe Bryant appearing in his 18th and final NBA All-Star Game. He will be a sentimental favorite as well to win a record 5th MVP in this NBA All-Star game. This weekend will be a great show for all Fantasy Basketball owners seeing rising stars and legends entertain the fans.

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Bryant was not only the fans top vote-getter heading into this weekend’s All-Star break besting none other than league MVP Stephen Curry, but is also the NBA All-Star Game’s all-time leading scorer.

The 2 most popular events of the weekend people cannot wait to see this weekend are the Slam Dunk Contest and the Three-Point Contest.

Three-Point contest defending champion Stephen Curry and Golden State Warriors teammate Klay Thompson are both favourites to win this even this year amidst the tough competition with the other shooters such as:

  • J.J. Redick of the Los Angeles Clippers
  • Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns
  • Kyle Lowry of the host, Toronto Raptors
  • James Harden from the Houston Rockets
  • Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat
  • Khris Middleton of the Milwaukee Bucks

 

In the NBA Verizon Slam Dunk Contest, 20 year old Zach LaVine of the Minnesota Timberwolves will try to defend his title and is the heavy favourite to win it again in front of only 3 other contestants:

  • Aaron Gordon of the Orlando Magic
  • Will Barton of the Denver Nuggets
  • Andre Drummond of the Detroit Pistons

The West will try to go for their 5th victory in the last 6 years on Sunday.

 

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New York Knicks vs Detroit Pistons Fantasy Basketball News – 02-04-16

The stumbling New York Knicks (23-28) head to The Palace of Auburn Hills on Thursday for a date with the Detroit Pistons (26-23). FanPicks has this game on tap for tonight’s DFS action. Come play Fantasy Basketball at fanpicks.com.

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The Knicks have lost six of their last seven games and are falling further more into a deep and endless hole of agonizing year. They’ve suffered a 97-89 defeat at the hands of the Boston Celtic, on Tuesday. Arron Afflalo was New York’s most productive player in that game, scoring 18 points and going 7 of 15 from the field. Carmelo Anthony had a double-double with 16 points & 14 rebounds, while Robin Lopez also scored the double-double with 17 points & 13 boards. Coming off the bench, Sasha Vujacic collected 13 points. New York was terrible from the field, going 37.8% from the paint and 30% from long range. After missing the last four games because of a sore right groin, point guard Jose Calderon should make is return to the lineup tonight. The Knicks could really use his skills to get out of their rut.

 

The Pistons were also victim of the Celtics, on Wednesday night. They lost 102-95, dropping three of their last four contests. Reggie Jackson scored a team-leading 17 points, while adding 7 assists and draining three triples in the loss. Ersan Ilyasova and Andre Drummond each recorded 16 points apiece. Ilyasova logged in another monster night on the boards, adding 13 rebounds for the double-double. With 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists, Marcus Morris also saw is fantasy stock rise yesterday. The Pistons fell in eight place in the Eastern Conference, with the Hornets tailing one and half a game behind for a playoff spot.  Stan van Gundy’s team will be able to regain seventh place in the rankings, when they face the half game up Pacers on Saturday. Detroit will need to improve from beyond the arc, as they made 11 of 34 shots for a 32.4% average on Wednesday night. It’s consistent with their 33.5% season average, which ranks as seventh-worst in the league.

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Detroit Pistons vs Toronto Raptors – 01/30/16 Preview

The white hot Toronto Raptors (31-15) will host the Detroit Pistons (25-22) Saturday evening at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto are odd favorites to win (line: -7). Play in the most exciting daily fantasy basketball, including the newest Point Spread  and $10K Grand Action contests only at Fanpicks the premiere daily fantasy sports site.

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Detroit has shown the league this season that they’re a legit Playoff contender and compete against some of the best teams. They’re coming back from a hard fought loss against the Cavaliers last night 114-106. All 5 starters for the Pistons finished in double digits scoring. Andre Drummond, a fantasy optimal lineup regular led the pack and recorded a team high 20 pts with 8 boards. Detroit is currently ranked second in the league in rebounds, averaging 47.5 with most coming from league leading Andre Drummond. The Pistons will face the Raptors again in February but in Detroit this time.

Toronto is on a tear right now and just set a franchise record this Thursday for the most consecutive wins. They’re in a great momentum going into this All Star break. Their record win came against the New York Knicks at the ACC, 103-93. The dynamic duo of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan both put down 26 pts to lead the Raptors past the Knicks. This streak is bringing the Raptors closer to the Eastern Conference leaders, Cleveland Cavaliers, currently only 2 games behind them. Jonas Valanciunas also had a great game and finished the night with a double-double like Lowry and had 11 pts with 18 rebounds. Valanciunas currently averages 9.6 rebounds for the Raps this season in 29 games. The next 5 games will be on the road where they have a 14-9 before hosting the All-Star game February 12-14 weekend.

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Detroit Pistons vs. Memphis Grizzlies

Author: Aldo Panessidi

The Detroit Pistons (21-17) will be hosted by the Memphis Grizzlies (21-19) on Thursday evening. Fanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy basketball competition.  Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $25K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball

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The Pistons had a three-game winning streak halted at home by the formidable San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night, 109-99, to fall to 13-6 at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope put up 25 points on 9 of 14 shooting for Detroit, while Andre Drummond had 17 points and 10 rebounds to add to his league-leading 587 boards on the season. Reggie Jackson had his own double-double off of 10 points and 11 rebounds in the loss. Despite falling to one of the top teams in the West, the Pistons have established themselves as a legitimate Playoff contender as the midway point of the 2015-16 campaign draws near. Now sitting at seventh place in the East, the team faces more stiff West competition on Saturday night when they host the Golden State Warriors.

Memphis, sixth place in the Western Conference, were dropped by 107-91 by the visiting Houston Rockets on Tuesday night. Marc Gasol led the Grizzlies in scoring with 20 points, while Tony Allen put up 17 points while going 6-for-12 from the paint. The team has found a relative amount of success this season despite possessing a pedestrian offense that sees them record an average of 95.9 points per game, third-worst in the NBA. Mike Conley, the second-leading producer for Memphis with 15.1 points per contest through 36 games played, has missed four straight match-ups with a sore left Achilles. Conley is expected to suit up for Wednesday’s game, the fourth of six at home for Memphis.

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San Antonio Spurs vs. Detroit Pistons

 

The San Antonio Spurs (33-6) will face the Detroit Pistons (21-16) on Tuesday evening. Fanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy basketball competition.  Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $25K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball

Starting Lineup The Spurs come into the contest fresh off a 106-79 shellacking of the Brooklyn Nets on Monday in what was Nets interim head coach Tony Brown’s first game. LaMarcus Aldridge led the way with a performance straight out of his Portland heyday, amassing a 25-point, 11-rebound double-double in which he shot a stellar 12-for-17 from the field. Kawhi Leonard supported Aldridge’s remarkable effort with 17 points and eight rebounds of his own. Veterans Tony Parker and Tim Duncan, whose playing time coach Gregg Popovich is perpetually mindful of, were able to get by with playing 25 and 22 minutes, respectively, in the blowout victory. San Antonio maintains a stranglehold on the Western Conference’s Southwest Division, having opened up a 10.5 game lead over the second-place Dallas Mavericks. The Spurs also come into Detroit riding an eight-game winning streak, equaling their season high. They attack teams from both sides of the ball, as they remain the stingiest defense in the league (89.7 points allowed per game) and sport the best point differential (+13.9), while also boasting the top team field-goal percentage (.491).

The Pistons come into Tuesday on somewhat of a resurgence, having tallied three consecutive victories and four in their last five games. Like San Antonio, they also defeated the hapless Nets in their most recent contest, a 103-89 victory on Saturday. Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson led the way with a pair of 23-point efforts, with the former adding 11 rebounds for one of his trademark double-doubles, and the latter dishing out eight assists and hauling in three boards. Ersan Ilyasova also put together one of his best games since donning a Detroit uniform in the offseason, registering a remarkable 19-point, 13-rebound double-double of his own. Starting small forward Marcus Morris missed the contest against Brooklyn with knee tendinitis, and remains questionable for Tuesday. Rookie Stanley Johnson would receive a second consecutive start in his place if Morris remains sidelined. The Pistons will be attempting to break their third-place logjam with the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference’s Central Division by overcoming the formidable challenge presented by San Antonio.

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Brooklyn Nets vs. Detroit Pistons

 

The Palace of Auburn Hills is the scene for a Saturday night clash between the Brooklyn Nets (10-25) and Detroit Pistons (20-16). Fanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy basketball competition.  Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $25K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball

Starting LineupIf anything, the Nets will be happy to get away from Barclays Center this weekend, as the team has now dropped nine consecutive games at home. Their latest defeat came in a sloppy Friday night effort against the visiting Magic, where they fell 83-77. True to form, Brook Lopez remained a bright spot for the club, leading in points production with 17 while adding 8 rebounds and shooting 6 of 15 from the field. Joe Johnson added 13 points for a Brooklyn club that is struggling to find anything resembling an offensive rhythm in their 2015-16 campaign, where they rank ahead of only the Memphis Grizzlies and Philadelphia 76ers for third worst offense in the league, averaging only 96.4 points per game. The team returns to their home turf all next week for match-ups against the Spurs, Knicks and Trail Blazers.

The Pistons continue to make their case that they are indeed a Playoff calibre team coming out of the East, where they sit in seventh place following a 99-94 road victory over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night. Reggie Jackson led Detroit in points with 24 while making 7 of 8 shots from the free throw line. Andre Drummond had 13 points on the night, but the NBA rebound leader had a rather subdued night off the glass with only 5 rebounds. Drummond is averaging a monster 15.7 boards this season. Stanley Johnson had a double-double off the bench with 11 points and 10 rebounds as the Pistons find themselves a vastly improved unit over last year’s lineup. Detroit play San Antonio, Golden State and Chicago all within the next week.

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Detroit Pistons vs. Boston Celtics

 

The Detroit Pistons (19-16) meet the Boston Celtics  (19-15) in an Eastern Conference showdown on Wednesday evening. Fanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy basketball competition.  Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $10K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball site

Fantasy basketballThe Pistons are coming off of an annihilation of the struggling Magic on Monday night at home, 115-89. All five Detroit starters scored in double digits, with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope leading the charge with 21 points and 6 rebounds, making five three-pointers along the way. Andre Drummond added 17 points and was his usual self off the glass with six offensive and six defensive rebounds (for his 30th double-double on the season). The Pistons find themselves inching towards taking over Indiana for third place in the Central Division, a team they sit only a half game behind. Poised for a push into the Playoff picture as mid-season approaches, the Pistons will need to improve their 7-11 record away from the Palace of Auburn Hills.

The Celtics also recorded a W on Monday as Jae Crowder put in 25 points to lead Boston to a 103-94 victory over the Nets in Brooklyn. The performance was a career-best for Crowder, who also added 6 rebounds and made 7 of 8 shots from the charity stripe. Crowder is averaging 13.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 5.3 assists in the team’s 2015-16 campaign. The Celtics’ leading scorer on the season, Isaiah Thomas, put in 19 points while Evan Turner recorded a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Boston is a better road team than they are at TD Garden, a trend that will be tested in January as the team plays the majority of their games away from home.

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The Orlando Magic (19-15) will face the Detroit Pistons (18-16) at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit. Dominate your competitions with our free to use RotoPicker tool, create the winning fantasy NBA contest lineups for Fanpicks.com

The Orlando Magic look for consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Orlando Magic are averaging 100.1 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allowing 98.7 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Nikola Vucevic is averaging 16.8 points and 8.5 rebounds while Evan Fournier is averaging 14.3 points and 2.6 assists. Tobias Harris is grabbing 7.3 rebounds and Victor Oladipo is dishing 3.9 assists. The Orlando Magic are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 76.9 percent from the free throw line. The Magic are allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 14.4 turnovers per game. The Orlando Magic have split their last 10 road games.

The Detroit Pistons look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Detroit Pistons are averaging 100.8 points on 42.5 percent shooting and allowing 99.7 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Reggie Jackson is averaging 19.9 points and 6.4 assists while Andre Drummond is averaging 18.1 points and 16.1 rebounds. Marcus Morris is grabbing 5.4 rebounds and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is dishing two assists. The Detroit Pistons are shooting 33.1 percent from beyond the arc and 65.5 percent from the free throw line. The Pistons are allowing 33.7 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 14.9 turnovers per game. The Detroit Pistons have won seven of their last 10 home games.

The Magic are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Pistons are 26-10-1 ATS in their last 37 home games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference. The Magic are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Detroit.

Expected Starting Lineups (not confirmed):

Orlando Magic

PG: Elfrid Payton
SG: Evan Fournier
SF: Tobias Harris
PF: Channing Frye
C: Nikola Vucevic

Detroit Pistons

PG: Reggie Jackson
SG: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
SF: Marcus Morris
PF: Ersan Ilyasova
C: Andre Drummond

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