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Giannis Antetokounmpo vs Anthony Davis

Giannis Antetokounmpo racked up 27 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, one block and one 3-pointer in a 121-114 road loss at San Antonio on Sunday. The Spurs game-planned for the MVP front runner and did a good job containing him tonight. “When he gets downhill we have to try to keep him out of the paint,” Spurs center Jakob Poeltl said before the game. “That’s how they really get going, by getting into the paint and kicking out to their three-point shooters. Yeah, It’s going to have to be a team effort on Giannis for sure.” He still racked up a terrific fantasy line, even if his team didn’t get the victory, and continues to hover around top-five value in almost any format.

Anthony Davis (back) returned to action on Sunday, finishing with 15 points, eight rebounds, four assists, one steal, four blocks and three 3s in 21 minutes. AD continues to be a beast even when only on the court for 20-ish minutes, and the Hawks obviously offered a very friendly matchup on Sunday. The four blocks were the most he’s had in a game since early January. Davis has averaged 15.8 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.8 steals, 3.0 blocks and 1.3 triples in his four games so far this month.

Karl-Anthony Towns vs Nikola Jokic

Karl-Anthony Towns (knee) has been upgraded to probable for Tuesday’s game against the Nuggets. Coach Ryan Saunders said that KAT would be a game-time call, but Towns himself said he’ll be good to go for tonight’s game, so we should get official word on his status in a few hours. Assuming he plays, that would likely shift Taj Gibson back to the second unit, and he could be extremely busy with Derrick Rose (elbow), Andrew Wiggins (quad) and Jeff Teague (foot) all questionable.

Nikola Jokic made just 5-of-10 from the field for 16 points during a 122-105 loss to the Warriors on Friday, adding six rebounds, four assists, four steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes. The Warriors continue to really limit Denver when Jokic is on the floor with Jokic’s -29 in this loss. In the previous two, he only had a -22.3 net rating, so that could be something to watch in a playoff matchup. It’ll be a while until we see that and Jokic has been an absolute star in fantasy. He has one more week of a subpar schedule, then Jokic’s 4-4-4 after that could help lead to fantasy titles.

Damian Lillard vs Ben Simmons

Point guard Damian Lillard has been on fire against the Clippers with an average of 31.3 points in three contests versus Los Angeles this season. Lillard scored 18 points against the Suns two nights after exploding for a season-best 51 points during a 129-121 overtime loss against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The 50-point effort was the fifth of Lillard’s career. Lillard (12,540 career points) needs 23 points to pass LaMarcus Aldridge as the second-leading scorer in franchise history. Hall of Famer Clyde Drexler (18,040) is Portland’s all-time leader.

Ben Simmons tallied 15 points (6-10 FG, 3-5 FT), four rebounds, six assists and a steal over 35 minutes Sunday against the Pacers.

Jrue Holiday vs DeMar DeRozan

Guard Jrue Holiday (abdominal strain) is sidelined and will miss Tuesday matchup against the Bucks.

DeMar DeRozan produced 28 points (10-20 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 8-9 FT), six assists, four rebounds, two steals, and one block in 36 minutes during Sunday’s 121-114 victory over Milwaukee.

Luka Doncic vs Kevin Love

Luka Doncic (left knee strain) is questionable for Tuesday vs. the Spurs and was spotted getting treatment to the side of Dallas’ practice. In case you missed it, Doncic said he felt a “pop” during Sunday’s game but it sounds like he escaped with a minor injury. The Mavericks have plenty of incentive to be cautious, so they won’t throw him out there if he’s not at or close to 100 percent.

Kevin Love (rest) will not suit up for Tuesday’s game against the 76ers. It’s the second night of a back-to-back, so Love will get his standard rest day. Larry Nance (ribs) is questionable, so we could see a lot of Ante Zizic and Marquese Chriss tonight, with Zizic offering a bit more upside.

Tobias Harris vs Lauri Markkanen 

Tobias Harris racked up 16 points (7-16 FG, 2-5 3Pt), eight rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block in 35 minutes Sunday against the Pacers.

Lauri Markkanen knocked down three 3-pointers en route to 17 points on Sunday, shooting 6-of-13 from the field to go with six rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal in 26 minutes against the Pistons. Markkanen hasn’t been shooting the ball all that well of late, sitting at just 37% over his last five games. The Bulls losing big against Detroit really limited his ability to have a bigger game, but he still produced a nice line. After producing top-30 fantasy value for much of the last few months, Markkanen has fallen out of the top-100 over the past week of play. Even with these recent struggles, he’s still a must-start player down the stretch.

Tim Hardaway Jr vs CJ McCollum

Tim Hardaway Jr. would see a big boost in value if Doncic is ultimately ruled out. He’s seen a usage bump of +6.4% with Doncic off the court since joining the team on Feb. 6.

C.J. McCollum made 11-of-14 from the field for 26 points during a blowout 127-120 win over the Suns on Saturday, adding three rebounds, four assists, one block, one steal and four 3-pointers in 30 minutes. It was 24-23 at the end of the first, but the Blazers just poured it on with 42 points in the second quarter and 36 in the third. McCollum has caught fire with four 25-plus scoring games over his last five, averaging 23.8 points, 3.2 boards, 3.4 dimes, 0.8 blocks, 0.6 steals and 3.8 treys. He is getting hot at the right time and it looks like he’ll play in 80-plus games for the fourth straight season.

Otto Porter Jr vs Khris Middleton

Otto Porter made 6-of-12 shots (2-of-2 FTs) for 17 points on Sunday against Detroit, adding six rebounds, one assist, one block and three 3-pointers in 26 minutes. Porter was limited to fewer than 30 minutes of action for the first time in four games, in large part because the Bulls got blown out. His move to Chicago has seen him return to the fantasy relevance owners had gotten used to over the past few seasons. Porter has been in the top-10 in nine-category leagues across the last two weeks and is a must-start option when healthy.

Khris Middleton has averaged 6.7 rebounds and added 19 points per game over the last 10 games for Milwaukee.

Jamal Murray vs Eric Bledsoe

Jamal Murray has averaged 16.4 points and 3.4 rebounds while shooting 40.2 percent over the last 10 games for Denver.

Eric Bledsoe had 21 points on Sunday against the San Antonio Spurs.

CJ McCollum vs Lou Williams

The Trail Blazers, who just split a two-game homestand, are beginning a three-game road trip that includes visits to the New Orleans Pelicans and San Antonio Spurs. “It would have been nice to get a little more time at home, but that’s life,” shooting guard CJ McCollum told reporters after practice Monday. “You got to be ready to get back on the road, win a lot of games on the road against tough teams, teams that need every game. We’ve got to make sure we’re ready to play.” McCollum scored 26 points on 11-of-14 shooting Saturday in Portland’s 127-120 victory over the Phoenix Suns. It marked his third straight game with 25 or more points. McCollum is averaging 22.7 points and 6.3 rebounds in three games against the Clippers this season.

Lou Williams put forth one of his best efforts of the season Monday, as he scored 34 points (14-of-21 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs) with five rebounds, five assists and two 3-pointers in 23 minutes. Williams moved past Dell Curry into the top spot on the NBA’s all-time bench points list, as he has 11,148 points to Curry’s 11,147. And Lou Will sat for a significant portion of the fourth quarter, as the Clippers led the Celtics by a comfortable margin. Williams is one reason why the Clippers have won five straight, as he’s averaging 26.0 points, 5.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game during the streak. Over the last two weeks he’s been ranked just outside of the top-100 in nine-category leagues, but over the last week Williams is ranked fourth. It’s fair to say that he’s got it rolling right now.

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Anthony Davis vs LeBron James

Star big man Anthony Davis (15 points in 22 minutes on Monday) is seeing diminished playing time. It all coincide since he demanded a trade. New Orleans has chosen not to play Davis in both games of back-to-back sets and has restricted him to about 20 minutes when he does play.

LeBron James said that despite the Lakers’ fading playoff chances, he does not plan to sit out any games. Following Monday’s bitterly disappointing loss to the Clippers, the Lakers are now 4.5 games out of the eighth seed. As a result, there has been some speculation that L.A. may choose to shut down King James in order to reduce the wear-and-tear on the 34-year old’s body. However, speaking with reporters after Monday’s game, LeBron refuted those rumors. “That would take a lot of convincing from Luke [Walton] on up,” said James. “Unless I’m hurt, I’m not sitting games.”

Joel Embiid vs Karl-Anthony Towns

All-Star center Joel Embiid is expected to miss his seventh straight game when the Philadelphia 76ers visit the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday. Embiid has been ailing with a sore left knee, and the 76ers are 4-2 in his absence.

Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 41 points and 14 rebounds on Tuesday as the Timberwolves pulled within 5 1/5 games of eighth-place San Antonio. Towns is averaging 36.4 points on 60.4 percent shooting and 16 rebounds in five games since returning from a layoff following a car accident.

Nikola Jokic vs Andre Drummond

Nikola Jokic scored 22 points (10-of-14 FGs) with ten rebounds, six assists, two 3-pointers and three turnovers in 39 minutes on Monday against the Spurs. The Joker’s value has been down a bit of late due to an increase in turnovers, but he’s still a top-10 player on the season.

Andre Drummond, has become a defensive force, leading the club in steals and blocks along with being the league’s most prolific rebounder. He has 1025 points, 102 blocks and 100 steals this season, giving him four seasons with 1000+ points, 100+ blocks and 100+ steals. Only two other active players have more than one, as Giannis Antetokounmpo and Anthony Davis have two each.

Bradley Beal vs Kemba Walker

Washington SG Bradley Beal is averaging 32.6 points on 53.2 percent shooting in five games since the All-Star break.

Hornets All-Star PG Kemba Walker handed out a season-high 12 assists on Sunday.

Kyrie Irving vs Jrue Holiday

Kyrie Irving has been the focal point of the Celtics’ dysfunction but had his attitude in check as he and his teammates dismantled the two-time defending champions. Irving hit 7-of-15 shots and two 3-pointers for 19 points, five rebounds, 11 assists and two steals in 30 minutes as the Celtics crushed the Warriors 128-95 in Oracle Arena on Tuesday night.

Jrue Holiday scored 30 points in Monday’s victory as he continue to lead the offense with All-Star Anthony Davis seeing less action on the court.

Ben Simmons vs DeMar DeRozan

Ben Simmons has stepped up his game in Embiid’s absence as well and was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week after averaging 16.7 points, 13.3 rebounds, eight assists, two steals and one blocks over three games last week. In his most recent game in Chicago on February 22, 2018, Simmons scored a career-high 32 points on 72.2-percent shooting (13-of-18). He has posted 32 career games with a field-goal percentage of 70.0 percent or higher, sixth most in the NBA since last season (min. 5 FGA).

Guard DeMar DeRozan and forward LaMarcus Aldridge combined for 46 points and 15 rebounds in the victory, hitting 20-of-36 shots from the field on Monday. DeRozan, the Spurs leading scorer at 21.5 points per game, finished 11-of-19 from the field Monday and in his past nine games is shooting 51.2 percent.

Devin Booker vs Jimmy Butler

Devin Booker ran the show for the Suns in Monday’s win over the Bucks, scoring 22 points (8-of-18 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs) with seven assists, five rebounds, one steal and two 3-pointers. Booker played well in both games against Milwaukee this season, as he accounted for 29 points, seven assists, four rebounds and three steals in Phoenix’s November 23 win in Milwaukee. The sharpshooting guard has improved his percentages over the last two games after going through a stretch of three straight in which he failed to make at least 40% of his shots. Booker’s shooting 44.4% from the field over the last two games.

Jimmy Butler played through his minor back problem again on Tuesday. and hit 5-of-10 shots for 14 points, two rebounds, four assists and three steals in 34 minutes of a 114-106 win over the Magic. This was a pretty disappointing stat line for Butler, who had back-to-back 20-point games coming in, along with a bunch of rebounds, assists, steals and blocks. He just wasn’t a huge factor on offense tonight, as the Sixers entire starting five scored in double figures, and Mike Scott also hit the mark off the bench. Butler will bounce back, not that he was bad tonight. He shot it well, but just wasn’t that involved on the offensive end.

LaMarcus Aldridge vs Rudy Gobert

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 22 points and had key block in the final seconds to help preserve the victory for the Spurs on Monday. 

Gobert scored 19 points and had 19 rebounds on Monday

Zach LaVine vs Donovan Mitchell

Zach LaVine scored 27 points against the Pacers on Tuesday and is averaging 29 over his last four games.

Shooting guard Donovan Mitchell was just 8-of-24 shooting with six turnovers on Monday. Mitchell scored 19 points and missed a late jumper that could have put the Jazz ahead as he failed to reach 20 points for just the second time in the past 25 contests.

John Collins vs Tobias Harris

The Hawks lost on Monday for the second time in three games without forward John Collins (flu-like symptoms). Collins, who traveled with the team to Miami, averages 19.5 points and 9.5 rebounds. He has been upgraded to probable for Wednesday’s game against the Spurs.

Philadelphia SF Tobias Harris scored 21 points Tuesday against Orlando for his seventh straight 20-point performance.

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Pictured: Giannis Antetokounmpo & Anthony Davis
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Anthony Davis vs Giannis Antetokounmpo

All-Star Anthony Davis continued to ride out what’s left of his time with the team either on the bench or on a minute restriction. Davis sat out Saturday and New Orleans still managed to knock off the second-best team in the West with a 120-112 triumph at the Nuggets. Davis is expected back in the lineup on Monday and will be restricted to around 20 minutes.

Milwaukee went with size with its starting backcourt out and started four players – center Brook Lopez and forwards Giannis Antetokounmpo, Ersan Ilyasova and Nikola Mirotic – 6-10 or taller – against the Utah Jazz on Saturday. All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo had a huge game by recording 43 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists.

Jrue Holiday vs Devin Booker

Point guard Jrue Holiday led the way with 29 points on Saturday as New Orleans came from 19 points down against the team with the best home record in the West. “It’s the same thing we do every time we’re down,” Holiday told reporters. “I think we lock in, especially here coming in the first couple of minutes, the first quarter is tough. You just kind of have to get your rhythm and from that point, I think our energy picked up. I think defensively, we executed well.” Holiday scored 20 or more points in four of the last five games and is averaging 21.1.

Phoenix guard Devin Booker told reporters. “A winnable game for us we felt we let go. Coming in today, getting a chance to refocus. Come in, high energy game. Come out and get the win.” Booker scored 20 or more points in each of the last five games. Phoenix earned a 116-114 victory at Milwaukee on Nov. 23 behind 29 points from Booker.

LaMarcus Aldridge vs Rudy Gobert

All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge continues to lead the way and scored 27 points on 10-of-18 shooting while adding 10 rebounds in Saturday’s triumph. Aldridge scored at least 24 points in each of the last three games.

Utah won the first meeting on October 27, beating New Orleans 132-111 to hand the Pelicans their first loss of the season. Rudy Gobert had 25 points and 14 rebounds.

Donovan Mitchell vs D’Angelo Russell

Donovan Mitchell scored a career-high 46 points Saturday against the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Nets will be hoping for some better performances by their starters. D’Angelo Russell was held to 10 points in Saturday’s loss against the Miami Heat.

Nikola Mirotic vs John Collins

Nikola Mirotic made 1-of-7 from the field for three points in a start against the Jazz on Saturday, adding six rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes.

Atlanta, playing without leading star power forward John Collins, still had enough to beat the host Chicago Bulls 123-118 on Sunday. Collins, who leads the Hawks in scoring (19.5) and rebounds (9.5), has an illness and is likely out for the Heat game, too. He did not travel to Chicago.

De’Aaron Fox vs Buddy Hield

De’Aaron Fox has 21 assists and two turnovers over his last two games.

Buddy Hield scored 23 points Friday but needed 19 shots to get there and is 23-of-64 from the floor during Sacramento’s 3 game losing streak.

Trae Young vs Lou Williams

Despite losing star rookie Trae Young to an ejection, Atlanta got past Chicago 123-118 on Sunday in a rematch of the teams’ quadruple-overtime affair two nights earlier. Young had just buried a long 3-pointer to push his total to 18 points early in the third quarter and taunted Bulls guard Kris Dunn, which led to the ejection, but his teammates more than picked up the slack.

Lou Williams went 4-of-14 from the field and 8-of-9 from the line on his way to 18 points in a 128-107 win over the Knicks on Sunday.

Danilo Gallinari vs Khris Middleton

Danilo Gallinari scored 20 points in Saturday’s win and he and Landry Shamet combined for 27 of the team’s 38 points in a dominant first quarter. “It’s tough to play defense against shooters and two or three at the same time is tough,” Gallinari told reporters.

Khris Middleton made 8-of-24 from the field for 29 points against the Jazz on Saturday, adding nine rebounds, six assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

Jamal Murray vs Eric Bledsoe

Jamal Murray scored with 20 points for the Nuggets on Saturday against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Milwaukee was missing its starting backcourt of Eric Bledsoe (back) and Malcolm Brogdon (plantar fasciitis) on Saturday. Bledsoe is still day-to-day and is out against Phoenix.

Josh Richardson vs Spencer Dinwiddie

Josh Richardson made 5-of-12 from the field for 12 points with five rebounds, seven assists and no 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Nets on Saturday.

On Friday, Spencer Dinwiddie returned from missing 14 games with torn ligaments in his right thumb that required surgery and the Nets sustained a 123-112 home loss to Charlotte. A night later, the Nets turned in an uglier performance by shooting 35.2 percent in a 117-88 loss at Miami. 

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NBA Rundown

Wednesday Fantasy Basketball

FanPicks.com has an NBA  rundown to get you ready for live fantasy basketball contests.

Kings vs Cavaliers

The Cleveland Cavaliers are mired in a funk and LeBron James is getting mighty antsy about it. Cleveland dropped five of its last seven games, including Monday’s 124-122 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.

Rockets vs Celtics

The Rockets have been exchanging wins and losses for the past seven games (3-4) and five of the results have been decided by at least 13 points.

Heat vs Nets

The Miami Heat picked up a signature win and found a third star to compliment Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside in a 105-102 triumph over the NBA-best Golden State Warriors on Monday. The Heat will try to push their season-best winning streak to five straight against the Brooklyn Nets.

Hawks vs Bulls

The Atlanta Hawks steamrolled over the Chicago Bulls for three quarters on Friday. They are now set to meet for a third time this season. Chicago’s reserves played a dominating fourth quarter to significantly close the gap as Atlanta claimed a 102-93 decision.

76ers vs Bucks

The Philadelphia 76ers continue to make stunning strides and look to lasso their 10th victory in 13 contests versus the Milwaukee Bucks. The 76ers will be without star center Joel Embiid (knee) for the second straight night, but his absence didn’t prevent the club from posting a 121-110 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.

Raptors vs Grizzlies

The Memphis Grizzlies have had plenty of time to stew over their most lopsided home loss of the season. Legs should be fresh for their matchup with the Toronto Raptors. The Canadian team is coming off a 108-106 home loss to San Antonio on Tuesday and have lost three straight on the second half of back-to-backs.

Thunder vs Pelicans

The New Orleans Pelicans managed to earn a win without All-Star forward Anthony Davis on Monday but would prefer to have their best player available on Wednesday. Davis would serve as the last line of defense against Russell Westbrook’s drives to the basket.

Warriors vs Hornets

The Golden State Warriors haven’t dropped back-to-back regular-season games since April 2015 and will put that streak on the line against the Charlotte Hornets. The Warriors had their latest winning streak end at seven straight in a 105-102 setback at Miami on Monday.

Knicks vs Mavericks

The New York Knicks finally managed to pull out a close game on Monday, though it probably never should have gotten tight at the end in the first place. The Knicks will try to build a lead and maintain it throughout the fourth quarter this time versus the Dallas Mavericks.

Lakers vs Trail Blazers

The Los Angeles Lakers are coming off the worst loss in franchise history. They were routed 122-73 by the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday, and the 49-point margin of defeat marked their second 40-point loss during a stretch in which they have suffered six defeats in the last seven games.

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Wednesday Cash Draft Basketball Preview

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Raptors vs 76ers

The Toronto Raptors may receive a challenge from a team they typically pummel. Toronto will be seeking its 15th consecutive win over the 76ers, but Philadelphia is showing signs of progress with six victories in its last eight games.

Grizzlies vs Wizards

The Washington Wizards are riding their home dominance up the standings in the Eastern Conference and aim for their 13th straight win in front of the home fans. The Wizards are trying to sweep a three-game homestand after beating Philadelphia and Portland by a combined 35 points.

Trail Blazers vs Hornets

The Charlotte Hornets got off to a superb start this season but a prolonged slump caused them to dip below .500. Charlotte will look to get back to the break-even mark and halt a five-game losing streak against the Trail Blazers.

Knicks vs Celtics

Isaiah Thomas looks to continue his torrid pace and the Boston Celtics will try to match their longest winning streak of the season. Thomas led the Celtics to their third straight win with another remarkable fourth-quarter burst.

Magic vs Pelicans

The New Orleans Pelicans did not do as well as they wanted on their five-game road trip and come home with star power forward Anthony Davis banged up. The Pelicans hope to have their star back in the lineup against the Orlando Magic.

Bucks vs Rockets

James Harden attempts to add to his triple-double count, as well as help Houston break out of a minor funk. The Rockets have dropped three of their last four games, including Tuesday’s 109-103 loss to Miami despite Harden’s 40 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.

Hawks vs Pistons

Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy sat through a three-hour meeting with owner Tom Gores on Saturday and came out of it with the organization on the same page from the top down, despite some disappointing results. Van Gundy will try to thank his boss for the support with a second straight win, as they host the Hawks.

Thunder vs Warriors

When the Golden State Warriors put everything together, they look positively unbeatable. The Oklahoma City Thunder already saw that type of performance once from the Warriors and will try to disrupt the rhythm with star Russell Westbrook going up against former teammate Kevin Durant.

Pacers vs Kings

The Sacramento Kings are failing to take care of business on a seven-game homestand and look to end it with a victory against the Indiana Pacers. The Kings are just 1-5 entering the finale of the long home set and then embark on an eight-game road trip that may decide whether or not they remain in range of a Western Conference playoff spot.

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New Orleans Pelicans vs Golden State Warriors

Fantasy Basketball Preview

Stephen Curry’s record breaking Golden State Warriors will be hoping to push their home game winning streak Monday night when hosting the struggling New Orleans Pelicans at Oracle Arena. Come sign up and play some Fantasy Basketball at FanPicks to get free chance to win $1 Million dollars!

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The Warriors are coming back from a tough game this weekend at home against the Phoenix Suns. If it wasn’t for Stephen Curry’s 15 pts in the last quarter, their home game winning streak would’ve stopped at 47. The league MVP drained 15 of his game high 35 pts in the final minutes of the contest, despite entering the final quarter with a 9 point deficit. His “Splash brother” Klay Thompson added 20 pts, 6 boards, 3 assists and a steal . Their big man Draymond Green had a solid game as well adding 19 pts, 4 boards and 6 assists, 2 steals and a block. The real standout during this game was Mareese Speights who nearly posted a double double in 18 minutes of play with 25 pts, 9 boards, 2 steals and a block. The Warriors are 30-0 at home and are huge favorites to make it 31-0, having won the past 2 games against the Pelicans this year. They have not lost since their upset lost in L.A to the Lakers last Sunday.

Despite their near perfect season, they haven’t clinched the Western Conference standing just 3.5 games ahead of the solid and experienced San Antonio Spurs.

 

New Orleans is in a complete struggle having only won one game out of their last 8. They’re unfortunately terrible on the road, having only won 7 games and lost 26. They will only be counting on their big man Anthony Davis to outperform everyone and capitalize on the Warriors’ rare mistakes. The Pelicans are in deep trouble, as their playoff contentions are fading going into this game trailing 8th seed Dallas Mavericks by 8.5 games with 17 games left.

 

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NBA Fantasy Weekend Leaders

 

This was an exciting weekend in the Fantasy NBA world. A couple of NBA players hit fantasy numbers that we have not seen the likes of this season. When a heavy hitter like that generates such huge numbers, it is essential to have that pick or you are immediately out of contention in your NBA Daily Fantasy Tournament. Sometimes its just luck, but keep in mind, even though a player has not been hitting huge numbers recently, if he is the key man on a team, he always has potential to generate some big fantasy value.

 

Damian Lillard started things off on Friday with a huge game that led to a big win over the Warriors. He was hot from the outside shooting 9 for 12 from the three point line, racking up a total of 51 game points. He added on to that 7 assists and 6 steals for a total of 52 fantasy points, a rare occurrence of a player breaking that 50 point barrier.

 

However, he was not the only one to put up big numbers on Friday. Demarcus Cousins put up 49 fantasy points of his own as the Kings won against the Nuggets. While Lillard generated his value with threes, Cousins did so in the paint putting up 37 points with 20 rebounds for a huge double double.

 

Russell Westbrook provided similar value, but in a different way than each of the other two. He only scored 23 game points but he matched that with 18 assists on his way to a total of 42 fantasy points. If you just happened to put these three players in the same lineup, chances are you were in the money no matter who you picked at the rest of your positions.

 

For the rest of thew weekend only one player was able to exceed that 40 point barrier on each day. On Saturday that player was Hassan Whiteside for a big win for the Heat over the Wizards. Whiteside had a similar game to Cousins the day before. He had a big double double with points and rebounds putting up 25 game points and 23 rebounds. All in all he had 42.5 fantasy points.

 

But the real show happened on Sunday as Anthony Davis racked up the largest fantasy point total of any player so far this season and became the first player to break the 60 fantasy point barrier. He was 24 for 34 from inside the arch putting up a total of 59 game points out of his teams total 111 points for the day. Additionally, he had 4 assists and 20 rebounds for his groundbreaking total of 66.5 fantasy points. The next closest from this season was Draymond Green when he put up 56.5 fantasy points with a triple double on January 2nd.

 

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| PlayerName       |   Points   | Assists | Rebounds | Steals | FantasyPoints |

+——————-+———-+———+————-+———-+—————+

| Anthony Davis     |      59 |           4 |           20 |            0 |             66.5 |

| Damian Lillard     |      51 |           7 |             0 |            6 |               52 |

| DeMarcus Cousins |   37 |           2 |            20 |           1 |                49 |

| Hassan Whiteside |     25 |          0 |            23 |          0 |              42.5 |

| Russell Westbrook |    23 |        18 |             3 |            2 |               42 |

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New Orleans Pelicans vs Oklahoma City Thunder  Fantasy Basketball Preview – 02/11/16

The New Orleans Pelicans (20-32) will travel to Oklahoma Thursday night at the Chesapeake Energy Arena to battle the Oklahoma City Thunder (39-14). FanPicks.com has this Fantasy Basketball game on tap for tonight’s DFS action. Here are the latest Fantasy Basketball preview:

Projected Lineup

Starting Lineup

The New Orleans Pelicans come into this matchup on a 2 game winning streak. Their latest victory was on Wednesday against the Utah Jazz, 100-96. Jrue Holiday had an incredible game coming off the bench with 21 pts, 6 boards, 9 assists and has proven to be a crucial sixth man for the team this season. All star Anthony Davis added 19 pts, 5 assists and 4 boards shooting from the field 7 of 15. Davis has been shining this seasons averaging 23.5 pts and 10.2 boards per game. Alexis Ajinca also added 11 boards coming from the bench with 8 pts. Tyreke Evans missed his 8 straight game with fears that he may need a knee surgery which will end his season unfortunately. New Orleans sits in the 12th spot in the Western Conference and will definitely need a constant solid second half of the season if they have any hopes of clinching a low seed for the Playoffs.

 

The Thunder have bounced back from their tough loss to league leading and defending champions Golden State Warriors with a convincing 122-106 win on the road on Monday against the Suns in Phoenix. Kevin Durant, always consistent, added 32 pts, with 6 boards and 3 assists. His dynamic duo partner, Russell Westbrook tallied with 29 pts, 8 assists and 8 boards. KD ranks thrd in points scored this season behind Stephen Curry and his old teammate James Harden, averaging 27.8 pts per game. Big man Dion Waiters finished the game with 15 pts and 4 assists. OKC has a firm lock on the 3rd spot of the Western Conference. The All Star Break will surely help them to rest and prepare as they host tough opponents in the second half of this month.

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New Orleans Pelicans vs Cleveland Cavaliers Fantasy Basketball News – 02-06-16

The Pelicans (18-31) will travel to Cleveland (35-14) Saturday night at the Quicken Loans Arena to battle the Cavaliers. The Cavs are odd favourite (-9.5). FanPicks has this game on tap for tonight’s DFS action. Come play Fantasy Basketball at fanpicks.com.

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New Orleans lost a heartbreaker this past Thursday at the hands of the struggling Lakers, 99-96 despite a great performance from Anthony Davis. Davis 39 pts and 11 boards led the charge. Jrue Holiday added a big 19 pts and 9 boards off the bench. The Pelicans will be hop come to terms with the reality that they will likely finish the season as a lottery team. Unfortunately for the Pelicans, their guard Tyreke Evans missed 5 straight games and there’s still no approximate timetable on his return.

The Cavs are settling well with their new coach Tyronn Lue despite a 2 game losing skid. The latest defeat Friday night came to the Celtics 104-103 in a nail biter. It was only the Cavs’ 4th home loss of the season. LeBron James led the squad with 30 pts, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. J.R Smith 20 pts 5 triples. Kevin Love had to leave the game with an injury in the 3rd quarter while Kyrie Irving added a solid 19pts on the board. The Cavs are just a game and a half ahead of the Raptors in the lead for the Eastern Conference.

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Milwaukee Bucks vs New Orleans Pelicans – 01/23/16 Preview

Two young teams with a lot of potential will meet this Saturday night in New Orleans as the Milwaukee Bucks (19-26) face the Pelicans (15-27). The Pelicans are the odd favorites to win (line: -6.5). Play the most exciting daily fantasy basketball contest, including the newest Point Spread  and $10K Grand Action contests only at Fanpicks the premiere daily fantasy sports site.

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The Bucks were on a 3 game winning streak going into Houston but got defeated by the Rockets in a nailbiter, 102-98. The Bucks saw all of their starters with double digits scoring, including team-leading performances by Greg Monroe and Khris Middleton, both finishing with 21 points. Middleton currently averages 17.6 points per game and emerging as a team leader. Michael Carter-Williams and Jabari Parker both had double-doubles. The Bucks despite their recent upswing remain last in the Central DivisionMilwaukee struggled from beyond the arc, making only three shots from downtown. The Bucks remain dead last in the Central Division despite their recent upswing.

 

Currently in 5th in the Southwest Division, the Pelicans have been somewhat bouncing back lately with 4 wins in their last 5 outings. Their latest victory was a satisfying 115-99 home win against the Pistons on Thursday night where Anthony Davis recorded a team-high 32 pts, with 7 rebounds. Davis is currently averaging 23.4 points and 10.4 rebounds this season. Tyreke Evans had a double-double with 22 pts and 10 assists, while Ryan Anderson came off the bench for 13 pts moving the Pelicans to a 10-9 record at home. The Pelicans may be hitting their stride at the best moment as their next 5 games will be at home.

 

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T-Wolves vs Pelicans

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The Minnesota Timberwolves (13-29) pay a visit to the Smoothie King Center to take on the New Orleans Pelicans (13-27) on Tuesday. 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

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Minnesota will try to put an end to their 6 game road losing streak and build on last Sunday’s win over the Phoenix Suns. It marked the Timberwolves 2nd highest scoring tally of the season. Ricky Rubio and Andrew Wiggins led with a pair of 18-point efforts, while standout rookie Karl-Anthony Towns scored 14 points and 8 rebounds. 4 of Minnesota’s reserves, Gorgui Dieng, Shabazz Muhammad, Zach LaVine and Kevin Martin, posted double-digit scoring. The blowout win snapped their 9 game losing streak.

 

The Pelicans have improved recently. After a stretch in which they lost 6 of 7 games, New Orleans bounced back with consecutive victories over the Sacramento Kings and Charlotte Hornets. Monday, they suffered a heartbreaking 101-99 defeat at the hands of the Memphis Grizzlies. Despite the loss, they’ve showed a lot of good stuff that stretch. During pre-game warmups, Tyreke Evans experienced some knee soreness and missed the Grizzlies contest, leaving Norris Cole and Jrue Holiday to man the point. Holiday registered 23 points and 9 assists. Anthony Davis collected 21 points and 8 rebounds. If Evans is unable to take the floor again, Cole should receive the start with Holiday filling in as back up.

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Charlotte Hornets  vs. New Orleans Pelicans

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The Charlotte Hornets (18-20) will be hosted by the New Orleans Pelicans (12-26) on Friday 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 LineupThe Hornets finally were able to get a quality win on Wednesday, snapping a seven-game losing streak. It was their first victory in the new year, defeating the Hawks 107-84. During their skid, the Hornets fell to last place in the Southeast Division. While the Hornets are a dreadful 4-13 on the road this season, they get to travel to New Orleans, who has a 7-9 mark at home this year. In Wednesday’s win, Jeremy Lamb was forced to leave the game after he sprained his right big toe. His status for Friday is still up in the air and likely won’t be made until game-time. The Hornets will look to sure up their defense if they want to continue their winning ways, as they haven’t beat a team who has shot over 42 percent since Nov. 23.

There is good news for the Hornets, the Pelicans have been shooting just under 40 percent in their past four games, which has resulted in a 1-3 record. The ended their three-game road trip on a high note, defeating the Kings 109-97 on Wednesday night. Anthony Davis and Eric Gordon led the way in the win, each contributed 24 points. It was Davis’ first game back after a two-game absence due to a lower-back contusion. With Davis back in the lineup, Ryan Anderson is now back on the bench. He scored 18 in his bench-role on Wednesday, which was more points than he had in either of his two starts. Tyreke Evans is questionable for Friday’s game after leaving Wednesday’s game in the first quarter with due to tendinitis in his right knee. The Hornets and Pelicans have split their matchups evenly the past two seasons.

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Indiana Pacers vs. New Orleans Pelicans

 

The Indiana Pacers (20-15) will be hosted by the New Orleans Pelicans (11-23) at the Smoothie King Center on Friday 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

Starting Lineup After suffering an overtime loss to the Heat on Monday night, the Pacers bounced back in Orlando, defeating the Magic 95-86 on Wednesday. Paul George had a game-high 20 points (5-13 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 9-9 FT), along with seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals in just under 36 minutes. George Hill, who missed Monday’s loss due to food poisoning, was back in the starting lineup Wednesday and contributed 16 points (5-9 FG, 3-3 3Pt, 3-3 FT), three rebounds, three assists, and a steal in 34 minutes. The Pacers haven’t lost to Pelicans since April 3, 2011 and will look to keep the streak alive on Friday night.

The Pelicans defeated the Mavericks on Saturday, but fell short in their rematch on Wednesday night, losing 100-91. It was a poor showing from the Pelicans, who lost to a Dallas team who only played 10 players, resting four of their regular starters. Even in the loss, Anthony Davis had a great showing with 26 points (11-25 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 4-5 FT), 12 rebounds, seven assists, three blocks, and two steals in 42 minutes. Tyreke Evans, who returned to the court after missing Saturday’s win, contributed 16 points (6-12 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 3-4 FT), nine rebounds, five assists, and two steals in 35 minutes. Three-point specialist Ryan Anderson has been shaky of late, going 3-for-19 from beyond the arc in the past four games. With a win on Friday, the Pelicans will improve to .500 at home this season with an 8-8 mark.

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