Golden State Warriors vs Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics finally appear to be getting things in order on the defensive end, just in time to welcome the highest-scoring team in the NBA to town. The Celtics will try to earn a fourth win in five games and slow down an offensive juggernaut when they host the Golden State Warriors on Friday (Enter Contest).

Boston surrendered an average of 123 points during a three-game slide but cut that number down to 93.8 in the last four contests, capped by a 90-83 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday. Celtics coach Brad Stevens and All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas were regularly questioning the team’s effort during the losing streak, but that effort appeared on Wednesday in the form of a 53-32 advantage on boards. The Warriors were outrebounded 46-35 on Wednesday at Toronto but erased the deficit by hitting 50.6 percent from the field and burying 13 3-pointers. Golden State is averaging 123.4 points during a five-game winning streak and handed out 30 or more assists in each of the five contests.

ABOUT THE WARRIORS (9-2)

Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry scored 30 or more points in the same game for the first time as teammates in Wednesday’s 127-121 triumph but the best player on the floor may have been Draymond Green. The All-Star forward collected 11 points, seven rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two steals in the win and leads the team in rebounding (9.8), assists (6.9), steals (2.3) and blocks (1.7). The Warriors are the first team since the 1990 Chicago Bulls to hand out 30 or more assists and shoot 50 percent or better from the field in five straight games. Golden State earned a 124-119 double-overtime victory in Boston last season to improve to 24-0 before suffering its first loss the next night in Milwaukee.

ABOUT THE CELTICS (6-5)

Avery Bradley does it all for Boston, and the 6-2 guard grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds on Wednesday. Bradley posted a points-rebounds double-double in three of the last four games. Center Al Horford (concussion) missed the last eight games and there is still no timetable for his return.

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NBA Basketball Game Fantasy Preview

Boston Celtics vs Los Angeles Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers will try to put their locker room issues behind them as well as this record losing season when they host the Boston Celtics Sunday night at the Staples Center. This NBA basketball game fantasy preview is brought you by FanPicks.com. Come PLAY in our Daily Fantasy Basketball contests at FanPicks and get a free chance to win $1 Million dollars!

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The Los Angeles Lakers have dropped 4 of their last 5, but are playing their best basketball of the season. They ended up winning against the Miami Heat in an OT nailbiter. But in reality, winning isn’t the main thing this team needs right now though simply because the higher they finish, the less likley they will get a # 1 overall draft pick. Kobe Bryant’s farewell tour is almost done and it’s really sad to see him wrapped up like a mummy after every game. He will come out playing hard in this game that was traditionally one of the best rivalries in sports.

 

The Boston Celtics come in this game having only lost twice in their last 8 games but with the most recent win standing above any wins this season. They can really brag about beating the Golden State Warriors on the road, simply because it cracked their record of 54 straight home wins. This Celtics squad is doing some impressive stuff, as they’re currently one of the few teams in the NBA who rank simultaneously in pts scored, assists and boards per game. Despite the fact they’ve fallen to the 6th spot in the Eastern Conference the recent weeks, they’re only haf a game behind the Miami Heat that sit in 3rd .

 

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Daily Fantasy Basketball Value Picks

Fanpicks brings you another edition of our Daily Fantasy Basketball Value Picks. It’s never easy assembling your fantasy team, especially with so many games on the schedule. We’re here to help you nail down those big picks by supplying you with value picks that can be the difference between first and last in YOUR contest.

Value Picks

D.J. Augustin $4900 – After posting back-to-back 35+ fantasy point games, Augustin will face a very vulnerable Mavericks squad. The Mavs allowed 133 points to the Kings, so the Nuggets are in a good position here tonight. Of course, Dallas could show it’s grit and play extra hard considering the shellacking they took but the guard is a pretty safe pick with a solid floor.

Shane Larkin $3700When I saw the headline that Larkin would getting the start last week, I immediately penciled him in as my value pick. His ability to shoot, and pass have anchored him to  two 25+ fantasy point fantasy games in those two starts. He’s a little riskier than Augustin, but much cheaper as well.

and once again…

Maurice Harkless $4000 – Since being thrust into the start lineup, the Trail Blazer has been nothing short of impressive scoring over 20 fantasy points in each game. Sacremento has been poor at defending against power forwards all season, and has been the league’s worst over the last 5 contests.

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Boston Celtics vs New York Knicks Fantasy Basketball News – 02-02-16

The Boston Celtics (27-22) will play the host New York Knicks (23-27) at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday. FanPicks has this game on tap for tonight’s DFS action. Come play Fantasy Basketball at fanpicks.com.

Projected Lineup

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The Celtics enters this matchup winning five of their last six games. They last played against the Orlando Magic, who were on an eight-game losing streak, and lost the game 119 to 114. Boston’s offense has been incredible as of late. They are averaging over 113 points per game, in their last ten matchups.  Their success comes from a good distribution of the ball. They rank fifth in the National Basketball Association for assists. This team is one of the few right now that have no superstar among them, but are still able to play good team-basketball.

The Knicks have lost five of their last six games, with their lone win coming against the Phoenix Suns. It’s not going well for them, as they are steadily falling out of out of playoff contention. Their superstar, Carmelo Anthony, is currently out of the lineup; a likely reason why the Knicks are failing miserably to score points. New York is currently 21st in the NBA scoring. It will not get easier for them tonight against the Celtics, who boast one of the best defense in the league. On the bright side, Carmelo is expected to return tonight and they will be playing in their home stadium, Madison Square Gardens.

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Chicago Bulls vs Boston Celtics – 01/22/16 Preview

 

The Boston Celtics (22-21) will host Friday Night the Chicago Bulls (24-17) in this Eastern Conference showdown. The Celtics are the odds favorites to win (line: -3.5). Here is the projected lineup for tonight:

Projected Lineup

Starting Lineup

The Bulls, coming back from an embarrassing lost on Wednesday night to the history-making and defending NBA Champions Golden State 125-94 at home. Derrick Rose led the squad with 29 pts, shooting 12 for 22. Rose, currently the 3rd leading scorer for the team this year is averaging 15.4 points/game. Jimmy Butler added 23 points with 5 rebounds while the rookie Bobby Portis came off the bench and added 16 points with 8 rebounds. Chicago only made one 3pts shot out of 20 attempts and shot for 37% all night. With only 1.5 games ahead of the Pacers in the Central Division, Chicago is losing grip of their 2nd place grip slowly before even travelling to face conference leading Cleveland on Saturday before their 7 game road trip next week. Chicago are 8-9 this season on the road.

The Celtics return home on Friday night from a winless 2 road games after their defeat on Wednesday to division rivals, Toronto Raptors,115-109. Isaiah Thomas led the team with 21 points and 10 assists for his 5th double double of the season. Thomas, with an average of 21.7 pts and 6.7 assists is regarded as one of the most underrated NBA players this season. Avery Bradley added 19 pts whereas Kelly Olynyk recorded 18 pts off the bench. Boston could steer things up this upcoming week with a light schedule against the struggling Orland Magic, 76ers, Wizards and Nuggets.

 

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Young Boston Celtics Ready to Make Move in Atlantic Division for Head Coach Brad Stevens

With the new playoff seeding records will matter most and not division titles. Yes winning the Atlantic Division for an upstart team like the Boston Celtics may be confidence building but it really won’t matter come playoff time. The NBA is moving to a 1-8 conference seeding in the playoffs based on overall records. Division champions will no longer be rewarded with home court in the first round of the playoffs. It’s a pleasant change for NBA fantasy draft one day league GM’s who can actually spend more time researching roster picks than trying to figure out if a team is motivated to play hard late in the regular season.

The goal of the Boston Celtics will be to try and secure a fourth seed in the East and gain home court advantage in the playoffs. A number two seed behind LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers may be a reach but the Celtics behind head coach Brad Stevens have to feel good about the upcoming regular season. For Boston to improve they must shoot the ball better.

From a fantasy viewpoint it is hard to recommend players from this roster. Many starters split time on the court with the second string. Stevens split up the minutes among his roster making it very difficult to add a Celtic to a one day league roster.

Boston Celtics PG: Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Smart

Isaiah Thomas figures to start at the point. In 2014 the much traveled point guard averaged 16 points per game hitting on 42% from the floor. Fantasy basketball draft managers would like to see more than 25.8 minutes per game from this 26 year old. In the playoffs his minutes increased but he shot just 33% from the floor and 16% from three.

Marcus Smart had a scare in a Summer League game in Las Vegas against the Portland Trailblazers. He fell hard on his finger and should be OK by training camp. He is penciled in to come off the bench behind Thomas. The second year player averaged 27 minutes a game but shot just 36.7% from the field. He averaged just eight points a game and dished out three assists. Smart shot well from the field in the four game series against Cleveland in the post season hitting 47.1%. Marcus Smart must shoot well if he is going to get more minutes.

Boston Celtics SG: Avery Bradley, James Young

Bradley is the starter and last season he averaged 14 points a game while hitting on 43% from the field. He saw 31 minutes a game last year. He hit 35.2% from three point distance. Avery Bradley struggled from the field in the playoff series with Cleveland.

James Young in his rookie campaign played just over ten minutes a game and averaged 3 ½ points a game. He too needs to greatly improve his shooting touch hitting just 35% from the field and 25.8% from three. Young saw no minutes in the playoffs.

Boston Celtics SF: Evan Turner, Jae Crowder

Entering his fifth year Evan Turner averaged 9 ½ points a game in the 2014-15 regular season. He made 43% of his shots but just 27.7% from three point distance. Turner had a bad playoff series against Cleveland.

Jae Crowder shot 42% from the floor last year in an average of 20 minutes of floor time. He too struggles from the three point line at 29.3%.

Boston Celtics PF: David Lee, Jared Sullinger

David Lee comes over from Golden St. He was a forgotten man with the Warriors last year. He averaged just 18 minutes a game and 8 points. He wasn’t looked to score much anymore just play defense and rebound. He is a career 9.5 rebound per night guy.

Jared Sullinger averaged 27 minutes during the regular season and averaged 13.3 points a game. He shot 44% from the field and had a very good playoff series against Cleveland by hitting 50% from the floor.

Boston Celtics C: Tyler Zeller, Kelly Olynyk

Tyler Zeller in 21 minutes shot 55% from the field and averaged 10.2 points a game. He is a good free throw shooter making 82% from the floor. From a fantasy perspective it would be better if he can find more time on the court.

Kelly Olynyk averaged 22 minutes a game and hit 47.5% from the field. He put in 10 points a game and grabbed nearly five rebounds. Splitting time with Zeller hurts his value for NBA draft managers.

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