- Giannis Antetokounmpo – Milwaukee Bucks
- James Harden – Houston Rockets
- LeBron James – Los Angeles Lakers
- Anthony Davis – Los Angeles Lakers
- Goran Dragic – Miami Heat
- Jimmy Butler – Miami Heat
- Khris Middleton – Milwaukee Bucks
- Eric Gordon – Houston Rockets
- Bam Adebayo – Miami Heat
- Russell Westbrook – Houston Rockets
- Tyler Herro – Miami Heat
- Brook Lopez – Milwaukee Bucks
- Jeff Green – Houston Rockets
- Robert Covington – Houston Rockets
- Danuel House Jr – Houston Rockets
- Jae Crowder – Miami Heat
- Eric Bledsoe – Milwaukee Bucks
- P.J. Tucker – Houston Rockets
- Dwight Howard – Los Angeles Lakers
- George Hill – Milwaukee Bucks
NBA Free Agency & Trades
NBA free agency and the trades this week have been on a full swing. With hundreds of millions of dollars being currently spent, there’s still a lot more to come with moving parts to board. FanPicks (click to play) breakdowns this week’s madness in Free Agency signings and Trades in the NBA!
Kevin Durant joins the Golden State Warriors
One of the biggest off season and trade frenzy question was answered Monday morning when Kevin Durant announced that he was leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder to arch Western Conference rivals Golden State Warriors. Durant’s formal introduction at Oracle Arena Thursday confirmed OKC’s fans’ nightmare as the face of their franchise moved on.
The MVP of the 2013-2014 season and 4 time NBA scoring leader joined the team of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. This is a gigantic earthquake that has shaken the NBA this week! A few weeks after losing in seven games against the Warriors, Kevin Durant decided to join them!
Dwayne Wade joins the Chicago Bulls
A leap in the salary cap has caused teams to hand out record amounts of money for players this time of the year in the NBA Free Agency Frenzy.
Dwyane Wade chose to leave the Miami Heat to join the Chicago Bulls. Wade, 34, was upset the lack of consideration of the Heat’s management. With this deal worth $47.5 million for 2 years, it will be interesting how the Bulls will cope with Wade’s experience and leadership after losing stars Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah.
He has been with the team since 2003 and won 3 NBA Championships during his amazing run.
Joakim Noah joins the New York Knicks
The French-American became officially a player of the New York Knicks after serving 9 seasons with the Chicago Bulls.
Noah, 31, signed a four-year contract with the famous New York franchise, valued at $70 million. He was apparently on the list of players that they’ve been wanting to recruit for a long time.
He will be alongside his former teammate Derrick Rose and close friend Carmelo Anthony.
With Pau Gasol leaving the Bulls for the San Antonio Spurs last week, many other top free agents are up for grabs.
Don’t forget to check our blog for the latest news on this NBA Free Agent Frenzy with the market still hot after this frantic week in the NBA.
Fantasy NBA Basketball Playoffs Game 7 Preview
Well this is it. The ultimate and last game of the 2015-2016 in the best possible win or go home scenario any NBA fans could imagine. This Fantasy NBA Basketball Playoffs Game 7 Preview is brought you by FanPicks where you can participate in the only available Fantasy Cross Sports contests. Will the Cavs go for a 3rd win in a row in the tough Oracle arena this Sunday or it
The suspense and intensity nearing this matchup couldn’t get any higher. Will the Golden State Warriors find a way to end the Cavaliers momentum and scare of being the first team in NBA Finals history to bust a 3-1 advantage? Or will the Cavaliers be able to make an historic comeback and shut down many critics by winning its first ever title?
The pressure is immense for both teams but a defeat, despite having an exceptional record breaking season for the Golden State Warriors will be a dagger in their heart.
On another note, this is the closest Cleveland fans have come to a championship in 52 years. The city championship drought in all sports can come to an end of the Cavaliers keep the same momentum they’ve had the past 2 games.
The Warriors however have been on the brink of winning a back to back championship for 2 games in a row and the pressure in not becoming the team who blew a 3-1 lead in NBA Finals after exceeding expectations all year long.
This will be none other than a classic matchup between the 2 NBA super stardoms, Lebron James and Stephen Curry. The past 2 games have been very different from the previous 3, with shots not falling for the defending champs at the same rate as the regular season and most of the postseason.
All Warriors have expressed the extreme disappointment they’d feel if they were unable to as champs, so look for them to come out focus and flying today.
Despite Curry putting 30 pts in Game 6, James poured in 41 pts for the 2nd straight contest. This ecstatic performance made Lebron joined the elite group of Jerry West, Michael Jordan, Rick Barry and Shaquille O’Neal as the only players ever to score 40 more points in consecutive games.
However, for the Cavs, the real threat comes not only from the Splash Brothers Curry and Thompson, but dominance from Draymond Green and the bench at times makes it an heavier task to overcome.
The Warriors definitely know all about overcoming a 3-1 deficit after defeating miraculously the Thunder in the Western Finals in 7 games. The composure and output from everyone on the team is critical at this point.
The bench has to perform the same way they did all throughout the season as well as early playoff games to stop the Cavaliers at this rate. With Draymond Green missing game 5 and Andrew Bogut out on a season adversity, Steve Kerr’s squad will have to play like champions to retain their crown and put an end to the Cavaliers’ tenacy and hunger for a win.
Look for this game to be a tight game but with the Warriors taking advantage of their depth and home court advantage to finish off a spectacular year.
NBA Finals Fantasy Game 1 Recap
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Warriors
The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors began their NBA Finals rematch this past thursday at the Oracle Arena. With the Cavaliers coming into this game with the best postseason record thus far (12-2) and outscoring opponents by a combined 177 pts, Game 1’s result was quite a surprise and unusual for NBA Fans.
Not only that the season record breaking Golden State Warriors took game 1 to the Cavaliers, 104-89, in comfortable fashion, the fact that Stephen Curry and and Klay Thompson struggled throughout the game will raise many questions to the Cavs.
The response from the bench when both Splash Brothers were unable to make their presence felt was nothing but astounding.
Shaun Livingston put up some impressive numbers in game 1 with a career playoff high of 20 pts. He went 8 for 10 from the field with 4 boards and 3 assists.
The Cavaliers just couldn’t cope with the Warriors’ reserve unit which outscored their opponent’s bench 45-11.
Leandro Barbosa’s 11 pts and Andre Iguodala’s tough defense against the Lebron James were quite impressive.
Iguodala, last season’s NBA Finals MVP definitely picked up where he left off against the Cavaliers’ large forward. He made James do a number a mistakes and bad shots. He was able to also to contribute offensively with 12 pts with 7 boards and 6 assists. The size advantage of James on Iguodala is quite huge and its hard to believe how well the Warriors’ player is coping with it without drawing many fouls. A mix of experience and smart defending is key in his matchup to slow down James’ dominance in the game.
The Cavaliers only shot 33% from long range and 38% from the field but its really the cold streak of certain of their players that stepped up in the early series.
With the Warriors extremely difficult to beat at the Oracle Arena, the key games the Cavaliers should be focusing on winning are games 3 to 5. This could shift momentum in the series and keep them on pace for what could maybe be a 7 game series.
Fantasy NBA Playoffs
Western Conference Finals Preview
With many fans in the basketball world questioning Golden State Warriors’ title defense without their MVP Stephen Curry full form. However, most of these doubts have been put aside following their commanding route of the Trail Blazers last week in Curry’s heroic 40 pts comeback performance. But one of the main questions all year long was clearly on the capability of San Antonio or OKC’s depth to take on the Warriors in postseason. With the Thunder disposing of the Spurs, all those questions will be answered within the next 2 weeks. This Fantasy NBA Playoffs preview of the Western Conference finals is brought to you by FanPicks. Come play Fantasy Basketball during the NBA playoffs with tons of prizes up for grabs.
This will be only the 3rd time that OKC and Warriors meet in the playoffs but never in recent years. But this series is special and you could see it when both teams played back in February 27th in a game that can be referred as the game of the year.
The stakes are completely different now with the Thunder hungrier than ever and the Warriors absolutely wanting to defend their title after a record winning regular season.
Oklahoma has been showing some signs of growth and confidence that we haven’t seen since their 2011-2012 road to the finals before losing to the Heat. This is actually their 4th trip in 6 years to the Conference finals but only made it out to the finals that year.
Golden State swept the Thunder this season 3-0 and with a healthy Curry, it will be extremely difficult for them to upset the defending champions.
With all the last 3 MVPs and NBA scoring champions featuring in this series, all eyes will be set on them to outperform one another. The only difference is that this time, compare to the prior matchups, the Thunder will be having consistent help from Enes Kanter and Steven Adams. Their help in offensive rebounding and solid front court play gave them an edge on the Spurs.
With both of those players playing together 5 minutes against 66 during the semi finals, look out for them to put up some awesome Fantasy points on the board.
Of course the Warriors have Draymond Green and Klay Thompson that could do damage offensively from almost anywhere with Curry’s play making. Andre Iguodala will be a huge defensive piece of the defense puzzle to slow down Durant who averages 36.3 pts against Western Conference opponets.
Fantasy Basketball MVP
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry became the first unanimous NBA fantasy basketball MVP (Most Valuable Player) on Tuesday, winning the prestigious award for a second straight season. Join FanPicks and play fantasy basketball for cash and prizes!! Click to join
Curry swept all 131 first-place votes, consisting of the 130 from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters and one from the Kia MVP fan vote. San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard turned second in the voting, followed by Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James.
A news conference announcing the award is scheduled for 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday in Oakland, California. The Warriors came back there after Monday’s Game 4 win in Portland, where Curry had accumulated 40 points, with 17 coming in overtime.
Curry was an overwhelming favorite to repeat as the league MVP since the Warriors’ record-setting 24-0 start to the season, breaking the previous record for best start to a season by nine wins. They’ve finished the season with a 73-9 mark that eclipsed the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ 72-10 record, as the most victorious single-season in NBA history.
Shaquille O’Neal and LeBron James both fell one vote shy of unanimous selection in 2000 and 2013, respectively. Curry joins Tom Brady (2010 NFL MVP) and Wayne Gretzky (1982 Hart Trophy winner) as the only unanimous MVP’s in their respective leagues. There have been 17 unanimous MVPs in MLB history, the latest being Bryce Harper as the NL MVP last season.
Curry is the first player in NBA history, at any position, to average 30 points per game in less than 35 minutes per game over a full season. He also shattered his own single-season record for 3-pointers made with 402. His previous record was 286 last year. The “Golden Boy” joins Steve Nash and his coach, Steve Kerr, as the only players in league history to shoot at least 50 percent from the floor, 45 percent from 3-point range and 90 percent from the line in a single-season.
The 28-year-old is the 11th player to win back-to-back fantasy basketball MVP awards in the NBA’s 70-years existence. James was the last to achieve this feat in 2012 and 2013.
Fantasy Playoffs Basketball Preview
Pacers vs Raptors Game 7
In this must win highly anticipated matchup between the Indiana Pacers and the Toronto Raptors, a lot of emotions will be running in both camps at the Air Canada Center. This Fantasy Playoffs Basketball Preview is brought you by FanPicks. Come PLAY in our Daily Fantasy Basketball contests and get a free chance to win $1 Million dollars!
The Raptors have been disappointing this 1st round of playoffs and come in this game pumped, hoping to snap their first round series losing streak. They’re on verge of getting knocked out for the 4th straight time in the first round of NBA playoffs basketball, and it would be such of shame after this record winning regular season and talented squad’s efforts. Unfortunately for the Raptors, their two top players DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry are struggling at the worst potential time. Even though they’ve received some extra surprising efforts from Bismack Biyombo who’s 8 or more boards per game in 4 straight contests could help their resurgence. Defense has been a key indicator in every wins in this series, as the winning team has always scored at least 100 Pts. The Raptors are favorite in this one statically speaking and on paper, however we’ve seen them have ridiculous issues in previous Game 7 matchups.
Indiana has really surprised everyone and rocked the odds in this series. They took care of business on home court and have been playing exceptionally well in defense. A matter fact, they were able to hold Toronto to only 37% shooting from the field and a mere 39 pts in last game’s 2nd half. All of their starters were in double digit scoring figures in their win. Paul George’s playoff comeback has been very effective and his peers Monta Ellis, Myles Turner and George Hill have all stepped up in their nothing to lose approach to the game.
Fantasy Basketball Thunder vs Spurs
Game 1 Preview
The Oklahoma City Thunder will travel to the tough AT&T Center to face the San Antonio Spurs in the first game of this highly anticipated rivalry between 2 of the top teams in the league and potential championship contenders. This Fantasy Basketball Thunder vs Spurs Game 1 Preview is brought you by Fanpicks. Come PLAY in our Daily Fantasy Basketball contests at FanPicks and get a free chance to win $1 Million dollars!
The 2nd ranked San Antonio pretty much swept the Grizzlies in a commanding fashion as expected. They’re coming off a full week of rest and ready to head back into back after posting their 7th series swept in 9 years. The league’s Defensive Player of the Year, Kawhi Leonard had a tremendous first round. He was not only a threat offensively but was also impressive in the rebounding section, constantly making him a fantasy lineup sure shot. His French peer, Tony Parker was also solid from the field with his mix of speed and dribbling. their big man LaMarcus Aldridge ended up the series on a double-double note and averages 14.5 pts with 8 boards a game. It seems like he’s found his Trail Blazers’ rhythm and fits right in with the Spurs. This could be extremely menacing for the Thunder as well as the defending champions, Golden State Warriors.
The Thunder finished off the Dallas Mavericks this past Monday to end the series in 5 games. This will be the first time that Oklahoma City advances to the Semifinals in 2 years. Russell Westbrook has been putting up MVP numbers this year and even in the series against the Mavs. His sidekick, Kevin Durant is as consistent as it gets. Westbrook finished off Monday with 36 pts, 12 boards and 9 assists and frequently posts near triple double numbers. Durant finished with 33 pts on monday with 7 boards. Durant and Westbrook are ranked 4th and 5th in the postseason scoring race with each averaging around 26 pts. They’ve had some help as well from Steven Adam who recorded a double double too. This will be the first time that both teams meet since 2014 when they lost the series 4-2 against the Spurs in the Conference Finals. The season series is split at 2-2 and this series will be one hell of a show.
Stephen Curry Injury Update
With the news that Stephen Curry has a sprained MCL and will be reevaluated in two weeks, this will likely shake up many predictions, assumptions and outcome of this year’s NBA Playoffs. Our writers at FanPicks put this article together to have more insights and implications on the Stephen Curry Injury Update situation.
Earlier today, the news broke out after Stephen Curry’s MRI that he would be unavailable for the next 2 weeks on the court. This is not a small story. Actually, it’s quite a shocker while Warriors’ fans and many NBA playoffs viewers would’ve loved to see him go 100% as the Warriors continue their march towards history.
Curry the league’s current MVP and best player is a victim of those ill-timed injuries that other top players like Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Garnett, Kyrie Irving and dozens of other huge names whose injuries clearly titled championship odds of their teams.
If this injury is prolonged, he will likely be less than a 100% on his return and facing teams like the Thunder or the Spurs will put their championship odds in serious jeopardy.
Many people may blame their physical fatigue in their quest to 73 regular season wins but in other circumstances, good for them and good call from Steve Kerr to rest his players for the playoffs like Gregg Popovich.
In this situation, sadly, injury prevention was actually not able to play a factor in this scary slip. A matter fact, it was surprising how so many people around the league, fans and his own players obviously, worried about Curry’s health.
No one wanted and wished to see this but this is what high level competition is about. The adversity and relentlessness of the Warriors will be tested from now on and Draymond Green will have to carry the team with some help from Klay Thompson and the solid Warriors’ core.
Daily Fantasy NBA Basketball Projections
Courtside Watch – April 24th
The NBA playoffs continues with 2 Western conference Game fours and 2 Eastern conference. The Spurs and the Cavs can sweep their series while defending champions Golden State and the Atlanta Hawks can take a commanding 3-1 lead in their series and head home for the game 5. The first matchup sets the record breaking San Antonio Spurs against the Memphis Grizzlies followed by another Western Conference matchup with the Houston Rockets hosting the Warriors. At 5PM, the Atlanta Hawks will be battling the Boston Celtics and hoping to go 3-1 up before Lebron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers will try to sweep the Detroit Pistons. FanPicks is proud to bring you these daily fantasy NBA basketball projections. The top 20 best performers of all 4 games are featured in these fantasy basketball projections, giving you an edge in all our fantasy basketball contests.
No surprise here when we see Kawhi Leonard taking top spot in this list. He’s been extremely dominant this post season and really carrying with expectations, his San Antonio Spurs. James Harden has the most solid average out of everyone in this list mainly due to the fact that if the Rockets want to remain slightly competitive against the Warriors, Harden will need to show up with his A game every contest, and he’s delivered. Lebron’s consistency is keeping up there in this list as he’s following his typical first round route of any opponents in his lane. James is dominating the 1st round of NBA Playoffs like no NBA player has ever done. He’s yet to lose a game since May 2012 and has never lost a 1st round series! The real stunners of this list are Donatas Motiejunas and Jonas Jerebko. Motiejunas’s game has been quite impressive and complementing Harden’s hard work with Dwight Howard’s seemingly lacking offensive presence. The Lithuanian’s double double last game gave the Rockets many options. On another note, Jerebko’s versatile defense helped spark his teammate Isaiah Thomas’s career high 42 pts and mostly, make this series quite interesting.
NBA Playoffs Fantasy Basketball
Houston Rockets vs Golden State Warriors: Game 2
The Houston Rockets will continue their uphill battle in this near impossible series to win against the reigning champions, Golden State Warriors in this Western Conference 1st round playoffs battle Monday at the Oracle Arena. This NBA Playoffs Fantasy Basketball Preview is brought you by Fanpicks. Come PLAY in our Daily Fantasy Basketball contests at FanPicks and get a free chance to win $1 Million dollars!
The Rockets can be extremely frustrated at times and the first game was a prime example why. They basically dug themselves in a 27 pts deficit by half which was clearly impossible to climb. They shot for only 36% in that loss and committed a ridiculous 24 turnovers. Their only good news is that Steph Curry had to leave the game because of an ankle injury. If the NBA MVP misses game 2, the Rockets may be able to build some momentum and keep it competitive but even at that, they will need to take much better care of the ball and shoot the lights out from 3 pt range to even consider an upset win.
Golden State actually didn’t even play their best basketball in game 1 but somehow hammered the Rockets by 26 pts. That’s just how good they are and can dominate you in an off night. The big questions and elephant in the room is their star, Stephen Curry’s ankle situation. If this ankle becomes a serious injury like it did in the past, the Warriors may be in serious trouble for the next rounds. With that being said, they are still large favorites to win it all and t would even be surprising if the Rockets pull off a game away from Golden State in this series. They’re a double digit favorite in this one and most likely, in every game this series…. if Steph is healthy.
Fantasy Basketball NBA Playoffs
Memphis Grizzlies vs San Antonio Spurs
The Memphis Grizzlies will travel to Texas to battle the San Antonio Spurs in the 1st game of the their Western Conference series at the tough AT&T Center, a venue where the Spurs only lost once this season to the Warriors. This Fantasy Basketball NBA Playoffs 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!
San Antonio pretty much swept the season series and it will be very tough to think they can’t sweep this playoff series as well. On top of that, they held the Grizzlies to 87 pts or less in 3 of those 4 games. On Paper, this is the most loopsided series and the Spurs are extremely high favorites to win all games, the largest favorite in the opening.
The Spurs come into this matchup however having lost 3 of their last 5 games. This is the last concern of their head coach Gregg Popvich who’s simply a bit more worried about the health of his team. Most of their losses this end of season were due to resting players. What’s tremendous about this Spurs team is their form at home. They tied the NBA record for home wins going 40-1 this campaign. Their defense is a lot to blame for their success as they rank 1st in in pts allowed.
There’s a lot to admire about this Grizzlies team but unfortunately, not much to hope for. They start the series going against the best team at home and have battled with injuries of their top players such as Marc Gasol, Mike Conley, Mario Chalmers and Zach Randolph. They luckily snuck in the playoffs and in fact, by only winning one of their last 11 games. Zach Randolph is the real catalyst of their team and cannot do it himself. Their offense has held them back lately as they rank in the bottom 6 in both scoring and assists per game.
NBA Playoffs Fantasy Basketball Preview
So we’ve just capped off a bit of the Eastern Conference Playoffs matchups. Let’s get to the very interesting Western conference where a whopping 32 games separate the top seed from the 8th, making it one of the largest margins of all time. Of course you can thank the record breaking Golden State Warriors and realize that some teams aren’t necessarily playing for the same thing. This NBA Playoffs Fantasy Basketball Preview of the Western Conference is is brought you by FanPicks.com. Dominate your competition with our NBA Daily Fantasy Basketball and create the winning lineup to get a free chance to win $1 Million dollars!
(1) Golden State Warriors vs (8) Houston Rockets
There’s not much to say here as this series should be a sweep on paper. They’ve traditionally dominated Houston without a problem. However, don’t be surprised if they end up losing a game or two in this series due to fatigue or possibly taking the Rockets too lightly. There’s really not much to say about this Warriors’ team as they deserve this championship on top of their record breaking regular season.
The Rockets really come into this series trying to be as competitive as possible. The interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff will be hoping that his Rockets can turn the tides around and potentially steal 2 games in this series. They’ve won only once since last season against the Warriors in 12 attemps. Houston will absolutely need the involvment of Dwight Howard to help James Harden, which is sadly their only formula to really compete with Golden State.
(2) San Antonio Spurs vs (7) Memphis Grizzlies
The Spurs have not really been playing like the real Spurs since their March 23 victory against the Miami Heat. Gregg Popovich has been resting his star players on and off for the postseason. San Antonio will most likely sweep the Grizzlies and find their rhythm as they would potentially enter a tough second round matchup against the Thunder.
The Grizzlies have a 500-to-1 odds as underdogs to survive this round against against the Spurs. They may pull off a win by luck but they might not have even made the playoffs if the season lasted a week longer. They will hope to repeat what they did back in 2011, when a much different top seed in the Western Conference, San Antonio team got shocked by the 8th ranked Grizzlies.
(3) Oklahoma City Thunder vs (6) Dallas Maverick
Few teams in the NBA have suffered due to health in the playoffs like the Thunder. Back in the opening rounds of 2013, Russell Westbrook’s knee injury kept him out of the opening round in 2013 and their season derailed from there. Serge Ibaka’s calf injury put them in an immense struggle last year against the Warriors in the Western Conference finals. And last season, Kevin Durant’s foot injury kept them out altogether. The matchup with Dallas appears pretty dry and cut since OKC is 4-0 against htem this season.
It will be a monumental upset if Dallas elimnates the 3rd seed Oklahoma City Thunder. The realistic measure of success for Dallas is if they can remain competitive in the series. If they can push this series to 6 or even 7 games, it will count as great accomplishment for them.
(4) Los Angeles Clippers vs (5) Portland Trail Blazers
There was a time when just making the playoffs, let alone winning a playoff series, was viewed as a success for the Clippers. After all, we’re talking about a franchise with only one playoff series win from 1977 to 2011. But the Clippers have made the playoffs in each of the past five seasons and have advanced past the first round in three of the past four years. So the meaning of success has changed. Yes, making it out of the first round is important, but finding a way to stay healthy and getting to the conference finals for the first time in franchise history is the real measure of success
No team in the 2016 NBA playoffs is playing with more house money than the Trail Blazers. The Trail Blazers are a steep underdog against the Clippers, and any respectful showing that pushes the series to six or seven games would constitute a solid out for Portland, which is a couple of years ahead of its rebuilding schedule.
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