Late Night NBA Fantasy Picks

You’re either a night-hawk, live on the west coast, missed the earlier games, or maybe you just prefer a smaller pool of players to choose from. Whatever the reason, you’re playing the late night NBA fantasy contest and you have some tough decisions to make.

Tonight there are just two late games on the NBA schedule, so your choices will be between the talents of the the 76ers, who are in Portland to face the Trail Blazers at 10 pm ET and the Celtics, who took a trip to Phoenix to play the Suns.

Fantasy Picks

PG Brandon Knight $7200  –  The Suns’ guard will return to the lineup tonight after sitting out Friday’s game with an illness. Before sitting out, he was averaging 39.5 fantasy points per game over his last three. We haven’t heard anything regarding ill affects today, so Knight should have a healthy dose of minutes against the Celtics and post big stats.

PF Mirza Teletovic $4300 – As Jon Leuer was ruled out with an illness earlier today, Teletovic looks to be the one to target in the value aisle. Teletovic has scored in double digits in each of his last three games, and looks to be a sure 20+ fantasy point contributor tonight.

SF Maurice Harkless $3800 – Harkless is another player you definitely want to have your eye on in the value aisle. Earning the start at power forward, his minutes drastically went up and he has responded well to the added pressure. He’s scored 22.1 and 25.8 fantasy points in each of his last two games (respectively), and could score 25+ versus Philly.

PF Jared Sullinger $5900 – When you don’t have too many choices available, sometimes it’s good to go with a couple of safer picks to balance our the roster. Sullinger has been consistent of late, enjoying his best month of the season this March. The Celtics forward has averaged 27.5 fantasy points over the course of his last 10 outings and should have another strong night against the Suns.

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Phoenix Suns  vs. Boston Celtics

Author : Aldo Panessidi

The Phoenix Suns (13-27) will be hosted by the Boston Celtics (20-19) 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 Suns are in the midst of a miserable season and head into the weekend on a 1-12 run that has them floundering in fourth place in the Pacific Division, ahead of only the Los Angeles Lakers. The team traveled to Indiana on Tuesday night and were summarily pounded by the Pacers, 116-97. Having now won only four games on the road in their 2015-16 campaign, Phoenix were led by Devin Booker and Mirza Teletovic, who each put up 19 points. Markieff Morris came off the bench to come a hair shy of a double-double with 16 points and 9 boards, yet failed to connect on all four of his long range attempts. Things may only get worse for the club, as they have lost eight straight games away from home and will cap off January with a four-game road jaunt that includes a visit to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Celtics were able to shake off a four-game string of losses to best the Indiana Pacers at TD Garden on Wednesday, 103-94, to improve to .500 at home. Isaiah Thomas once again led Boston in scoring with 28 points, making 9 of 18 from the floor and 4 of 6 from deep. Thomas is averaging a gaudy 32.3 points in his last three outings and is by far the most potent offensive threat the team possesses. Jae Crowder went 11-for-15 to finish with 25 points and Amir Johnson put up 14 points and hauled in 18 rebounds to see the Celtics try and dig out from a 1-5 start to the year. Boston has leapfrogged the New York Knicks to once again sit at second place in the Atlantic Division, 4.5 games behind the Toronto Raptors, who they will meet next Wednesday north of the border.

 

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Phoenix Suns vs. Indiana Pacers

 

The Phoenix Suns (13-26) will be hosted by the Indiana Pacers (21-16) at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis 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 Suns have won just one game of their past ten games, but seem to be working better together and adjusting to the loss of their highest scorer, Eric Bledsoe. Before his season-ending meniscus injury, Bledsoe was averaging 20.4 points, 6.1 assists, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.0 steals per game. Their next highest scoring guard, Brandon Knight has had to pick up the slack and play heavy minutes in Bledsoe’s absence. Another problem for Phoenix will be the loss of Alex Len, who is out with a sprained hand.

The Pacers are coming off of a tough overtime loss to the Rockets, in which Paul George was once again their highest scorer. George totaled 20 points, and is averaging 24.2 points per game this season. Before this loss, the Pacers were enjoying a two-game winning streak. They will come into this game after one day of rest after a long four-game road trip. An advantage Indiana has going into the game is that unlike Phoenix, their team is very healthy right now and isn’t experiencing any major setbacks in their lineup.

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Miami Heat vs. Phoenix Suns

 

The Miami Heat (21-14) will be hosted by the Phoenix Suns (15-24) at the Talking Stick Resort Arena 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 Lineup Miami comes into this game winning three of its last four and this game may mean more to the Heat than appears on the surface. This marks the return of Goran Dragic back to Phoenix after an ugly exit from there last February. Luckily for him and Miami, they are playing the Suns at the best time possible with Phoenix losing nine of its last 10. What’s made the Heat so good this season is their defense, as they rank top-three in numerous defensive categories. This should be an easy win for them if they score 100-plus, considering the Suns offense has fallen apart since the loss of Eric Bledsoe. Look for Miami to use Dragic as much as possible here to stick it to his former team. The contrast of styles is interesting here as well, as the Heat are one of the three-slowest teams, while the Suns are one of the three-fastest teams in the league.

The Suns had a nine-game losing streak prior to winning their most recent game. They ended up beating the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday, who are also struggling immensely right now. This Phoenix lineup is a shell of itself right now though, with players like Ronnie Price and Jon Leuer starting. The projected starting five at the beginning of the year was Tyson Chandler, Markieff Morris, P.J. Tucker, Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight. Considering Tucker and Chandler have been in and out of the lineup, the only one who remains a consistent starter has been Knight. It’s a mixture of injuries and immaturity that has killed this team and they are looking like one of the worst teams in the NBA right now. That can be exemplified by the fact that they come into this matchup as a six-point underdog in their home building.

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Charlotte Hornets vs. Phoenix Suns

 

The Charlotte Hornets (17-17) will host the Phoenix Suns  (14-24) at the Talking Stick Resort Arena 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 basketball Things are rolling down hill in Charlotte right now and this is a win they desperately need. They come into this matchup with a 4-10 record on the road and losing nine of their last 12 games in total. That rough stretch correlates with injuries to Nicolas Batum and Al Jefferson. Batum is questionable to play in this game, but Jefferson is surely out after getting knee surgery last week. Kemba Walker has been fantastic lately though, as he is averaging 26.8 points, 5.2 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals over his last six games. They’ll need another performance like that from Kemba here if they want to get out of their recent slide and win against an even beleaguered team.

If things are rolling down hill for Charlotte, Phoenix has fallen off the cliff and is buried deep down in the ground. The Suns have lost nine-straight games with many of those coming against weak competition. That rough stretch directly correlates to an injury to Eric Bledsoe and it’s clear this team is not the same without him. The whole Markieff Morris saga is a nuisance as well, as the owner recently called him out for his lack of maturity. Everything is falling apart in Phoenix right now and they are climbing up the lottery rankings seemingly every game with the way they are playing. There doesn’t seem to be much to be happy about as a Suns fan and changes may be on the horizon if the struggles continue. With all that said, they still only come into this game as just a three-point underdog.

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NBA Fantasy Baskeball Draft News 10-19-2015

Phoenix Suns Have Talented Youth on their Side and are Close To Becoming a Playoff Team

The Phoenix Suns showed early promise in the 2014-15 NBA season but faded following the All Star break to finish with a record of 39-43. They sat in the tenth seed in the west and trailed the eighth seeded New Orleans Pelicans by six games for the final playoff spot. Head coach Jeff Hornacek has been praised by media pundits about his handling of his young players on his roster and seems to be a very good x’s and o’s guy who with talent has the potential to coach a team far into the playoffs. The Suns selected 13th in the draft and went for a shooting guard as they took Devin Booker out of Kentucky. He was the fourth Wildcat taken as a lottery selection which broke a record. He came out of high school as a freshman and is 6’ 6” tall and shot well from the three point line hitting 41% at Kentucky. He will be tutored by a former shooting guard in the NBA in Hornacek. What makes Booker attractive is he has good length which will help him defend shooting guards because the Suns struggled last year with three point shooting defense. Like all rookies his playing time will be dictated on how well he defends and takes care of the basketball.

Phoenix Suns PG:

Brandon Knight

The fourth year pro played on three teams in the first four years in the NBA. He came to the Suns late last year from the Milwaukee Bucks. Last year Knight averaged 17 points per game dished out five assists and grabbed four rebounds. Shooting percentage had been an issue for Knight in his 11 games with Phoenix last year by hitting just 35.7% from the floor and 31% from three point distance which is well below his career marks in those categories.

Phoenix Suns SG:

Eric Bledsoe

The fifth year pro was locked up long term by the Phoenix Suns and enters his third year with the club. He is only 25 years old and played in 81 games last year. He averaged nearly 35 minutes a game and started to show some wear on the court. He had never played that much in his first three seasons with the Clippers and in his first year with the Suns. He shot 44.7% from the floor in 2014-15 dished six assists and grabbed five rebounds. Bledsoe is very fast with the ball and when healthy can break down defenses as long as he plays under control.

Phoenix Suns PF:

Markieff Morris

Morris is 26 and enters his fifth year in the league. He has been a reliable player for the Suns playing 81 or greater games in his past three seasons. The power forward shot 46.5% from the floor and 31.8% from three point distance last year. He put up 15 points a game plus grabbed six boards. Morris played a career high 31.5 minutes a game a season ago.

Phoenix Suns SF:

P.J. Tucker

Tucker enters his fourth season with the Suns and his fifth overall in the league. After his rookie year in Toronto he was away from the NBA for six seasons having to work his way through the minors to tone his game. He played in 78 games last year and averaged 30 minutes with nine points plus 6 ½ rebounds per contest.

Phoenix Suns C:

Tyson Chandler

The Suns center is 33 years old and has 14 years in the NBA. Because the Suns big men have outside shooting skills it will allow Chandler to have most of the paint to operate with which could give him rebounding and put back abilities on offense. Last year Chandler played in 75 games and averaged 30 minutes a game with 11 ½ boards plus 10 points per game.

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