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Golden State Warriors vs Minnesota Timberwolves

The Minnesota Timberwolves will host the visiting Golden State Warriors, just fresh out of their worst performance of the season in San Antonio as they’ll try to avoid their first losing streak of the season at the Target Center. FanPicks is proud to bring you this Fantasy Basketball NBA preview. Take a break from March Madness and come play in our NBA Magic Million contest where you can win up to a $1 million this week at FanPicks.
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Despite having only won 3 out of their last 10 games and occupying the last place in the West’s Northwest division, the Timberwolves have shown signs of resurgence lately during hard-fought games like their latest defeat at the hands of the Houston Rockets, 116-111 or last week against the Suns 107-104.

Their rising stars, Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine are all progressing extremely well. Towns, on his way to the Rookie of the Year award, had a standout double-double performance against Houston with 32 pts, 11 boards, 2 steals, an assist and a block. Wiggins contributed with 21 pts, 5 assists, 2 boards and 3 steals while LaVine added 15 pts, 3 assists, 2 boards, 4 steals and a block. They will need a display like the one 10 days ago when they brought their maximum energy and potential, upsetting the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma 99-96.

 

The reigning NBA champs Golden State Warriors are coming fresh off their worst offensive performance of the season in the forgettable 87-79 loss to the San Antonio Spurs Saturday. They really endured their most difficult night of the season, breaking a 7 game winning streak and 7th loss on the road of the year. Klay Thompson’s 15 pts, 5 boards, assist, block and steal helped pace the Warriors. It was Stephen Curry’s shutdown that really didn’t help. San Antonio’s defense limited him to only 14 pts, 6 boards, 6 assists, 2 steals and at his lowest field-goal and 3-point percentage. Draymond Green nearly had his typical triple double performance with 11 pts, 9 boards, 8 assists and a block.

This time it will be different story since the Spurs own the best defense in the league meanwhile the Timberwolves own one of the worst. After this game, the Warriors will host their next 4 games in Oakland, where they remain undefeated this season.

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Daily Fantasy Hockey Picks

On this President’s Day edition of my daily fantasy hockey picks, I take another look at a potential winning strategy to help you win your daily fantasy hockey league and make some serious cash on FanPicks.

On a night where three big ticket goaltenders will be taking the night off (Luongo, Crawford, Rinne), finding great value in net is all you can do. By taking Mike Condon over the more talented Jacob Markstrom you save $1500, a nice sum you can use to bolster another spot in your lineup since neither are exactly Vezina candidates.

Let’s take a look at the rest of my lineup…

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In this case, I’m going to take advantage of the extra cap room and select the league’s most expensive skater Tyler Seguin. Seguin suffered a scary skate-to-arm injury last game but should be fine tonight versus the same Predators he scored a pair against earlier this year.

Sidney Crosby was very tempting as my other Center, as there’s just something about Florida that brings out his competitive nature so take the gamble if you can afford it. I couldn’t due to other desires, such as playing Alex Galchenyuk, so I slotted in the streaky Habs forward behind Seguin (Galchneyuk is listed as a center on FanPicks but a LW elsewhere). “Chucky” netted a pair of one-time powerplay goals in a frustrating Friday night loss, so his strong play could continue against one of the NHL’s worst defenses.

Patrick Eaves has points in five straight, but his $5000 price tag puts him above other viable options such as birthday “boy” Jaromir Jagr at $4900. The now 44-year-old legend has a shooting percentage 5% higher than his career average, and a date with his former franchise on his big day is worth watching.

Montreal rookie Sven Andrighetto netted a pair on Friday night, and now leads the team in goals per 60 minutes played despite just joining the top-six last game. He now skates next to Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais to form a skilled scoring line and has a matchup with the aforementioned Coyotes weak D.

The LW spot was the hardest to fill today. Thomas Vanek was a healthy scratch recently for his all-too-common lackluster efforts, but has four points in his last three games for the struggling Wild since sliding back into the lineup. Nashville’s Filip Forsberg has four goals and two assists over his last four contests, a big sign that the 21-year-old is starting to heat up after a slow start.

PK Subban has 11 points during his eight game point streak, following six points in the previous six games.  He has been on fire since Christmas time and has easily been the Canadiens best player night after night.

Predators defenseman Roman Josi has five points in his last three games and has been a beast all season, but with a high priced veteran like Subban already on the roster, I needed to save a little money on my other defenseman. Maple Leaf Jake Gardiner has benefited from Dion Phaneuf’s departure by scoring two goals and two assists over his last three games, so we’ll roll with him.

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