Golden State Warriors vs Toronto Raptors

The Golden State Warriors are starting to mesh with newcomer Kevin Durant and are averaging 122.5 points during their four-game winning streak. Golden State attempts to continue the high-octane performances on Wednesday, when it opens a four-game road trip against the Toronto Raptors (Enter Contest).

The Warriors suffered two 20-point defeats among their first six games but now are clicking better at both ends of the court. Durant is averaging 27.7 points and reigning two-time MVP Stephen Curry 27.2 for a team scoring a league-best 116.4 per game. The Raptors lost to defending NBA champion Cleveland 121-117 on Tuesday, marking the second time this season they fell to the team that ousted them from last season’s Eastern Conference finals. Point guard Kyle Lowry produced 28 points and nine assists in the losing cause.

ABOUT THE WARRIORS (8-2)

Power forward Draymond Green is averaging 10.9 points and was well aware his number of shots would diminish with Durant joining the club. But he isn’t thrilled with perceptions that his level of play has declined and insists any list of the NBA’s top performers should include his name. Shooting guard Klay Thompson scored a season-best 30 points in Sunday’s 133-120 victory over the Phoenix Suns. The Warriors have won the last four meetings against Toronto.

ABOUT THE RAPTORS (7-3)

One night after losing to the defending NBA champs, Toronto plays the runner-up in an odd scheduling quirk. Shooting guard DeMar DeRozan leads the NBA in scoring (33.2) and has recorded 30 or more points in eight of Toronto’s 10 games. He failed to score 30 points for only the second time this season when he was held to 26 on Tuesday. DeRozan has been the main story on the Raptors this season. Small forward DeMarre Carroll (knee) was rested on the front end of the back-to-back set but will play Wednesday.

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NBA Fantasy News

Paul George puts 2014 behind him.

Indiana’s forward Paul George found his U.S. National teammates in preparation to the 2016 Rio Olympics without any apprehension, he assured Tuesday. He is two year’s removed from a serious injury that took him out prior to the 2014 FIBA World Cup. He fell awkwardly on his foot while fouling James Harding during a scrimmage at practice in Las Vegas. The team ended up winning the tournament without him. Despite all of that, he’s ready to put it all behind him and give it is all for the Gold. George will finally get the chance to play for his nation, something he is most proud of.

Team USA is currently preparing for Rio in Las Vegas. For George, coming back to train where he got hurt isn’t a problem. He knows that injuries can happen anywhere, anytime to anyone. The injury caused him to miss almost all of the 2014-15 NBA season. He since found his stride scoring a career-best 23.1 points per regular season game. Under his drive, the Pacers made it to the 2016 playoffs. The got bumped early though losing in the first round against the Toronto Raptors.

Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski will lead his third Olympic squad. Under his tutelage, team USA has yet to lose a game since the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Since that time the teams hold a record of 34-0, which includes two Olympics games and two FIBA world cup.

Team USA will be represented once again by an elite squad of NBA players despite some bowing out due to the unsafe nature of Brazil.  They are still favorite to land the coveted gold medal. The Golden State Warriors will have three representative at the games, with shooting guard Klay Thompson, power forward Draymond Green and newly acquired small forward Kevin Durant. The team will also rely on guards Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler, DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry, forwards Paul George, Harrison Barnes, and Carmelo Anthony, and centers DeMarcus Cousins and DeAndre Jordan.

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Fantasy Basketball Playoffs

Eastern Finals

The Toronto Raptors took care of the Heat yesterday’s Game 7 in dominating fashion, moving on to the NBA Eastern Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers. It’s not much of an fantasy basketball playoffs series compared to what could’ve been the Cavaliers vs the Heat story-wise, but we still end-up watching the two best teams in the East go at it. Cleveland stands as the team to beat in the East winning all 8 games they’ve played these playoffs. Game 1 is scheduled for Tuesday May 17, and you can enter this matchup in cross-sport contests now at FanPicks (click to join). LeBron James and co. will begin fresh off a week rest, which the Raptors have barely benefited from. It’s enough for Dwayne Casey’s squad that they have made it this far, pushing to within four victories of The Finals for the first time in franchise history. When this postseason started, Toronto had never even won a seven-game playoff series. One month later, and they have won two of them. Despite the East’s defending champions coming in as favorites, the Raptors edged them out in the regular season, winning 2-out-of-the-3 contests. Both victories came at the Air Canada Centre, and they shot 50.2 percent during the three games. Will that, along with whatever momentum gained from the Miami series, be enough to pull off the improbable and access the conference finals? Time will tell. After all, the Cavaliers are arguably their best edition ever too.

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This series offers several fascinating individual confrontations, with the Kyle Lowry-Kyrie Irving clash at point guard dripping with talent and competitiveness. DeMar DeRozan will get the sort of VIP defensive attention from J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert that essentially shut down the Hawks’ Kyle Korver in the last round. Then there’s DeMarre Carroll, who as an Atlanta Hawk had to deal with LeBron James in last year’s conference finals and will have the same assignment wearing a Raptors uniform.

The East’s final doesn’t seem to offer the sizzle of what will be going on out West. The gap between the Cavaliers and the Raptors on paper seems much larger than that single game that separated them in the regular-season standings. But Toronto makes for a much bigger Cinderella story, not only representing a city but also an entire country.

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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!

 

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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.

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NBA Fantasy Basketball Playoffs – Indiana Pacers versus Toronto Raptors Game 2

NBA fantasy basketball playoffs are in full swing and FanPicks has every up-to-date news and daily picks all the way to the finals, so join here to participate in the biggest contest in sports. The first of three games tonight pits the Pacers against the Raptors. Indiana will look to take a 2-0 lead on the road versus Toronto in their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series at Air Canada Centre.Fantasy Basketball

The Pacers hope to follow on their impressive 100-90 Game 1 victory with another one before the series heads to Indiana. Paul George provided a game-high 33 points (12-22 FG, 4-5 3Pt, 5-6 FT) while adding six assists, four rebounds, four steals and two blocks in 38 minutes. Monta Ellis also contributed with 15 points (5-12 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five assists, three rebounds and three steals in 29 minutes. The Pacers were 11 for 21 in three-point attempts on Saturday, after going just 16 of 55 in their last two regular season games with the Raptors. The Pacers broke a five-game losing streak at Air Canada Centre on Saturday, where they had not won since March 1, 2013.

The Raptors will try to rebound from Saturday’s Game 1 defeat and will need to find a way to stop Paul George in the process.  A factor that should be key in the Raptor’s success will be the play of the star guard duo DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry. DeRozan scored 14 points (5-19 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 4-6 FT) while adding four assists, two rebounds and two steals in 37 minutes. Lowry added 11 (3-13 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 4-9 FT), seven assists, two rebounds, two steals, and a block in 41 minutes. Jonas Valanciunas set a club record with 15 rebounds in the first half of Saturday’s game. The Raptors finished off the regular-season with a 32-9 record at home.

Top Fantasy Picks

G DeMar DeRozan (TOR)

G Kyle Lowry (TOR)

F Paul George (IND)

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Toronto Raptors vs San Antonio Spurs

Basketball Fantasy preview

Two of the league’s top teams will meet tonight in San Antonio as the Toronto Raptors travel west to face the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center. The Spurs are still on the verge of history and will try to remain undefeated at home this year. FanPicks is proud to bring you this Basketball fantasy preview. 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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The San Antonio are still standing tall and remain undefeated at home with a 38-0 record. They come into this game having dropped the visiting New Orleans Pelicans Wednesday. They had a lot of contribution coming from the bench with 20 pts from Manu Ginobili. Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green both finished the game with 16 pts, with Leonard adding 6 rebounds and Green going 4 of 6 from 3 point range. Green has only missed 2 games for San Antonio this season, and averages 7.4 pts with 3.9 boards per game. Big man LaMarcus Aldridge added 11 pts and 6 boards as they look destined to finish their season with the number 2 seed in the Western Conference. The Spurs  will still face first place Golden State Warriors twice in their remaining seven games.

 

The Raptors have won 2 straight games and are having a historical success this season. Their latest win came against the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night. With 27 points coming from their star DeMar DeRozan, he led the Raps in scoring, shooting 8 of 17 from the field. Kyle Lowry added 22 points and Jonas Valanciunas had a double-double with 11 pts and 14 boards. Valanciunas leads the team in boards over 54 games averaging 9.2 per game. The Raptors will enter the playoffs as the 2nd seed in the Eastern Conference since most likely the Cavaliers will take the 1st seed.

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Daily Fantasy Basketball Value Picks

Here is another list of daily fantasy basketball value picks  (below) that you can target to make your daily fantasy team successful. As we had two earlier games on today, there are five remaining in prime time. Lebron James sat out the Cavaliers (early) game, and it came back to haunt them, but the Raptors are still resting Kyle Lowry tonight and the Magic sitting Evan Fournier.

DeMar DeRozan would be the obvious choice to take over the heavy lifting for Toronto but he had the flu and is questionable for the contest. Even if he does play he will of course be limited to some extent. Cory Joseph will replace Lowry in the starting lineup and should get a ton of minutes.

Evan Fournier isn’t suiting up (or down in reality) for Orlando’s game against Philly. Victor Oladipo should lead this train, while Mario Hezonja slides into the starting lineup.

Not done with the Magic just yet, Aaron Gordon has been lights out lately and is a nice deal at that price tag. He can put up fantasy stats worthy of a $9000 man.

Kristaps Porzingis at $6400 can be a tremendous value as well. He can easily post a double-double on any given night.

Fellow Knick Carmelo Anthony was a luxury since I saved so much on the replacements. You gotta use your money at some point.

…So I snagged up Damian Lillard as well…and still have $500 left.

  • Here is my entire lineup

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NBA Daily Fantasy Picks 2/22

 

The below chart is misleading to the NBA Daily Fantasy novice. On first look you probably look at Lebron James and Stephen Curry, decide that Lebron is projected higher than Stephen Curry but is cheaper so you should pick Lebron James. That is true that Lebron is a better option for today than Steph, but is he the best option? When it comes to daily fantasy picks, your picks are all about value (points per dollar) rather than sheer points. Winning a daily fantasy contest comes down to scoring the most total lineup points, and that is done with turning your $50,000 salary cap into all around value, not just a couple big scorers.

 

This may be a bad example because Lebron does have a good value coefficient of 5.5, meaning he is projected to score 5.5 fantasy points for each $1000 or his total $8700 of salary. That is not bad but as you can see, there are players on this list with higher value coefficients.

 

The one that sticks out especially is Jamal Crawford. He has taken on a larger role for the Clippers in Griffin’s absence and has been very consistent over the past 5 games at that 30 fantasy point mark. However, with a salary of only $5000, if he continues to put up 30 fantasy points per game, he will provide more value than any other player is projected. He should get plenty of play time in what should be a high scoring blowout in the Clippers favor against the Suns.

 

Another player who has been providing huge value is Khris Middleton. He has a more moderate salary level at $6500, but looks like he will be putting up numbers with the heavy hitters today. Milwaukee is favored by 8 points against the Lakers is what should be slightly higher scoring game.

 

If you need another cheap option to fill some gaps in your lineup Jabari Parker should be a good overlooked value pick. His numbers have been fantastic lately for his cheap salary level. Pairing him with Middleton may pay off if Middleton sets up Parker for some baskets as you will double dip with Parker’s points and Middleton’s assists.

 

 

Position PlayerName Points Dollars Value
SF LeBron James 48.1 8700 5.5
PG Stephen Curry 46.9 9400 5.0
C DeAndre Jordan 40.1 7300 5.5
SF Carmelo Anthony 39.6 7500 5.3
PF Paul Millsap 39.5 7100 5.6
PF Draymond Green 39.1 7500 5.2
SG Khris Middleton 38.5 6500 5.9
PG Kyle Lowry 38.3 7600 5.0
C Andre Drummond 38.3 7800 4.9
PG Isaiah Thomas 38.1 6900 5.5
SG DeMar DeRozan 35.9 6900 5.2
SF Giannis Antetokounmpo 34.9 6500 5.4
SG Klay Thompson 34.5 6500 5.3
C Greg Monroe 34.2 6800 5.0
PF Kevin Love 31.7 6800 4.7
PF Julius Randle 31.5 6100 5.2
SG Jamal Crawford 31.4 5000 6.3
C Al Horford 31.1 6500 4.8
PG Ricky Rubio 30.3 6100 5.0
PG Reggie Jackson 30.3 6500 4.7
PF Jabari Parker 30.1 5100 5.9

 

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Daily Fantasy Basketball Targets

We offer you our daily fantasy basketball targets again. This isn’t necessarily an optimal lineup for you to use (though we do quite well), but just some targets and value picks that could help put you over the top of your DFS contest. In order to win your daily fantasy basketball contest you need to maximize your spending and get the right formula for victory. Let’s take a look at my strategy today.

  • My roster

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We wanted to start off with a few big guns with Lebron James, Russell Westbrook and Derrick Rose, but selecting Westbrook crippled our cap situation so unfortunately he didn’t make our cut. That’s not to say don’t play him, we just couldn’t afford him!

DeMar DeRozan replaces Westbrook at the top of the lineup, with Raul Neto of the Jazz filling a gap at $3900 only. We hope he can have a solid 15 point game with some assists to boot.

Air Gordon” isn’t just a dunk specialist, the kid can ball. He is one of those not-so-cheap but not too expensive guys you hope can outplay his salary hit.

Chandler Parsons has at least 24 points in three straight games and has another opportunity to pile up those trey shots against the 76ers on Sunday.

Jared Sullinger is definitely capable of big games, and Denver seems like prime ground to put it down. If Sully can throw down 30 fantasy points we will consider it a victory.

Rounding out the lineup are a pair of cheap options who could have big days filling in for fallen soldiers. Rolling the dice on Kris Humphries could really pay off. With Chandler and Len suffering injuries, Humphries has a major opportunity to impress his new team, while Kyle Anderson has a tremendous chance to come up with a big game as Kawhi Leonard went down last time out.

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Toronto Raptors vs Phoenix Suns Fantasy Basketball News – 02-02-16

The Phoenix Suns (14-35) will be hosting the Toronto Raptors (32-15) in Phoenix this Tuesday at the Talking Stick Resort Arena. FanPicks has this game on tap for tonight’s DFS action. Come play Fantasy Basketball at fanpicks.com.

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Toronto is coming back from a tough loss by 19 pts against a well below under .500, Denver Nuggets squad, snapping their impressive 11 game-winning streak. Coach Dwayne Casey called it easily one of the worst performances of the year. Another strange fact is that the Raptors seem to be continuously struggling against the Nuggets, having lost 4 of their last 5 games against them. The Raps are still ranked second in the Eastern Conference, a few games behind the Cavaliers That was and will definitely try to bounce back with their winning ways against the Suns, one of the worst teams in the NBA.

The Phoenix Suns’s rapid decline the past few months just cost Jeff Hornacek’s job earlier this Monday, leaving interim coach Earl Watson in charge of the struggling team. They’ve only won twice in their past 21 games. Ironically, one of the Suns’ rare victories came against the Toronto Raptors. Suns’ Owner has linked his team struggle this year with the “millennial culture” and notably Markief Morris’ strong personality and constant injuries. With most of the main players back, they will try to stop a red hot Toronto team looking to bounce back from their blowout in Denver the night before.

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Detroit Pistons vs Toronto Raptors – 01/30/16 Preview

The white hot Toronto Raptors (31-15) will host the Detroit Pistons (25-22) Saturday evening at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto are odd favorites to win (line: -7). Play in the most exciting daily fantasy basketball, including the newest Point Spread  and $10K Grand Action contests only at Fanpicks the premiere daily fantasy sports site.

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Detroit has shown the league this season that they’re a legit Playoff contender and compete against some of the best teams. They’re coming back from a hard fought loss against the Cavaliers last night 114-106. All 5 starters for the Pistons finished in double digits scoring. Andre Drummond, a fantasy optimal lineup regular led the pack and recorded a team high 20 pts with 8 boards. Detroit is currently ranked second in the league in rebounds, averaging 47.5 with most coming from league leading Andre Drummond. The Pistons will face the Raptors again in February but in Detroit this time.

Toronto is on a tear right now and just set a franchise record this Thursday for the most consecutive wins. They’re in a great momentum going into this All Star break. Their record win came against the New York Knicks at the ACC, 103-93. The dynamic duo of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan both put down 26 pts to lead the Raptors past the Knicks. This streak is bringing the Raptors closer to the Eastern Conference leaders, Cleveland Cavaliers, currently only 2 games behind them. Jonas Valanciunas also had a great game and finished the night with a double-double like Lowry and had 11 pts with 18 rebounds. Valanciunas currently averages 9.6 rebounds for the Raps this season in 29 games. The next 5 games will be on the road where they have a 14-9 before hosting the All-Star game February 12-14 weekend.

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Miami Heat vs Toronto Raptors – 01/22/16 Preview

The Miami Heat (23-20) will face the Toronto Raptors (27-15) on Friday night at Air Canada Centre in Toronto. The Raptors are the odd favorites to win (line: -9.5). Here is the projected lineup:

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Miami, having 6 of their last 7 games are falling out of their contention of top seed in the Eastern Conference. Their latest defeat came at the hands of the Washington Wizards 106-87, Chris Bosh recording 18 pts, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal to lead the way. With more than half of their team on injury report, the Heat head into Toronto hurting. Ruled out already are Hassan Whiteside and Goran Dragic. The entire starting lineup excluding Bosh is questionable for Friday night’s contest and if not regroup quickly could find themselves out of playoffs. The Heat are 8-11 on the road this season.

In contrary with the Heat, the Raptors are playing very well having won six in a row. They just defeated the Celtics 115-109 with a splendid performance from DeMar DeRozan with 34 pts, 6 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 steal. Jonas Valanciunas pitched in with his 8th double-double including 19 pts, 12 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal. A win could make the Raptors see their longest winning streak since 2002. So far, the Raps have taken 3 of the last 4 matchups against the Heat.

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Toronto Raptors vs. Orlando Magic

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The Toronto Raptors (24-15) will be hosted by the Orlando Magic (20-18) on Thursday 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

NBA TORvsORL 1-14-16The Raptors conclude their five-game road trip on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday afternoon, UK time, after finishing 3-1 on the North American leg of the tour. The team made quick work of the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night, 108-95, to improve their winning streak to three games and hold onto a solid grasp of first place in the Atlantic Division, where they are 4.5 games clear of the second place New York Knicks. Kyle Lowry lead Toronto with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the victory, shooting 10 of 17 from the field. DeMar DeRozan added 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists while Jonas Valanciunas added 17 points and 9 boards to move the team into second place overall in the East. The Raptors’ potent defense was on display again in their win over Philly, as they are allowing 96.7 points per contest, ranking fourth-best in the league.

The Magic, themselves with designs on a Playoff run this season, have struggled to kick off 2016, losing five of their last six outings. So far in January, the team has already matched their loss total for the entire month of December, when they went 10-5. Orlando’s latest defeat came on Saturday night at home to the Washington Wizards, 105-99, despite all five of their starters posting double digits. Nikola Vucevic scored 23 points and added 9 rebounds to serve as the top producer for the team, while Aaron Gordon posted a double-double off the bench with 10 points and 10 boards. Vucevic has been the top weapon for the team throughout the season, leading the upstart unit with 17.1 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. The Magic will have the weekend to recoup before traveling to Atlanta on Monday to face the division-leading Atlanta Hawks.

 

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