Tag: Giannis Antetokounmpo
NBA EZ Pick Preview 03/12/19
Take a look at the matchups set for this Tuesday’s EZ Pick.
Giannis Antetokounmpo vs Anthony Davis
Giannis Antetokounmpo racked up 27 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, one block and one 3-pointer in a 121-114 road loss at San Antonio on Sunday. The Spurs game-planned for the MVP front runner and did a good job containing him tonight. “When he gets downhill we have to try to keep him out of the paint,” Spurs center Jakob Poeltl said before the game. “That’s how they really get going, by getting into the paint and kicking out to their three-point shooters. Yeah, It’s going to have to be a team effort on Giannis for sure.” He still racked up a terrific fantasy line, even if his team didn’t get the victory, and continues to hover around top-five value in almost any format.
Anthony Davis (back) returned to action on Sunday, finishing with 15 points, eight rebounds, four assists, one steal, four blocks and three 3s in 21 minutes. AD continues to be a beast even when only on the court for 20-ish minutes, and the Hawks obviously offered a very friendly matchup on Sunday. The four blocks were the most he’s had in a game since early January. Davis has averaged 15.8 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.8 steals, 3.0 blocks and 1.3 triples in his four games so far this month.
Karl-Anthony Towns vs Nikola Jokic
Karl-Anthony Towns (knee) has been upgraded to probable for Tuesday’s game against the Nuggets. Coach Ryan Saunders said that KAT would be a game-time call, but Towns himself said he’ll be good to go for tonight’s game, so we should get official word on his status in a few hours. Assuming he plays, that would likely shift Taj Gibson back to the second unit, and he could be extremely busy with Derrick Rose (elbow), Andrew Wiggins (quad) and Jeff Teague (foot) all questionable.
Nikola Jokic made just 5-of-10 from the field for 16 points during a 122-105 loss to the Warriors on Friday, adding six rebounds, four assists, four steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes. The Warriors continue to really limit Denver when Jokic is on the floor with Jokic’s -29 in this loss. In the previous two, he only had a -22.3 net rating, so that could be something to watch in a playoff matchup. It’ll be a while until we see that and Jokic has been an absolute star in fantasy. He has one more week of a subpar schedule, then Jokic’s 4-4-4 after that could help lead to fantasy titles.
Damian Lillard vs Ben Simmons
Point guard Damian Lillard has been on fire against the Clippers with an average of 31.3 points in three contests versus Los Angeles this season. Lillard scored 18 points against the Suns two nights after exploding for a season-best 51 points during a 129-121 overtime loss against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The 50-point effort was the fifth of Lillard’s career. Lillard (12,540 career points) needs 23 points to pass LaMarcus Aldridge as the second-leading scorer in franchise history. Hall of Famer Clyde Drexler (18,040) is Portland’s all-time leader.
Ben Simmons tallied 15 points (6-10 FG, 3-5 FT), four rebounds, six assists and a steal over 35 minutes Sunday against the Pacers.
Jrue Holiday vs DeMar DeRozan
Guard Jrue Holiday (abdominal strain) is sidelined and will miss Tuesday matchup against the Bucks.
DeMar DeRozan produced 28 points (10-20 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 8-9 FT), six assists, four rebounds, two steals, and one block in 36 minutes during Sunday’s 121-114 victory over Milwaukee.
Luka Doncic vs Kevin Love
Luka Doncic (left knee strain) is questionable for Tuesday vs. the Spurs and was spotted getting treatment to the side of Dallas’ practice. In case you missed it, Doncic said he felt a “pop” during Sunday’s game but it sounds like he escaped with a minor injury. The Mavericks have plenty of incentive to be cautious, so they won’t throw him out there if he’s not at or close to 100 percent.
Kevin Love (rest) will not suit up for Tuesday’s game against the 76ers. It’s the second night of a back-to-back, so Love will get his standard rest day. Larry Nance (ribs) is questionable, so we could see a lot of Ante Zizic and Marquese Chriss tonight, with Zizic offering a bit more upside.
Tobias Harris vs Lauri Markkanen
Tobias Harris racked up 16 points (7-16 FG, 2-5 3Pt), eight rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block in 35 minutes Sunday against the Pacers.
Lauri Markkanen knocked down three 3-pointers en route to 17 points on Sunday, shooting 6-of-13 from the field to go with six rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal in 26 minutes against the Pistons. Markkanen hasn’t been shooting the ball all that well of late, sitting at just 37% over his last five games. The Bulls losing big against Detroit really limited his ability to have a bigger game, but he still produced a nice line. After producing top-30 fantasy value for much of the last few months, Markkanen has fallen out of the top-100 over the past week of play. Even with these recent struggles, he’s still a must-start player down the stretch.
Tim Hardaway Jr vs CJ McCollum
Tim Hardaway Jr. would see a big boost in value if Doncic is ultimately ruled out. He’s seen a usage bump of +6.4% with Doncic off the court since joining the team on Feb. 6.
C.J. McCollum made 11-of-14 from the field for 26 points during a blowout 127-120 win over the Suns on Saturday, adding three rebounds, four assists, one block, one steal and four 3-pointers in 30 minutes. It was 24-23 at the end of the first, but the Blazers just poured it on with 42 points in the second quarter and 36 in the third. McCollum has caught fire with four 25-plus scoring games over his last five, averaging 23.8 points, 3.2 boards, 3.4 dimes, 0.8 blocks, 0.6 steals and 3.8 treys. He is getting hot at the right time and it looks like he’ll play in 80-plus games for the fourth straight season.
Otto Porter Jr vs Khris Middleton
Otto Porter made 6-of-12 shots (2-of-2 FTs) for 17 points on Sunday against Detroit, adding six rebounds, one assist, one block and three 3-pointers in 26 minutes. Porter was limited to fewer than 30 minutes of action for the first time in four games, in large part because the Bulls got blown out. His move to Chicago has seen him return to the fantasy relevance owners had gotten used to over the past few seasons. Porter has been in the top-10 in nine-category leagues across the last two weeks and is a must-start option when healthy.
Khris Middleton has averaged 6.7 rebounds and added 19 points per game over the last 10 games for Milwaukee.
Jamal Murray vs Eric Bledsoe
Jamal Murray has averaged 16.4 points and 3.4 rebounds while shooting 40.2 percent over the last 10 games for Denver.
Eric Bledsoe had 21 points on Sunday against the San Antonio Spurs.
CJ McCollum vs Lou Williams
The Trail Blazers, who just split a two-game homestand, are beginning a three-game road trip that includes visits to the New Orleans Pelicans and San Antonio Spurs. “It would have been nice to get a little more time at home, but that’s life,” shooting guard CJ McCollum told reporters after practice Monday. “You got to be ready to get back on the road, win a lot of games on the road against tough teams, teams that need every game. We’ve got to make sure we’re ready to play.” McCollum scored 26 points on 11-of-14 shooting Saturday in Portland’s 127-120 victory over the Phoenix Suns. It marked his third straight game with 25 or more points. McCollum is averaging 22.7 points and 6.3 rebounds in three games against the Clippers this season.
Lou Williams put forth one of his best efforts of the season Monday, as he scored 34 points (14-of-21 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs) with five rebounds, five assists and two 3-pointers in 23 minutes. Williams moved past Dell Curry into the top spot on the NBA’s all-time bench points list, as he has 11,148 points to Curry’s 11,147. And Lou Will sat for a significant portion of the fourth quarter, as the Clippers led the Celtics by a comfortable margin. Williams is one reason why the Clippers have won five straight, as he’s averaging 26.0 points, 5.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game during the streak. Over the last two weeks he’s been ranked just outside of the top-100 in nine-category leagues, but over the last week Williams is ranked fourth. It’s fair to say that he’s got it rolling right now.
NBA EZ Pick Preview 03/04/19
Take a look at the matchups set for this Monday’s EZ Pick.
Anthony Davis vs Giannis Antetokounmpo
All-Star Anthony Davis continued to ride out what’s left of his time with the team either on the bench or on a minute restriction. Davis sat out Saturday and New Orleans still managed to knock off the second-best team in the West with a 120-112 triumph at the Nuggets. Davis is expected back in the lineup on Monday and will be restricted to around 20 minutes.
Milwaukee went with size with its starting backcourt out and started four players – center Brook Lopez and forwards Giannis Antetokounmpo, Ersan Ilyasova and Nikola Mirotic – 6-10 or taller – against the Utah Jazz on Saturday. All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo had a huge game by recording 43 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists.
Jrue Holiday vs Devin Booker
Point guard Jrue Holiday led the way with 29 points on Saturday as New Orleans came from 19 points down against the team with the best home record in the West. “It’s the same thing we do every time we’re down,” Holiday told reporters. “I think we lock in, especially here coming in the first couple of minutes, the first quarter is tough. You just kind of have to get your rhythm and from that point, I think our energy picked up. I think defensively, we executed well.” Holiday scored 20 or more points in four of the last five games and is averaging 21.1.
Phoenix guard Devin Booker told reporters. “A winnable game for us we felt we let go. Coming in today, getting a chance to refocus. Come in, high energy game. Come out and get the win.” Booker scored 20 or more points in each of the last five games. Phoenix earned a 116-114 victory at Milwaukee on Nov. 23 behind 29 points from Booker.
LaMarcus Aldridge vs Rudy Gobert
All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge continues to lead the way and scored 27 points on 10-of-18 shooting while adding 10 rebounds in Saturday’s triumph. Aldridge scored at least 24 points in each of the last three games.
Utah won the first meeting on October 27, beating New Orleans 132-111 to hand the Pelicans their first loss of the season. Rudy Gobert had 25 points and 14 rebounds.
Donovan Mitchell vs D’Angelo Russell
Donovan Mitchell scored a career-high 46 points Saturday against the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Nets will be hoping for some better performances by their starters. D’Angelo Russell was held to 10 points in Saturday’s loss against the Miami Heat.
Nikola Mirotic vs John Collins
Nikola Mirotic made 1-of-7 from the field for three points in a start against the Jazz on Saturday, adding six rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes.
Atlanta, playing without leading star power forward John Collins, still had enough to beat the host Chicago Bulls 123-118 on Sunday. Collins, who leads the Hawks in scoring (19.5) and rebounds (9.5), has an illness and is likely out for the Heat game, too. He did not travel to Chicago.
De’Aaron Fox vs Buddy Hield
De’Aaron Fox has 21 assists and two turnovers over his last two games.
Buddy Hield scored 23 points Friday but needed 19 shots to get there and is 23-of-64 from the floor during Sacramento’s 3 game losing streak.
Trae Young vs Lou Williams
Despite losing star rookie Trae Young to an ejection, Atlanta got past Chicago 123-118 on Sunday in a rematch of the teams’ quadruple-overtime affair two nights earlier. Young had just buried a long 3-pointer to push his total to 18 points early in the third quarter and taunted Bulls guard Kris Dunn, which led to the ejection, but his teammates more than picked up the slack.
Lou Williams went 4-of-14 from the field and 8-of-9 from the line on his way to 18 points in a 128-107 win over the Knicks on Sunday.
Danilo Gallinari vs Khris Middleton
Danilo Gallinari scored 20 points in Saturday’s win and he and Landry Shamet combined for 27 of the team’s 38 points in a dominant first quarter. “It’s tough to play defense against shooters and two or three at the same time is tough,” Gallinari told reporters.
Khris Middleton made 8-of-24 from the field for 29 points against the Jazz on Saturday, adding nine rebounds, six assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 36 minutes.
Jamal Murray vs Eric Bledsoe
Jamal Murray scored with 20 points for the Nuggets on Saturday against the New Orleans Pelicans.
Milwaukee was missing its starting backcourt of Eric Bledsoe (back) and Malcolm Brogdon (plantar fasciitis) on Saturday. Bledsoe is still day-to-day and is out against Phoenix.
Josh Richardson vs Spencer Dinwiddie
Josh Richardson made 5-of-12 from the field for 12 points with five rebounds, seven assists and no 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Nets on Saturday.
On Friday, Spencer Dinwiddie returned from missing 14 games with torn ligaments in his right thumb that required surgery and the Nets sustained a 123-112 home loss to Charlotte. A night later, the Nets turned in an uglier performance by shooting 35.2 percent in a 117-88 loss at Miami.
Daily Fantasy Basketball Lineup
Fanpicks brings you another edition of our daily fantasy basketball lineup. March Madness may have all the attention at the moment, but these guys aren’t so bad themselves.
There are eight games on the NBA schedule tonight, and while none feature the Warriors or Thunder there are still some good matchups to pick your lineup from.
Damian Lillard and his Trail Blazers are in San Antonio to face the mighty Spurs. I expect Lillard to have a really big game. He always rises to the occasion against top teams, and often has a big performance after a down-game with fantasy points in the 20’s.
He will lead his Portland teammates into battle, as he will lead my pool of picks from the point tonight.
Let’s take a look at the rest of my daily fantasy basketball lineup.
Jeff Teague will man the other point spot. Teague’s been on a roll lately, and could easily be worth $7000+ for that kind of production. Sometimes he can be inconsistent (often due to the presence of Dennis Schroeder), but has been averaging a very impressive 30.5 fantasy points over his last 10 games.
The “Greek Freak” Giannis Antetokounmpo has been a fixture on my teams for the past two months. Luckily, he was much cheaper before and wasn’t far off these types of performances. I’m sticking with him at $10200. The man is a blue-collar worker with blue-chip talent.
Gary Harris drew the call as a last minute replacement for Bradley Beal, who was pulled from the lineup as warm up was breaking. Harris cane easily come through with 25 points and hopefully 35 (fantasy points).
Otto Porter has recorded 29, 26.7 and 34.9 fantasy points in his last three contests respectively. His playing time and increased, and his production followed.
As usual, aiming for the best value picks leaves me with some left over cash to do as you wish with when building your own rosters! Good luck to all!
DFS NBA Results
Since we offer you an array of fantasy options through our daily lineups or value pick articles, we decided to start showing you how those picks were doing with our DFS NBA results. If you didn’t follow and read us regularly before, maybe this will give you a little incentive.
In yesterday’s pre-game article I mentioned how I was banking on Bucks teammates Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton to produce at least 35 fantasy points. Well, they did that…and more. Much more in the case of the Greek Freak, who doubled that scoring 71.2 fantasy points in their game against Brooklyn. Middleton put up 43.5 fantasy points on his own as well.
I’ll take that, thank you.
Of course as anyone who has played daily fantasy sports before knows, none of that matters if you have even just one player who completely whiffs on his performance. Luckily, the worst production on my squad was from a big money earner whose “terrible” game would’ve buried me had he originally been a lower-priced, less talented player.
So at least when Monta Ellis lets you down, it’s to the tune of 19.6 fantasy points.
Jeff Teague also left me wanting more. 21.9 fantasy points isn’t what you expect from your near $7000 PG. The Hawks rolled all over the Pacers so the opportunities were there, but Teague couldn’t break through for fantasy owners.
Aside from the Bucks bros, Carmelo Anthony anchored this team. 47.4 fps is a nice number, especially when it’s the second highest on your team. Usually a good sign.
Brandon Bass ($4000); my biggest value pick going in, came through in the clutch with 20.5 fantasy points. Thankfully, he out performed his usual self and somewhat made up for the slow day Ellis had.
Myles Turner ($4900) was a value pick as well, and he definitely earned his “salary”. Turner came up with 30 fantasy points when the hopeful expectation was closer to 25. His day probably kept me in the money as just one more foul ball could’ve been the end of me.
All in all, everybody pulled their weight at the very least and some more than made up for where others lacked. And that’s a winning daily fantasy recipe.
DFS NBA Lineup & Value Plays
Another edition of our DFS NBA Lineup & Value Plays is upon us.
With only five games total today, and one being an early start we are left with a limited pool of talent to choose from. Thankfully, there is talent to choose from as the Knicks play the Lakers, Pacers face the Hawks, Jazz visit the Kings and the Nets host the Bucks.
The Nets, Knicks and Bucks may be bottom dwellers in the Eastern Conference standings, but they offer legitimate fantasy basketball options. The Bucks have a ton of young exciting talent especially, led by Giannis Antetokounmpo.
There were many game-day decisions today, as if often the case on the Sunday schedule so assembly came right down to the wire. My picks have been in the money all week, so let’s compare rosters again.
- My roster
As usual I have a heft amount of change left in my pocket. I always feel it’s more important to get the players I really want versus maxing out just for the sake of getting “better players:. It’s all about the matchup and what a player has to play for, so playoff runs and young guns with a bunch to prove highlight second-half of the season fantasy choices.
Antetokounmpo leads the squad again. He and teammate Khris Middleton will be heavily leaned on this evening with aspirations of 35+ fantasy points at the very least (each).
At PG Darren Collison was a nice value pick. D’Angelo Russell was my first choice but with limited options elsehwere and depth at point guard, the decision had to be made.
Kobe Bryant was on my avoid list. He was questionable heading into the game, so his potentially limited minutes were not an option.
Brandon Bass and Myles Turner were even bigger value picks. Priced at $4000 and $4900 respectively, as long as they can perform slightly above their average output your team shouldn’t suffer.
Milwaukee Bucks vs Brooklyn Nets
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The Nets are coming back from a tough stretch on the road, having lost 5 of their last 6. What’s really alarming is that the losses came against the some of the worst teams in the league. This game is ending a 9 game stretch where Brooklyn was on the road, recording a 3-6 record. It will be the 6th time they will face off against their old head coach Jason Kidd. Since Kidd’s trade in the summer of 2014, they’ve won only one game against him. The Nets have lost this year already twice to Milwaukee. They will need their offense to show some light since it’s really what’s been killing them, ranking 29th in the NBA in terms of scoring.
The Bucks come into this game hoping the NBA gods will allow them to make a serious run for a playoff berth. They’re on a 2 game winning streak and hoping to pull their 4th win in a row against the Nets. They need a lucky leapfrog of four teams for the 8th spot. They’re only however 6 points away with 16 games left in the season. Greg Monroe has been playing very well since his insertion lately in the starting lineup. They have a lot of potential in the future with excellent young players full of a talent and hard workers like Jabari Parker, Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo. The thing they will need to work on if they plan to make a serious run at a playoff bid is their road form. The Bucks have won only 8 games out of 24 away from home this campaign.
DFS NBA Lineup
Here we have a special edition of a DFS NBA Lineup. An 8 pm edition, meaning just two games to choose your players from. The Miami Heat vs Milwaukee Bucks, and at 8:30 pm the Detroit Pistons at Dallas Mavericks.
I only have two players from the Pistons-Mavs game, and I should probably have more but this two game format doesn’t leave many options in terms of mixing and matching salaries.
There were certain players I targeted and others that just made it because they were the best options for the available cap space.
Giannis Antetokounmpo was my first target. The Bucks star has been on an absolute tear of late, piling up stats in every category. He can put up between 30 and 65 fantasy points on any given night, so even at $9600 it’s worth taking the big man. He makes it fun to follow your daily fantasy roster.
Goran Dragic was a target as well, at $6800 you could do worse. I ended up stacking him and Dwyane Wade together as Khris Middleton would’ve given me just too many Bucks.
Luol Deng was a must have at that price. He is a great value pick again, capable of putting up 35+ fantasy points.
David Lee and Caldwell-Pope are my only two participants from the other game tonight. Dirk Nowitzki is a solid option, but I don’t think a monstrous game is in store for the veteran. Lee is a tremendous value at just $5000, I would have considered him even with a full slate of games to select from.
Caldwell-Pope is capable of having the type of games that win you DFS contests, but you just never know with him. Sometimes he puts up 11 fp, sometimes 25. This is my make or break pick.
Hassan Whiteside is the reward for taking some discounts. The Heat center should log his normal 30+ minutes (illness) and 30+ fantasy points for owners.
Basketball fantasy picks – 03/04/16
There’s eleven NBA games pick from Friday. A nice brass of elite value picks will be available, with the likes of LeBron James, John Wall and Paul George. But the question is will they deliver the merchandise. This is your basketball fantasy picks, presented by FanPicks RotoPicker.
- Kyrie Irving ($5,600)
Irving is averaging a career low 4.3 assists per game, this season. But after posting back-to-back 6 assists games and scoring at least 22 points in each one of them, it’s hard not to believe he won’t have a solid game against a questionable Wizard defense. He’s also 19-for-19 in free-throws, in the past three games
- Khris Middleton ($5,800)
Middleton has now scored at least 21 points in four straight games, and has hit the 20-point mark 27 times in 2015-16. The fourth-year wing is averaging career highs in points, assists, and threes.
- Dwayne Wade ($5,800)
Wade scored 24.6 points per game in the last 6 contest. He will continue to be a phenomenal fantasy option, as long as you don’t mind his old age.
- LeBron James ($7,300)
Last Sunday, the Wizard took advantage of a LeBron-less Cavaliers team, winning 113 to 99. It will be a different story on Friday night with James in the lineup, especially after a three days’ rest. He
- Giannis Antetokounmpo ($6,200)
Antetokounmpo has averaged 7.8 assists in the Bucks’ past five games, with coach and former point guard Jason Kidd giving the 21-year-old much of the ballhandling duties. Still, he remains a scoring threat and a force on the boards, averaging 17.9 points and 11.3 rebounds in his last eight.
- Aaron Gordon ($4,800)
Gordon has been a consistent two-category (rebounds & points) source of production, and he doesn’t appear to be in danger of losing minutes to teammate Ersan Ilyasova.
- Nikola Vucevic ($6,300)
While his defensive limitations have been well-documented, Vucevic’s offensive prowess can’t be denied. Vucevic is now averaging 23.3 points over his last six games, while shooting over 50 percent from the field in that span. Vucevic should be a prime DFS target on Friday, when he’ll take on the defensively-challenged Suns.
- Jabari Parker ($5,000)
In 2014, Parker was pegged as a likely fantasy/reality Rookie of the Year. Injuries delayed Parker’s full arrival…by a season and a half. He may not have won Rookie of the Year, but Parker is making a staggering late push for Most Improved Player.
- Mario Hezonja ($3,200)
“Super Mario” enjoyed his finest career performance in Wednesday’s victory, hitting multiple three’s for just the second time since Feb. 10. Receiving limited minutes, Hezonja has posted a pedestrian 33.6 percentage from beyond the arc this season.
Basketball Fantasy Picks
DFS Basketball Value Picks
Here we present to you our DFS Basketball Value Picks. Use these suggestions to help plug the holes in your roster, allowing you to save money with these great values and afford another sure-fire star. The first of seven games on the NBA schedule tips off at 7pm EST on this fabulous leap day, so make sure to have your rosters locked and loaded.
Darren Collison has stepped in nicely for Rajon Rondo. He has posted 42.5 fantasy points in his last two outings combined by scoring double-digit points and 3 to 5 assists and rebounds per game.
J.J. Redick has a fantastic matchup versus the Nets tonight, but more importantly has been averaging 20 fantasy points per game in his last three. At $4700, the sharp-shooter is a solid bet.
Lance Stephenson – If you’re looking for a mighty cheap option Stephenson might be your man. The Grizzly vet is listed at $3400 on Fanpicks and has produced five straight double-digit fantasy performances. If you’re strapped for cash, try your luck.
You might be confused as to why a star as big (pun intended) as Giannis Antetokounmpo is featured in a value picks article. $6100 is why. Maybe because he had a cool game last time out, but he is not in the top five salaries for forwards and has a great matchup with the Rockets.
Vince Carter has played 20 minutes or more in his last six games. The fun of having VC on your roster is unmeasurable, but his 15 fantasy point average over that span sure is. Carter is close to the bottom in terms of appointed salary, so his $3500 cap hit is worth rolling the dice on if you need a really low buy.
Use these picks to help fill your roster and win your DFS Basketball competition!
DFS NBA Picks
Another edition of DFS NBA Picks is upon us. With one 3pm start you had to get your rosters in early, unless you were taking part in only an Evening Game contest.
Tonight is an extra special edition as Steph Curry and his Golden State Warriors face off against the OKC Thunder. Let’s see which one of those star ballers made my DFS NBA picks.
- My Roster
The Superstars: Steph Curry, James Harden and Russ Westbrook. I didn’t select Curry in my last lineup as my lead superstar and it came back to haunt me. Can’t make the same mistake twice with the league MVP, “Steph! You’re in!”. Harden has had a really nice fantasy month. I’m banking on 35+ fantasy points. Russell Westbrook has been dynamite the last five games averaging 24.2 points, 11.4 assists, 7.2 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 0.2 blocks in 31 minutes played per game.
Star Power: Giannis Antekounmpo is the lone above-average regular in this lineup. He’s been on fire and is fun to watch dominate inside the paint. If he tops 30 fantasy points it will be a good day.
Role Players: Anderson Varejao, PJ Hairston and Tyson Chandler are all pretty cheap and allowed me to afford my big three (Curry, Harden, Westbrook). Varejao is seeing an increase in minutes since his deadline day trade, Hairston has 20 and 18 points in his last two contests so at $3200 I had to snatch him up. Tyson Chandler has multiple 20+ fantasy point games this month, so once again at that price I had to take a chance on such value.
X-Factor: Not to be confused with eachother, Dieng and Deng are my X-Factors. Dieng has been a whole new player since the end of January, almost putting up 25 fantasy points on a nightly basis, while veteran Luol Deng has seen a revival since stepping in for all the Heat injuries.
The plan is for the superstars to have super games, while my support players all perform to at least their average. One exceptional performance combined with that should propel you to top spot in your daily fantasy basketball contest.
Washington Wizards vs Milwaukee Bucks Fantasy Basketball News – 02/11/16
The Milwaukee Bucks (21-32) will host the Washington Wizards (23-27) Thursday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. FanPicks has this Fantasy basketball game on tap for tonight’s DFS action. Here are the latest Fantasy Basketball News:
The Wizards are coming back from New York, having bested the Knicks this past Tuesday, 111-108 and improving to a 12-11 record on the road. Washington shot 50% from the field and 61.5% from long range, seeing all their starters in double digits points. Their leader, John Wall tallied with 28 pts and 17 assists, shooting 10 out of 24 from the court. Wall averages a solid 20.1 pts per game with 9.9 assists having played in all the games this year for the team. Bradley Beal had a solid performance as well, adding up 26 pts, shooting 5 out of 8 from long range. Big man Marcin Gortat had a double double performance with 14 pts and 10 boards. Washington resides in 10th place in the Eastern Conference, trailing the Pistons by only 2.5 games for the 8th place and will hope to bounce back after this week’s all star weekend.
Milwaukee ended a 5 game losing streak this Tuesday by besting the Boston Celtics in a nailbiter, 112-111. Greg Monroe not only came off the bench but added a team leading 29 pts and 12 boards for a solid double-double, shooting 13 of 21 from the court. Michael Carter-Williams, added a solid 16 pts, 6 boards and 5 assists while Khris Middleton put up 20 pts, 5 boards and assists. The Bucks sit in the 13th place in the Eastern Conference coming into this game, having had a very disappointing 1st half of the season, standing 7th worst in the league in scoring with an average of online 98.1 pts per game.
Milwaukee Bucks vs New Orleans Pelicans – 01/23/16 Preview
Two young teams with a lot of potential will meet this Saturday night in New Orleans as the Milwaukee Bucks (19-26) face the Pelicans (15-27). The Pelicans are the odd favorites to win (line: -6.5). Play the most exciting daily fantasy basketball contest, including the newest Point Spread and $10K Grand Action contests only at Fanpicks the premiere daily fantasy sports site.
The Bucks were on a 3 game winning streak going into Houston but got defeated by the Rockets in a nailbiter, 102-98. The Bucks saw all of their starters with double digits scoring, including team-leading performances by Greg Monroe and Khris Middleton, both finishing with 21 points. Middleton currently averages 17.6 points per game and emerging as a team leader. Michael Carter-Williams and Jabari Parker both had double-doubles. The Bucks despite their recent upswing remain last in the Central DivisionMilwaukee struggled from beyond the arc, making only three shots from downtown. The Bucks remain dead last in the Central Division despite their recent upswing.
Currently in 5th in the Southwest Division, the Pelicans have been somewhat bouncing back lately with 4 wins in their last 5 outings. Their latest victory was a satisfying 115-99 home win against the Pistons on Thursday night where Anthony Davis recorded a team-high 32 pts, with 7 rebounds. Davis is currently averaging 23.4 points and 10.4 rebounds this season. Tyreke Evans had a double-double with 22 pts and 10 assists, while Ryan Anderson came off the bench for 13 pts moving the Pelicans to a 10-9 record at home. The Pelicans may be hitting their stride at the best moment as their next 5 games will be at home.
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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Washington Wizards
The Milwaukee Bucks (16-24) will be hosted by the Washington Wizards (17-19) 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 $25K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball
Milwaukee improved to 11-7 at home on Tuesday night with a win over visiting division rival Chicago, 106-101. Although currently sitting in a deep hole in last place in the Central Division, the Bucks have the opportunity to play spoiler heading into the midway point of the season, as evidenced by recent victories over the Mavericks and Pacers. All five Milwaukee starters posted double digits on Tuesday, with Giannis Antetokounmpo leading the charge with 29 points and 10 rebounds, shooting 10-of-14 from the floor. Greg Monroe contributed his own double-double with 17 points and 12 boards in a game that saw the team make only 3 of 13 attempts from long range. Khris Middleton, who has been the team’s leading scorer all season with an average of 16.9 points per contest, was true to form with 16 points in this outing.
The Wizards return home after a two-game road trip that saw them log impressive wins against the Orlando Magic and Chicago Bulls. Their 114-100 Monday night victory over the Bulls was their ninth win away from home this season and was highlighted by seven Wizards players scoring in double digits. John Wall recorded another double-double with 17 points and 10 assists, while Ramon Sessions came off the bench with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Wall is putting up 9.6 assists in Washington’s 2015-16 campaign, second-best in the NBA behind Rajon Rondo. Drew Gooden had his own double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds as Washington prepares to contest seven of their next nine games at home where they are 8-11.