NBA Rundown

Wednesday Fantasy Basketball

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Kings vs Cavaliers

The Cleveland Cavaliers are mired in a funk and LeBron James is getting mighty antsy about it. Cleveland dropped five of its last seven games, including Monday’s 124-122 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.

Rockets vs Celtics

The Rockets have been exchanging wins and losses for the past seven games (3-4) and five of the results have been decided by at least 13 points.

Heat vs Nets

The Miami Heat picked up a signature win and found a third star to compliment Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside in a 105-102 triumph over the NBA-best Golden State Warriors on Monday. The Heat will try to push their season-best winning streak to five straight against the Brooklyn Nets.

Hawks vs Bulls

The Atlanta Hawks steamrolled over the Chicago Bulls for three quarters on Friday. They are now set to meet for a third time this season. Chicago’s reserves played a dominating fourth quarter to significantly close the gap as Atlanta claimed a 102-93 decision.

76ers vs Bucks

The Philadelphia 76ers continue to make stunning strides and look to lasso their 10th victory in 13 contests versus the Milwaukee Bucks. The 76ers will be without star center Joel Embiid (knee) for the second straight night, but his absence didn’t prevent the club from posting a 121-110 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.

Raptors vs Grizzlies

The Memphis Grizzlies have had plenty of time to stew over their most lopsided home loss of the season. Legs should be fresh for their matchup with the Toronto Raptors. The Canadian team is coming off a 108-106 home loss to San Antonio on Tuesday and have lost three straight on the second half of back-to-backs.

Thunder vs Pelicans

The New Orleans Pelicans managed to earn a win without All-Star forward Anthony Davis on Monday but would prefer to have their best player available on Wednesday. Davis would serve as the last line of defense against Russell Westbrook’s drives to the basket.

Warriors vs Hornets

The Golden State Warriors haven’t dropped back-to-back regular-season games since April 2015 and will put that streak on the line against the Charlotte Hornets. The Warriors had their latest winning streak end at seven straight in a 105-102 setback at Miami on Monday.

Knicks vs Mavericks

The New York Knicks finally managed to pull out a close game on Monday, though it probably never should have gotten tight at the end in the first place. The Knicks will try to build a lead and maintain it throughout the fourth quarter this time versus the Dallas Mavericks.

Lakers vs Trail Blazers

The Los Angeles Lakers are coming off the worst loss in franchise history. They were routed 122-73 by the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday, and the 49-point margin of defeat marked their second 40-point loss during a stretch in which they have suffered six defeats in the last seven games.

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Dwyane Wade returns to Miami

Dwyane Wade won three NBA titles in 13 seasons with the Miami Heat before departing for Chicago as a free agent last summer. Wade makes his first visit to South Beach as a visiting player when the Bulls battle Miami on Thursday (Enter Contest).

Animosity with Heat president Pat Riley lingers from the breakdown in offseason negotiations that led him to go play for his hometown of Chicago. Wade scored 25 points on Wednesday but the Bulls lost 115-107 to the host Atlanta Hawks for their fourth loss in five games. Miami also has dropped four of its last five games after suffering a 97-85 road loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday.

ABOUT THE BULLS (4-4)

Dwyane Wade, a 12-time All-Star, had his second-highest scoring output of the season while making 10-of-17 shots and contributing a season-best five steals in the loss to the Hawks. The 34-year-old is averaging 17.9 points, a distant second on the Bulls behind fellow All-Star guard Jimmy Butler (23.3), who is Chicago’s primary scoring option. Butler scored a season-high 39 points against Atlanta. It was his highest total since a career-best 53-point effort against Philadelphia last January. He also contributed with seven assists and matched his career high of six steals in Wednesday’s game. Point guard Rajon Rondo is averaging just 6.8 assists and has reached double digits only once.

ABOUT THE HEAT (2-4)

Miami is still adapting to not having Wade and the current top scoring options are point guard Goran Dragic (18 points per game) and center Hassan Whiteside (17.5 points, team-best 13.8 rebounds). Backup forward James Johnson scored a season-best 18 points against Oklahoma City and is averaging 14.5 points over the past two games. The Heat won all four of last season’s meetings, including victories by 22 and 18 points.

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NBA Fantasy Weekend Leaders

 

This was an exciting weekend in the Fantasy NBA world. A couple of NBA players hit fantasy numbers that we have not seen the likes of this season. When a heavy hitter like that generates such huge numbers, it is essential to have that pick or you are immediately out of contention in your NBA Daily Fantasy Tournament. Sometimes its just luck, but keep in mind, even though a player has not been hitting huge numbers recently, if he is the key man on a team, he always has potential to generate some big fantasy value.

 

Damian Lillard started things off on Friday with a huge game that led to a big win over the Warriors. He was hot from the outside shooting 9 for 12 from the three point line, racking up a total of 51 game points. He added on to that 7 assists and 6 steals for a total of 52 fantasy points, a rare occurrence of a player breaking that 50 point barrier.

 

However, he was not the only one to put up big numbers on Friday. Demarcus Cousins put up 49 fantasy points of his own as the Kings won against the Nuggets. While Lillard generated his value with threes, Cousins did so in the paint putting up 37 points with 20 rebounds for a huge double double.

 

Russell Westbrook provided similar value, but in a different way than each of the other two. He only scored 23 game points but he matched that with 18 assists on his way to a total of 42 fantasy points. If you just happened to put these three players in the same lineup, chances are you were in the money no matter who you picked at the rest of your positions.

 

For the rest of thew weekend only one player was able to exceed that 40 point barrier on each day. On Saturday that player was Hassan Whiteside for a big win for the Heat over the Wizards. Whiteside had a similar game to Cousins the day before. He had a big double double with points and rebounds putting up 25 game points and 23 rebounds. All in all he had 42.5 fantasy points.

 

But the real show happened on Sunday as Anthony Davis racked up the largest fantasy point total of any player so far this season and became the first player to break the 60 fantasy point barrier. He was 24 for 34 from inside the arch putting up a total of 59 game points out of his teams total 111 points for the day. Additionally, he had 4 assists and 20 rebounds for his groundbreaking total of 66.5 fantasy points. The next closest from this season was Draymond Green when he put up 56.5 fantasy points with a triple double on January 2nd.

 

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| PlayerName       |   Points   | Assists | Rebounds | Steals | FantasyPoints |

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| Anthony Davis     |      59 |           4 |           20 |            0 |             66.5 |

| Damian Lillard     |      51 |           7 |             0 |            6 |               52 |

| DeMarcus Cousins |   37 |           2 |            20 |           1 |                49 |

| Hassan Whiteside |     25 |          0 |            23 |          0 |              42.5 |

| Russell Westbrook |    23 |        18 |             3 |            2 |               42 |

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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:

Projected Lineup
Starting Lineup

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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Miami Heat vs Washington Wizards – 01/20/16 Preview

Verizon Center is the home for tonight’s showdown between the Miami Heat (23-19) and the Washington Wizards (19-21). Both teams are at a crucial crossroads in their respective seasons right now. 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 Point Spread  and $10K Grand Action contests only at Fanpicks the premiere daily fantasy sports site

Projected LineupStarting Lineup

 

The Heat have dropped 5 of their last 6 games. They lost 91-71, at home on Tuesday night against the Milwaukee Bucks. Both Chris Bosh and Hassan Whiteside had 23 points apiece in the loss, with Whiteside 18 rebounds onto his stat sheet. The center ranks 4th in the NBA for rebounds, averaging 11.3 per game. Miami has the worst percentage of shots from the field this season, with a 36.5% efficiency. But on the bright side, they maintain the 2nd best defense in the league, giving up an average 95.5 points per game. They will be undergoing 5 game East road trip, during which they’ll tangle with the Bulls and Raptors before concluding with another match-up with the Bucks on January 29th.

 

The Wizard entered the weekend riding a 4 game winning streak, but have since dropped 2 in a row. They hold a 9-13 record at home this season. Washington suffered a 108-98 loss this past Monday against the Portland Trail Blazers. Shooting guard Garrett Temple did his best to keep his team competitive with an 18 points performance. Marcin Gortat also participated to the production, putting up 16 points and hauling in 13 boards. All-Star John Wall had an underwhelming 9 points. The Wizard allowed an average of 104.2 points per game, ranking them 24th in the league in that category.

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Bucks vs Heat

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The Milwaukee Bucks (18-25) make the trip down to South Florida to take on the Miami Heat (23-18) at the American Airlines Arena on Tuesday. 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

Projected Lineup

Starting Lineup

The Bucks will come into Tuesday’s contest with a full two days of rest. They secured a trio of victories last week against Chicago, Atlanta and Charlotte, all teams with superior records. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and Greg Monroe have stepped up their game for the Bucks as of late. The Greek Freak has four consecutive double-doubles and five straight contests with double-digit rebounds, Middleton has 20 points or more in six of his last seven games, and Monroe has posted five straight double-doubles, as well as double-digit scoring performances in nine out of the last 10 contests. Those 3 spearheaded the Bucks’ most recent win, a 105-92 victory over the Hornets on Saturday. Middleton paced the starters with 24 points, Monroe contributed 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Antetokounmpo tallied 14 points and hauled in 11 boards.

 

The Heat are returning home, coming back from a miserable 2-4 road. Their injured list continues to pile up, as virtually every member of their roster is affected by some type of ailment. Miami’s 2 best point guards, Goran Dragic and Beno Udrih, are both on the shelf with calf and neck injuries, respectively. The pair are going to miss Tuesday’s tilt. Gerald Green is also dealing with injury. He will likely be questionable with knee tendinitis. Erik Spoelstra’s squad were blown out in their most recent outing, a forgettable 99-74 beating at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Despite suffering from a shoulder injury, Dwayne Wade led his team with 22 points, while Hassan Whiteside, also dealing with injury, had a second strong performance in a row. He put up 14 points and hauled in 10 boards.

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Fanpicks.com NBA Game Preview

The Indiana Pacers (19-14) will face the Miami Heat (20-13) in the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami on Monday. Dominate your competitions with our free to use RotoPicker tool, create the winning fantasy NBA contest lineups for Fanpicks.com

The Indiana Pacers could use a victory after splitting their last 10 games. The Indiana Pacers are averaging 102.5 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 98.6 points on 44.3 percent shooting. Paul George is averaging 24.5 points and 7.7 rebounds while C.J. Miles is averaging 14.5 points and 1.1 assists. Monta Ellis is dishing 4.5 assists and George Hill is grabbing four rebounds. The Indiana Pacers are shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc and 75 percent from the free throw line. The Pacers are allowing 33 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 16.1 turnovers per game. The Indiana Pacers have lost six of their last seven road games.

The Miami Heat look for another victory after winning six of their last 10 games. The Miami Heat are averaging 97.2 points on 46.6 percent shooting and allowing 95.1 points on 42.9 percent shooting. Dwayne Wade is averaging 18.6 points and 4.6 assists while Chris Bosh is averaging 18.4 points and 8.1 rebounds. Hassan Whiteside is grabbing 11.2 rebounds and Goran Dragic is dishing 5.3 assists. The Miami Heat are shooting 33.5 percent from beyond the arc and 72.9 percent from the free throw line. The Heat are allowing 33 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 12.5 turnovers per game. The Miami Heat have won six of their last 10 home games.

The Pacers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Southeast. The Heat are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record and 6-20 ATS in their last 26 vs. NBA Central. The Pacers are 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings.

The Pacers have been flat out brutal on the road as of late. Meanwhile, the Heat are slowly figuring things out on the offensive end and seem to be clicking more than the beginning of the season.

 

Expected Starting Lineups (not confirmed):

Indiana Pacers

PG: George Hill
SG: Monta Ellis
SF: Paul George
PF: Lavoy Allen
C: Ian Mahinmi

Miami Heat

PG: Goran Dragic
SG: Dwyane Wade
SF: Luol Deng
PF: Chris Bosh
C: Hassan Whiteside

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NBA Fantasy Basketball Draft News 10-18-2015

Miami Heat is Hoping That Their Experience Can Lead the Team Back to the Playoffs

The Miami Heat concluded play last season with a record of 37-45 and missed the playoffs. They were a game behind the eighth place finisher in the Eastern Conference the Brooklyn Nets. It was their first year of play after LeBron James decided to return to Cleveland. Heading into last season many had pegged the Miami Heat with enough talent to make the playoffs. A team with Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade certainly should have been enough to carry the team into a playoff berth in a weak Eastern conference. But the Heat was struck with major concern to the health of their impact big man Chris Bosh. He was forced to miss the final 38 regular season games as he was struck with blood clots in his lungs that required extensive medical care. It was enough to force him to miss the remainder of the 2014-15 campaign. The good news is that Bosh is healthy and expected to be ready at 100% for the start of the regular season.

Miami Heat PG:

Goran Dragic

The 29 year old point guard was acquired from Phoenix last year and played in 52 games for the Heat. In 33 minutes a contest he shot .50% from the field and averaged 16 points with four assists. Expect those assists totals to go up now that Chris Bosh will be playing side by side with him for a full season. It was just two seasons ago where Dragic averaged 20 points and six assists per game in his time with the Phoenix Suns.

Miami Heat SG:

Dwyane Wade

Wade is a tough choice on NBA one day fantasy league rosters because his name will always appear on injury reports questioning his status for upcoming games. He is 33 years old and has played 12 years in the league. Last year he averaged nearly 32 minutes a game and shot 47% from the floor with 21.5 points per game tally. His three point shooting had digressed which is a sign his aging and what his lack of health has done to his body. You have to respect his points per game average but he contributed with 3 ½ boards and nearly five assists per game. Just be careful on back to back nights with Wade as the Heat coaching staff may look to reduce his minutes in those spots.

Miami Heat PF:

Chris Bosh

This is Chris Bosh’ team now and has experience as the floor leader dating back to his days with the Toronto Raptors. Before his illness he contributed with 21 points and 7 rebounds per game average in his 44 games a season ago. He shot 46% from the floor and space opened up for Bosh in the paint now that LeBron is gone.

Miami Heat SF:

Luol Deng

A 30 year old with 11 years of experience in the league Deng is coming off his first season in Miami by hitting on 47% of shots and averaging 14 points and five rebounds per game. Deng shooting percentage was his best in seven seasons. At 35% from the three point line it was still over Deng’s career mark. The benefit of having Deng on the court with Bosh is that the shooting forward can hit shots from the outside which allows Bosh more room to operate down low.

Miami Heat C:

Hassan Whiteside

Whiteside is in his third year and was one of the NBA’s biggest surprises last season. He was an NBA fantasy darling who came rather cheaply in one day leagues and produced big numbers. Last year was his first with the Heat and Whiteside averaged nearly 12 points and 11 rebounds per game with 2 ½ blocked shots.

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