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Miami Heat   vs. Denver Nuggets

Author : Aldo Panessidi

The Miami Heat  (22-17) will be hosted by the Denver Nuggets (15-24) 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 LineupMiami is in the midst of a lengthy road stretch and it’s clear they miss South Beach with the recent form they’ve shown. They have now lost four of their last five games and just recently lost their starting point guard to an injury. Goran Dragic will miss at least the next three games with a calf injury and that comes at a bad time considering they traded their backup point guard earlier in the season. That has left Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh with more responsibility and they’ve both been stepping up lately even in the losses. The defense has been the key all season allowing about 95 points per game, but that has faltered a bit lately, as the Heat have allowed at least 95 points in six-straight games. This may be a good opportunity to get on track against a weak offense like the Nuggets though.

Denver has had a rough season, but they are coming off their best win in quite some time. They defeated a 36-2 Golden State Warriors team, despite allowing 38 points to Steph Curry. Danilo Gallinari was the hero in that game, as he scored 28 points and snatched the game-capping steal in the win. He has been brilliant since returning from injury two weeks ago, as he is averaging over 26 points a game since. With how bad this team was struggling a few weeks back, it would have seemed like a miracle that they could beat the Warriors and Heat in back-to-back games, but that may just happen. That has become a nearly 50 percent chance, as this game’s spread is nearly dead-even heading into Thursday night.

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Denver Nuggets vs. Memphis Grizzlies

 

The Denver Nuggets (13-23) will be hosted by the Memphis Grizzlies (19-18) 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 The Nuggets finally put a halt to a six-game skid on Wednesday night, edging the Minnesota Timberwolves on the road in a low-scoring affair, 78-74. Danilo Gallinari led the team in production as one of only two players on the team to score in double digits, putting up 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Gallinari also made 6 of 7 shots from the foul line. Kostas Papanikolaou scored a double-double off the bench with 15 points and 10 rebounds while Denver shot a putrid 35.8% from the field. The team is 8th worst in the NBA in both offense and defense, averaging 98.8 points and allowing opponents to put up 103.4 points per game. The Nuggets are 5-11 at home and will return from Memphis for an eight-game stand at Pepsi Center against some of the best teams in the West, including Golden State and Oklahoma City.

The Grizzlies have been the picture of inconsistency all season long, losing their latest game on the road to the Oklahoma City Thunder, 112-94, as they remain in third place in the Southwest Division. Mario Chalmers, who has been a boon for the team since being acquired for their 2105-16 campaign, led Memphis in scoring off the bench with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists, making 4 of 8 three-point attempts in the process. Chalmers is averaging 10.5 points for the team on the season. Matt Barnes added 13 points but wasn’t able to find a rhythm from long range, putting in only one triple in six attempts. Friday’s contest will be the first of a six-game stretch at home for the Grizzlies

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Denver Nuggets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves

 

The Denver Nuggets (12-23) will be hosted by the Minnesota Timberwolves  (11-22) at the Target Center in Minneapolis 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 The Nuggets are quickly sliding towards the cellar of the Northwest Division and with a loss to the Wolves on Wednesday, they will reach that destination. Denver has gone 1-9 in their past 10 games, their most recent loss coming on Sunday against the Trail Blazers 112-106. In his second game back from a sprained ankle Danilo Gallinari led the way for the Nuggets with a game-high 29 points (8-13 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 11-16 FT), five rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block in 36 minutes. Kenneth Faried was able to play in the loss only a game after enduring a scary injury to his neck which resulted in him being taken out of the stadium in a stretcher. In his return to the court Faried had 13 points (6-14 FG, 1-5 FT), nine rebounds, one assist, and a block in 27 minutes. Rookie Emmanuel Mudiay returned to practice on Tuesday who has been held out of action since spraining his ankle on Dec. 11. If he is able to play on Wednesday, it would most likely be in a limited role, coming off the bench for Jameer Nelson. The Nuggets are 2-1 against the Timberwolves this season, winning the last matchup on Dec. 15, 112-100.

The Timberwolves haven’t been much better than their Northwest Division counterpart, going 1-7 in their past eight games. Their most recent loss came on Monday to the league-worst 76ers 109-99. Shabazz Muhammad had a season-high 20 points (8-11 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 3-4 FT), with three rebounds, an assist, and a steal in 34 minutes off the bench. Andrew Wiggins added 16 points (4-9 FG, 8-10 FT), three rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and a steal over 25 minutes. Nikola Pekovic has a “50-50” chance of playing on Wednesday after being cleared for full contact practices last week. If he does play, it will be in a very limited role. The Timberwolves are lowly 7-10 at home this season.

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Daily Fantasy NBA Basketball Picks 12-22-15

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POINT GUARD

Mike Conley

Mike Conley star point guard for the Memphis Grizzlies should have an outstanding game against the Philadelphia 76ers, who have dreadful overall this season.  The 76ers performance against point guards has been terrible and continues to trend downward.  Both Kendall Marshall ad TJ McConell have gotten the call to split time at the point guard spot which doesn’t fare well for their defensive chances.  Conley’s game as of late has been amazing.  He scored 20 points during each of his last 2 games… we expect Conley to continue his strong play against the luckless Sixers

 

Jameer Nelson

Still filling in for Mudiay… Jameer Nelson is seeing a lot of court time.  The Lakers game against point guards continues to be poor which explains why they are currently ranked the worst in the league.  We expect, Nelson who had a solid 15 point performance in 37 minutes against New Orleans, could take advantage against the Lakers. Nelson has scored in double figures in each of the last 5 games.  We believe Louis Williams will more than likely see the most action against Nelson.

 

FORWARD

Goran Dragic

We look to 4th ranked point guard in the league, Reggie Jackson, to give Dragic a tough matchup.  Currently, Dragic is averaging 11.3 points just below his career average of 12.6 points with the drop off in 3-pointers being really apparent.  Dragic is a career .357 3-point shooter but this year is only shooting .277 from behind the arc.  Nonetheless we think he should be coming out of his slump

SHOOTING GUARD

Will Barton

At the moment Will Barton is showing GAME!  Having just come off one of the best games his career game, during which, Barton scored 32 points with seven 3-pointers.  Currently, Barton averages 15.3 points a game and is 6th in the league among small forwards in efficiency. He would also be sixth among shooting guards in the same category. Barton goes into a favorable matchup against the Lakers. The Lakers are currently the worst in the league in terms of giving up fantasy points to shooting guards. Look for Jordan Clarkson or Kobe Bryant to guard Barton, which in either case would favor the Nuggets’ sixth man.

 

Wesley Matthews

While the Mavericks’ Wesley Matthews has the potential for game… he has been struggling, scoring only 13 points against Phoenix, and a combined 6 points against Indiana and Memphis while playing only 29 minutes per game on average.  Matthews will be facing Toronto one of the league’s top defender against shooting guards.

 

SMALL FORWARD

James Johnson

Ever since the Raptors realized that Terrence Ross wasn’t cutting it in Carroll’s place; Johnson was appointed to start the last two games.  Johnson has posted double figures in his last two games, scoring 14 points each against Sacramento and Minnesota.  However, we believe that Dallas will test him, as the Mavericks have shown that they are exceptionally good at keeping fantasy scores lower for small forwards.  He will probably be shadowed by Chandler Parsons, and while Johnson is not an explosive player he is more than capable to put up numbers

 

Matt Barnes

Barnes continues to start for the Grizz as they go small in an effort to bring Z-Bo off the bench and mismatch their rotations. Barnes has only averaged 8.9 points per contest but could see greener pastures against the Sixers who can’t seem to stop anyone. No team is worse than the Sixers at defending small forwards when using fantasy points as a metric. The Sixers’ Robert Covington could give Barnes problems with his length. Covington is 6’9” while Barnes is 6’6”.

 

Danilo Gallinari

The Italian sniper, Danilo Gallinari will face the Lakers which could very well result in a  high scoring game for him. Gallinari is 7th in efficiency among small forwards and is averaging a little over 17 points a game. One interesting note about Gallinari is that if his shot isn’t falling, he is being aggressive and getting to the free throw line.  He scored 11 of his 18 points from the stripe in his last game. Gallinari’s 18 points came in just 23 minutes, before he was injured with an ankle sprain. The Lakers are the 3rd worst team in the league in defending fantasy points among small forwards. Gallinari will likely see Kobe Bryant most of the night, if he plays.

 

POWER FORWARD

Kenneth Faried

Faried is a popular play tonight against a Laker team allowing worse than league average production against opposing power forwards this season.

 

CENTER

Bismack Biyombo

Rarely does a guy come along who has absolutely no role on the offensive end and is yet still very much a play in DFS.  My boy Bismack fits the bill. He’s crazy athletic, looks perfectly at home on the court and exists as the fifth option on offense with the first unit. And calling him the fifth option is really doing him a solid because he’s probably more like the 10th option as you should count all the other guys twice before ever getting to him. But he’s rebounding like a madman and playing crazy minutes. This short slate doesn’t have me wanting to get big money on center.

 

Marc Gasol

He should dominate Philly and Jahlil tonight. The only issue is whether he sees anything close to the right amount of minutes. There’s always a good chance Philly gets run out of the gym and that’s the end of the Grizz starter’s minutes. Gasol has big offensive upside, but it isn’t consistent. The thought of that plus his minutes going awry is troubling.

 

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