Tag: James Harden
NBA EZ Pick Preview 03/19/19
Take a look at the matchups set for this Tuesday’s EZ Pick.
James Harden vs Stephen Curry
James Harden played through a strained neck and hit just 8-of-24 shots, 4-of-12 3-pointers, and didn’t even attempt a free throw to finish with 20 points, two rebounds, 10 assists and a steal in Sunday’s win over Minnesota. The good news is he played and the Rockets have four games this week, but they have a back-to-back on Tuesday and Wednesday at Atlanta and Memphis, and Mike D’Antoni seems to be in “rest guys” mode. It’s quite possible that Harden rests for one of those games, but at this point of the season, you kind of have to go with the guys who got you here. And Harden is definitely one of those guys. Even if he only plays in three games, he should still rack up some ridiculous stats, and he hopefully got his bad game out of his system tonight. He also took a hard fall and was having his neck worked on throughout the night, but the chances of him playing in at least three games this week seem to be good. And in case you’re wondering, outside of All-Star games and the playoffs, the last time he didn’t attempt a free throw in a regular-season game appears to have been Jan. 2 of 2015. Crazy.
Stephen Curry hit 9-of-25 shots during Monday’s loss to the Spurs, finishing with 25 points, seven boards, eight dimes, six triples, three steals, one block and two turnovers in 37 minutes. Curry got off to a slow start in this one, missing his first seven shots, and overall, he just seemed a bit off. He did, however, have a hashtag StephGonSteph moment to close out the first quarter, drilling a 60-footer to beat the buzzer, which accounted for his fourth-career make from beyond 50 feet. Curry has been in a mini-slump over the past five-games, connecting on just 37.5% of his field goal attempts, but the counting stats have remained stellar.
Chris Paul vs Jimmy Butler
Chris Paul returned from a rest and hit 8-of-12 shots, 6-of-7 3-pointers and 3-of-3 free throws on his way to 25 points, seven rebounds, 10 assists, a steal and one 3-pointer in Sunday’s 117-102 win over the Wolves. He dominated, and we mean dominated, Tyus Jones tonight, and is hot heading into a four-game week for his fantasy owners. He was rested on Friday, but looked like a well-rested, well-oiled machine Sunday night. Hopefully Mike D’Antoni isn’t planning on resting him in the upcoming four-game week, but just keep in mind that the Rockets do have a back-to-back on Tuesday and Wednesday against the Hawks and Memphis, both of which are road games. We’re starting Paul in Week 23 where we own him, and his six 3-pointers tied his season high.
Jimmy Butler went 8-of-16 from the field and 9-of-13 from the line on his way to 27 points during Sunday’s win over the Bucks. Butler added six rebounds, three assists, three steals, two turnovers and a surprise two triples over his 34 minutes of floor time, and his defense was instrumental in Philly pulling off the win in Milwaukee.
Ben Simmons vs Kemba Walker
Ben Simmons flirted with a poor man’s triple-double during Sunday’s win over the Bucks, registering eight points, nine rebounds, nine assists and three turnovers in 35 minutes. Simmons got off to a sluggish start, going just 2-of-6 from the field through the first half of action, and he didn’t attempt a single shot through the entirety of the third quarter. Some of that had to do with him taking a backseat to the Joel Embiid show, and some of it had to do with Giannis Antetokounmpo’s suffocating defense, but he should have a more productive outing on Tuesday against the Hornets.
Kemba Walker was held to just 10 points on 4-of-16 shooting during Sunday’s blowout loss to the Heat, adding two triples, four boards, four dimes, one steal and three turnovers in 36 minutes. The Heat did a nice job of taking the ball out of Walker’s hands, blitzing him every time he touches the rock, and he finished the first half of action with just five points on 2-of-8 shooting. It didn’t get much better for him after halftime, and with the Hornets dropping this one they now sit 1.5 games behind the Heat for the No. 8 spot out East. Charlotte has lost 12 of their last 17 games, and have a tough schedule to close out the year, so their postseason hopes are looking pretty grim at the moment.
Draymond Green vs Tobias Harris
Draymond Green racked up 10 points for Golden State on Monday night. The Warriors hve now dropped to 47-22 on the season and are now tied with Denver for top spot in the Western Conference standings.
Tobias Harris finished with 12 points, seven rebounds, four assists, one 3-pointer, one steal and zero turnovers through 34 minutes of floor time against the Bucks on Sunday.
De’Aaron Fox vs Trae Young
Sacramento is fourth in the Western Conference with 25.6 assists per game, led by De’Aaron Fox averaging 7.2.
Trae Young scored 20 points on 9-of-18 in Sunday’s loss to the Magic, adding six rebounds and five assists with just two turnovers. Young went 0-of-5 from distance, but still managed his third straight game of 20 or more points, doing much of his damage on a flurry of mid-range runners. The 20-year-old has shot an impressive 27-of-47 (57.4 percent) from the floor over his last three games.
NBA EZ Pick Preview 03/05/19
Take a look at the matchups set for this Tuesday’s EZ Pick.
James Harden vs Russell Westbrook
All-Star guard James Harden is averaging 50 points over the past two contests and he has scored 40 or more points on 24 occasions after pouring in 42 during Sunday’s 115-104 road win over the Boston Celtics. “We’re finally healthy, so yeah. It feels good,” Harden told reporters of his club’s recent strong play. “We’re winning, guys know their roles, we’re executing defensively, we’re helping each other out, we’re talking. That’s all it’s about.” Harden made six 3-pointers against Boston to follow up a stellar performance in which he made eight 3-pointers while scoring 58 in a win over the Miami Heat on Thursday. He scored 35 points as the Rockets notched a 121-119 home victory over the Raptors on Jan. 25.
Point guard Russell Westbrook was just 7-of-20 shooting but scored 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter in the comeback win over the Grizzlies. Westbrook has been the Thunder player most affected by George’s absence, though. Before George’s injury, Westbrook was making strides from behind the 3-point line, shooting better than 48 percent from behind the arc over three games while making an average of more than six per game. But without George, Westbrook is shooting less than 23 percent from behind the 3-point line.
Kawhi Leonard vs Paul George
Raptors once again rested All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard on Sunday. Leonard made the decisive basket with three seconds left in Friday’s 119-117 home victory over the Portland Trail Blazers but the club held him out two days later, marking the 18th game he has missed this season. “They’re just doing the right precautions to make sure I’m healthy down the road,” Leonard told reporters. “I only played nine games last year so the boost is like 200 percent or something like that. It’s all about the body. I know what the bigger picture is.”
Oklahoma City has struggled without All-Star forward Paul George (shoulder) and whether or not he misses a fourth straight game will likely be determined on Tuesday. Oklahoma City failed to reach 100 points on Sunday for the first time since Jan. 6 as the offensive attack didn’t have its typical flow without George and his 28.6 points per game average. “With Paul out, certainly offensively, it’s been a challenge the last several games,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said afterward. “I’ve been trying to find a way to keep helping our guys offensively in order to create an identity with him being out.”
Karl-Anthony Towns vs Nikola Vucevic
All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns had 28 points in the loss to Washington after scoring over 30 in each of the previous three games.
Nikola Vucevic paced Orlando with 28 points, 13 rebounds and six assists while shooting 13 of 16 on Sunday against Cleveland.
Stephen Curry vs Damian Lillard
Two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry battled foul trouble on Saturday and went 5-of-15 from 3-point range but hit big shots in the fourth quarter.
Damian Lillard went 9-of-20 from the field and 1-of-1 from the stripe on his way to 23 points over 36 minutes in an easy win over the Hornets on Sunday. Lillard added four triples, three boards, two assists, two steals and two turnovers while he was out there, but he took a bit of a backseat to the Jusuf Nurkic and Rodney Hood show, as he spent most of his energy locking up Kemba Walker on the defensive end of the floor. It was a solid outing, but we’d anticipate a more robust stat line on Tuesday in Memphis.
Kyrie Irving vs Jimmy Butler
The general feeling for most of the season has been that Boston’s parts aren’t connecting as a whole, with All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving receiving most of the blame. Irving and his teammates should have plenty of time together to get on the same page on the four-game road trip, which also stops in Sacramento and Los Angeles.
Jimmy Butler (lower back tightness) is not listed on the injury report ahead of Tuesday’s game vs. Orlando. Butler did not participate in practice Monday, but the fact that he isn’t listed on the injury report at this point is a positive sign. That being said, things could very well change between now and tipoff Tuesday night. T.J. McConnell and Jonathon Simmons are two players whose minutes would likely be impacted if Butler is unable to play. Butler scored 21 points in Saturday’s loss to the Warriors.
Draymond Green vs Tobias Harris
Draymond Green was exceptional in primetime against the 76ers on Saturday, scoring six points (2-of-4 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs) with nine rebounds, 10 assists, three steals and three turnovers in 35 minutes. Green got off to a slow start, but ended up being a big reason why the Warriors got back on track with a victory. He’s only scored in double figures once in his last five games, but he’s got two double-digit assist games in that same span. He might get some nights off as the season winds down, but he’ll still be a valuable asset in the fantasy playoffs.
76ers SF Tobias Harris scored 20 or more points in each of the last six games.
Zach Lavine vs Mike Conley
Guard Zach LaVine dipped from a career-high 47 points in 56 minutes on Friday to 12 points in 28 minutes on Sunday.
Standout point guard Mike Conley (general soreness) missed the Oklahoma City game on Sunday so Delon Wright was inserted into the starting lineup. Conley will be back in action on Tuesday vs. the Blazers.
Klay Thompson vs Chris Paul
Klay Thompson (knee) will not suit up for Tuesday’s game against the Celtics. This will be Thompson’s second straight game on the sidelines, and now he’ll have another two days to rest up for Friday’s game against the Nuggets. Damion Lee or Andre Iguodala will likely draw the start tonight, and there will be more minutes available for Alfonzo McKinnie, while Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins will see an uptick in usage.
Chris Paul racked up 15 points, 12 assists, six rebounds, three steals, three 3-pointers and one block in Sunday’s 115-104 win vs. the Celtics. The Rockets improved to 12-0 when Paul gets double-digit assists this season — if you go back to last season, they’re now 27-1. James Harden is obviously the driving force for this team, but Paul’s importance was crystallized in the Western Conference Finals last season, when his hamstring injury derailed the Rockets. He’s surging with first-round value in the past month and shouldn’t be at risk of many (if any) DNPs due to the tight playoff race.
C.J. McCollum vs Kyle Lowry
Shooting guard CJ McCollum had just six points on 2-of-13 shooting against Charlotte on Sunday but exploded for 40 points – matching a season high – during a 92-83 loss to the Grizzlies on Dec. 12.
Point guard Kyle Lowry scored a season-best 35 points in Sunday’s setback against the Piston.
Otto Porter Jr vs Aaron Gordon
Bulls SF Otto Porter Jr. (rest) sat out Sunday and Chicago dropped to 0-2 with him out of the lineup. Porter is averaging 19.8 points and 5.9 rebounds in eight starts with Chicago. The Georgetown product is shooting 51.8 percent from the field and 52.2 percent from beyond the arc.
Aaron Gordon accounted for 15 points (7-of-16 FGs), eight rebounds, three assists, one blocked shot and one three-pointer in 41 minutes Sunday vs. Cleveland.
Wednesday Cash Draft Basketball Preview
FanPicks has all of NBA matchup ready for live cash draft basketball. Take a look at every game available at FanPicks.com on Wednesday.
Raptors vs 76ers
The Toronto Raptors may receive a challenge from a team they typically pummel. Toronto will be seeking its 15th consecutive win over the 76ers, but Philadelphia is showing signs of progress with six victories in its last eight games.
Grizzlies vs Wizards
The Washington Wizards are riding their home dominance up the standings in the Eastern Conference and aim for their 13th straight win in front of the home fans. The Wizards are trying to sweep a three-game homestand after beating Philadelphia and Portland by a combined 35 points.
Trail Blazers vs Hornets
The Charlotte Hornets got off to a superb start this season but a prolonged slump caused them to dip below .500. Charlotte will look to get back to the break-even mark and halt a five-game losing streak against the Trail Blazers.
Knicks vs Celtics
Isaiah Thomas looks to continue his torrid pace and the Boston Celtics will try to match their longest winning streak of the season. Thomas led the Celtics to their third straight win with another remarkable fourth-quarter burst.
Magic vs Pelicans
The New Orleans Pelicans did not do as well as they wanted on their five-game road trip and come home with star power forward Anthony Davis banged up. The Pelicans hope to have their star back in the lineup against the Orlando Magic.
Bucks vs Rockets
James Harden attempts to add to his triple-double count, as well as help Houston break out of a minor funk. The Rockets have dropped three of their last four games, including Tuesday’s 109-103 loss to Miami despite Harden’s 40 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.
Hawks vs Pistons
Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy sat through a three-hour meeting with owner Tom Gores on Saturday and came out of it with the organization on the same page from the top down, despite some disappointing results. Van Gundy will try to thank his boss for the support with a second straight win, as they host the Hawks.
Thunder vs Warriors
When the Golden State Warriors put everything together, they look positively unbeatable. The Oklahoma City Thunder already saw that type of performance once from the Warriors and will try to disrupt the rhythm with star Russell Westbrook going up against former teammate Kevin Durant.
Pacers vs Kings
The Sacramento Kings are failing to take care of business on a seven-game homestand and look to end it with a victory against the Indiana Pacers. The Kings are just 1-5 entering the finale of the long home set and then embark on an eight-game road trip that may decide whether or not they remain in range of a Western Conference playoff spot.
Houston Rockets vs San Antonio Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs had three-plus days to reflect on the beating they took from the Los Angeles Clippers and attempt to regroup when they host the Houston Rockets on Wednesday (Enter Contest). San Antonio was trounced 116-92 by the Clippers on Saturday for its second straight home loss after compiling a 40-1 home record last season. Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard had a rare off-night posting 14 points on 3-of-13 shooting. He had plenty of company when it came to sub-par performances within the team.
ABOUT THE ROCKETS (4-3)
Houston is 2-2 on a five-game excursion and guard James Harden doesn’t seem fatigued as his club wraps up a season-opening stretch in which seven of eight games are on the road. Harden had 32 points and 15 assists in Monday’s 114-106 win over the Washington Wizards to become the first player since Michael Jordan (1988-89 season) to post four consecutive outings of at least 30 points and 10 assists. He’s thriving in the offensive system of first-year coach Mike D’Antoni, particularly with the decision to let him handle the ball all the way up the court. It certainly is working as Harden is averaging 31.6 points, 12.7 assists and 7.1 rebounds and scored at least 24 points in each game. Shooting guard Eric Gordon is averaging a below average 10 points on 7-of-21 shooting over the past two games.
ABOUT THE SPURS (5-2)
San Antonio might have the starting backcourt of point guard Tony Parker and shooting guard Danny Green in the lineup together for the first time this season. Parker (knee) missed the past two games while Green hasn’t played at all after suffering a quadriceps injury last month but was a full participant in Monday’s practice. Point guard Patty Mills, who made three starts in place of Parker this season, had just four points on 1-of-7 shooting last game versus the Clippers. The Spurs won six of the past seven meetings.
Daily Fantasy NBA Basketball Projections
Courtside Watch – April 24th
The NBA playoffs continues with 2 Western conference Game fours and 2 Eastern conference. The Spurs and the Cavs can sweep their series while defending champions Golden State and the Atlanta Hawks can take a commanding 3-1 lead in their series and head home for the game 5. The first matchup sets the record breaking San Antonio Spurs against the Memphis Grizzlies followed by another Western Conference matchup with the Houston Rockets hosting the Warriors. At 5PM, the Atlanta Hawks will be battling the Boston Celtics and hoping to go 3-1 up before Lebron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers will try to sweep the Detroit Pistons. FanPicks is proud to bring you these daily fantasy NBA basketball projections. The top 20 best performers of all 4 games are featured in these fantasy basketball projections, giving you an edge in all our fantasy basketball contests.
No surprise here when we see Kawhi Leonard taking top spot in this list. He’s been extremely dominant this post season and really carrying with expectations, his San Antonio Spurs. James Harden has the most solid average out of everyone in this list mainly due to the fact that if the Rockets want to remain slightly competitive against the Warriors, Harden will need to show up with his A game every contest, and he’s delivered. Lebron’s consistency is keeping up there in this list as he’s following his typical first round route of any opponents in his lane. James is dominating the 1st round of NBA Playoffs like no NBA player has ever done. He’s yet to lose a game since May 2012 and has never lost a 1st round series! The real stunners of this list are Donatas Motiejunas and Jonas Jerebko. Motiejunas’s game has been quite impressive and complementing Harden’s hard work with Dwight Howard’s seemingly lacking offensive presence. The Lithuanian’s double double last game gave the Rockets many options. On another note, Jerebko’s versatile defense helped spark his teammate Isaiah Thomas’s career high 42 pts and mostly, make this series quite interesting.
NBA Playoffs Fantasy Basketball
Houston Rockets vs Golden State Warriors: Game 2
The Houston Rockets will continue their uphill battle in this near impossible series to win against the reigning champions, Golden State Warriors in this Western Conference 1st round playoffs battle Monday at the Oracle Arena. This NBA Playoffs Fantasy Basketball Preview is brought you by Fanpicks. Come PLAY in our Daily Fantasy Basketball contests at FanPicks and get a free chance to win $1 Million dollars!
The Rockets can be extremely frustrated at times and the first game was a prime example why. They basically dug themselves in a 27 pts deficit by half which was clearly impossible to climb. They shot for only 36% in that loss and committed a ridiculous 24 turnovers. Their only good news is that Steph Curry had to leave the game because of an ankle injury. If the NBA MVP misses game 2, the Rockets may be able to build some momentum and keep it competitive but even at that, they will need to take much better care of the ball and shoot the lights out from 3 pt range to even consider an upset win.
Golden State actually didn’t even play their best basketball in game 1 but somehow hammered the Rockets by 26 pts. That’s just how good they are and can dominate you in an off night. The big questions and elephant in the room is their star, Stephen Curry’s ankle situation. If this ankle becomes a serious injury like it did in the past, the Warriors may be in serious trouble for the next rounds. With that being said, they are still large favorites to win it all and t would even be surprising if the Rockets pull off a game away from Golden State in this series. They’re a double digit favorite in this one and most likely, in every game this series…. if Steph is healthy.
NBA Fantasy Basketball Money Picks Rockets vs Cavaliers
Dominate your competition with our NBA Fantasy Basketball Money Picks, create the winning lineup at Fanpicks.com. The Houston Rockets (36-38) make their way to Ohio to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers (52-21) at Quicken Loans Arena.
Houston is in a scramble to make it into the postseason, as a recent span of poor play has left them hanging on to the eight seed by a thread. They fell down to the Pacers in their most recent game by a score of 104-101 on Sunday night. James Harden no doubt led the Rockets’ attack, registering 34 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and a steal. As has too often been the case nevertheless, he received very small support from the rest of his teammates. Trevor Ariza was the next closest in scoring with a moderate 14 points, as he also added two rebounds, two assists and a steal. Dwight Howard added 11-point, 10-rebound double-double that also included a pair of blocks. No other Houston player provided double-digit scoring in that game. The Rockets are currently ranked third in the Western Conference’s Southwest Division. They’ve lost four of their last five contests, and four straight road games.
Cleveland took care of the Knicks in fairly easy fashion Saturday, 107-93. Kevin Love gave in a second outstanding game in his last three, collecting 28 points, 12 rebounds and two assists. LeBron James, who has been confirmed to be out of the lineup for Tuesday’s contest in order to rest, was incredible as well. He posted a triple-double. He stacked up 27 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists, two blocks and a steal. J.R. Smith contributed 13 points, three boards and two assists. Matthew Delladedova, who subbed in for the resting Kyrie Irving, supplied 10 points, four rebounds and two assists. The Cavs remain atop the Eastern Conference, ahead of the Toronto Raptors. They’ve won five of their past seven games, and have a modest three-game winning spell at home.
Top Fantasy Picks
G James Harden (HOU)
G Kyrie Irving (CLE)
F Kevin Love (CLE)
DFS NBA: Late Night Lineup
With a few different tip-off times tonight, there were a few options for DFS NBA contests. You had your 7 pm early starts, your 7:30 pm expresses, 8 pm, 9 pm and late-night 10:30 pm pools.
There were some quality early starts, but the Warriors, Rockets, and Spurs headlined the night for me from a fantasy perspective so I went with a late-night contest.
The Knicks are in town to face Golden State, which obviously won’t go well for New York. Steph Curry should dominate early and stack up the stat line before getting pulled late as per usual.
Curry will lead my roster tonight, as when picking from only three games you cannot miss on that many points when it’s sitting right there.
Thankfully, we don’t care about the points in the standings so the Knicks can be an attractive team as well.
Carmelo Anthony has been a monster and even though Kristaps Porzingis has cooled off a bit, he’s still an above-average multi-category fantasy pick.
Sasha Vujacic will be getting the start tonight, so at $3600 I had to take the chance.
When you have Curry, James Harden, Carmelo and to an extent Dwight Howard you’re gonna need more than one discount player, and if he sinks you it wasn’t worth it. So the key to a successful night is of course nailing your big ticket items, but finding nice value among the cheaper options.
Toney Douglas ($4500) Douglas scored 42 fantasy points against the Warriors during his last game. That’s no joke. But the fact that he had 19.2, 31.4 and 22.7 fantasy points in his previous three games respectively is what gives me the confidence to play the Pelican tonight.
Porzingis was sick earlier this week, so Derrick Williams could eat into those minutes again for New York. He’s scored 20+ fantasy points in four straight contests and could have plenty of opportunity late if it becomes a blowout.
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.
NBA DFS Picks
Another edition of NBA DFS picks tonight. We have some nice value picks for you to play in your daily fantasy basketball contest and some sure-fire studs to carry the lower priced options. Let’s take a look at my team.
SG James Harden and C Brook Lopez are the two most costly players on this squad. The lowest costing player is Portland’s Maurice Harkless at $4400, hardly really cheap. This strategy cost us another superstar like Russell Westbrook but we’re trying out a safe floor philosophy on this occasion.
Jae Crowder and Evan Fournier round out the SF slots. Crowder is fair at $6200, but Fournier at $5500 is a heck of a value at the moment.
The hot-handed Jabari Parker is by far the most owned players on this team at 35.7%. This number suggests he must be a value pick in terms of production to salary ratio.
High-flying Aaron Gordon has been tearing up daily fantasy contests for the past few games. You can expect 30+ points from the All-Star dunker.
I almost went with Jared Sullinger instead, but decided on the steadier option.
Patrick Mills wasn’t a popular play tonight, but I feel he usually has a safe floor and provides some upside as well.
Daily Fantasy Basketball Value Picks
In today’s edition of our daily fantasy basketball value picks we assemble a team of not-so big name players, but ones we hope can step in and get the job done.
- The Roster
At Gaurd, Mudiay, Oladipo and Beverley make up the three spots, while lone superstar James Harden holds down one Utility hole.
Up front we have Orlando’s Evan Fournier, the younger is capable of putting up solid performances based on his rebound totals. Harkless has been hot and should be one of the higher owned percentages of the night, while Trevor Booker rounds out the trio.
Nikola Jokic is coming off big performances, and the difference between his cap hit and everyone else around him is huge. He can definitely be an X-factor in daily fantasy basketball leagues tonight.
Again, this isn’t necessarily a lineup but just a list daily fantasy value picks for each slot!
NBA All-Star Skills Competition and Game preview
This NBA All-Star weekend will be a special one for the NBA and Canada but most importantly for future Hall of Famer and Lakers’ own Kobe Bryant appearing in his 18th and final NBA All-Star Game. He will be a sentimental favorite as well to win a record 5th MVP in this NBA All-Star game. This weekend will be a great show for all Fantasy Basketball owners seeing rising stars and legends entertain the fans.
Bryant was not only the fans top vote-getter heading into this weekend’s All-Star break besting none other than league MVP Stephen Curry, but is also the NBA All-Star Game’s all-time leading scorer.
The 2 most popular events of the weekend people cannot wait to see this weekend are the Slam Dunk Contest and the Three-Point Contest.
Three-Point contest defending champion Stephen Curry and Golden State Warriors teammate Klay Thompson are both favourites to win this even this year amidst the tough competition with the other shooters such as:
- J.J. Redick of the Los Angeles Clippers
- Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns
- Kyle Lowry of the host, Toronto Raptors
- James Harden from the Houston Rockets
- Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat
- Khris Middleton of the Milwaukee Bucks
In the NBA Verizon Slam Dunk Contest, 20 year old Zach LaVine of the Minnesota Timberwolves will try to defend his title and is the heavy favourite to win it again in front of only 3 other contestants:
- Aaron Gordon of the Orlando Magic
- Will Barton of the Denver Nuggets
- Andre Drummond of the Detroit Pistons
The West will try to go for their 5th victory in the last 6 years on Sunday.
Miami Heat vs Houston Rockets Fantasy Basketball News – 02-02-16
The Miami Heat (27-21) will continue their road stretch in Texas when they take on the Houston Rockets (25-25) on Tuesday. FanPicks has this game on tap for tonight’s DFS action. Come play Fantasy Basketball at fanpicks.com.
The Heat are the midst of a four-game winning streak and took the Southeast division lead from the Atlanta Hawks. The best part of that hot stretch is that they have been playing without Hassan Whiteside, their regular center. Whiteside leads the league in blocks and has anchored this defense all season long. This proves that Miami has the depth to be successful. Allowing under 93 points a game during that winning streak, Erik Spoelstra’s team are also thriving in defense. They hold the second spot in the NBA for points allowed. Miami’s fab-five are as good as it gets, when healthy. They will be a strong opposition come playoff time.
The Rockets lost their last three games that included a thriller 123 to 122 loss to the Washington Wizards. What’s been weird for the Rockets this season’s Rockets team, is that every time they look to be finally out of their rut, they fall right back into another one. Dwight Howard has been ejected in back-to-back games, putting his team into an awful situation. Those ejections seems to overshadow his best season in a Houston uniform. The biggest issue with this team is the defense. They rank 29th in the NBA for points allowed. James Harden and company does have a superior three-point shooting capability, that they are likely to execute against the Heat.