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Miami Heat vs Portland Trail Blazers
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The red hot Miami heat will travel South West to visit the Portland Trail Blazers still battling for their playoffs spot at the Moda Center. FanPicks is proud to bring you this NBA Fantasy Basketball picks and preview. Come play in our NBA Magic Million contest where you can win up to a $1 million this week at FanPicks.
Portland Trail Blazers are on a 3 game winning streak and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Portland sits in the 6th spot in the Western Conference, only 1 game behind the reeling Memphis Grizzlies. It is quite an accomplishment, as they weren’t even expected to get to 30 wins this season. Their home form has been huge for them this season as they have a 25-12 record in their home building on the year. There’s no issues yet on the injuries department, but look for the Blazers to be a small favorite in this matchup.
The Heat come into this game having dropped only 2 of their last 7 games and sit currently in a three-way tie for their division crown. The good news for them is that own the tiebreaker over the Atlanta Hawks and Charlotte Hornets, and on top of that clearly have the easiest schedule. In their most recent win, Miami beat the Sacramento Kings despite playing without their star Dwyane Wade. They preferred to rest him so that he would be fresh here in a much tougher matchup.
Fantasy Basketball Daily Picks Nets vs Heat
Dominate your competitions with our NBA Fantasy Basketball Daily Picks Nets vs Heat create the winning lineup at Fanpicks.com. The Brooklyn Nets (21-51) play the host Miami Heat (42-30) at American Airlines Arena.
It’s difficult to get a read on this Brooklyn team, as they come into this game with a reasonable two-game winning streak. What’s even more surprising about those victories is who they came against, as they were versus two Eastern Conference playoff teams. That’s what can be baffling about the Nets, as they have the skill to play with anyone, but always fail to live up to their potential. The biggest problem with this team is the offense, as they hold the 27th spot in league scoring.
The Heat come into this match-up winning three of their last four, with the one defeat coming in expected circumstances. Miami played the powerful Spurs on the road in that one loss. San Antonio hasn’t suffered a loss in their home building all season. The key with the Heat is their defensive acumen, as they rank fourth in points given. Miami will have no issue slowing down this lackluster Brooklyn offense. That should be the difference maker in this game. Watch for Miami to be a double-digit favorite in this game.
Daily Fantasy Basketball Lineup
With only four games scheduled tonight, you may think it will be a slow night for daily fantasy basketball lineups. But one game is all you need when it’s a Thunder vs Warriors rematch. Here is my DFS lineup, including some nice value picks. There is still $500 leftover to do as you wish with, replace and upgrade, but we feel this is a solid lineup either way.
Steph Curry is questionable with an ankle injury that held him out of the Golden State game against the Hawks, but is expected to be ready to play tonight. Considering the ankle, and Kevin Durant‘s effort last time out, I’m rolling with Russell Westbrook tonight. The former two starred in the premiere, so this game is Westbrook’s to own. I’m hoping for a monsterous 50-60 fantasy point night.
Let’s take a look at the remainder of the roster.
Norris Cole and Mirza Teletovic are the leading value picks here. Cole scored an outstanding 40.8 fantasy points last night and will look to keep it going versus the Spurs. Teletovic should be a popular selection in daily fantasy basketball at just $4700. He’s nailing them from beyond the arc, so he adds additional fantasy points even if he isn’t a dominant factor all game.
If I wasn’t taking Curry, you bet I was taking one of his teammates. Klay Thompson made the cut with back to back 40+ fantasy point games.
I’m looking for 45 fps from Kawhi Leonard against the Pelicans. And Dirk Nowitzki always seems to have a great game when I don’t take him, so with such a small pool of talent available, I’ll take my chances with the bubbling Maverick offense.
Joe Johnson, Alex Len and Luol Deng round of the lineup, as consistent vets who have high (enough) ceilings.
Good luck to all, and to all a good night of ball!
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Brooklyn Nets – 01/20/16 Preview
The Cleveland Cavaliers (28-11) make their way to Barclays Center on Wednesday night, as they face off against the hapless Brooklyn Nets (11-31). 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
In a NBA finals rematch, the Cavaliers were mugged at Quicken Loans Arena on Monday by the Warriors, 132-98. It was their 2nd home loss of the season. Cleveland was outclassed in every aspect of the game. LeBron James had a subpar performance, with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. He missed all three of his shot attempts from long range. Kyrie Irving looked out of place, scoring a meager 8 points and shooting 3-for-11 from the paint. It was J.R. Smith most of all that made headlines. He had collected 14 points before a flagrant foul saw him ejected from the match-up in the 3rd quarter.
Thing hasn’t gone better for the Nets since the management and coaching shake-up 10 days ago. They have lost 8 out of their 9 last game, with the most recent score being a 112-100 loss to the Toronto Raptors. Brook Lopez led Brooklyn with 29 points and 10 rebounds in the defeat. He also made 13 buckets out of 22 shots attempted. In total, the Nets made only 5 of 14 shots from downtown during the game. They hold a three-points shooting percentage of 32.1%. It’s the 2nd worst rating in the NBA this season. Losing 11 of their last 12 games at Barclays Center and playing against the East leading Cavs does not bid well for the New York team.
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San Antonio Spurs vs. Brooklyn Nets
The San Antonio Spurs (32-6) will be hosted by the Brooklyn Nets (10-27) on Monday 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
The Spurs come into this game with a seven-game winning streak and if they win here, they’ll match a season-high eight-game streak. The defense has been incredible all season, but it’s the offense that’s winning them games recently. They have scored at least 100 points in all eight of those games and are averaging 110 points per game in that span. What’s scary is that they have been regularly sitting starters and still winning games. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see them rest starters once again here, as they come into this game as a 14-point favorite against a Nets team that is falling apart.
Things are not going as expected in Brooklyn right now. Fans thought they would have a dynasty there a few years ago when they traded for all those big names, but they are starting to look like one of the worst teams in the NBA right now. Not only are they one of the worst home teams in the NBA, they come into this game losing four-straight. The recent struggles have caused some major stirs in Brooklyn, thus Coach Lionel Hollins and GM Billy King being fired on Sunday. It’s not just behind the scenes though, as the on-court product is simply not what fans expected. Joe Johnson is looking like a shell of himself and there’s no legitimate point guard on the roster to man the offense with the injury to Jarret Jack. Things are really bad in Brooklyn right now and it’s hard to imagine them getting any better against the Spurs on Monday.
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Brooklyn Nets vs. Detroit Pistons
The Palace of Auburn Hills is the scene for a Saturday night clash between the Brooklyn Nets (10-25) and Detroit Pistons (20-16). 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
If anything, the Nets will be happy to get away from Barclays Center this weekend, as the team has now dropped nine consecutive games at home. Their latest defeat came in a sloppy Friday night effort against the visiting Magic, where they fell 83-77. True to form, Brook Lopez remained a bright spot for the club, leading in points production with 17 while adding 8 rebounds and shooting 6 of 15 from the field. Joe Johnson added 13 points for a Brooklyn club that is struggling to find anything resembling an offensive rhythm in their 2015-16 campaign, where they rank ahead of only the Memphis Grizzlies and Philadelphia 76ers for third worst offense in the league, averaging only 96.4 points per game. The team returns to their home turf all next week for match-ups against the Spurs, Knicks and Trail Blazers.
The Pistons continue to make their case that they are indeed a Playoff calibre team coming out of the East, where they sit in seventh place following a 99-94 road victory over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night. Reggie Jackson led Detroit in points with 24 while making 7 of 8 shots from the free throw line. Andre Drummond had 13 points on the night, but the NBA rebound leader had a rather subdued night off the glass with only 5 rebounds. Drummond is averaging a monster 15.7 boards this season. Stanley Johnson had a double-double off the bench with 11 points and 10 rebounds as the Pistons find themselves a vastly improved unit over last year’s lineup. Detroit play San Antonio, Golden State and Chicago all within the next week.
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The Boston Celtics (18-15) will visit the Barclays Center on Monday to face off against the Brooklyn Nets (10-23). Dominate your competitions with our free to use RotoPicker tool, create the winning fantasy NBA contest lineups for Fanpicks.com
The Celtics had won four of five before Saturday’s 100-97 home loss to the Nets. Isaiah Thomas led the team with 24 points and six assists, Jae Crowder added 16 points while Evan Turner had 12 off the bench, but the undersized Celtics simply had no answer for the Net’s Brook Lopez who poured in 30 points on 11 of 24 shooting. Coming off a disappointing loss to the struggling Lakers, the Celtics really wanted to bounce back and get back into the winner’s circle but the second straight loss drops them to 18-15 on the season and 9-9 at home.
Meanwhile, they had lost seven of nine before beating the Celtics on Saturday. As mentioned earlier, Lopez dominated the paint but he also had plenty of help as Joe Johnson snapped out of his shooting slump to add 20 points while Thaddeus Young had 16 points and 10 rebounds in a much-needed win for the Nets. Unfortunately, Jarrett Jack’s knee gave out on him during the win and while it was orginally called just a sprain, further analysis has confirmed that he tore his right ACL meaning he will miss the remainder of the season.
In ATS trends, the Celtics are 20-8 ATS in their last 28 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games against a team with a losing home record, while the Nets are 5-0 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record and 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games overall.
The Nets looked good in Saturday’s narrow win at Boston, but the Celtics will be desperate to avoid a third straight loss to a team they should beat, so I’m taking Boston to win this one on the road against a Nets team playing without Jack.
Expected Starting Lineups (not confirmed):
PG: Isaiah Thomas
SG: Marcus Smart
SF: Jae Crowder
PF: Amir Johnson
C: Jared Sullinger
PG: Shane Larkin
SG: Bogdan Bojanovic
SF: Joe Johnson
PF: Thaddeus Young
C: Brook Lopez