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Friday Fantasy Basketball Matchups
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Kings vs Pacers
The Sacramento Kings are displaying signs of life during an eight-game road trip. They aim for a third consecutive victory in Indiana. Sacramento improved to 2-2 on the excursion with a stunning 116-112 overtime win over the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday.
Nets vs Cavaliers
The Cleveland Cavaliers continue to slump and dropped six of their last eight games. Cleveland lost its last three games and the latest setback was a dreadful 116-112 home overtime loss to the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.
Magic vs Celtics
The Boston Celtics avoided a four-game losing streak with one of their biggest wins of the season and will play nine of their next 12 games against teams that entered Thursday with a losing record. They snapped their three-game slide with a 120-109 home win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.
Bucks vs Raptors
The Cleveland Cavaliers’ meltdown over the last two weeks seemed like the perfect opportunity for the Toronto Raptors to jump up and claim the top spot into the Eastern Conference, but instead they’ve gone into a funk as well. The Raptors will try to snap a season-long five-game slide against Milwaukee Bucks.
Hornets vs Knicks
The New York Knicks are apparently intent on getting star forward Carmelo Anthony out of town, though he seems to be the least of their problems at the moment. They’ve won 4 of their last 18 games.
Heat vs Bulls
Dwyane Wade’s old team is visiting just as his new team seems to be coming apart.
Spurs vs Pelicans
The San Antonio Spurs hope to have star small forward Kawhi Leonard back Friday night. Leonard missed the past two games with a left hand injury after a tremendous roll in which he scored 30 or more points in six consecutive contests.
Wizards vs Hawks
The Washington Wizards are quietly making a steady climb up the standings in the Eastern Conference and are winners of nine of their last 11 games.
Rockets vs 76ers
The Philadelphia 76ers are expecting star center Joel Embiid(knee) to return to the lineup. The center missed three games in a row but the surging 76ers are proving they can survive without his emerging talents, knocking off the Los Angeles Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks in a back-to-back earlier this week.
Grizzlies vs Trail Blazers
Memphis center Marc Gasol is on a tear and he aims to top 20 points for the sixth consecutive game. He established career bests of 42 points and five 3-pointers in Wednesday’s 101-99 over the Toronto Raptors.
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.
Fantasy Basketball Thunder vs Spurs
Game 1 Preview
The Oklahoma City Thunder will travel to the tough AT&T Center to face the San Antonio Spurs in the first game of this highly anticipated rivalry between 2 of the top teams in the league and potential championship contenders. This Fantasy Basketball Thunder vs Spurs Game 1 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 2nd ranked San Antonio pretty much swept the Grizzlies in a commanding fashion as expected. They’re coming off a full week of rest and ready to head back into back after posting their 7th series swept in 9 years. The league’s Defensive Player of the Year, Kawhi Leonard had a tremendous first round. He was not only a threat offensively but was also impressive in the rebounding section, constantly making him a fantasy lineup sure shot. His French peer, Tony Parker was also solid from the field with his mix of speed and dribbling. their big man LaMarcus Aldridge ended up the series on a double-double note and averages 14.5 pts with 8 boards a game. It seems like he’s found his Trail Blazers’ rhythm and fits right in with the Spurs. This could be extremely menacing for the Thunder as well as the defending champions, Golden State Warriors.
The Thunder finished off the Dallas Mavericks this past Monday to end the series in 5 games. This will be the first time that Oklahoma City advances to the Semifinals in 2 years. Russell Westbrook has been putting up MVP numbers this year and even in the series against the Mavs. His sidekick, Kevin Durant is as consistent as it gets. Westbrook finished off Monday with 36 pts, 12 boards and 9 assists and frequently posts near triple double numbers. Durant finished with 33 pts on monday with 7 boards. Durant and Westbrook are ranked 4th and 5th in the postseason scoring race with each averaging around 26 pts. They’ve had some help as well from Steven Adam who recorded a double double too. This will be the first time that both teams meet since 2014 when they lost the series 4-2 against the Spurs in the Conference Finals. The season series is split at 2-2 and this series will be one hell of a show.
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.
Fantasy Basketball Projections – April 22nd 2016
The NBA playoffs continues with a couple of Eastern conference Game three’s and one Western conference. All three better-seeded teams could take a 3-0 lead in the series tonight, but it’s back at home for the underdogs. The first matchup sets LeBron and the East number 1 Cavs against the Pistons at 7PM ET. Following at 8 PM will be the Hawks in Boston’s TD Garden Arena, while at 9:30 PM, the second best team in the West take on the Grizzlies. FanPicks has you prepared with Friday’s fantasy basketball projections, charting the top 20 best performers for all three games.
It’s no surprise that LeBron James takes number one in the top 20 fantasy picks. His level of consistency is tremendous, scoring over 30 FP is past 10 games. Along with LeBron, Kyrie Irving his the only other player in today’s lineup to score an average of over 30 FP during the playoffs. Kyle Korver suprisingly ranks number two with 25 FP, having had a huge Game 2 against Boston. His numbers don’t usually reflect that. He’s got a post-season average of 12.5 FP and a past four game average of 10.1 FP. His teammate, Al Horford, scored the same number fantasy points, and it’s clear that his status his much better than Korver’s. Reggie Jackson is the best fantasy draft player from Detroit, and he’s not even the most expensive. That goes to rebounding machine Andre Drummond. The Piston and Hawks share the most players listed in the top 20 with 5 each. The Hawks leading scorer, Paul Millsap, didn’t make the cut. Proves that the Hawks have a nice arsenal on their hands. The Spurs and Grizzlies are lacking in that list, mostly due to the fact their Game 2 ended in a 94-68 win for San Antonio. Off the board, you could see guys like Celtics Isaiah Thomas, Spurs Kawhi Leonard and Grizzlies Matt Barnes provide more than they did last time around. It will also need to be seen if Kent Bazemore could make the Hawks starting five, as he is a game time decision. Thabo Sefolosha is the one who could take his spot if unavailable. The Swiss player has been increasingly good and could line-up as an amazing sleeper pick.
Fantasy Basketball NBA Playoffs
Memphis Grizzlies vs San Antonio Spurs
The Memphis Grizzlies will travel to Texas to battle the San Antonio Spurs in the 1st game of the their Western Conference series at the tough AT&T Center, a venue where the Spurs only lost once this season to the Warriors. This Fantasy Basketball NBA Playoffs preview is brought you by Fanpicks.com. Come PLAY in our Daily Fantasy Basketball contests at FanPicks and get a free chance to win $1 Million dollars!
San Antonio pretty much swept the season series and it will be very tough to think they can’t sweep this playoff series as well. On top of that, they held the Grizzlies to 87 pts or less in 3 of those 4 games. On Paper, this is the most loopsided series and the Spurs are extremely high favorites to win all games, the largest favorite in the opening.
The Spurs come into this matchup however having lost 3 of their last 5 games. This is the last concern of their head coach Gregg Popvich who’s simply a bit more worried about the health of his team. Most of their losses this end of season were due to resting players. What’s tremendous about this Spurs team is their form at home. They tied the NBA record for home wins going 40-1 this campaign. Their defense is a lot to blame for their success as they rank 1st in in pts allowed.
There’s a lot to admire about this Grizzlies team but unfortunately, not much to hope for. They start the series going against the best team at home and have battled with injuries of their top players such as Marc Gasol, Mike Conley, Mario Chalmers and Zach Randolph. They luckily snuck in the playoffs and in fact, by only winning one of their last 11 games. Zach Randolph is the real catalyst of their team and cannot do it himself. Their offense has held them back lately as they rank in the bottom 6 in both scoring and assists per game.
Fantasy Basketball NBA Preview
Oklahoma City Thunder vs San Antonio Spurs
Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant’s Oklahoma City Thunder will travel to San Antonio to face their Western Conference rivals, San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday. This Fantasy basketball NBA preview is brought you by FanPicks.com. Come PLAY in our Daily Fantasy Basketball contests at FanPicks and get a free chance to win $1 Million dollars!
The Spurs lost their first home game of the season recently, in a superb matchup against the Golden State Warriors Sunday night. They’ve had an amazing season so far and now have a franchise best 65 wins, despite losing 3 in a row. Their head coach, Gregg Popovich doesn’t care about that and is simply more concerned about having his veterans in good form for the playoffs which start next week. This really looks like a great game on paper but will most likely not really see much superstars playing in this meaningless game. In any case, the Spurs should be a favorite in this game depending on the status of their players.
Oklahoma City come into this game having lost 3 of their last 5 games, with 2 wins coming against extremely weak opponents such as the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Lakers. The problem is that some of those losses need to be taken in consideration though, as the Thunder has been resting players with their comfortable position in the 3rd spot of the Western Conference. Their offense is still and will always be on point though, as they continue to rank 2nd in scoring, just behind Stephen Curry’s Golden State Warriors. It’s still unclear if the coach will play his top players here or will rest them as this game is simply meaningless game for both teams in terms of playoffs positioning.
NBA Fantasy Basketball Prediction
Golden State Warriors vs San Antonio Spurs
The record breaking Golden State Warriors will travel to San Antonio with a unique opportunity to make history as they face in their arch rivals, San Antonio Spurs in a monumental matchup on Sunday. This NBA Fantasy basketball prediction is brought you by FanPicks.com. Come PLAY in our Daily Fantasy Basketball contests at FanPicks and get a free chance to win $1 Million dollars!
Even though the Warriors have an incredible record…well, potentially on pace to become the best record ever by any NBA Basketball in history, it’s unfortunate to say that they’re regressing and that this may be the worst timing possible for it. Despite having one 4 of their last 6 games, two of those wins were in overtime against teams that hugely lack competition. They’re having a lot of trouble to end games and the 4th quarter slides are becoming more frequent, win or lose. With that being said, Golden State still took care of San Antonio earlier this week in a 112-101 win. But the real trouble is traveling to San Antonio as they’ve lost so far an amazing 33 straight regular season games in Texas against the Spurs. Mostly, the Spurs just haven’t loss this season at all at home. This is potentially an NBA playoffs game 7 type of energy that they will need to beat the Spurs. The Warriors are a rare underdog heading into the biggest obstacle on their 73 win record path.
San Antonio heads into this game losing 2 games in a row as there’s not much for them to play for anymore this regular season. The Spurs are sitting comfortably in the 2nd spot of the Western Conference and just can’t move up or down at this point. However, one thing does matter and the fact they can become the first team in NBA history to maintain a perfect record for the entire season. One thing does matter though, as the Spurs can become the first team in NBA history to maintain a perfect home record for the entire season. This would be quite an accomplishment and this franchise just does not stop succeeding for almost 2 decades. The Spurs are a favorite in this game which should be quite interesting.
NBA Basketball Fantasy Draft
San Antonio Spurs vs Denver Nuggets
Gregg Popovich’s hot San Antonio Spurs will be heading Colorado to face the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center Friday night after their tough game against arch rivals Golden State Warriors last night. This NBA basketball fantasy draft preview is brought you by FanPicks.com. Come PLAY in our Daily Fantasy Basketball contests at FanPicks and get a free chance to win $1 Million dollars!
The Nuggets come into this game having lost 5 of their last 6 games. They’re definitely hoping to end this long frustrating season as soon as possible. They’re a young team with some potential to look forward too and possibly one of the best core in the NBA. They’re heading into this game with no possible way to get in the playoffs and will most likely play everyone on their roster. Their opponents, the second biggest powerhouse in the NBA will most likely rest all their top players, therefore, they could potentially snatch up a win with some hard work. San Antonio remains a favorite regardless in this game regardless of the circumstances.
San Antonio has only lost 5 games since the end of January. Their only losses have came against elite playoff teams and their solid defense has been nothing less than remarkable all year. Their consistent results just shows everyone how good this team is and they will most likely continue to play this low key fantastic way. Although, their most recent loss last night was pretty emphasized as a loss of their pursuit for the top seed in the Western Conference and moreover, the number one overall, their head coach Gregg Popovich focuses strictly on his players fitness for the important post season right around the corner. It will be surprising if their top players get even over 20 minutes of play in this game.
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Fantasy NBA Basketball Lineup
San Antonio Spurs vs Golden State Warriors
Gregg Popovich’s hot San Antonio Spurs will be heading to Oakland tonight where they will face their arch Western Conference rivals, Golden State warriors. If the Warriors want to beat the Bulls 72 win season, they will need to win their last 4 games in a row starting tonight. This Fantasy NBA basketball lineup is brought you by FanPicks.com. Come PLAY in our Daily Fantasy Basketball contests at FanPicks and get a free chance to win $1 Million dollars!
So this is it…. the march to 73 wins really starts here for the Warriors as they’re going into the questionably their toughest stretch of the season. A lot of people marked this game on their calendar as the day when the Warriors would lose their first home game of the season. Well, a lot of people were wrong. Ironically, not sure if it’s the pressure but Golden State has lost 2 of their last 3 home games. Many people predicted them blowing out the 72 wins record since no one expected losses against the Boston Celtics and furthermore, a struggling Minnesota Timberwolves squad. It’s now that they’re finally looking like humans. Unfortunately for them, this is the worst time of the year to be slipping in some kind of slump. With the playoffs right around the corner, all the squads are building up the blueprints on how to beat the Warriors. They will most likely come out flying this game but the issue is down the stretch. Will they survive the 4th quarter and tenacity of the San Antonio Spurs as they did back in January when they technically blew them out at home or they will struggle in the last 4 minutes of the game like they did against the T-Wolves. Regardless, this matchup will be exciting to watch.
The Spurs are on another level lately and come into this game having won 4 straight games. On top of that, if they actually beat the Warriors twice in their next 5 games remaining, they have a crack at the top seed in the Western Conference. A lot of speculation from experts believing that Gregg Popovich doesn’t care about beating records and getting the number one seed. It’s quite possible that he rests his top players like he has lately on the road. It would be a huge disappointment to NBA fans as well as Fantasy Basketball fans, so definitely avoid picking out the top Spurs players on your lineup but Ginobili should be hot tonight with a lot of responsibility. So far this year, these teams have split the first 2 games when facing one another but with the home team winning each game.
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NBA Basketball Fantasy Projections
San Antonio Spurs vs Utah Jazz
Gregg Popovich’s hot San Antonio Spurs will be heading to Salt Lake City to battle the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena on Tuesday. This NBA basketball fantasy projections is brought you by FanPicks.com. Come PLAY in our Daily Fantasy Basketball contests at FanPicks and get a free chance to win $1 Million dollars!
The Utah Jazz have been thriving off their defense as well. The surprising fact is that the Jazz actually rank 2nd in the NBA just behind San Antonio. Unfortunately though, they’re barely in the playoffs sitting in eighth in the Western Conference, just one game in front of the Houston Rockets. The Jazz have won 4 of their last 5 heading into this game and clearly have some motivation to obtain their final playoff berth. Utah is also rocking solid at home and made it their fortress with a good 24-14 home record into this game.
San Antonio head into this matchup having won 5 of their last 6 games. What’s really encouraging for them is the way LaMarcus Aldridge has been playing. He is really starting to find his Portland form lately. With this already dominant team, its hard and scary to imagine the damage they can make in the post season. Their key to success this year has been their defense as they ranked 1st in pts allowed since the opening month of the year.
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Toronto Raptors vs San Antonio Spurs
Basketball Fantasy preview
Two of the league’s top teams will meet tonight in San Antonio as the Toronto Raptors travel west to face the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center. The Spurs are still on the verge of history and will try to remain undefeated at home this year. FanPicks is proud to bring you this Basketball fantasy preview. Come play in our NBA Magic Million contest where you can win up to a $1 million this week at FanPicks.
The San Antonio are still standing tall and remain undefeated at home with a 38-0 record. They come into this game having dropped the visiting New Orleans Pelicans Wednesday. They had a lot of contribution coming from the bench with 20 pts from Manu Ginobili. Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green both finished the game with 16 pts, with Leonard adding 6 rebounds and Green going 4 of 6 from 3 point range. Green has only missed 2 games for San Antonio this season, and averages 7.4 pts with 3.9 boards per game. Big man LaMarcus Aldridge added 11 pts and 6 boards as they look destined to finish their season with the number 2 seed in the Western Conference. The Spurs will still face first place Golden State Warriors twice in their remaining seven games.
The Raptors have won 2 straight games and are having a historical success this season. Their latest win came against the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night. With 27 points coming from their star DeMar DeRozan, he led the Raps in scoring, shooting 8 of 17 from the field. Kyle Lowry added 22 points and Jonas Valanciunas had a double-double with 11 pts and 14 boards. Valanciunas leads the team in boards over 54 games averaging 9.2 per game. The Raptors will enter the playoffs as the 2nd seed in the Eastern Conference since most likely the Cavaliers will take the 1st seed.
NBA Primetime Fantasy preview
Golden State Warriors vs San Antonio Spurs
With only 14 games left in the regular season, the top 2 teams in NBA will face off tonight when defending champions Golden State Warriors travel to the AT&T Center to face the San Antonio Spurs. This Fantasy NBA Primetime Fantasy Preview is brought you by FanPicks.com. Come PLAY in our Daily Fantasy Basketball contests at FanPicks and get a free chance to win $1 Million dollars!
The Spurs come into this game having dropped only 1 game in their last 14 and most of all carrying a 43 home game winning streak. This game will be more than fascinating and an important factor is that the Warriors last regular season win in San Antonio dates back to February 14th 1997.
The Spurs are 20-3 since their blowout loss to the Warriors and with their playoff berth already safe and secured, Gregg Popovich is trying to rest some of his players to ensure everyone is ready for the postseason. This is definitely their roughest stretch for any teams performing at this level. The Spurs, the league’s best defense will try to stop the best offensive unit in the NBA and push their home record.
Golden State Warriors have been rising and shining the past 18 months. They come into this game having won 7 straight games as well as 14 of their last 15. This game will be by far the toughest test of their season despite their 30 point blowout of San Antonio back in January. For only the fourth time this season, they’re seen as an underdog here, as they’ve lost 32 straight games in San Antonio. Yes, 32 but this time, the Splash Brothers dynamic duo will be in full force as they hit 16 3-pointers last night and combined for 70 points in their win against the Mavericks in Dallas.
Statistically speaking, this will be the best regular-season matchup of all time in NBA history with a combination between opponents of 119 wins and only 16 losses.