Memphis Grizzlies vs Minnesota Timberwolves – 01/23/16 Preview

The red hot Memphis Grizzlies (25-19) travel Saturday night to Minnesota to taking on the struggling Timberwolves (13-31). The Grizzlies are the odd favorites to win (line: -3). Play the most exciting daily fantasy basketball contest, including the newest Point Spread and $10K Grand Action contests only at Fanpicks the premiere daily fantasy sports site.

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The Grizzlies are on a 4 game winning streaming and won 6 of their last 7. They passed Mavs and command the 2nd place in the Southwest Division, 12.5 games behind leaders San Antonio Spurs. The Grizzlies just defeated the Nuggets in Denver 102-101 this Thursday night with Marc Gasol leading the charge with a 27 pts and 6 assists performance. Mike Conley added 20 pts and Zach Randolph with 13 pts as they sit in 5th place in the Western Conference. The Grizzlies defense is constantly improving and ranks 7th in the league allowing only 98.6 pts per game.

 

Minnesota is still struggling and their latest defeat came in OT Wednesday night at the mercy of the Dallas Mavericks. Karl-Anthony Towns led the Timberwolves with 27 pts and 17 rebounds, going 12 of 19 from the field. Towns averages 15.9 pts and 9.7 rebounds this season. Andrew Wiggins finished with a solid 23 pts and 7 rebounds while Shabazz Muhammad came off and netted 14 pts. The Wolves are now back in 14th place just ahead of the Lakers. One of their main difficulties are their inability to connect from long range. They have the third worst percentage in the league for 3 pts shooting. They have a tough week ahead of them facing the Cavalierss before hosting the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday.

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T-Wolves vs Pelicans

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The Minnesota Timberwolves (13-29) pay a visit to the Smoothie King Center to take on the New Orleans Pelicans (13-27) 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

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Minnesota will try to put an end to their 6 game road losing streak and build on last Sunday’s win over the Phoenix Suns. It marked the Timberwolves 2nd highest scoring tally of the season. Ricky Rubio and Andrew Wiggins led with a pair of 18-point efforts, while standout rookie Karl-Anthony Towns scored 14 points and 8 rebounds. 4 of Minnesota’s reserves, Gorgui Dieng, Shabazz Muhammad, Zach LaVine and Kevin Martin, posted double-digit scoring. The blowout win snapped their 9 game losing streak.

 

The Pelicans have improved recently. After a stretch in which they lost 6 of 7 games, New Orleans bounced back with consecutive victories over the Sacramento Kings and Charlotte Hornets. Monday, they suffered a heartbreaking 101-99 defeat at the hands of the Memphis Grizzlies. Despite the loss, they’ve showed a lot of good stuff that stretch. During pre-game warmups, Tyreke Evans experienced some knee soreness and missed the Grizzlies contest, leaving Norris Cole and Jrue Holiday to man the point. Holiday registered 23 points and 9 assists. Anthony Davis collected 21 points and 8 rebounds. If Evans is unable to take the floor again, Cole should receive the start with Holiday filling in as back up.

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Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

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The Minnesota Timberwolves (12-28) will be hosted by the Oklahoma City Thunder (28-12) 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 Timberwolves have won only one game in their last 13 outings and are starting to make a case for worst team in the West after being edged 107-104 on the road against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. Andrew Wiggins again showed flashes of the player and leader the organization hopes that he will flourish into, leading the team with 28 point and draining 8 of 9 free throw attempts. Kevin Martin posted 22 points from the bench, while rookie Karl-Anthony Towns put up 12 points and 16 rebounds. Wiggins and Towns are combining for an average of 35.5 points per game for the team. Minnesota is struggling on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball and simply don’t yet have the experience or depth to compete at a Playoff level. The Wolves are tied for the second-worst away record in the NBA at 1-9.

The Thunder have had an up-and-down start to 2016 after finishing December with 12-3 record. The team has won four of its last six contests, the latest in a dominating effort at home against the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night, 108-89. Kevin Durant was the top scorer for OKC with 29 points and 10 boards, making 9 of 14 from the field. Durant is the third-ranked scorer in the league, averaging 26.7 points per match-up. Russell Westbrook finished the game with zero points in 15 minutes played following a second quarter ejection after getting into an altercation with Dallas guard J.J. Barea. Serge Ibaka picked up the slack in the form of a double-double, recording 20 points and 11 rebounds. Ibaka also went 3-for-6 from long range, as did Dion Waiters from the bench, as the former Cavalier finished with 18 points. The Thunder are locked into first place in the Northwest Division, a clear 10 games ahead of the second place Utah Jazz.

 

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Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Minnesota Timberwolves

 

The Oklahoma City Thunder (26-12) will be hosted by the Minnesota Timberwolves  (12-26) at Target Center in Minneapolis on Tuesday 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 LineupThe Thunder have been one of the best teams in the NBA since the beginning of December, but they are in a bit of a rut right now. They are just 2-2 over their last four games and nearly lost to the struggling Los Angeles Lakers just last week. This appears to be just a blip on the radar though, as the offense and defense are performing at top-levels. In fact, the offense ranks second in the NBA just behind the Golden State Warriors in scoring and the defense has been top-10 since the middle of November. If there is one blemish with this team it would be their road woes, as they were 5-6 on the road before winning four of their last five. In any case, look for them to continue their recent road success, as they are double-digit favorites heading into this matchup.

The Timberwolves got off to a surprising start this season, but are regressing hard right now. They have lost 10 of their last 11 games and are really struggling on the offensive end. In fact, they haven’t cracked 100 points in 11-straight games and haven’t scored more than 102 in 16-straight games. Much of that has to be credited to these offensive rotations the coach sticks out there. Coach Sam Mitchell still insists on starting Kevin Garnett and playing Tayshaun Prince an abundance of minutes and it’s a wonder why with all the young talent they have. Young players like Zach LaVine, Gorgui Dieng and Shabazz Muhammad have been riding the bench and it’s just a mysterious situation in Minnespolis right now. It likely won’t get any better here, as they come into this game as huge underdogs in their home building where they have struggled all season long.

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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves

 

The Cleveland Cavaliers (24-9) will be hosted by the Minnesota Timberwolves (12-24) 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 Lineup The Cavaliers spent Wednesday night building on their five-game tear to kick off the new year, beating the Washington Wizards on the road, 121-115. The team’s starters seemed unstoppable, with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving combining for 66 points. James added 10 boards for the double-double and went 12-for-22 from the field. Irving has been in the zone since returning from injury in December, posting 32 point on Wednesday and is averaging 17.4 points since his comeback. J.R. Smith contributed 25 points and five three-pointers as Cleveland looks to have a lock on first place in the Eastern Conference for the foreseeable future. The team plays six of their next seven games away from Quicken Loans Arena where they own a somewhat pedestrian 9-8 record.

The promising Timberwolves are looking towards a bright future, as their present is anything but inspiring on the back of eight out of nine losses and four defeats in a row. Minnesota lost 78-74 at home to the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, falling to 5-14 at Target Center. Still, flashes were on display for the team that Wolves fans hope will develop into a winning formula in years to come, as Karl-Anthony Towns led the tam in scoring with a 14-point, 14-rebound double-double. Andrew Wiggins added 11 points, shooting 4-for-14 from the paint. The team made only three long range shots all game, and find themselves in a freefall in the West (where they sit in 13th place) after losing earlier in the week on the road to the woeful Philadelphia 76ers.

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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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The Minnesota Timberwolves (12-22) will be visiting the Wells Fargo Center to challenge the Philadelphia 76ers (3-33), on Monday evening. Dominate your competitions with our free to use RotoPicker tool, create the winning fantasy NBA contest lineups for Fanpicks.com

The Minnesota Timberwolves could use a win after winning five of their last six games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 99.7 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 102.7 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Andrew Wiggins is averaging 20.5 points and 1.7 assists while Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 16.1 points and 9.4 rebounds. Zach LaVine is dishing  3.2 assists and Gorgui Dieng is grabbing 6.3 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 32.4 percent from beyond the arc and 79.5 percent from the free throw line. The Timberwolves are allowing 35 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 14.8 turnovers per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have lost eight of their last 10 road games.

The Philadelphia 76ers could use a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Philadelphia 76ers are averaging 92.5 points on 42 percent shooting and allowing 104.8 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Jahlil Okafor is averaging 17.3 points and 7.7 rebounds while Ish Smith is averaging 13.4 points and 7.6 assists. Robert Covington is grabbing 5.7 rebounds and Isaiah Canaan is dishing two assists. The Philadelphia 76ers are shooting 31.8 percent from beyond the arc and 68.9 percent from the free throw line. The 76ers are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 14.4 turnovers per game. The Philadelphia 76ers have lost five straight home games. Jakarr Sampson and Hollis Thompson are questionable.

The Timberwolves are 7-17-1 ATS in their last 25 Monday games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference. The 76ers are 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Northwest and 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 home games. The Timberwolves are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

I’m not buying chalk and a Timberwolves team that continues to struggle on the road. The 76ers have been competing ever since getting Smith.

Expected Starting Lineups (not confirmed):

Minnesota Timberwolves

PG: Ricky Rubio

SG: Andrew Wiggins

SF: Tayshaun Prince

PF: Kevin Garnett

C: Karl-Anthony Towns

 

Philadelphia 76ers

PG: Ish Smith

SG: Isaiah Carson

SF: JaKarr Sampson

PF: Jerami Grant

C: Nerlens Noel

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NBA Fantasy Draft News 10-23-2015

The Minnesota Timberwolves concluded play in the 2014-15 season with a record of 16-66. They finished in last place in the Western conference 29 games behind the eighth seeded New Orleans Pelicans for the last playoff spot. The Timberwolves had the worst record in the NBA and have a long road to respectability. The last time Minnesota made the playoffs was in 2004. They have failed to draft and develop a team to compete in the Western conference for over a decade now. The culture of losing is deep rooted and begins on the defensive end of the court where the team has failed. They were last in the league in scoring and field goal defense as they give up an average of 106 points and 48.7% shooting to their opponents each game. They were bad defending opposing three’s by surrendering 36.7% from beyond the arc. Flip Saunders is the current head coach of the Timberwolves. He returned to the franchise in 2014 after a ten year stay from 1995-2005. Saunders benefitted by the Kevin Garnett era but since Garnett’s departure they have not found a floor leader to catapult the team out of mediocrity. The team had the first pick in the 2015 draft and selected Karl-Anthony Towns a center out of Kentucky. It is the first center the Timberwolves have selected in the first round since way back in the 2001 season.

Minnesota Timberwolves PG:

Ricky Rubio

Now 25 year old Rubio has dealt with health concerns over his career. He is great at dealing assists and steals but is a lifetime 36.7% shooter. He shot a miserable 25.5% from the three point line last year. He played in 22 games last year and averaged 10 points, nearly 9 assists and 5 ½ rebounds per game.

Minnesota Timberwolves SG:

Zach Levine

Levine is a first round draft pick of the Timberwolves in 2014 as he was selected 13th out of UCLA. He is a very young player at 20 years old. The shooting guard saw work in 77 games last year as he averaged 10 points, 3 ½ assists in nearly 25 minutes per game. This is a young Timberwolves team so expect Levine to get more minutes in the upcoming season. He did make 34.1% from the three point line last season. A good feature for DFS draft managers is Levine can be trusted late in games as he is an 84.2% free throw shooter.

Minnesota Timberwolves PF:

Kevin Garnett

The veteran has played 20 years in the league and returns to help turn the culture from losing to winning. There is almost a generation gap between Garnett and his teammates. He no longer produces the numbers he did in his prime so it may be a hard sell for Garnett to win over the trust of his teammates. Words only mean much to the youth if you can produce on the court. KG has been slowed down by wear and tear of 20 years in the league so there could be some chemistry problems.

Minnesota Timberwolves SF:

Andrew Wiggins

Wiggins a first round pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers came over to Minnesota in the Kevin Love trade. As a rookie in 2014, Wiggins played in all 82 games and averaged nearly 17 points, 4 ½ rebounds and two assists. His shooting numbers were 43.7% from the floor and 31% from three. Wiggins was the NBA’s rookie of the year based on a very strong finish as he put up some big numbers to close the season.

Minnesota Timberwolves C:

Gorgui Deng

A first round pick of the Utah Jazz in 2013, Dieng was good on the boards as he pulled down eight rebounds in his 30 minutes per game average. He generated nearly 10 points a game and was a good free throw shooter for a big man making 78.3% from the charity stripe.

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