Pictured: Chris Paul and Klay Thompson
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NBA EZ Pick Preview 04/02/19

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Russell Westbrook (vs LAL) or Stephen Curry (vs DEN)

Russell Westbrook triple-doubled during Sunday’s narrow loss to the Mavs, tallying 25 points, 11 boards, 11 dimes, three triples, two steals and three turnovers in 38 minutes. As an added bonus, Westbrook finished 4-of-4 from the line, something that hasn’t happened all that often this season (he’s shooting a career-low 65.4% from the stripe). Unfortunately, he also picked up his 17th technical foul of the season in this one after swinging his arm to get Devin Harris off him on a drive to the hoop, and if that isn’t rescinded, he’ll be just one more tech away from invoking another mandatory one-game suspension.

Stephen Curry hit 8-of-14 shots and five 3-pointers for 25 points, five rebounds, six assists, two steals and a block in 27 minutes of Sunday’s ridiculous 137-90 win over the Hornets. Klay Thompson also played 27 minutes and hit 9-of-16 shots and six 3-pointers for 24 points, while Kevin Durant hit 5-of-5 shots for 11 points, two rebounds, nine assists and a 3-pointer in his 27 minutes. Unfortunately for KD, Curry and Klay were on fire and took care of all the heavy lifting against Charlotte. The Warriors are a game up on the Nuggets now with the No. 1 seed in the West, and while all of these guys may get a day off between now and the end of the season, it’s a great sign that the Warriors are still playing at full speed this late in the season. They clinched the Pacific Division title tonight, handed the Hornets their worst loss of the season, and Curry has now made five or more 3-pointers in a career-high eight straight games. They could possibly put Denver away with a win over the Nuggets at Oracle on Tuesday.

LaMarcus Aldridge (vs ATL) or Nikola Jokic (vs GSW)

LaMarcus Aldridge notched 27 points with 18 rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in 36 minutes of a 113-106 loss to the Kings on Sunday. This was his 22nd game of the season with a 20-10 line, the most by a Spur since Tim Duncan in 2008-09. LMA also racked up a career-high 10 offensive rebounds, the most by a Spur since Duncan in 2011 (h/t to stat guru Jordan Howenstine). The Spurs play four times next week which includes games against the Hawks and Cavs, so be on the lookout for a possible rest day.

Nikola Jokic was ejected from Sunday’s game vs. the Wizards for two technical fouls. He should have walked away after his first tech but had plenty to say to the officials. Joker suffered a bloody nose earlier in the game when Bobby Portis extended his arm on a dunk attempt and may have still been fired up about that. The good news for fantasy owners is that The Joker had a phenomenal night in the box score with 23 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block.

Trae Young (vs SAS) or De’Aaron Fox (vs HOU)

Trae Young hit the game-winning shot against the Bucks on Sunday, adding a double-double of 12 points (5-of-19 FGs) with 16 assists, five rebounds, two steals, two 3-pointers and just one turnover in 35 minutes. This was Young’s second game-winner in just over a week. He struggled with his shot for most of the game, but hit two big shots in the lane to give the Hawks a hard fought win at home. Young passed Chris Paul for 12th in assists in a rookie season and now owns all five of the top-5 assists performances from a rookie this season. Young might just snatch that Rookie of the Year Award right out of Luka Doncic’s hands at this rate.

De’Aaron Fox is scoring 17.5 points per game and averaging 3.8 rebounds for the Kings.

Klay Thompson (vs DEN) or Chris Paul (vs SAC)

Klay Thompson contributed 24 points (9-16 FG, 6-9 3Pt) and one rebound in 27 minutes Sunday in the Warriors’ 137-90 win over the Hornets. If not for the Warriors turning the game into a runaway victory after three quarters, Thompson likely would have seen enough minutes to make a run at his third 30-point game of March. Thompson settled for cracking 20 points for third time in four contests, during which he has shot 50.8 percent from the field while knocking down 16 treys.

Chris Paul scored 22 points with two rebounds, five assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Kings on Saturday. It’s the first time he’s hit the 20-point mark since Mar. 17, but CP3’s dimes continue to trend down with just 7.8 per game this month. He’s going to turn 34 in May, so his fantasy stock for next season may drop him to out of the top 30 in ADP for the first time in years.

Steven Adams (vs LAL) or DeMarcus Cousins (vs DEN)

Steven Adams hit 10-of-17 shots on his way to 20 points, 15 rebounds, two assists and two blocks over 39 minutes in a three-point loss to the Mavericks on Sunday. Adams dominated the Dallas bigs, and he was quite a force on the offensive glass (nine O-boards), creating numerous second-chance opportunities for the Thunder. He was arguably OKC’s best player in that game, and as an added bonus for 9-cat owners, he didn’t commit a single turnover while he was out there.

DeMarcus Cousins was ejected with a flagrant 2 foul on Sunday vs. Charlotte. He got tangled up with Willy Hernangomez and extended his elbow. It’s not worthy of a suspension, so expect Boogie to be back in the lineup on Tuesday vs. the Nuggets as both teams battle for the No. 1 seed. He finished with eight points, three rebounds, two assists, one steal and three blocks in 11 minutes.

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NBA EZ Pick Preview 03/13/19

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Stephen Curry vs Russell Westbrook

Stephen Curry hit just 6-of-20 shots and 4-of-15 3-pointers for 18 points, seven rebounds, eight assists, three steals and a block in 35 minutes of Sunday’s ugly 115-111 home loss to the Suns. Curry, Kevin Durant (who left with an ankle injury) and Klay Thompson combined to hit just 9-of-34 shots from downtown, and the Warriors were just 10-of-43 from 3-point land as a team. They’ve lost six of their last 10 games, and a home loss to the Suns is not what the doctor ordered. GSW has a big game on Wednesday at Houston, and it will be interesting to see how they fare in that one. Regardless of their recent struggles, the Warriors are still the No. 1 seed in the West, holding a 1.5 game lead over the Nuggets.

Russell Westbrook produced 23 points (9-19 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 3-6 FT), 11 rebounds, eight assists, one steal, and one block in 37 minutes during Monday’s 98-89 win over the Jazz.

Bradley Beal vs Devin Booker

Bradley Beal nearly triple-doubled in a 121-115 win over the Kings on Monday, scoring 27 points with nine rebounds and nine assists. He also recorded four steals with three triples, hitting 9-of-20 from the field and 6-of-8 from the line. It’s a fantastic start to the week from Beal and his fantasy owners will continue to benefit from one of the best remaining schedules in the NBA — the Wizards play three more times this week and follow that up with two straight weeks of four games each. He’ll be locked in as a top-10 fantasy asset as long as his team is in striking distance of the No. 8 seed.

Devin Booker hit 13-of-23 shots, two 3-pointers and 9-of-9 free throws on his way to 37 points, eight rebounds, 11 assists and two steals in 41 minutes of Sunday’s 115-111 win over the Warriors in Oracle Arena. Booker was awesome and took over the game in the fourth quarter, helping the Suns snap an 18-game, five-year losing streak against the Warriors. The Suns have won five of their last seven games, and have now beaten both the Bucks and the Warriors in the past week. And despite all of that goodness, the Suns are still just 16-52 on the season, trailing only the Knicks for the league’s worst record.

Andre Drummond vs Nikola Vucevic

Andre Drummond reached the 20-rebound mark for the 15th time this season Monday, as he accounted for 20 rebounds, 13 points (5-of-14 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), three assists and one steal. Drummond could have put up an even higher rebound total if the outcome were in doubt, as he and the rest of the Pistons starters sat for much of the fourth quarter in the 103-75 loss to the Nets. The seventh-year center has grabbed 20 or more boards in two of his last three games, and over the last five he’s averaging 19.0 points, 18.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.0 blocks per game while shooting 57.1% from the field, 33.3% from three and 64.7% from the foul line.

Nikola Vucevic led the Magic with 26 points and 10 rebounds on Sunday against the Grizzlies. The Magic have outscored opponents by 2.9 points per 100 possessions with Nikola Vucevic on the floor this season. When Vucevic is on the bench, Orlando gets outscored by 5.9 points per 100 possessions.

Rudy Gobert vs Clint Capela

Rudy Gobert amassed 15 points (5-8 FG, 5-7 FT), 12 rebounds, four blocks, one assist, and one steal in 35 minutes during Monday’s 98-89 loss to the Thunder.

Clint Capela scored 19 points (8-12 FG, 3-3 FT) while adding 15 rebounds and two assists in 31 minutes during Monday’s 118-106 win over the Hornets.

Donovan Mitchell vs D’Angelo Russell

Donovan Mitchell hit 8-of-22 shots and 6-of-8 free throws in Monday’s 98-89 loss to the Thunder. This was a monster line from Mitchell, as he racked up five assists, four rebounds, five steals, one block and three triples in 37 minutes. Mitchell has put his slow start to the season well behind him and looks like the player who helped knock out this OKC team from the playoffs last season. He’s averaging just under 30 points per game for the past month and is peaking for the fantasy playoffs.

D’Angelo Russell played 24 minutes Monday vs. the Pistons, finishing with 11 points (5-of-13 FGs), seven assists, three rebounds, two steals, one blocked shot and one three-pointer. Russell did not have his best night scoring-wise, but he did tally seven assists and help lead the Nets to a 28-point win over the Pistons in Brooklyn. The fourth-year point guard is shooting just 39.0% from the field, 30.6% from three and 46.2% from the foul line over his last five games, which is a bit of an issue for those who have him on their rosters. However, given how well the All-Star guard has played throughout the entire season it’s fair to assume that this slump will come to an end soon enough. And even with the shooting issues Russell has been a top-100 player over the last month.

DeMarcus Cousins vs Hassan Whiteside

DeMarcus Cousins tallied 13 points (5-11 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 3-3 FT), five rebounds, two assists and two blocks across 28 minutes in the Warriors’ 115-111 loss to the Suns on Sunday.

Hassan Whiteside is averaging 12.8 points and 12.1 rebounds for the Heat.

Chris Paul vs Klay Thompson

Chris Paul scored 10 points (3-8 3Pt, 2-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT) while adding 10 rebounds, four assists and a block in 29 minutes during Monday’s 118-106 win over the Hornets.

Klay Thompson hit 10-of-22 shots and 4-of-15 3-pointers for 28 points, five rebounds, five assists, three steals and a block in 36 minutes of Sunday’s 115-111 loss to the Suns at Oracle Arena. Thompson had a great night everywhere but from beyond the arc, and the Warriors’ poor 3-point shooting as a team is a big reason they lost this game. The loss snapped an 18-game, five-year winning streak over the Suns, and the Warriors will look to rebound on Wednesday with a big game at Houston.

Josh Richardson vs Spencer Dinwiddie

Josh Richardson couldn’t get anything going during Sunday’s blowout loss to the Raptors, finishing with just eight points, two rebounds, three assists, one steal and one turnover over 26 minutes. Richardson (right hamstring soreness) will play Wednesday against the Pistons. He has been expected to play since earlier this afternoon. This isn’t a back-to-back set and it’s one of the biggest games left on the schedule, so expect J-Rich to get close to a full workload, especially getting the green light before warmups are over. Get him in your lineups.

Spencer Dinwiddie shot 5-of-11 from the field and 7-of-7 from the foul line in Monday’s win over the Pistons, scoring 19 points with two rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers. Dinwiddie was one of seven Nets to score in double figures in Brooklyn’s 28-point win, and he’s scored 15 points or more in five of the six games he’s played in since returning from a thumb injury. During this stretch, the backup guard is averaging 18.4 points, 5.0 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game with shooting splits of 45.6/33.3/72.4.

Goran Dragic vs Evan Fournier

Goran Dragic scored 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting (2-of-4 from the line) Sunday, to go with one 3-pointer, four rebounds, three assists and two turnovers in 21 minutes off the bench.

Evan Fournier was ejected early on Sunday, scoring zero points in 14 minutes with 0-of-4 shooting, three rebounds, one assist and one steal. Wes Iwundu took over for Fournier after his ejection, with Terrence Ross (28 minutes) also chipping in to balance the load. Fournier came in averaging 3.0 triples in March, with enough steals and points to justify playing him in most fantasy formats. This was a brutal outcome but the good typically outweighs the bad, giving him mild appeal as a source of scoring, threes, assists and FT%.

Trevor Ariza vs Justin Holiday

Trevor Ariza totaled 11 points (5-14 FG, 1-7 3Pt), 10 rebounds and three assists across 37 minutes in the Wizards’ win over the Kings on Monday.

The Grizzlies have one of the best matchups of the day vs. the Atlanta Hawks, which makes Justin Holiday an interesting target.

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Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Warriors

NBA Preview

The Cleveland Cavaliers blamed a lack of practice time for some lackluster performances of late but got two straight days off over the weekend to work out some kinks and prepare for another NBA Finals rematch. The Cavaliers will return to Golden State for the first time since winning Game 7 of the NBA Finals last spring when they visit the Warriors on Monday (Enter contest). This is your FanPicks NBA preview.

Cleveland overcame a 14-point, fourth-quarter deficit on Christmas Day to earn a 109-108 home win over the Warriors in the first regular-season meeting, stretching their winning streak in the rivalry to four straight dating back to Game 5 of the Finals. Cleveland is playing the finale of a six-game road trip and pulled out of a two-game skid with a 120-108 win at Sacramento on Friday. Golden State has been off since knocking off Detroit 127-107 at home on Thursday and is focused on long-term goals.

ABOUT THE CAVALIERS (29-10)

Kyrie Irving knocked down the go-ahead 3-pointer in Game 7 of the Finals last spring and hit the winning jumper with 3.4 seconds left in the Christmas meeting as well. Irving battled a shooting slump in two losses last week. He went a combined 9-of-34 from the field in those two contests. The point guard and started to pick up the pace by pouring in 26 points on 10-of-22 shooting in Sacramento. Irving was able to hoist up that many shots against the Kings because LeBron James decided to show off his skills as a passer while racking up 15 assists. Shooting guard Kyle Korver went 4-of-6 from beyond the arc at Sacramento after going 0-of-5 in his first two games with the team.

ABOUT THE WARRIORS (34-6)

Two-time reigning MVP Stephen Curry struggled to 40.3 percent from the floor in the Finals last spring and did not enjoy any more success at Cleveland on Christmas, when he was limited to 15 points on 4-of-11 shooting. Kevin Durant got his first taste of the rivalry in that Christmas meeting and collected 36 points and 15 rebounds but tripped on his way up the court on the final play and could not get off a shot at the buzzer. Durant scored at least 25 points in each of the last five games and is 8-of-15 from 3-point range in the last three contests. Shooting guard Klay Thompson went 4-of-5 from 3-point range on Thursday after going 4-of-20 in his previous three contests.

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Golden State Warriors vs Toronto Raptors

The Golden State Warriors are starting to mesh with newcomer Kevin Durant and are averaging 122.5 points during their four-game winning streak. Golden State attempts to continue the high-octane performances on Wednesday, when it opens a four-game road trip against the Toronto Raptors (Enter Contest).

The Warriors suffered two 20-point defeats among their first six games but now are clicking better at both ends of the court. Durant is averaging 27.7 points and reigning two-time MVP Stephen Curry 27.2 for a team scoring a league-best 116.4 per game. The Raptors lost to defending NBA champion Cleveland 121-117 on Tuesday, marking the second time this season they fell to the team that ousted them from last season’s Eastern Conference finals. Point guard Kyle Lowry produced 28 points and nine assists in the losing cause.

ABOUT THE WARRIORS (8-2)

Power forward Draymond Green is averaging 10.9 points and was well aware his number of shots would diminish with Durant joining the club. But he isn’t thrilled with perceptions that his level of play has declined and insists any list of the NBA’s top performers should include his name. Shooting guard Klay Thompson scored a season-best 30 points in Sunday’s 133-120 victory over the Phoenix Suns. The Warriors have won the last four meetings against Toronto.

ABOUT THE RAPTORS (7-3)

One night after losing to the defending NBA champs, Toronto plays the runner-up in an odd scheduling quirk. Shooting guard DeMar DeRozan leads the NBA in scoring (33.2) and has recorded 30 or more points in eight of Toronto’s 10 games. He failed to score 30 points for only the second time this season when he was held to 26 on Tuesday. DeRozan has been the main story on the Raptors this season. Small forward DeMarre Carroll (knee) was rested on the front end of the back-to-back set but will play Wednesday.

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NBA Fantasy News

Paul George puts 2014 behind him.

Indiana’s forward Paul George found his U.S. National teammates in preparation to the 2016 Rio Olympics without any apprehension, he assured Tuesday. He is two year’s removed from a serious injury that took him out prior to the 2014 FIBA World Cup. He fell awkwardly on his foot while fouling James Harding during a scrimmage at practice in Las Vegas. The team ended up winning the tournament without him. Despite all of that, he’s ready to put it all behind him and give it is all for the Gold. George will finally get the chance to play for his nation, something he is most proud of.

Team USA is currently preparing for Rio in Las Vegas. For George, coming back to train where he got hurt isn’t a problem. He knows that injuries can happen anywhere, anytime to anyone. The injury caused him to miss almost all of the 2014-15 NBA season. He since found his stride scoring a career-best 23.1 points per regular season game. Under his drive, the Pacers made it to the 2016 playoffs. The got bumped early though losing in the first round against the Toronto Raptors.

Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski will lead his third Olympic squad. Under his tutelage, team USA has yet to lose a game since the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Since that time the teams hold a record of 34-0, which includes two Olympics games and two FIBA world cup.

Team USA will be represented once again by an elite squad of NBA players despite some bowing out due to the unsafe nature of Brazil.  They are still favorite to land the coveted gold medal. The Golden State Warriors will have three representative at the games, with shooting guard Klay Thompson, power forward Draymond Green and newly acquired small forward Kevin Durant. The team will also rely on guards Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler, DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry, forwards Paul George, Harrison Barnes, and Carmelo Anthony, and centers DeMarcus Cousins and DeAndre Jordan.

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Fantasy NBA Basketball Playoffs Game 7 Preview

Well this is it. The ultimate and last game of the 2015-2016 in the best possible win or go home scenario any NBA fans could imagine. This Fantasy NBA Basketball Playoffs Game 7 Preview is brought you by FanPicks where you can participate in the only available Fantasy Cross Sports contests. Will the Cavs go for a 3rd win in a row in the tough Oracle arena this Sunday or it
The suspense and intensity nearing this matchup couldn’t get any higher. Will the Golden State Warriors find a way to end the Cavaliers momentum and scare of being the first team in NBA Finals history to bust a 3-1 advantage? Or will the Cavaliers be able to make an historic comeback and shut down many critics by winning its first ever title?

The pressure is immense for both teams but a defeat, despite having an exceptional record breaking season for the Golden State Warriors will be a dagger in their heart.

On another note, this is the closest Cleveland fans have come to a championship in 52 years. The city championship drought in all sports can come to an end of the Cavaliers keep the same momentum they’ve had the past 2 games.

The Warriors however have been on the brink of winning a back to back championship for 2 games in a row and the pressure in not becoming the team who blew a 3-1 lead in NBA Finals after exceeding expectations all year long.

This will be none other than a classic matchup between the 2 NBA super stardoms, Lebron James and Stephen Curry. The past 2 games have been very different from the previous 3, with shots not falling for the defending champs at the same rate as the regular season and most of the postseason.

All Warriors have expressed the extreme disappointment they’d feel if they were unable to as champs, so look for them to come out focus and flying today.

Despite Curry putting 30 pts in Game 6, James poured in 41 pts for the 2nd straight contest. This ecstatic performance made Lebron joined the elite group of Jerry West, Michael Jordan, Rick Barry and Shaquille O’Neal as the only players ever to score 40 more points in consecutive games.

However, for the Cavs, the real threat comes not only from the Splash Brothers Curry and Thompson, but dominance from Draymond Green and the bench at times makes it an heavier task to overcome.

The Warriors definitely know all about overcoming a 3-1 deficit after defeating miraculously the Thunder in the Western Finals in 7 games. The composure and output from everyone on the team is critical at this point.
The bench has to perform the same way they did all throughout the season as well as early playoff games to stop the Cavaliers at this rate. With Draymond Green missing game 5 and Andrew Bogut out on a season adversity, Steve Kerr’s squad will have to play like champions to retain their crown and put an end to the Cavaliers’ tenacy and hunger for a win.

 

Look for this game to be a tight game but with the Warriors taking advantage of their depth and home court advantage to finish off a spectacular year.

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NBA Fantasy Basketball Draft Top Picks

NBA Finals Game 6

The NBA Finals resumes Thursday night with Game 6. The Cleveland Cavaliers will fight to stay alive and try to push the Golden State Warriors to an ultimate Game 7. The Cavs staved off elimination Monday winning 112-97 in Golden State. This was the Warriors first home loss during the playoffs and third this entire season. As the momentum shifted in Cleveland’s favor? Don’t say that to the Warriors who looks to repeat the exact same scenario as last year, winning the championship in 6 games at Quickens Loan Arena. The table is set for the NBA fantasy basketball draft tonight, time to play FanPick’s Cross-Sports Grand-Jam (click to play) and select your winning lineup!

Top Draft Picks

Player Pos Team Last Game FP Last 2 Games FP Avg Last 4 Games FP Avg Last 10 Games FP Avg
LeBron James F CLE 58.5 47.2 42.5 39
Kyrie Irving G CLE 41.5 37.5 30.2 28.2
Stephen Curry G GSW 31 29.2 26.3 29.4
Klay Thompson G GSW 30.5 21.8 20.4 22.7
Andre Iguodala F CLE 28.5 20.3 19.7 17.1
Draymond Green F GSW 25 25.8 26.8 24.8
Tristan Thompson C CLE 21.5 20.5 18.7 15.3
Harrison Barnes F GSW 12 19.5 16.4 13.9
Shaun Livingston G GSW 11.5 11 13.5 10.3
JR Smith G CLE 10.5 15 11.9 13.3
Richard Jefferson F CLE 8.5 11.3 10.5 9.6
Iman Shumpert G CLE 6.5 5.3 4.4 5
Festus Ezeli C GSW 5.5 1.8 3.5 5
Kevin Love F CLE 5.5 8.8 16.8 19.1
Marreese Speights C GSW 5 3.2 2.4 5
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NBA Fantasy Basketball Draft Notables

  • Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut will miss the rest of the finals due to a left knee injury he suffered during last game. He will not need surgery though.
  • Golden State Warriors power forward Draymond Green will be back for Game 6 after serving a one game suspension for his below-the-belt hit on LeBron James.
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June 10th 2016

The NBA Finals resumes Friday, with the Golden State Warriors leading the Cleveland Cavaliers 2-1. The Cavs weren’t going to give up easy after losing the first two game. LeBron James & co. bounce back in huge fashion defeating the Warriors 120-90. A win tonight at home is once again so important for Cleveland, with 2 out of the next three games in Golden State. Here’s a look at the Game 4 fantasy basketball draft (click to play) top picks!

Player Pos Team Last Game FP Last Two Game FP Avg Last Four Game FP Avg Last Ten Game FP Avg
LeBron James F CLE 41 37.3 37.9 36.4
Kyrie Irving G CLE 34.5 24.3 27.2 25.6
Tristan Thompson C CLE 24.5 18.8 16 14.9
JR Smith G CLE 24 12.8 13.8 13
Harrison Barnes F GSW 24 15.8 14.6 13.4
Richard Jefferson F CLE 18.5 12.3 11 8.9
Draymond Green F GSW 18 28.5 28 24.9
Stephen Curry G GSW 17 20.3 28.3 29.9
Shaun Livingston G GSW 12 15.5 12.1 9.8
Klay Thompson G GSW 10.5 15.7 21.8 23.2
Andre Iguodala F GSW 10 15.8 15.1 15
Leandro Barbosa G GSW 10 10.7 6.9 5.4
Kevin Love F CLE 7.5 21.7 21.3 22.6
Iman Shumpert G CLE 7.5 4.5 3.6 6.3
Andrew Bogut C GSW 5.5 10.5 10 11.5
Marreese Speights C GSW 4.5 2.3 2.3 5.4
Jordan McRae G CLE 4 14.7 10.1 5.4
Mo Williams G CLE 4 2.3 1.5 2
Anderson Varejao F GSW 4 3.2 2.1 2.9
Timofey Mozgov C CLE 3.5 4.2 4.5 3

Fantasy Basketball Draft Notables

  • LeBron Jame s and Kyrie Irving combined for 62 points in game 3.
  • Kevin Love (concussion) will once again be a game time decision. He was part of the morning practice with the team Friday morning.
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Daily Fantasy Basketball NBA Finals

Game 3

LeBron James carried his squad with the best score in daily fantasy basketball NBA Finals game 2 Sunday night, yet it wasn’t enough to defeat the dynasty that is the Golden State Warriors. The Cavs lost 110-77, their worst game during the 2016 playoffs. They also gave up a 48 points difference after two games against the Warriors. Fortunately for them, the series now shifts to Cleveland. Play NBA-MLB cross-sport contest this Wednesday, exclusive to FanPicks.com (click to join).

Top NBA Game 2 Performers

Player Pos Team Last Game FP Two Game FP Avg Four Game FP Avg Ten Game FP Avg
Draymond Green F GSW 34.5 30.3 30.1 26.7
LeBron James F CLE 32 38.3 37.3 35.5
Stephen Curry G GSW 26.5 27.8 32.3 32.5
Klay Thompson G GSW 20.5 20 24.7 24.5
Richard Jefferson F CLE 14.5 7.3 8.7 8.2
Andrew Bogut C GSW 13.5 10.2 14.9 12.3
Kyrie Irving G CLE 13 25.2 25.9 24.5
Andre Iguodala F GSW 13 16.5 16.4 14.9
Leandro Barbosa G GSW 12.5 8.2 5.3 5
Shaun Livingston G GSW 12.5 15.3 11.1 9.4
Tristan Thompson C CLE 11.5 12.7 13.2 13.6
Harrison Barnes F GWS 10 13 11.4 12.3
JR Smith G CLE 9.5 10 11 13
Ian Clark G GSW 9 3 4.8 5.7
Matthew Dellavedova G CLE 8 4.8 5.5 5.6
Kevin Love F CLE 7.5 21.7 21.3 22.6
Festus Ezeli C GSW 6.5 5.5 3.9 6.5
Timofey Mozgov C CLE 6 6.3 4.3 5.2
Iman Shumpert G CLE 3 3.3 2.6 6.5
Marreese Speights C GSW 2.5 1.8 3.6 6.3

Game 3 starts on Wednesday at 9PM ET, with the Cavaliers reuniting with their fans at Quicken Loans Arena. They hope to earn their first win of the 2016 NBA Finals, as they trail 2-0 at the hands of the Golden State Warriors. Cleveland might be without their star power forward Kevin Love, who received an accidental elbow from Harrison Barnes to the head this past Sunday. He initially stayed in the game, but left after experiencing dizziness. If he is not ready come game time, the Cavs will likely turn to their big russian Timofey Mozgov in the starting five. He has played a total of fourteen minutes during the first two games of the finals.

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NBA Finals Fantasy Game 1 Recap

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Warriors

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors began their NBA Finals rematch this past thursday at the Oracle Arena. With the Cavaliers coming into this game with the best postseason record thus far (12-2) and outscoring opponents by a combined 177 pts, Game 1’s result was quite a surprise and unusual for NBA Fans.

Not only that the season record breaking Golden State Warriors took game 1 to the Cavaliers, 104-89,  in comfortable fashion, the fact that Stephen Curry and and Klay Thompson struggled throughout the game will raise many questions to the Cavs.

The response from the bench when both Splash Brothers were unable to make their presence felt was nothing but astounding.

Shaun Livingston put up some impressive numbers in game 1 with a career playoff high of 20 pts. He went 8 for 10 from the field with 4 boards and 3 assists.

The Cavaliers just couldn’t cope with the Warriors’ reserve unit which outscored their opponent’s bench 45-11.

Leandro Barbosa’s 11 pts and Andre Iguodala’s tough defense against the Lebron James were quite impressive.

Iguodala, last season’s NBA Finals MVP definitely picked up where he left off against the Cavaliers’ large forward. He made James do a number a mistakes and bad shots. He was able to also to contribute offensively with 12 pts with 7 boards and 6 assists. The size advantage of James on Iguodala is quite huge and its hard to believe how well the Warriors’ player is coping with it without drawing many fouls. A mix of experience and smart defending is key in his matchup to slow down James’ dominance in the game.

The Cavaliers only shot 33% from long range and 38% from the field but its really the cold streak of certain of their players that stepped up in the early series.

With the Warriors extremely difficult to beat at the Oracle Arena, the key games the Cavaliers should be focusing on winning are games 3 to 5. This could shift momentum in the series and keep them on pace for what could maybe be a 7 game series.

 

 

 

 

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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!

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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.

 

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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!

 

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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.

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Golden State Warriors vs Memphis Grizzlies

Steve Kerr’s Golden State Warriors are still on pursuit of making history as they visit the Memphis Grizzlies Saturday night, trying to seize this once in a lifetime chance to set the record of 73 wins in a season. This NBA 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!i

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The Grizzlies just put an end to a 6 game losing streak earlier this week. Unfortunately for them, they went right back to their losing ways last night in their road loss to the Dallas Mavericks, 103-93. They were led by Tony Allen who finished on a 25 pts, 7 boards and 3 steals performance. Big man Zach Randolph added 13 pts with 6 rebounds shooting only 6 of 20 from the field however. Matt Barnes and Jordan Farmer both finished with 11 pts apiece. The Grizzlies should really be careful as they may lose their 5th place in the Western Conference to the Portland Trail Blazers. Even if this game is a tough one, they have to win the last 2 to secure their position. This should be a high scoring game with the Warriors as double digit favorites.

 

The Warriors continue their quest for 73 wins, despite going 2-2 in their last four match-ups, and spent Thursday night handling the visiting San Antonio Spurs, 112-101. Having lost only two games at Oracle Arena all season, the team was led in scoring by Stephen Curry, who had 27 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists, going 11 of 19 from the field and 3 of 7 from three-point range. Harrison Barnes recorded 21 points and 8 boards, shooting 3 of 7 from beyond the arc, while Draymond Green finished the night with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists, forcing 4 turnovers along the way. Green has started in all but one game for Golden State this season, 13.9 points, 9.6 rebounds and 7.5 assists. The Warriors will see out their season as the number one rated offense in the NBA, dropping an average of 115.2 points on opponents. If the team is going to break the Bulls’ 1995-96 wins record, they will have to get past the Spurs in San Antonio on Sunday night, who are undefeated at home.

 

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