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 Basketball Playoffs

Eastern Finals

The Toronto Raptors took care of the Heat yesterday’s Game 7 in dominating fashion, moving on to the NBA Eastern Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers. It’s not much of an fantasy basketball playoffs series compared to what could’ve been the Cavaliers vs the Heat story-wise, but we still end-up watching the two best teams in the East go at it. Cleveland stands as the team to beat in the East winning all 8 games they’ve played these playoffs. Game 1 is scheduled for Tuesday May 17, and you can enter this matchup in cross-sport contests now at FanPicks (click to join). LeBron James and co. will begin fresh off a week rest, which the Raptors have barely benefited from. It’s enough for Dwayne Casey’s squad that they have made it this far, pushing to within four victories of The Finals for the first time in franchise history. When this postseason started, Toronto had never even won a seven-game playoff series. One month later, and they have won two of them. Despite the East’s defending champions coming in as favorites, the Raptors edged them out in the regular season, winning 2-out-of-the-3 contests. Both victories came at the Air Canada Centre, and they shot 50.2 percent during the three games. Will that, along with whatever momentum gained from the Miami series, be enough to pull off the improbable and access the conference finals? Time will tell. After all, the Cavaliers are arguably their best edition ever too.

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This series offers several fascinating individual confrontations, with the Kyle Lowry-Kyrie Irving clash at point guard dripping with talent and competitiveness. DeMar DeRozan will get the sort of VIP defensive attention from J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert that essentially shut down the Hawks’ Kyle Korver in the last round. Then there’s DeMarre Carroll, who as an Atlanta Hawk had to deal with LeBron James in last year’s conference finals and will have the same assignment wearing a Raptors uniform.

The East’s final doesn’t seem to offer the sizzle of what will be going on out West. The gap between the Cavaliers and the Raptors on paper seems much larger than that single game that separated them in the regular-season standings. But Toronto makes for a much bigger Cinderella story, not only representing a city but also an entire country.

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Fantasy Playoffs Basketball Preview

Pacers vs Raptors Game 7

In this must win highly anticipated matchup between the Indiana Pacers and the Toronto Raptors, a lot of emotions will be running in both camps at the Air Canada Center. This Fantasy Playoffs Basketball Preview is brought you by FanPicks. Come PLAY in our Daily Fantasy Basketball contests and get a free chance to win $1 Million dollars!

 

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The Raptors have been disappointing this 1st round of playoffs and come in this game pumped, hoping to snap their first round series losing streak. They’re on verge of getting knocked out for the 4th straight time in the first round of NBA playoffs basketball, and it would be such of shame after this record winning regular season and talented squad’s efforts. Unfortunately for the Raptors, their two top players DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry are struggling at the worst potential time. Even though they’ve received some extra surprising efforts from Bismack Biyombo who’s 8 or more boards per game in 4 straight contests could help their resurgence. Defense has been a key indicator in every wins in this series, as the winning team has always scored at least 100 Pts. The Raptors are favorite in this one statically speaking and on paper, however we’ve seen them have ridiculous issues in previous Game 7 matchups.

 

Indiana has really surprised everyone and rocked the odds in this series. They took care of business on home court and have been playing exceptionally well in defense. A matter fact, they were able to hold Toronto to only 37% shooting from the field and a mere 39 pts in last game’s 2nd half. All of their starters were in double digit scoring figures in their win. Paul George’s playoff comeback has been very effective and his peers Monta Ellis, Myles Turner and George Hill have all stepped up in their nothing to lose approach to the game.

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NBA Fantasy Basketball Playoffs – Indiana Pacers versus Toronto Raptors Game 2

NBA fantasy basketball playoffs are in full swing and FanPicks has every up-to-date news and daily picks all the way to the finals, so join here to participate in the biggest contest in sports. The first of three games tonight pits the Pacers against the Raptors. Indiana will look to take a 2-0 lead on the road versus Toronto in their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series at Air Canada Centre.Fantasy Basketball

The Pacers hope to follow on their impressive 100-90 Game 1 victory with another one before the series heads to Indiana. Paul George provided a game-high 33 points (12-22 FG, 4-5 3Pt, 5-6 FT) while adding six assists, four rebounds, four steals and two blocks in 38 minutes. Monta Ellis also contributed with 15 points (5-12 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five assists, three rebounds and three steals in 29 minutes. The Pacers were 11 for 21 in three-point attempts on Saturday, after going just 16 of 55 in their last two regular season games with the Raptors. The Pacers broke a five-game losing streak at Air Canada Centre on Saturday, where they had not won since March 1, 2013.

The Raptors will try to rebound from Saturday’s Game 1 defeat and will need to find a way to stop Paul George in the process.  A factor that should be key in the Raptor’s success will be the play of the star guard duo DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry. DeRozan scored 14 points (5-19 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 4-6 FT) while adding four assists, two rebounds and two steals in 37 minutes. Lowry added 11 (3-13 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 4-9 FT), seven assists, two rebounds, two steals, and a block in 41 minutes. Jonas Valanciunas set a club record with 15 rebounds in the first half of Saturday’s game. The Raptors finished off the regular-season with a 32-9 record at home.

Top Fantasy Picks

G DeMar DeRozan (TOR)

G Kyle Lowry (TOR)

F Paul George (IND)

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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.

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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.

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Daily Fantasy Basketball Lineup & Value Picks

With just four NBA games on the schedule, assembling your daily fantasy basketball lineup can be a task. You never want to rely too much on one team to produce, but sometimes the matchup points you in that direction regardless.

The first game tips-off at 7:30 pm (est) with the Hawks facing off against the Raptors. Kyle Lowry was a major target but he is probably the most expensive PG in your pool, play him if you can afford him.

The big game is at 10:30 pm (est), when the Cleveland Cavaliers walk into Los Angeles to face the Lakers. Kobe Bryant is listed as a game-time decision for his last date with Lebron James.

James and Kawhi Leonard lead this lineup in the star department, with a lot of pressure on the latter to perform. Leonard let owners down last time out with a sub-par showing (for his price tag), and needs to rebound with a 40+ fantasy point game tonight.

Kyrie Irving may be in the next tier of players but I’m expecting him to play like the elite in this game. The Cavaliers gaurd has had a terrific last two games and should at least match that production against the Lakers.

Value Picks

 

Nikola Jokic – Pau Gasol will put the most daily fantasy basketball points on the board tonight, but Jokic is a great value. With slim pickins’ at the center spot Jokic’s production versus price tag is incontestable.

Taj Gibson –  He isn’t exactly Mr. Consistency, but 33 and 21.4 fantasy points in his last two games provides hope. He played 38 and 37 minutes in those games respectively, a large bump in usage compared to the norm for the Bulls forward.

Tristan Thompson – Another Cav I know, but Thompson is capable of big games from time to time. His inclusion over more expensive options allowed me to afford a more balanced team across the board, so I’m rolling the dice on the Canadian at this cap hit ($4600).

Here is the rest of the lineup for this evening’s contests.

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Daily Fantasy Basketball Value Picks

Here is another list of daily fantasy basketball value picks  (below) that you can target to make your daily fantasy team successful. As we had two earlier games on today, there are five remaining in prime time. Lebron James sat out the Cavaliers (early) game, and it came back to haunt them, but the Raptors are still resting Kyle Lowry tonight and the Magic sitting Evan Fournier.

DeMar DeRozan would be the obvious choice to take over the heavy lifting for Toronto but he had the flu and is questionable for the contest. Even if he does play he will of course be limited to some extent. Cory Joseph will replace Lowry in the starting lineup and should get a ton of minutes.

Evan Fournier isn’t suiting up (or down in reality) for Orlando’s game against Philly. Victor Oladipo should lead this train, while Mario Hezonja slides into the starting lineup.

Not done with the Magic just yet, Aaron Gordon has been lights out lately and is a nice deal at that price tag. He can put up fantasy stats worthy of a $9000 man.

Kristaps Porzingis at $6400 can be a tremendous value as well. He can easily post a double-double on any given night.

Fellow Knick Carmelo Anthony was a luxury since I saved so much on the replacements. You gotta use your money at some point.

…So I snagged up Damian Lillard as well…and still have $500 left.

  • Here is my entire lineup

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DFS Basketball Picks

 

  • My roster ($100 leftover)

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Kyle Lowry is just a bulldog. The Raptors star posted a triple-double against the Knicks and has no reason not to rip the T-Wolves.

Patty Mills at $4200 is a good value. He usually comes through in the clutch and is a dependable lower priced option.

The man, the legend himself Vince Carter is in the starting lineup of a fantasy team for the first time in forever…and at $3500 you can’t go wrong. Just for the entertainment value you win!

The 21-year-old Chicago Bull Bobby Portis is consistently capable of 20 FPPG, so at $4500 you gotta take the Power Forward.

Marvin Williams should feast on Kevin Love’s lack of defensive prowess tonight. I’m looking for double-digit rebounds from the PF.

There are a few intriguing options at Center tonight including the likes of Andre Drummond and DeMarcus Cousins, but at $7200 K-A Towns is too big of a discount to pass up.

Another player at the position that ended up making the squad is Nikola Jokic. With 29 and 34 fantasy points back-to-back, the Utility slot was a prime opportunity for me to play the big Serb.

Tobias Harris rounds out the roster with 42.5 FP ovr his last 2 games combined. The Small Forward should get the start again versus the 6ers.

 

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NBA Daily Fantasy Picks 2/22

 

The below chart is misleading to the NBA Daily Fantasy novice. On first look you probably look at Lebron James and Stephen Curry, decide that Lebron is projected higher than Stephen Curry but is cheaper so you should pick Lebron James. That is true that Lebron is a better option for today than Steph, but is he the best option? When it comes to daily fantasy picks, your picks are all about value (points per dollar) rather than sheer points. Winning a daily fantasy contest comes down to scoring the most total lineup points, and that is done with turning your $50,000 salary cap into all around value, not just a couple big scorers.

 

This may be a bad example because Lebron does have a good value coefficient of 5.5, meaning he is projected to score 5.5 fantasy points for each $1000 or his total $8700 of salary. That is not bad but as you can see, there are players on this list with higher value coefficients.

 

The one that sticks out especially is Jamal Crawford. He has taken on a larger role for the Clippers in Griffin’s absence and has been very consistent over the past 5 games at that 30 fantasy point mark. However, with a salary of only $5000, if he continues to put up 30 fantasy points per game, he will provide more value than any other player is projected. He should get plenty of play time in what should be a high scoring blowout in the Clippers favor against the Suns.

 

Another player who has been providing huge value is Khris Middleton. He has a more moderate salary level at $6500, but looks like he will be putting up numbers with the heavy hitters today. Milwaukee is favored by 8 points against the Lakers is what should be slightly higher scoring game.

 

If you need another cheap option to fill some gaps in your lineup Jabari Parker should be a good overlooked value pick. His numbers have been fantastic lately for his cheap salary level. Pairing him with Middleton may pay off if Middleton sets up Parker for some baskets as you will double dip with Parker’s points and Middleton’s assists.

 

 

Position PlayerName Points Dollars Value
SF LeBron James 48.1 8700 5.5
PG Stephen Curry 46.9 9400 5.0
C DeAndre Jordan 40.1 7300 5.5
SF Carmelo Anthony 39.6 7500 5.3
PF Paul Millsap 39.5 7100 5.6
PF Draymond Green 39.1 7500 5.2
SG Khris Middleton 38.5 6500 5.9
PG Kyle Lowry 38.3 7600 5.0
C Andre Drummond 38.3 7800 4.9
PG Isaiah Thomas 38.1 6900 5.5
SG DeMar DeRozan 35.9 6900 5.2
SF Giannis Antetokounmpo 34.9 6500 5.4
SG Klay Thompson 34.5 6500 5.3
C Greg Monroe 34.2 6800 5.0
PF Kevin Love 31.7 6800 4.7
PF Julius Randle 31.5 6100 5.2
SG Jamal Crawford 31.4 5000 6.3
C Al Horford 31.1 6500 4.8
PG Ricky Rubio 30.3 6100 5.0
PG Reggie Jackson 30.3 6500 4.7
PF Jabari Parker 30.1 5100 5.9

 

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NBA All-Star Skills Competition and Game preview

 

This NBA All-Star weekend will be a special one for the NBA and Canada but most importantly for future Hall of Famer and Lakers’ own Kobe Bryant appearing in his 18th and final NBA All-Star Game. He will be a sentimental favorite as well to win a record 5th MVP in this NBA All-Star game. This weekend will be a great show for all Fantasy Basketball owners seeing rising stars and legends entertain the fans.

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Bryant was not only the fans top vote-getter heading into this weekend’s All-Star break besting none other than league MVP Stephen Curry, but is also the NBA All-Star Game’s all-time leading scorer.

The 2 most popular events of the weekend people cannot wait to see this weekend are the Slam Dunk Contest and the Three-Point Contest.

Three-Point contest defending champion Stephen Curry and Golden State Warriors teammate Klay Thompson are both favourites to win this even this year amidst the tough competition with the other shooters such as:

  • J.J. Redick of the Los Angeles Clippers
  • Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns
  • Kyle Lowry of the host, Toronto Raptors
  • James Harden from the Houston Rockets
  • Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat
  • Khris Middleton of the Milwaukee Bucks

 

In the NBA Verizon Slam Dunk Contest, 20 year old Zach LaVine of the Minnesota Timberwolves will try to defend his title and is the heavy favourite to win it again in front of only 3 other contestants:

  • Aaron Gordon of the Orlando Magic
  • Will Barton of the Denver Nuggets
  • Andre Drummond of the Detroit Pistons

The West will try to go for their 5th victory in the last 6 years on Sunday.

 

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Toronto Raptors vs Phoenix Suns Fantasy Basketball News – 02-02-16

The Phoenix Suns (14-35) will be hosting the Toronto Raptors (32-15) in Phoenix this Tuesday at the Talking Stick Resort Arena. FanPicks has this game on tap for tonight’s DFS action. Come play Fantasy Basketball at fanpicks.com.

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Toronto is coming back from a tough loss by 19 pts against a well below under .500, Denver Nuggets squad, snapping their impressive 11 game-winning streak. Coach Dwayne Casey called it easily one of the worst performances of the year. Another strange fact is that the Raptors seem to be continuously struggling against the Nuggets, having lost 4 of their last 5 games against them. The Raps are still ranked second in the Eastern Conference, a few games behind the Cavaliers That was and will definitely try to bounce back with their winning ways against the Suns, one of the worst teams in the NBA.

The Phoenix Suns’s rapid decline the past few months just cost Jeff Hornacek’s job earlier this Monday, leaving interim coach Earl Watson in charge of the struggling team. They’ve only won twice in their past 21 games. Ironically, one of the Suns’ rare victories came against the Toronto Raptors. Suns’ Owner has linked his team struggle this year with the “millennial culture” and notably Markief Morris’ strong personality and constant injuries. With most of the main players back, they will try to stop a red hot Toronto team looking to bounce back from their blowout in Denver the night before.

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Detroit Pistons vs Toronto Raptors – 01/30/16 Preview

The white hot Toronto Raptors (31-15) will host the Detroit Pistons (25-22) Saturday evening at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto are odd favorites to win (line: -7). Play in the most exciting daily fantasy basketball, including the newest Point Spread  and $10K Grand Action contests only at Fanpicks the premiere daily fantasy sports site.

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Detroit has shown the league this season that they’re a legit Playoff contender and compete against some of the best teams. They’re coming back from a hard fought loss against the Cavaliers last night 114-106. All 5 starters for the Pistons finished in double digits scoring. Andre Drummond, a fantasy optimal lineup regular led the pack and recorded a team high 20 pts with 8 boards. Detroit is currently ranked second in the league in rebounds, averaging 47.5 with most coming from league leading Andre Drummond. The Pistons will face the Raptors again in February but in Detroit this time.

Toronto is on a tear right now and just set a franchise record this Thursday for the most consecutive wins. They’re in a great momentum going into this All Star break. Their record win came against the New York Knicks at the ACC, 103-93. The dynamic duo of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan both put down 26 pts to lead the Raptors past the Knicks. This streak is bringing the Raptors closer to the Eastern Conference leaders, Cleveland Cavaliers, currently only 2 games behind them. Jonas Valanciunas also had a great game and finished the night with a double-double like Lowry and had 11 pts with 18 rebounds. Valanciunas currently averages 9.6 rebounds for the Raps this season in 29 games. The next 5 games will be on the road where they have a 14-9 before hosting the All-Star game February 12-14 weekend.

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