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Daily Fantasy Basketball Value Picks
With a 11 games on the NBA schedule, daily fantasy basketball value picks are in abundance. You have your options of superstars, but finding those discounts that out-perform their salary hit, and allow you to afford another superstar at the same time are the ones that make you a winner. Every night there are surprise performers that nobody saw coming, but we’ll do our best to pick them out for you.
D’Angelo Russell at $4800 is maybe the best discount you’ll find all season. Coming off his best game as a pro, the rookie put up 39 fantasy points last game and has a chance to repeat with his new found confidence.
Otto Porter of the Wizards has been on a tear lately scoring 16, 24, and 21.5 fantasy points on Fanpicks during his last three games. He is priced at $4800 as well, and a great value for those looking to fill roster spots.
With Taj Gibson out for the Bulls, Bobby Portis could have a big game. At $4100 the PF was been a steady fantasy presence since the beginning of February and is full capable of 20+ fps.
One of the veteran side of daily fantasy basketball value picks we have none other than Tim Duncan. The Spurs legend has a great matchup with the interior D of the Pistons, where old man Tim may be able to dominate and make it look like its 1999.
NBA Fantasy Basketball Draft News 10-8-2015
LA Lakers face Uphill Battle in Western Conference Playoff Race
The 2014-15 LA Lakers are coming off a very poor season a year ago. They finished with a mark of 21-61 which was the fourth worst record in the league. LA was 9-43 against the Western conference.
There are many areas of improvement for this club but most notably will be their play on the defensive end of the court. The team ranked 29th and near the bottom in points allowed per game (105.3) and in opponents field goal percentage (46.6%). They did have their bad breaks injury wise. It began in training camp as their number one pick Julius Randle was lost for the year with a broken leg. Veteran Kobe Bryant played in just 35 games.
Head coach Byron Scott enters his second year with the team and will have to deal with Kobe Bryant’s contract situation as the Hall of Famer enters his last year on his contract. Bryant hasn’t shown any interest in retiring and LA’s brass has mentioned that they have no intensions of extending Kobe’s contract once it expires at the end of the season.
If the Lakers double their win total from a year ago with 42 wins it will likely not be enough to make the playoffs in the difficult Western conference. The New Orleans Pelicans were the eighth seed in the Western conference a year ago and the final team to qualify into the postseason. Their record was 45-37. The question becomes will LA trade Kobe at the trading deadline to a contender because a drastic improvement isn’t likely with this team.
LA Lakers PG:
The Lakers first round draft pick was taken out of Ohio St in the 2015 draft. He is only 19 and will be 20 years old on February 23rd. There is lot to learn about this league and Russell will be matched against many of the talented point guards in the Western conference. NBA fantasy draft managers may want to wait a while before adding this rookie on their one day league rosters. He has to gain the trust of Kobe Bryant and that may take some time to develop. Biggest issues facing rookies in the NBA and especially point guards will be his defense and ability to limit turnovers.
One of the few positives to come out of last season was the development of Jordan Clarkson at the point guard position. He will back up Russell so his minutes will be dependent on how efficient Russell is. The Lakers second round draft pick from 2014 averaged 12 points a game and shot 44.8% from the field.
LA Lakers SG:
The 19 year pro has faced injury issues the past couple of years. His production has digressed. Kobe was a career 45% shooter who shot 37.3% from the field last year. He averaged 34 ½ minutes. Bryant a good friend of Byron Scott will most likely still call the shots on how many minutes he plays each night. With so much player turn over the past couple of years with the Lakers, Kobe could become frustrated and lose the team work necessary to help grow this young roster.
LA Lakers SF:
Young is an all offense and no defense type of player. He has bounced around the league and will never be an impact player on a good team. He fits the mold of an offensive star on bad teams who lose because they don’t defend. Has fantasy value when Kobe is not on the court.
LA Lakers PF:
Randle showed great potential last year in the preseason with a good presence around the basket. LA will miss a lot of shots and Randle will have opportunities for rebounds and put backs.
LA Lakers C:
He was signed by the Lakers purely for a defensive presence around the basket to prevent points by the opposition. In his days with the Pacers the team was great defensively. Hibbert’s size and strength allowed him the ability to rebound. Those Indiana teams bought into playing defense. With Kobe and Nick Young on the court that is a hard sell. For that reason Hibbert may digress defensively on this roster.
Portland Trailblazers vs LA Lakers- 4/3/15 NBA Fantasy Sports, Basketball Picks, Odds & Predictions
ESPN TV will be televising a doubleheader on Friday April 3rd and the late night game features the LA Lakers at home to the Portland Trailblazers from Staples Center with a start time set for 10:30PM Eastern Time. NBA draft tips will follow from each of the five positions available for cash fantasy leagues.
The Portland Trailblazers have a mark of 48-26 on the year. With eight games remaining in the regular season the Trailblazers hold a seven game lead over second place Oklahoma City Thunder. By winning the Northwest Division the Trailblazers are guaranteed no worse than the fourth seed and with that come home court advantage for the first round of the playoffs. The second seed out west is occupied by the Houston Rockets and the Trailblazers are three games behind. Finishing second in the West gives that team home court advantage for the first two rounds of the playoffs.
It has been a very poor season for the LA Lakers as they enter the game with a record of 20-54. At the All Star Break it was apparent that the team would not be competing for a playoff spot. The team than had to turn their attention to protecting their first round pick which would go to the Philadelphia 76ers should the team finished as the sixth best team or better in the league at the end of the regular season. LA has just eight games remaining in the regular season and is currently the fourth worst team in the league. The sixth worst club in the NBA is the Sacramento Kings who have a mark of 26-48. LA is down six games to Sacramento with eight games remaining and if the Lakers can finish behind the Kings then LA will be able to keep their first round draft pick.
Portland Trailblazers Point Guards: Damian Lillard is coming off a very good performance on Wednesday as he scored 18 points and dished 10 assists in a victory against the Clippers. The Lakers are a bad defensive team so Lillard has taken advantage of the deficiency by averaging 29 points and nearly seven rebounds in three games against the Lakers this season to delight of NBA mock draft participants. Lillard shot 57% from the floor in those contests.
Portland Trailblazers Shooting Guards: With Wesley Matthews out for the year with an Achilles’ injury veteran Aaron Afflalo has seen an increase in minutes. Against the Clippers on Wednesday Afflalo had 14 points and five rebounds hitting 6 of 11 shots. He is getting his opportunities for shots as the veteran guards has attempted 11 shots in each of his past three games.
Portland Trailblazers Power Forward: LaMarcus Aldridge is the Trailblazers team leader. He has averaged 25 points per game over his past five games with 8 ½ rebounds. Against the Clippers on Wednesday Aldridge drained 10 of 22 shots for 29 points with six rebounds.
Portland Trailblazers Small Forward: Nicolas Batum is healthy now as he has battled numerous injuries on the year. He has averaged over 30 minutes per game and is coming off a 21 point and four assists game against the Clippers on Wednesday as he made 5 of 7 three pointers. Batum is 12 of 18 from the three point line over his past three games.
Portland Center: Chris Kaman has returned to the lineup after a shoulder sprain. Over his past three games Kamen is putting in about 17 ½ minutes per game with an 11 point and 7 ½ rebounding per game average.
LA Lakers Point Guard: Rookie Jordan Clarkson out of Missouri could be a keeper for Los Angeles into next season. After posting a double double against Philadelphia on Monday Clarkson was about to pour in 18 points and dish out ten assists on Wednesday in a loss to New Orleans.
LA Lakers Shooting Guard: LA loses Wayne Ellington for the rest of the season due to injury. Jabari Brown was signed to a full contract after his ten day contract expired. In five games with the big club Brown is averaging 11 points and two assists.
LA Lakers Power Forward: Rookie Tarik Black has seen an average of 24 minutes per game over his five contests and the Kansas Jayhawks product contributed with 16 points on Wednesday against New Orleans.
LA Lakers Small Forward: Wesley Johnson has fought inconsistencies of late as the veteran has scored in single digits in three of his past five games despite averaging 31 minutes on the court.
LA Lakers Center: Jordan Hill has gobbled up rebounds for LA of late as the former Arizona Wildcat product is averaging 11 boards per game over his past three games.
NBA Mock Draft Picks to Play Fantasy Basketball Cash Leagues:
PG: Damian Lillard (Trailblazers)
SG: Arron Afflallo (Trailblazers)
PF: LaMarcus Aldridge (Trailblazers)
SF: Nicolas Batum (Traiblazers)
C: Jordan Hill (Lakers)