NBA Fantasy Basketball Value Picks Thunder vs Pistons

Dominate your competition with our NBA Fantasy Basketball Value Picks, create the winning lineup at Fanpicks.com. The Oklahoma City Thunder (52-22) travel to Michigan to take on the Detroit Pistons (39-35) at Palace of Auburn Hills.
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Oklahoma City is playing their finest basketball of the season right now and it couldn’t have come at a better moment. They carry an eight-game winning streak into this match-up, with seven of those coming versus teams with .500 records or better. What’s even more impressive are the margins, as they have defeated six of those teams by double-digits. The last two victories may be the most impressive, as they beat the number two ranked squads in both conferences. This will be a difficult task though, as the Thunder are in the back end of a back-to-back set and are facing a Detroit lineup that is fighting to get into the playoffs.

The Pistons come into this contest winning five of their last six, which has launched them into the eight-seed. They find themselves 2.5 games ahead the Chicago Bulls and three above the Washington Wizards. This is not a team you want to face in the playoffs either, as they have very few weaknesses. Andre Drummond leads the NBA in rebounding, Reggie Jackson continues to develop as one of the best guards in the league, and Tobias Harris provides support on the wing. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Marcus Morris are no slouches either. Despite all of that, this starting core tops the league in minutes which could become an issue when playoffs starts and extends the season.

Detroit can hold themselves against any team, but facing a top one who is having success right now is too much of a task to accomplish.

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G Russell Westbrook (OKC)

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New York Knicks vs Detroit Pistons Fantasy Basketball News – 02-04-16

The stumbling New York Knicks (23-28) head to The Palace of Auburn Hills on Thursday for a date with the Detroit Pistons (26-23). FanPicks has this game on tap for tonight’s DFS action. Come play Fantasy Basketball at fanpicks.com.

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The Knicks have lost six of their last seven games and are falling further more into a deep and endless hole of agonizing year. They’ve suffered a 97-89 defeat at the hands of the Boston Celtic, on Tuesday. Arron Afflalo was New York’s most productive player in that game, scoring 18 points and going 7 of 15 from the field. Carmelo Anthony had a double-double with 16 points & 14 rebounds, while Robin Lopez also scored the double-double with 17 points & 13 boards. Coming off the bench, Sasha Vujacic collected 13 points. New York was terrible from the field, going 37.8% from the paint and 30% from long range. After missing the last four games because of a sore right groin, point guard Jose Calderon should make is return to the lineup tonight. The Knicks could really use his skills to get out of their rut.

 

The Pistons were also victim of the Celtics, on Wednesday night. They lost 102-95, dropping three of their last four contests. Reggie Jackson scored a team-leading 17 points, while adding 7 assists and draining three triples in the loss. Ersan Ilyasova and Andre Drummond each recorded 16 points apiece. Ilyasova logged in another monster night on the boards, adding 13 rebounds for the double-double. With 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists, Marcus Morris also saw is fantasy stock rise yesterday. The Pistons fell in eight place in the Eastern Conference, with the Hornets tailing one and half a game behind for a playoff spot.  Stan van Gundy’s team will be able to regain seventh place in the rankings, when they face the half game up Pacers on Saturday. Detroit will need to improve from beyond the arc, as they made 11 of 34 shots for a 32.4% average on Wednesday night. It’s consistent with their 33.5% season average, which ranks as seventh-worst in the league.

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The Orlando Magic (19-15) will face the Detroit Pistons (18-16) at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit. Dominate your competitions with our free to use RotoPicker tool, create the winning fantasy NBA contest lineups for Fanpicks.com

The Orlando Magic look for consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Orlando Magic are averaging 100.1 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allowing 98.7 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Nikola Vucevic is averaging 16.8 points and 8.5 rebounds while Evan Fournier is averaging 14.3 points and 2.6 assists. Tobias Harris is grabbing 7.3 rebounds and Victor Oladipo is dishing 3.9 assists. The Orlando Magic are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 76.9 percent from the free throw line. The Magic are allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 14.4 turnovers per game. The Orlando Magic have split their last 10 road games.

The Detroit Pistons look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Detroit Pistons are averaging 100.8 points on 42.5 percent shooting and allowing 99.7 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Reggie Jackson is averaging 19.9 points and 6.4 assists while Andre Drummond is averaging 18.1 points and 16.1 rebounds. Marcus Morris is grabbing 5.4 rebounds and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is dishing two assists. The Detroit Pistons are shooting 33.1 percent from beyond the arc and 65.5 percent from the free throw line. The Pistons are allowing 33.7 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 14.9 turnovers per game. The Detroit Pistons have won seven of their last 10 home games.

The Magic are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Pistons are 26-10-1 ATS in their last 37 home games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference. The Magic are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Detroit.

Expected Starting Lineups (not confirmed):

Orlando Magic

PG: Elfrid Payton
SG: Evan Fournier
SF: Tobias Harris
PF: Channing Frye
C: Nikola Vucevic

Detroit Pistons

PG: Reggie Jackson
SG: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
SF: Marcus Morris
PF: Ersan Ilyasova
C: Andre Drummond

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NBA Fantasy Basketball Draft News 10-28-2015

Detroit Pistons have a new Mix of New Players but the Shooting Must Improve for the Team to Compete for the Playoffs.

The 2014-15 Detroit Pistons finished up play with a record of 32-50. They finished as the 12th seed in the Eastern conference and six games behind the eighth seeded Brooklyn Nets for the final playoff spot. Stan Van Gundy begins his second season as head coach of Detroit.

The team struggled on the offensive end of the court as they averaged 98 points with 43.2% shooting from the field and 34.4% from beyond the arc. The team drafted in the lottery round with the eighth pick and selected Stanley Johnson out of Arizona. He averaged nearly 14 points and 45% from the field. From the three point line Johnson connected on 37%.

Detroit Pistons PG:

Reggie Jackson

The Pistons 25 year old point guard played in 77 games last year and hit on 43.4% from the field and 29.9% from three. He averaged 14.5 points a game and dished out six assists plus grabbed four rebounds. Jackson played 3 ½ years with the Oklahoma City Thunder before coming over to Detroit during the season last year.

Steve Blake

Blake is effective as a backup working with the second team. He has 12 years in the league and can be a defensive liability if guarding a younger point guard. With Portland last year Blake played 19 minutes and averaged 4 points with 3 ½ assists per game. The shooting has been dreadful the past three years as he has shot 37% from the field.

Detroit Pistons SG:

Kentavious Caldwell Pope

He enters his third year with the club as he was a first round pick of the Pistons in 2013. He played in all 82 games last year and shot 40.1% from the floor with 12.7 points per game. He dished just 1 assist and grabbed 3 rebounds per game and connected on 34.5% from three.

Jodie Meeks

Meeks has played six years in the NBA and is playing for his fourth team. In 60 games with the Pistons last year Meeks played 24 minutes per game as he averaged 11 points. He does not contribute much in the rebound and assist categories. Meeks shot 34.9% from three last year.

Detroit Pistons PF:

Ersan Ilyasova

The seven year pro comes to Detroit after a seven year career with the Milwaukee Bucks. The 28 year old power forward played in 58 games last year and shot 47.2% from the field and 39% from beyond the arc. He averaged 11 ½ points, 5 rebounds and 1 assist per game.

Anthony Tolliver

The seven year veteran out of Creighton came over to Detroit from Phoenix. He saw work in 52 games last year and averaged nearly eight points and four rebounds per game. He shot 42.3% from the field along with 36% from three point distance. With Detroit, Tolliver improved his production from his time with Phoenix.

Detroit Pistons SF:

Marcus Morris

The 26 year old comes to Detroit after 2 ½ seasons with the Phoenix Suns. He has missed just one game over his past two seasons. Last year Morris average 19 points as he hit 43.4% from the floor in his 25 minutes of play. From three he shot 35.8% plus grabbed 4.8 rebounds and dished 1 ½ assists per game.

Detroit Pistons C:

Andre Drummond

Drummond is entering his fourth year with the Pistons. The center played in 82 games last year and average 14 points and 13 ½ rebounds per game. He put in 30 minutes a game and hit 51.4% from the field. The free throw shooting makes Drummond a liability in late game situations as he makes 38.9% from the charity stripe.

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