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2018 NBA Playoffs
If the playoffs are anything like the wild finish to the regular season, hold on. It took an overtime play-in win just to determine the Western Conference playoff teams, and little was settled outside of the top two seeds in the East heading into Wednesday’s season finale. But now that we have the sixteen teams, it’s on. The NBA’s second season officially begins on Saturday afternoon.
Toronto Raptors vs. Washington Wizards
The Raptors have all sorts of pressure on them this postseason, but they couldn’t have done much better than facing the fledgling Wizards at the start. Washington, which has lost 14 of its last 21 games, welcomed five-time All-Star John Wall back on March 31 after he missed more than two months with a knee injury. Still, Toronto — which was third in offensive rating and fifth in defensive rating this season — should be able to survive.
Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks
Boston, which is without five-time All-Star Kyrie Irving for the playoffs and guard Marcus Smart until at least late April, has its hands full against these Bucks. Milwaukee’s 106-102 win over Boston on April 3 serves as the best evidence of how they match up at the moment. The Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo will be looking to advance past the first round for the first time (he’s 0-for-2 thus far).
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Miami Heat
Philadelphia comes in as the league’s hottest team, having won 16 games in a row. Never mind that All-Star big man Joel Embiid went down with an orbital fracture in his left eye eight games into the stretch, the Sixers just kept rolling. When Embiid was asked if he might be able to play for Game 1, he told reporters it’s “unlikely but still a chance.”
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers
LeBron James is no stranger to memorable playoff matchups against the Pacers, but this is a different version of the familiar story. With coach Nate McMillan and All-Star guard Victor Oladipo leading the way, the Pacers were a wonderful surprise this season.
Houston Rockets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
The Rockets dominated the season series against the Timberwolves, but only one of those games (a 126-108 win on Feb. 13) included Minnesota’s Jimmy Butler from beginning to end. The four-time All-Star tore his meniscus in their second matchup on Feb. 23, then missed the final two meetings before returning on Friday. The Rockets, meanwhile, lost key defender Luc Mbah a Moute to a dislocated shoulder on Tuesday, and he’s expected to miss the first round — if not longer.
Golden State Warriors vs. San Antonio Spurs
This is a rematch of last year’s Western Conference finals in name alone, as Golden State is without two-time MVP Stephen Curry this time around and the Spurs’ franchise centerpiece, Kawhi Leonard, remains out after playing just nine games this season. But if anyone is capable of creating a gameplan to upset the ailing defending champions, it’s San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich. His Spurs had the fourth-best defensive rating this season. The Warriors, meanwhile, have lost 10 of their last 17 games.
Portland Trail Blazers vs. New Orleans Pelicans
The Trail Blazers lost seven of their last 12 games, but the regular season finale win over Utah was enough to earn them the No. 3 seed. Portland, which had the league’s ninth-best defensive rating this season, will have all it can handle with the way Pelicans star Anthony Davis has been playing (a league-leading 30.2 points, 11.9 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per game since DeMarcus Cousins’ season-ending Achilles injury Jan. 26).
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Utah Jazz
The Jazz boasted the NBA’s best defense for the final few months of the regular season, and now they’ll try to stop a star-studded Thunder squad that finished 10th in offensive rating. But the Jazz have to score too, and therein lies the most pressing question of their postseason: Can rookie guard Donovan Mitchell be the same star-caliber player on this stage? Utah certainly needs him to be.
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Thunder at Heat Preview
The Oklahoma City Thunder earned a huge win in their bid for a spot in the Western Conference playoffs by knocking off the top-seeded Houston Rockets on Saturday, but there is still work to be done. The Thunder will try to get a step closer to the postseason and post back-to-back wins when they visit the Miami Heat on Monday.
Oklahoma City is in a three-way tie for the No. 5 spot in the West entering play on Sunday but is just one game ahead of the ninth-place Denver Nuggets with two games left in the regular season. “Just better not lose,” All-Star forward Paul George told reporters. “That’s what it comes down to. We better not lose. We control our destiny at this point, but we’ve got to have the mindset that we need these wins. We’ve got to come out and play our game, and that’s always been good enough for us.” The Thunder get lowly Memphis at home in the season finale on Wednesday but could get a challenge from the Heat, who are among three teams that seem to be fighting over the No. 7 spot in the East and the right to face the injury-depleted Boston Celtics in the first round. “You want to go into the playoffs on a high note, you don’t want to be losing three in a row,” Miami guard Dwyane Wade told reporters after a 122-98 loss to the lowly New York Knicks on Friday. “You want to definitely go in winning and feeling good about yourself. The seeds, whatever happens at the end of the day from seeds standpoint, is what it is. We’re at the bottom we’re going to play a Goliath team anyway. It really doesn’t matter. We want to continue to play good basketball.”
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, FS Oklahoma, FS Sun (Miami)
ABOUT THE THUNDER (46-34): Oklahoma City outscored Houston 28-19 in the fourth quarter on Saturday as Russell Westbrook led a strong defensive effort by locking down MVP candidate James Harden. “Our communication was at an all-time high tonight, throughout the whole game and especially throughout that fourth quarter when it was time to get stops and make plays,” forward Carmelo Anthony told reporters. “We competed, we talked it out and we made plays when we had to.” Anthony contributed 22 points on 7-of-14 shooting in the win after going 4-of-16 in a loss to the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday.
ABOUT THE HEAT (43-37): Miami coach Erik Spoelstra would like to see his team playing well as they head into the playoffs and was not pleased with the effort against the Knicks. “I don’t want to take away from what they did. They played a great game,” Spoelstra told reporters of New York. “But the best way to say it is all across the board we were a no-show. I hardly recognized our team tonight compared to who we’ve been and how we’ve been playing.” The Heat, who allowed the Knicks to knock down 18 3-pointers on Friday, finish up the regular season by hosting the East-best Toronto Raptors on Wednesday.
1. Thunder PF Jerami Grant is 15-of-21 from the floor over the last four contests.
2. Heat PG Goran Dragic is shooting 53.3 percent from the field over his last five games.
3. Oklahoma City took the last four in the series, including a 105-99 home win on March 23.
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NBA Free Agency & Trades
NBA free agency and the trades this week have been on a full swing. With hundreds of millions of dollars being currently spent, there’s still a lot more to come with moving parts to board. FanPicks (click to play) breakdowns this week’s madness in Free Agency signings and Trades in the NBA!
Kevin Durant joins the Golden State Warriors
One of the biggest off season and trade frenzy question was answered Monday morning when Kevin Durant announced that he was leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder to arch Western Conference rivals Golden State Warriors. Durant’s formal introduction at Oracle Arena Thursday confirmed OKC’s fans’ nightmare as the face of their franchise moved on.
The MVP of the 2013-2014 season and 4 time NBA scoring leader joined the team of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. This is a gigantic earthquake that has shaken the NBA this week! A few weeks after losing in seven games against the Warriors, Kevin Durant decided to join them!
Dwayne Wade joins the Chicago Bulls
A leap in the salary cap has caused teams to hand out record amounts of money for players this time of the year in the NBA Free Agency Frenzy.
Dwyane Wade chose to leave the Miami Heat to join the Chicago Bulls. Wade, 34, was upset the lack of consideration of the Heat’s management. With this deal worth $47.5 million for 2 years, it will be interesting how the Bulls will cope with Wade’s experience and leadership after losing stars Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah.
He has been with the team since 2003 and won 3 NBA Championships during his amazing run.
Joakim Noah joins the New York Knicks
The French-American became officially a player of the New York Knicks after serving 9 seasons with the Chicago Bulls.
Noah, 31, signed a four-year contract with the famous New York franchise, valued at $70 million. He was apparently on the list of players that they’ve been wanting to recruit for a long time.
He will be alongside his former teammate Derrick Rose and close friend Carmelo Anthony.
With Pau Gasol leaving the Bulls for the San Antonio Spurs last week, many other top free agents are up for grabs.
Don’t forget to check our blog for the latest news on this NBA Free Agent Frenzy with the market still hot after this frantic week in the NBA.
Top 20 Fantasy Picks NBA DFS
May 11th 2016
Two FanPicks NBA DFS games on tap for today. It all starts at 8pm ET in Toronto, as the Heat and the Raptors will face each other in game 5 to break the 2-2 tie. Three of the four games in this series were decided in overtime. Dwayne Wade has made a lot of enemies north-of-the-border. First, because of his practice routine during the “Oh Canada” national anthem interpretation in game 3, and his solid game throughout the series. Wade will have to contend with the crowd tonight with the contest shifting back to the Air Canada Center. At 10pm ET, the NBA will turn to the West with game 5 of the series between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors could end it tonight at home, as they lead this series 3-1. Golden State’s point guard is fresh off a repeat NBA MVP win and an incredible 40 points performance in game 4. His value is off the roof, and there’s just no way we can expect otherwise from him.
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NBA DFS Notables
- Warriors point guard Stephen Curry scored a NBA-record 17 points in overtime during game 4.
- Raptors center Jonas Valenciunas will miss the rest of the playoffs due to an ankle injury.
- Warriors power forward Draymond Green is the only player to have a triple-double in those playoffs. It happened during game 1 of the current series with Portland.
Playoffs Fantasy Basketball
Eastern Conference Round 2 Preview
On to round two of playoffs fantasy basketball. The seeding order got respected with the top four team moving on. After dismantling the Pistons in four game, the Cleveland Cavaliers have had enough rest (8 days) to take on the Atlanta Hawks. The other series sets up the north versus the south. The Toronto Raptors will go against the Miami Heat. Both team were pushed to the brink of a game 7 during round one. The Eastern conference round 2 will begin May 2nd with the Hawks flying in to Cleveland for Game 1. The Heat will be in Toronto the following day to start their series as well. Join FanPicks to play the NBA playoffs.
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For the Atlanta Hawks, facing LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers is starting to look less like a matchup than a recurring nightmare.
The Hawks got swept by Cleveland this season, dropping the three meetings by an average of almost 10 points (109.3 to 99.7). When they met in the Eastern Conference finals last spring, the result was the same: four consecutive Cavaliers victories, an especially ignominious way for Atlanta’s sparkling 60-victory season to end. And if you go back even further to 2009, the previous postseason clash between both sides, well it ended in a sweep again. See the trend?
Nothing either of these teams did in the first round (sweep of Detroit for Cleveland and 4-2 win against Boston for Atlanta) suggests that things will be different this year.
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The Toronto Raptors fans have reason to celebrate, even if it’s only the second round. For the second-time in their 21-year history, they won a best-of-seven playoff series, outlasting the Indiana Pacers in seven games.It wasn’t pretty and it came so close to falling apart in the fourth quarter of Game 7, but coach Dwane Casey can now breath easy.
While the Raptors had their ups and downs in the first round, the Heat had their ups and downs this season. But both had regular-season success against the Cleveland Cavaliers, who have long been the clear favorite to win the Eastern Conference. One of them will get the chance to put the Cavs to the test in the conference finals, should the defending conference champs win their series with the Atlanta Hawks.
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Fantasy Basketball Courtside Watch
There is a three NBA Playoffs Game 2 set for the evening. The Hornets are in Miami, the Cavs host the Pistons and the TrailBlazers hope to win in L.A. against the Clippers. All home team have taken Game 1 of the series. It will be the last chance for those visiting clubs to take over the series lead at home for Game 3. So expect a lot of pressure from the underdogs tonight. We’ve listed the top 20 fantasy points producers from their previous game in FanPicks Fantasy Basketball Courtside Watch.
Cleveland’s big three got things done in the first game versus Detroit. Kyrie Irving was the biggest draw with a total of 36.5 fantasy points. LeBron James and Kevin Love came a close second and third with 36 and 35 fantasy points of their own. No other Cavs players were that significant in Game 1, leaving to wonder that they must just be relying on those three to provide the score day in and day out. There’s is no doubt that LeBron is the main man of the bunch, and could enjoy some huge fantasy production for at-least the first two rounds of playoffs. Love, for his part, should be providing regular rebounding defense in the double-digits. This leaves Irving with doubts on if his production level will stay in par with his teammates. He collected 31 points in the game, which contributed for most of his fantasy points production. The point guard came second in Cleveland’s scoring, behind poster boy LeBron James. So it would be doubtful that Irving could score more than King James on the regular, leaving him on the outside looking in. Other top 20 options at the guard position would be L.A.’s Chris Paul, Portland’s, Damon Lillard and Miami’s Dwayne Wade. Charlotte’s Nicolas Batum led the charge against the Heat, he should be a sleeper to provide the points again today.
Which player is going to stand out in tonights fantasy basketball matchups? Can Chris Paul top the list once again? Let us know in the comments below and don’t forget to enter in your DFS lineup at FanPicks .com. Don’t forget to keep a lookout for the fantasy basketball courtside watch posted daily.
NBA Playoffs Fantasy Basketball Preview – Eastern Conference
Every team in the NBA playoffs would love to hold the Larry O’Brien Trophy in June but the road to an NBA Championship is a long and difficult one. This NBA Playoffs Fantasy Basketball Preview of the Eastern Conference is 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!
What does 1st round NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs Bracket look like:
Let’s take a look at the Eastern Conference matchups:
(# 1) Cleveland Cavaliers vs (# 8) Detroit Pistons:
LeBron James has never lost a 1st round series game yet in his career and on top of that, not a single loss since May 2012 against the Knicks. The Cavs are high favorites in this contest against the Detroit Pistons. They will just need to keep their offense flow running as well as getting past the 1st round very healthy. They suffered the loss of Kevin Love against the Celtics last year, really hurting them in the finals against the Warriors.
Detroit made it this far and should feel very happy. With a win or two against the Cavs, they can rub their shoulders with satisfaction of a decent ending. It will allow their big superstar Andre Drummond and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to get some playoff experience and feel the difference between postseason and regular season action, as well as a first step for this organization’s process to come back slowly in the top half of the Eastern Conference.
(# 2) Toronto Raptors vs Indiana Pacers (# 7):
After falling in a thrilling 7 game series against the Brooklyn Nets before being surprisingly swept by John Wall’s Wizards last year, the Raptors in Round 1 have been playing below their potential. This year, it seems that the core is playing differently and full of confidence. Going past Round 1 is more than doable and it would even be a disappointment for Toronto to not see them in the conference finals. They will simply need Kyle Lowry and DeRozan to be healthy and productive to lead this Raptors team to another level.
For much of his playoff career, Paul George had players like David West, Roy Hibbert and Lance Stephenson helping him out as Indiana was always a force in the East. However, this is the first time that George will have no one to lean on. He will still get some help from the impressive rookie Myles Turner in the frontcourt and from veteran guards George Hill with Monta Ellis.
(# 3) Miami Heat vs (# 6) Charlotte Hornets:
Miami was among the 4 teams completely knotted in the middle of the Eastern Conference and ended up with an acceptable 48-34 record. Heat and Hawks were lucky in the tiebreakers and were granted home court for the 1st round. Justise Winslow and Josh Richardson are huge addition off the bench for the Heat and helping out with respective 20 + minutes games. The two shoot for an impressive 46.7% at home this season and 41.2% on the road.
Charlotte is the only team in the playoffs that doesn’t have an All-Star player in their roster. They will solely rely on Kemba Walker, their long range shooting, scrappy defense and efficiency in all these sectors. If they end up with a possible upset on this one, it will validate their coach Steve Clifford’s as one of the best coaching minds in the NBA
Atlanta Hawks vs (# 5) Boston Celtics:
The Hawks entered the playoffs last year with 60 wins and with something to prove. This year, they will agains have to prove themselves The Atlanta Hawks entered the postseason last year looking to prove that they were as good as their East-leading 60 victories. This year, the Hawks still have something to prove. They’re much better than their 4th place finish and can make another run at the Conference finals. They’re backed up by their start players Jeff Teague and Al Horford that will need to be key in this series against Boston.
The Celtics are really the dark horse of the Eastern Conference. Their players’ goal this season was to build from what they started last season. It really meant that they wanted to get back in the playoffs and be more competitive. A 48 win season is a great step towards their goal.
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NBA Daily Fantasy Draft Miami Heat vs Orlando Magic
Dominate your competition with our NBA Daily Fantasy Draft, create the winning lineup at Fanpicks.com. The Miami Heat (46-32) make their way to Orlando for the first of two back-to-back match-ups against the Magic (33-45).
The Heat delivered another blow to the Chicago Bulls’ playoffs hopes on Thursday night and, in doing so, bolstered their own in a 106-98 home win. All five starters for the club posted double digits in the victory, with Dwayne Wade leading the group with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists, shooting 9 of 18 from the paint. Goran Dragic scored a double-double with 16 points and 12 boards, going 7 of 16 from the paint. Dragic is putting up an average of 13.9 points and 5.9 dimes for the team this year, suiting up for 67 games and leading the club in assists. Hassan Whiteside came off the reserves for his 39th double-double of the season on the strength of a 16-point, 12-rebound outing as Miami stand in fifth place in the Eastern Conference, just a half game behind the third place Hawks.
The Magic have lost two of their last three games, with their latest defeat coming on Wednesday night to the visiting Detroit Pistons, 108-104. Evan Fournier topped the squad in scoring with 19 points, hitting all five of his shot attempts from the foul line but had difficulty from beyond the arc, where he finished 0 for 5. Elfrid Payton contributed with 17 points and 5 assists, forcing 3 turnovers and shooting 8 of 13 from the court, while Nikola Vucevic came out from the bench to collect the double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds, going 7 of 14 from field goal range. Vucevic, who remains Orlando’s top offensive contributor despite being absent for the majority of the month of March with a groin injury, is averaging 18 points and 9 rebounds for the team through 62 games played, edging the unit in blocks with 1.1 per outing. Andrew Nicholson had 14 points, 5 rebounds and a pair of threes as the Magic remain in 11th place in the East, with their follow-up game coming versus Miami on the road on Sunday.
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Miami Heat vs Portland Trail Blazers
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The red hot Miami heat will travel South West to visit the Portland Trail Blazers still battling for their playoffs spot at the Moda Center. FanPicks is proud to bring you this NBA Fantasy Basketball picks and preview. Come play in our NBA Magic Million contest where you can win up to a $1 million this week at FanPicks.
Portland Trail Blazers are on a 3 game winning streak and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Portland sits in the 6th spot in the Western Conference, only 1 game behind the reeling Memphis Grizzlies. It is quite an accomplishment, as they weren’t even expected to get to 30 wins this season. Their home form has been huge for them this season as they have a 25-12 record in their home building on the year. There’s no issues yet on the injuries department, but look for the Blazers to be a small favorite in this matchup.
The Heat come into this game having dropped only 2 of their last 7 games and sit currently in a three-way tie for their division crown. The good news for them is that own the tiebreaker over the Atlanta Hawks and Charlotte Hornets, and on top of that clearly have the easiest schedule. In their most recent win, Miami beat the Sacramento Kings despite playing without their star Dwyane Wade. They preferred to rest him so that he would be fresh here in a much tougher matchup.
DFS NBA Lineup
Here we have a special edition of a DFS NBA Lineup. An 8 pm edition, meaning just two games to choose your players from. The Miami Heat vs Milwaukee Bucks, and at 8:30 pm the Detroit Pistons at Dallas Mavericks.
I only have two players from the Pistons-Mavs game, and I should probably have more but this two game format doesn’t leave many options in terms of mixing and matching salaries.
There were certain players I targeted and others that just made it because they were the best options for the available cap space.
Giannis Antetokounmpo was my first target. The Bucks star has been on an absolute tear of late, piling up stats in every category. He can put up between 30 and 65 fantasy points on any given night, so even at $9600 it’s worth taking the big man. He makes it fun to follow your daily fantasy roster.
Goran Dragic was a target as well, at $6800 you could do worse. I ended up stacking him and Dwyane Wade together as Khris Middleton would’ve given me just too many Bucks.
Luol Deng was a must have at that price. He is a great value pick again, capable of putting up 35+ fantasy points.
David Lee and Caldwell-Pope are my only two participants from the other game tonight. Dirk Nowitzki is a solid option, but I don’t think a monstrous game is in store for the veteran. Lee is a tremendous value at just $5000, I would have considered him even with a full slate of games to select from.
Caldwell-Pope is capable of having the type of games that win you DFS contests, but you just never know with him. Sometimes he puts up 11 fp, sometimes 25. This is my make or break pick.
Hassan Whiteside is the reward for taking some discounts. The Heat center should log his normal 30+ minutes (illness) and 30+ fantasy points for owners.
Daily Fantasy Basketball Lineup
With only four games scheduled tonight, you may think it will be a slow night for daily fantasy basketball lineups. But one game is all you need when it’s a Thunder vs Warriors rematch. Here is my DFS lineup, including some nice value picks. There is still $500 leftover to do as you wish with, replace and upgrade, but we feel this is a solid lineup either way.
Steph Curry is questionable with an ankle injury that held him out of the Golden State game against the Hawks, but is expected to be ready to play tonight. Considering the ankle, and Kevin Durant‘s effort last time out, I’m rolling with Russell Westbrook tonight. The former two starred in the premiere, so this game is Westbrook’s to own. I’m hoping for a monsterous 50-60 fantasy point night.
Let’s take a look at the remainder of the roster.
Norris Cole and Mirza Teletovic are the leading value picks here. Cole scored an outstanding 40.8 fantasy points last night and will look to keep it going versus the Spurs. Teletovic should be a popular selection in daily fantasy basketball at just $4700. He’s nailing them from beyond the arc, so he adds additional fantasy points even if he isn’t a dominant factor all game.
If I wasn’t taking Curry, you bet I was taking one of his teammates. Klay Thompson made the cut with back to back 40+ fantasy point games.
I’m looking for 45 fps from Kawhi Leonard against the Pelicans. And Dirk Nowitzki always seems to have a great game when I don’t take him, so with such a small pool of talent available, I’ll take my chances with the bubbling Maverick offense.
Joe Johnson, Alex Len and Luol Deng round of the lineup, as consistent vets who have high (enough) ceilings.
Good luck to all, and to all a good night of ball!
Fantasy Basketball Miami Heat vs New York Knicks preview
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Things will heat up tonight in the Big Apple as the New York Knicks will be hosting the Miami Heat Sunday evening. Come play our NBA Fantasy Basketball contest and YOU could win BIG at FanPicks.
New York is on a terrible slump lately, having struggled both offensively and defensively. For some reason, they’ve won only 3 games out of the last 14. Even though they’ve won back to back games, the opponents were very weak. The Knicks will have a handful this game against Miami’s defense unit and their new offensive addition.
Miami has been playing very well lately despite dropping their last 2 games against the Celtics and the Warriors. Unfortunately for them, their leading scorer, Chris Bosh is under serious pressure from team doctors to sit down for the rest of the season. Dwayne Wade and the offensve has been getting unexpected great help from Hassan Whiteside and Goran Dragic. Whiteside played 4 straight games with an average of 19.5 pts and 17.3 rebounds while Dragic stepped up as well averaging 19.8 pts, 7 assists and 5.4 boards the last games. The real addition to their squad and danger for the Eastern Conference is the arrival of 7 time all star Joe Johnson. It will in interesting and essential addition for them
Miami Heat vs Houston Rockets Fantasy Basketball News – 02-02-16
The Miami Heat (27-21) will continue their road stretch in Texas when they take on the Houston Rockets (25-25) on Tuesday. FanPicks has this game on tap for tonight’s DFS action. Come play Fantasy Basketball at fanpicks.com.
The Heat are the midst of a four-game winning streak and took the Southeast division lead from the Atlanta Hawks. The best part of that hot stretch is that they have been playing without Hassan Whiteside, their regular center. Whiteside leads the league in blocks and has anchored this defense all season long. This proves that Miami has the depth to be successful. Allowing under 93 points a game during that winning streak, Erik Spoelstra’s team are also thriving in defense. They hold the second spot in the NBA for points allowed. Miami’s fab-five are as good as it gets, when healthy. They will be a strong opposition come playoff time.
The Rockets lost their last three games that included a thriller 123 to 122 loss to the Washington Wizards. What’s been weird for the Rockets this season’s Rockets team, is that every time they look to be finally out of their rut, they fall right back into another one. Dwight Howard has been ejected in back-to-back games, putting his team into an awful situation. Those ejections seems to overshadow his best season in a Houston uniform. The biggest issue with this team is the defense. They rank 29th in the NBA for points allowed. James Harden and company does have a superior three-point shooting capability, that they are likely to execute against the Heat.