Memphis Grizzlies vs Minnesota Timberwolves – 01/23/16 Preview

The red hot Memphis Grizzlies (25-19) travel Saturday night to Minnesota to taking on the struggling Timberwolves (13-31). The Grizzlies are the odd favorites to win (line: -3). Play the most exciting daily fantasy basketball contest, including the newest Point Spread and $10K Grand Action contests only at Fanpicks the premiere daily fantasy sports site.

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The Grizzlies are on a 4 game winning streaming and won 6 of their last 7. They passed Mavs and command the 2nd place in the Southwest Division, 12.5 games behind leaders San Antonio Spurs. The Grizzlies just defeated the Nuggets in Denver 102-101 this Thursday night with Marc Gasol leading the charge with a 27 pts and 6 assists performance. Mike Conley added 20 pts and Zach Randolph with 13 pts as they sit in 5th place in the Western Conference. The Grizzlies defense is constantly improving and ranks 7th in the league allowing only 98.6 pts per game.

 

Minnesota is still struggling and their latest defeat came in OT Wednesday night at the mercy of the Dallas Mavericks. Karl-Anthony Towns led the Timberwolves with 27 pts and 17 rebounds, going 12 of 19 from the field. Towns averages 15.9 pts and 9.7 rebounds this season. Andrew Wiggins finished with a solid 23 pts and 7 rebounds while Shabazz Muhammad came off and netted 14 pts. The Wolves are now back in 14th place just ahead of the Lakers. One of their main difficulties are their inability to connect from long range. They have the third worst percentage in the league for 3 pts shooting. They have a tough week ahead of them facing the Cavalierss before hosting the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday.

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Memphis Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

 

The Memphis Grizzlies (19-17) will be hosted by the Oklahoma City Thunder  (24-11) at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Wednesday evening. Fanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy basketball competition.  Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $10K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball site

Fantasy basketball The Grizzlies have been an interesting team this year and it’s tough to know what you’re going to get on any given night. The team is synonymous with defense and while that was down at the beginning of the season, they have turned it around recently. In fact, they are allowing just over 92 points per game since the beginning of December. Memphis has opted to bring Zach Randolph off the bench lately and he had his best game of the season in their most recent win. He put up a 26 point-18 rebound line in a spectacular performance. One would think that games like that would get him back into the starting-five, but they’re doing some bizarre things in Memphis right now. It’s even more strange considering the state of the offense, as they rank 29th in scoring this year.

The Thunder had to play their last game without Kevin Durant and it was a nightmare result. Durant injured his toe last weekend and it appears he’s unlikely for this game as well. In the game without Durant, the Thunder lost to a Sacramento Kings team as a double-digit favorite. This team really struggled in the first few weeks without Durant as well and it’s a wonder why their so much worse even with all the talent they possess outside of KD. Oklahoma City comes into this matchup as a six-point favorite and this should be a good test for them without their MVP against a Western Conference contender.

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Grizzlies versus Trail Blaizers

 

The Memphis Grizzlies (18-17) will play the Portland Trail Blazers (15-21) at the Moda Center in Portland, OR on Monday. Dominate your competitions with our free to use RotoPicker tool, create the winning fantasy NBA contest lineups for Fanpicks.com

Fantasy baeballskThe Memphis Grizzlies look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Memphis Grizzlies are averaging 96.2 points on 43.5 percent shooting and allowing 99.2 points on 45.1 percent shooting. Marc Gasol is averaging 16.5 points and 7.6 rebounds while Mike Conley is averaging 15.2 points and 5.9 assists. Zach Randolph is grabbing eight rebounds and Jeff Green is dishing 1.8 assists. The Memphis Grizzlies are shooting 31.7 percent from beyond the arc and 79.8 percent from the free throw line. The Grizzlies are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 16.2 turnovers per game. The Memphis Grizzlies have lost six of their last seven road games.

The Portland Trail Blazers hope for another victory after winning four of their last five games. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 101.2 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 102.2 points on 44.6 percent shooting. C.J. McCollum is averaging 21 points and 4.3 assists while Allen Crabbe is averaging 11 points and 2.5 rebounds. Al-Farouq Aminu is grabbing 6.7 rebounds and Mason Plumlee is dishing 2.7 assists. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 73.6 percent from the free throw line. The Trail Blazers are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 11.9 turnovers per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have won three straight home games.

The Grizzlies are 16-33-3 ATS in their last 52 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. Western Conference. The Trail Blazers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Grizzlies are 0-3-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings

 

 

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Daily Fantasy NBA Basketball Picks 12-22-15

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POINT GUARD

Mike Conley

Mike Conley star point guard for the Memphis Grizzlies should have an outstanding game against the Philadelphia 76ers, who have dreadful overall this season.  The 76ers performance against point guards has been terrible and continues to trend downward.  Both Kendall Marshall ad TJ McConell have gotten the call to split time at the point guard spot which doesn’t fare well for their defensive chances.  Conley’s game as of late has been amazing.  He scored 20 points during each of his last 2 games… we expect Conley to continue his strong play against the luckless Sixers

 

Jameer Nelson

Still filling in for Mudiay… Jameer Nelson is seeing a lot of court time.  The Lakers game against point guards continues to be poor which explains why they are currently ranked the worst in the league.  We expect, Nelson who had a solid 15 point performance in 37 minutes against New Orleans, could take advantage against the Lakers. Nelson has scored in double figures in each of the last 5 games.  We believe Louis Williams will more than likely see the most action against Nelson.

 

FORWARD

Goran Dragic

We look to 4th ranked point guard in the league, Reggie Jackson, to give Dragic a tough matchup.  Currently, Dragic is averaging 11.3 points just below his career average of 12.6 points with the drop off in 3-pointers being really apparent.  Dragic is a career .357 3-point shooter but this year is only shooting .277 from behind the arc.  Nonetheless we think he should be coming out of his slump

SHOOTING GUARD

Will Barton

At the moment Will Barton is showing GAME!  Having just come off one of the best games his career game, during which, Barton scored 32 points with seven 3-pointers.  Currently, Barton averages 15.3 points a game and is 6th in the league among small forwards in efficiency. He would also be sixth among shooting guards in the same category. Barton goes into a favorable matchup against the Lakers. The Lakers are currently the worst in the league in terms of giving up fantasy points to shooting guards. Look for Jordan Clarkson or Kobe Bryant to guard Barton, which in either case would favor the Nuggets’ sixth man.

 

Wesley Matthews

While the Mavericks’ Wesley Matthews has the potential for game… he has been struggling, scoring only 13 points against Phoenix, and a combined 6 points against Indiana and Memphis while playing only 29 minutes per game on average.  Matthews will be facing Toronto one of the league’s top defender against shooting guards.

 

SMALL FORWARD

James Johnson

Ever since the Raptors realized that Terrence Ross wasn’t cutting it in Carroll’s place; Johnson was appointed to start the last two games.  Johnson has posted double figures in his last two games, scoring 14 points each against Sacramento and Minnesota.  However, we believe that Dallas will test him, as the Mavericks have shown that they are exceptionally good at keeping fantasy scores lower for small forwards.  He will probably be shadowed by Chandler Parsons, and while Johnson is not an explosive player he is more than capable to put up numbers

 

Matt Barnes

Barnes continues to start for the Grizz as they go small in an effort to bring Z-Bo off the bench and mismatch their rotations. Barnes has only averaged 8.9 points per contest but could see greener pastures against the Sixers who can’t seem to stop anyone. No team is worse than the Sixers at defending small forwards when using fantasy points as a metric. The Sixers’ Robert Covington could give Barnes problems with his length. Covington is 6’9” while Barnes is 6’6”.

 

Danilo Gallinari

The Italian sniper, Danilo Gallinari will face the Lakers which could very well result in a  high scoring game for him. Gallinari is 7th in efficiency among small forwards and is averaging a little over 17 points a game. One interesting note about Gallinari is that if his shot isn’t falling, he is being aggressive and getting to the free throw line.  He scored 11 of his 18 points from the stripe in his last game. Gallinari’s 18 points came in just 23 minutes, before he was injured with an ankle sprain. The Lakers are the 3rd worst team in the league in defending fantasy points among small forwards. Gallinari will likely see Kobe Bryant most of the night, if he plays.

 

POWER FORWARD

Kenneth Faried

Faried is a popular play tonight against a Laker team allowing worse than league average production against opposing power forwards this season.

 

CENTER

Bismack Biyombo

Rarely does a guy come along who has absolutely no role on the offensive end and is yet still very much a play in DFS.  My boy Bismack fits the bill. He’s crazy athletic, looks perfectly at home on the court and exists as the fifth option on offense with the first unit. And calling him the fifth option is really doing him a solid because he’s probably more like the 10th option as you should count all the other guys twice before ever getting to him. But he’s rebounding like a madman and playing crazy minutes. This short slate doesn’t have me wanting to get big money on center.

 

Marc Gasol

He should dominate Philly and Jahlil tonight. The only issue is whether he sees anything close to the right amount of minutes. There’s always a good chance Philly gets run out of the gym and that’s the end of the Grizz starter’s minutes. Gasol has big offensive upside, but it isn’t consistent. The thought of that plus his minutes going awry is troubling.

 

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Memphis Grizzlies versus Houston Rockets NBA Basketball Real Money Fantasy Picks 11-25-2015

 

The Houston Rockets will host the Memphis Grizzlies tonight in a western conference showdown. It will be their second meeting of the season. The Grizzlies took the first one 96-84, less than a week ago. Fantasy basketball GM’s can tune to NBATV on Wednesday November 25th at 8:00PM Eastern Time to track the results of their DFS roster picks.

The Memphis Grizzlies are currently sitting 5th in the west with an record of 8-7. They’ve won 5 out of their last 6 contest. Surprisingly enough, they hold a point differential of minus-4. Their 110-96 win, last night, over the Dallas Mavericks tied their biggest spread of the season. David Joerger’s team is once again solid defensively, giving up 99 PPG to the opponents.

After winning interim head coach J.B. Bickestaff’s first game, the Houston Rockets went back down with two straight losses. They are currently in 12th position in the west with a 5-9 record. One bright spot for the Rockets is the return in the lineup of center Dwight Howard and point guard Patrick Beverley. Howard rested out the last home game against the New York Knicks, while Beverley was hurt for the past five games.

Houston Rockets G:

 James Harden

Harden is leading the Rockets in points (27.9 PPG), assists (6.4 APG) and steals (2 SPG). He is a one man show once again in Houston. He takes care of every offensive task, and he does it with force. His shooting dropped a bit this year with 38% FG, compared to last year’s 44%.

Patrick Beverley

Returning from a 5 game absence, Beverley will likely start this one on the bench as precautionary measures. Jason Terry took over as the regular during Beverley’s injury. Both of them will share playing time tonight, with former starter Ty Lawson getting some minutes as well.

Houston Rockets C:

Dwight Howard

After missing out most of last season, Howard got back to his rebounding skill this year. He has 13.6 rebounds per game, the most in the team. His average in points is low though. He scored 13.8 PPG this year.

Memphis Grizzlies G

Mike Conley

Conley scored a team-high 21 points Wednesday against the Mavs. He leads the team in assists with 6.5 APG. He’s also a close second, behind center Marc Gasol, in the Grizzlies points lead with 15.3 PPG. The point guard is a reliable option tonight.

Memphis Grizzlies F

 Jeff Green

Green had a strong game Wednesday night against Dallas, scoring 19 points. He has been getting the better of Tony Allen at the small forward position this year.

Matt Barnes

With Zach Randolph’s day-to-day injury, Barnes is going to get the nod to start again for Memphis. The veteran scored 14 three-pointers last night, and he’ll likely score more of those tonight.

NBA Basketball Fantasy League Pick’s

PG: Mike Conley (Memphis)

SG: James Harden (Houston)

SF: Jeff Green (Memphis)

PF: Matt Barnes(Memphis)

C: Dwight Howard(Houston)

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NBA FANTASY BASKETBALL DRAFT NEWS 10-21-2015

THE BEST DEFENSE IS THE BEST OFFENSE FOR THE MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES

The Memphis Grizzlies have emerged has the best defensive team in the west over the past four seasons. They gave up 93 PPG to their opponents in that period of time. Despite that, they had more difficulty scoring themselves, putting up 95.8 PPG. The defensive approach the team took during the last 4 years allowed them to hold a winning percentage of over .600 during each season.

The Southwest division team has a 5 year playoff streak going. Last year, they ended up 5th in the western conference with a record of 55 wins and 27 losses. They took out the Portland Trail Blazers in five games during the first round, but lost to the eventual NBA champions Golden State Warriors in the second.

As good as they are defensively, the Grizzlies needed an offensive shot maker during the offseason. They’ve acquired veteran Matt Barnes to somewhat fill that role. Another important case that needed to be resolved this offseason for Memphis was the re-signing of their all-star player, Marc Gasol.

Memphis Grizzlies PG

Mike Conley

At 28 years-old, Conley is the youngest player in the starting five. He’s also the most offensively gifted player in the team. He’s able to create space for teammates Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol to score the bucket. He finished last season with 15.8 PPG and 5.4 AST/Games.

Memphis Grizzlies SG

Courtney Lee

Lee proved to be the best shooter in the team with an effective field goal percentage of 51.8%. He also shot just over 40% in three pointers. His versatility makes him a trusted player into Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger’s eyes.

Memphis Grizzlies SF

Jeff Green

Green scored 13.1 PPG last year and had 47.8% field goal efficiency. His fantasy value will likely go down with the arrival of Matt Barnes to the squad and the possibility of them sharing playing time. He’s still 29 year-old compared to the 35 of Barnes.

Matt Barnes

Barnes will be playing with the Grizzlies, the team that drafted him 13 years ago, for the first time. During those 13 years, he built quite a resume playing for 8 different teams including the two Los Angeles franchises. Last year, he started in 74 games for the Clippers. It’s the first time he started more than 70 games in a season. He had 10.1 PPG and an effective field goal of 55.3%.

Memphis Grizzlies PF

Zach Randolph

Randolph garnered success playing the pick-and-roll with Mike Conley. He gathered 16.1 PPG while having a team best 10.5 rebounds per game last year. The 34 years-old only seems to get better with age.

Memphis Grizzlies C

Marc Gasol

Gasol is one of the best defenders in the league. So leading the team with 17.4 PPG seems kind of odd. It’s because he represent the Grizzlies vision, playing hard close to the net. The younger of the Gasol brothers is also good at setting up teammates. He came in second in the team with 3.8 assists per game. Gasol should be a top fantasy pick center going into the 2015/16 season.

 

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