Pictured: D’Angelo Russell
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NBA FanLotto Preview 04/01/19

Check out the groupings for this Monday’s Fantasy Lotto contest. See who’s been on fire lately with their average fantasy score from the past 3 games.

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Group 1

Devin Booker (vs CLE) – 49pts

Kyrie Irving (vs MIA)- 31.83pts (Probable to play on Monday)

Ben Simmons (vs DAL) – 31.5pts

Kemba Walker (vs UTA) – 28.5pts

Damien Lillard (vs MIN) – 28.33pts

Group 2

DeAndre Jordan (vs CHI) – 20.83pts

Hassan Whiteside (vs BOS) – 19.67pts

Marc Gasol (vs ORL) – 16.33pts

Deandre Ayton (Out of lineup on Monday)

Jusuf Nurkic (Out for the Season)

Group 3

D’Angelo Russell (vs MIL) – 33.67pts

Donovan Mitchell (vs CHA) – 21.33pts

Kyle Lowry (vs ORL) – 18.17pts

Zach LaVine (Out of lineup on Monday)

CJ McCollum (Out for Indefinite amount of Time)

Group 4

Kevin Love (vs PHX) – 28pts (Unknown if he plays on Monday due to Shoulder Injury)

Khris Middleton (vs BKN) – 27pts (Unknown if he plays on Monday due to Groin Injury)

Tobias Harris (vs DAL) – 21.83pts

Nikola Mirotic (Out for Indefinite amount of Time)

Lauri Markkanen (Out for the Season)

Group 5

Aaron Gordon (vs TOR) – 27.83pts

Andrew Wiggins (vs POR) – 27.17pts

Pascal Siakam (vs ORL) – 25.83pts

Domantas Sabonis (vs DET) – 21.33pts

Kelly Oubre Jr (Out for the Season)

Group 6

Bojan Bogdanovic (vs DET) – 24.83pts

Jayson Tatum (vs MIA) – 17.83pts

Marcus Morris (vs MIA) – 14.83pts

Justise Winslow (Out of lineup on Monday)

TJ Warren (Out for Indefinite amount of Time)

Group 7

Myles Turner (vs DET) – 28.33pts

Al Horford (vs MIA) – 26.67pts (Probable to play on Monday)

Serge Ibaka (vs ORL) – 25.83pts

Enes Kanter (vs MIN) – 22.17pts

Tristan Thompson (vs PHX) – 14.17pts

Group 8

Jordan Clarkson (vs PHX) – 19.33pts

Ricky Rubio (vs CHA) – 19.17pts

Spencer Dinwiddie (vs MIL) – 15pts

JJ Redick (vs DAL) – 14.5pts

Jeremy Lamb (vs UTA) – 12.67pts

Group 9

Dwyane Wade (vs BOS) – 22.5pts

Goran Dragic (vs BOS) – 22.5pts

Emmanuel Mudiay (vs CHI) – 22pts

Collin Sexton (vs PHX) – 21.33pts

Reggie Jackson (vs IND) –

Group 10

Joe Ingles (vs UTA) – 27.33pts

Larry Nance Jr (vs PHX) – 20.67pts

Thaddeus Young (vs DET) – 18.67pts

Nicolas Batum (vs UTA) – 9.33pts

Derrick Favors (Out of lineup on Monday)

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Pictured: Giannis Antetokounmpo
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Preview: Celtics at Bucks

The Boston Celtics were the preseason favorites to win the Eastern Conference but are instead fighting for homecourt advantage while the Milwaukee Bucks run away with the top spot. The Bucks will try to assert their dominance over the rest of the top competitors in the East once again when they host the Celtics on Thursday.

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Milwaukee is 7-3 against the Toronto Raptors, Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers and Boston and breezed into the All-Star break with wins in 14 of the last 16 games behind All-Star captain Giannis Antetokounmpo. The “Greek Freak” scored 38 points on 17-of-23 shooting in a losing effort in Sunday’s All-Star Game but remains an MVP candidate and took the Bucks into the break by collecting 33 points, 19 rebounds and 11 assists in a 106-97 win at the Pacers. The Celtics were well-represented during the All-Star festivities as point guard Kyrie Irving contributed 13 points in 25 minutes to Team LeBron’s 178-164 win over Team Giannis and second-year forward Jayson Tatum starred in the Rising Stars game before winning the Skills Challenge. Boston won 12 of 15 going into the break and is opening a three-game trip at Milwaukee that will also send it through second-place Toronto.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, TNT

ABOUT THE CELTICS (37-21): Irving sat out the final two games before the All-Star break to rest a sore knee but worked hard to get back for the annual exhibition and get right for the stretch run. “I’m happy. My strength and conditioning coach, my own training staff that I hired myself, every single day has been communication, making sure I can play in the game,” Irving told reporters after the game. “We understand it’s an All-Star Game, but to go up and down before Thursday comes, I’d be a lot worse if that was my first time playing in basically two weeks. Five days in the NBA season is a lot of time. I’m not sure people realize that. Being away from the game, especially if you have to get off your feet. Getting up shots tonight, being around this camaraderie and competition, was good.” Irving, who can become a free agent after the season, is averaging 23.6 points and 6.9 assists.

ABOUT THE BUCKS (43-14): Milwaukee’s big splash at the trade deadline was bringing in power forward Nikola Mirotic in a deal from the New Orleans Pelicans. The 28-year-old, who is averaging 16.7 points and 8.3 rebounds while shooting 36.8 percent from beyond the arc, has been out with a calf injury since Jan. 23 but was on the verge of making his team debut before the break and could play Thursday. Mirotic joins a lineup headlined by Antetokounmpo and fellow All-Star Khris Middleton, who scored 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting in 22 minutes for Team Giannis on Sunday.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Celtics PG Terry Rozier (illness) joined Irving on the bench before the break but is expected back Thursday.

2. Bucks C Brook Lopez is 4-of-24 from 3-point range in the last three games.

3. Antetokounmpo scored 30 points in the most recent meeting, a 120-107 Milwaukee win at Boston on Dec. 21.

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Pictured: Giannis Antetokounmpo
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Preview: Bucks at Raptors

The battle for first place in the Eastern Conference will go head-to-head when the Milwaukee Bucks visit the Toronto Raptors on Thursday. The Bucks go into the meeting with a half-game lead in the East and took two of the first three matchups against the Raptors, including a win at Toronto on Dec. 9.

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Milwaukee began its five-game road trip with a loss at Oklahoma City on Sunday but managed to maintain its record as the lone team in the league without back-to-back setbacks by knocking off the Detroit Pistons 115-105 on Tuesday. Superstar forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, who was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday, flirted with a triple-double and finished with 21 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds in the victory. The Raptors avoided a third consecutive setback on Sunday and closed a three-game road trip by edging the Dallas Mavericks 123-120, and they get two at home before hitting the road again for three more. Toronto is enjoying a 10-game winning streak at home that began after that 104-99 setback against the Bucks on Dec. 9.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, TNT, TSN 1/4/5 (Toronto)

ABOUT THE BUCKS (35-13): Injuries are getting to Milwaukee’s backcourt, but seldom-used reserve Pat Connaughton is making the most of the opportunity and sprang for 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting in 22 minutes Tuesday after not getting off the bench in three of the previous four contests. “Unbelievable,” Bucks point guard Eric Bledsoe told reporters of Connaughton. “Pat’s been great all season when he does play. He always stays ready. He’s a veteran. He’s a professional, so he puts in the work. As I always say, just glad to see him come in and play well and we win.” Connaughton could be a key player again on Thursday with shooting guards Malcolm Brogdon (chest), Sterling Brown (wrist) and Donte DiVincenzo (heel) all day-to-day.

ABOUT THE RAPTORS (37-15): Toronto has its own superstar forward in Kawhi Leonard, who scored at least 20 points in each of the last 22 games. Leonard, who sat out four straight as part of an injury maintenance program, averaged 32.5 points in two games since his return and recorded a double-double with 33 points and 10 rebounds in Sunday’s triumph at Dallas. Center Serge Ibaka recorded a double-double in the win as well – his season-best fourth straight.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Raptors PG Kyle Lowry is 7-of-23 from the floor over the last two games.

2. Bucks C Brook Lopez is averaging 3.4 blocks over the last five contests.

3. Antetokounmpo is averaging 31 points and 18.5 rebounds in two games against Toronto this season.

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Pictured: Giannis Antetokounmpo (in green)
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Preview: Bucks at Thunder

The Milwaukee Bucks pushed their latest winning streak to six straight behind another MVP-like effort from superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo on Friday and own the fewest losses in the NBA as they get set to embark on a five-game road trip. Antetokounmpo and the Bucks will kick things off by visiting the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday.

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The Bucks trailed 87-76 entering the fourth quarter on Friday and were down 12 with under 10 minutes to play before Antetokounmpo took over, scoring 14 of his 34 points in the final period and outscoring the Hornets himself in the fourth, 14-12. “It gives us momentum,” Antetokounmpo told reporters of the win. “We sat for three days, we didn’t have a game and this game just is something we’re going to build on. Hopefully, we’ll go to this five-game road trip and try to get as many wins as we can.” The Thunder come into the matchup with some momentum as well after winning their last four games and averaging 122.3 points during that stretch. Oklahoma City improved to 16-7 at home with a 122-116 triumph over the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday and is wrapping up a three-game homestand with Milwaukee.

TV: 6 p.m. ET, ESPN, FS Wisconsin (Milwaukee), FS Oklahoma

ABOUT THE BUCKS (35-12): One of the keys to Milwaukee’s fourth-quarter surge on Friday was a defensive change that left Antetokounmpo at center and moved seldom-used reserve Pat Connaughton into the lineup, allowing the team to switch at every spot. “It allows me to be up and take pride in my defense, try to play the guys one-on-one,” Antetokounmpo told reporters of the setup. “Usually, we play back in the pick and roll, so we let the guy come downhill and try to shoot a floater or shoot the tough two, but sometimes I feel like it’s nice to take a step or two up and try to defend those guards and take pride in helping the team.” Antetokounmpo added three blocks and three steals to his 34 points and 14 rebounds in the victory.

ABOUT THE THUNDER (30-18): Star point guard Russell Westbrook is shooting 41.8 percent from the floor – the lowest mark since his 2008-09 rookie season – and 24.3 from beyond the arc but is still finding ways to impact the game. Westbrook is trying to average a triple-double for the third consecutive season and piled up 23 points, 17 rebounds and 16 assists on Friday. “(Westbrook) is a once in a generation kind of guy,” forward Abdel Nader told the team’s website. “He’s special on both ends. He plays with the energy level that some guys wish they could play with. He’s a hell of a leader and a hell of a player.”

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Thunder All-Star SF Paul George went 6-of-10 from 3-point range on Friday and knocked down at least three from beyond the arc in each of the last six contests.

2. Bucks C Thon Maker, who is averaging 4.7 points in 11.7 minutes but recently fell out of the team’s rotation, reportedly requested a trade.

3. The road team took each of the two meetings last season, with Milwaukee earning a 97-95 triumph at Oklahoma City.

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Photo: James Harden
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Preview: Bucks at Rockets

The Houston Rockets just took out the top team in the Western Conference and will try to prove once again that it can knock off one of the best in the East when they host the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday. The Rockets won for the 12th time in the last 14 games when James Harden put together another virtuoso offensive performance in a 125-113 triumph over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday.

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Harden reached 30 points in his 13th straight game with 32 on Monday but did his best work passing out of double teams while handing out 14 assists. “They for sure trapped me, for sure had two on the ball every possession,” Harden told reporters. “It feels like every single game, I see a double-team or two on the ball mostly every possession. So, I’ve got to figure out ways to impact the game, figure out ways to not only score, but get guys involved.” The Bucks own the fewest losses in the NBA (11) and are winners of 10 of their last 12 after finishing off a six-game homestand with a 114-102 triumph over Utah. Milwaukee will play 13 of its next 18 games on the road leading into the All-Star break and is a middling 9-7 away from home so far this season.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, ESPN, FS Wisconsin (Milwaukee), AT&T SportsNet southwest (Houston)

ABOUT THE BUCKS (28-11): Milwaukee superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo led with 30 points and 10 rebounds on Monday despite being guarded by 7-1 center Rudy Gobert. “Obviously, he’s one of the best defenders in the league,” Antetokounmpo told reporters. “Defensive player of the year last year. He can contest every shot. But I was trying to get to my spots. Trying to shoot over him. He’s tough.” Antetokounmpo helped make up for an off night from point guard Eric Bledsoe, who was held to six points on 3-of-11 shooting while committing six turnovers against Utah.

ABOUT THE ROCKETS (23-16): The beneficiary of several of Harden’s assists on Monday was center Clint Capela, who scored a career-high 31 points on 13-of-18 shooting. “From the defense that they gave us, whenever I’m under the rim and you put a little on me, what’s going to happen is that 99 (to) 100 percent of the time, I’m gonna dunk the ball,” Capela told reporters. “So, that’s what happened tonight. I did a good job of finishing aggressive under the rim. That’s the kind of game that I wanted to have. It means a lot.” Capela is averaging a career-high 17.6 points on 63.9 percent shooting while anchoring the defense and grabbing 12.8 rebounds.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Rockets PF P.J. Tucker went 7-of-11 from 3-point range on Monday en route to 21 points after going scoreless in a loss at Portland in the previous game.

2. Bucks C Thon Maker scored a season-high 15 points in 18 minutes off the bench on Monday.

3. Houston took both meetings last season.

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Preview: Bucks at Warriors

The Golden State Warriors remain the team to beat in the NBA, but the Milwaukee Bucks are building something special and are intent on proving they belong among the game’s elite. The Bucks will try to prove as much when they visit the Warriors in the second of a four-game west coast road trip on Thursday.

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Milwaukee won its first seven games before dropping two of the last three, including a 118-103 loss at Portland on Tuesday to begin the trip. “I didn’t think we came out with the greatest attention to the 3-ball, attention to them coming off screening situations,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer told reporters after the loss. “So, that put us in a little bit of a hole.” Lack of attention to detail on the 3-ball and in screening situations can doom an opponent of the Warriors, who lead the NBA in team 3-point percentage at .423 while boasting three of the best shooters in the game in Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant, all of whom can operate off the screen. Golden State is enjoying an eight-game winning streak and knocked down 13-of-24 from beyond the arc while cruising to a 117-101 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday.

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT, NBCS Bay Area (Golden State)

ABOUT THE BUCKS (8-2): Milwaukee star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo is the driving force behind the team’s hot start and is averaging 25.8 points on 54.4 percent shooting, 13.3 rebounds and 5.9 assists while drawing praise from his fellow superstars. “He’s just very unique and I think he owns his game,” Curry told reporters of Antetokounmpo. “He understands how he can be impactful every night. He obviously plays extremely hard every night. Some of the stuff he does, your jaw drops. The way he can cover ground in a few strides, the way he can finish in the paint and all those types of things, it’s pretty special.” Antetokounmpo is also second in the NBA in turnovers at an average of five per game.

ABOUT THE WARRIORS (10-1): Curry leads the NBA in scoring at an average of 31.3 points while shooting 52.5 percent from the floor, 50.8 percent from beyond the arc and 92.3 percent from the free-throw line. Durant is right behind while averaging 27.7 points on 56.5 percent shooting, but the two will have to operate on Thursday without fellow All-Star Draymond Green, who is out with a sprained big toe suffered in Monday’s win. “It’s just day to day,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr told reporters after Wednesday’s practice. “No concern long term. So, we’ll just monitor it each day, and we’re so early in the season, obviously we’ll be cautious. We’ll see how it plays out.”

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Warriors also expect to be without PG Shaun Livingston (foot), who will miss his sixth straight game.

2. Bucks C Brook Lopez scored a season-high 22 points while going 6-of-10 from 3-point range on Tuesday.

3. Milwaukee earned a 116-107 win at Golden State last season as Antetokounmpo scored 32 points in a game Curry missed.

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Preview: Bucks at Trail Blazers

The Milwaukee Bucks have matched the best nine-game start in franchise history and look to add another victory when they visit the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday. Milwaukee has won eight of its first nine games to join the 1971-72 squad led by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the franchise’s top mark.

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The Bucks continued their strong opening stretch by rolling to a 144-109 win over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday. Milwaukee set a franchise record with 22 made 3-pointers and also registered its most points in a non-overtime game since racking up 147 against the San Antonio Spurs on March 18, 1979. Portland has won four of its last five games and pounded the Minnesota Timberwolves 111-81 on Sunday to improve to 7-3. “To be sitting where we are now, I’m sure people didn’t expect it,” star point guard Damian Lillard told reporters. “I think we’re playing good basketball. We’ve been pretty consistent with the things that we need to do to win games and it’s showing.”

TV: 10 p.m. ET, FS Wisconsin (Milwaukee), NBCS Northwest (Portland)

ABOUT THE BUCKS (8-1): Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo posted his second triple-double of the season and 12th of his career with 26 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists in the rout of the Kings. Antetokounmpo was one of eight players to reach double digits against Sacramento as solid ball movement was evident throughout the easy victory. “Hopefully, one of the keys to Giannis being great is everybody around him being great,” Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer told reporters. “We can also talk about a lot of other guys who played well, too. So, that’s a great sign for Giannis and a great sign for us.”

ABOUT THE TRAIL BLAZERS (7-3): The victory over Minnesota came one night after a stunning home loss against the Los Angeles Lakers and Lillard liked how his team bounced back against the Timberwolves, who were without guards Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose. “I think it speaks to our maturity,” Lillard told reporters. “In the past, we might have let that one slip (Saturday) and then come back and been, I guess, too emotional about it, like a younger team would be, kind of holding on to it. It would carry over to (Sunday).” Center Jusuf Nurkic has posted back-to-back double-doubles after recording 19 points and 12 rebounds against Minnesota and has five for the season.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Bucks won both of last season’s meetings and prevailed in six of the past seven.

2. Milwaukee SF Khris Middleton has made three or more 3-pointers in eight of the first nine games.

3. Portland backup SG Nik Stauskas (quadriceps) is questionable after departing Sunday’s game.

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2018 NBA Playoffs

First-round previews

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.

Enter the TOR/WAS Series Tournament

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.

Enter the CLE/IND Series Tournament

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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.

Enter the HOU/MIN Series Tournament

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.

Enter the GSW/SAS Series Tournament

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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 Milwaukee Bucks vs Brooklyn Nets

NBA Fantasy Basketball preview

The Brooklyn Nets will host the Milwaukee Bucks this evening in the Big Apple at the Barclay’s Center. Fanpicks is proud to bring you this NBA Fantasy Basketball preview. Come play in our one of a kind and exciting March Madness Fantasy Bracket contests, the only ones in the industry at Fanpicks.com and with over 5 million dollars in giveaways and prizes the next 3 weeks.

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The Nets are coming back from a tough stretch on the road, having lost 5 of their last 6. What’s really alarming is that the losses came against the some of the worst teams in the league. This game is ending a 9 game stretch where Brooklyn was on the road, recording a 3-6 record. It will be the 6th time they will face off against their old head coach Jason Kidd. Since Kidd’s trade in the summer of 2014, they’ve won only one game against him. The Nets have lost this year already twice to Milwaukee. They will need their offense to show some light since it’s really what’s been killing them, ranking 29th in the NBA in terms of scoring.

 

The Bucks come into this game hoping the NBA gods will allow them to make a serious run for a playoff berth. They’re on a 2 game winning streak and hoping to pull their 4th win in a row against the Nets. They need a lucky leapfrog of four teams for the 8th spot. They’re only however 6 points away with 16 games left in the season. Greg Monroe has been playing very well since his insertion lately in the starting lineup. They have a lot of potential in the future with excellent young players full of a talent and hard workers like Jabari Parker, Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo. The thing they will need to work on if they plan to make a serious run at a playoff bid is their road form. The Bucks have won only 8 games out of 24 away from home this campaign.

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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.

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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.

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Washington Wizards vs Milwaukee Bucks  Fantasy Basketball News – 02/11/16

The Milwaukee Bucks (21-32) will host the Washington Wizards (23-27) Thursday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. FanPicks has this Fantasy basketball game on tap for tonight’s DFS action. Here are the latest Fantasy Basketball News:

Projected Lineup

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The Wizards are coming back from New York, having bested the Knicks this past Tuesday, 111-108 and improving to a 12-11 record on the road. Washington shot 50% from the field and 61.5% from long range, seeing all their starters in double digits points. Their leader, John Wall tallied with 28 pts and 17 assists, shooting 10 out of 24 from the court. Wall averages a solid 20.1 pts per game with 9.9 assists having played in all the games this year for the team. Bradley Beal had a solid performance as well, adding up 26 pts, shooting 5 out of 8 from long range. Big man Marcin Gortat had a double double performance with 14 pts and 10 boards. Washington resides in 10th place in the Eastern Conference, trailing the Pistons by only 2.5 games for the 8th place and will hope to bounce back after this week’s all star weekend.

 

Milwaukee ended a 5 game losing streak this Tuesday by besting the Boston Celtics in a nailbiter, 112-111. Greg Monroe not only came off the bench but added a team leading 29 pts and 12 boards for a solid double-double, shooting 13 of 21 from the court. Michael Carter-Williams, added a solid 16 pts, 6 boards and 5 assists while Khris Middleton put up 20 pts, 5 boards and assists. The Bucks sit in the 13th place in the Eastern Conference coming into this game, having had a very disappointing 1st half of the season, standing 7th worst in the league in scoring with an average of online 98.1 pts per game.

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Milwaukee Bucks vs New Orleans Pelicans – 01/23/16 Preview

Two young teams with a lot of potential will meet this Saturday night in New Orleans as the Milwaukee Bucks (19-26) face the Pelicans (15-27). The Pelicans are the odd favorites to win (line: -6.5). 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 Bucks were on a 3 game winning streak going into Houston but got defeated by the Rockets in a nailbiter, 102-98. The Bucks saw all of their starters with double digits scoring, including team-leading performances by Greg Monroe and Khris Middleton, both finishing with 21 points. Middleton currently averages 17.6 points per game and emerging as a team leader. Michael Carter-Williams and Jabari Parker both had double-doubles. The Bucks despite their recent upswing remain last in the Central DivisionMilwaukee struggled from beyond the arc, making only three shots from downtown. The Bucks remain dead last in the Central Division despite their recent upswing.

 

Currently in 5th in the Southwest Division, the Pelicans have been somewhat bouncing back lately with 4 wins in their last 5 outings. Their latest victory was a satisfying 115-99 home win against the Pistons on Thursday night where Anthony Davis recorded a team-high 32 pts, with 7 rebounds. Davis is currently averaging 23.4 points and 10.4 rebounds this season. Tyreke Evans had a double-double with 22 pts and 10 assists, while Ryan Anderson came off the bench for 13 pts moving the Pelicans to a 10-9 record at home. The Pelicans may be hitting their stride at the best moment as their next 5 games will be at home.

 

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Milwaukee Bucks vs Houston Rockets – 01/22/16 Preview

The Milwaukee Bucks (19-25) will take on the Houston Rockets (22-22) on Friday night at Toyota Center in Houston. The Rockets are the odd favorites to win (line: -3). Here is the projected lineup:

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The Bucks are coming strong into this game having won 3 straight victories and finally able to close in on the playoff picture. They defeated the Miami Heat 91-79 this past Wednesday with Khris Middleton recording 22 pts, 7 rebounds and 2 steals in 36 minutes of play. Greg Monroe posted 15 pts, 10 rebounds, 1 block and an assist making it his 8 double-double in the past 10 games. Star O.J. Mayo missed 3 games in a row due to a hamstring injury and remains with an unknown status for Friday. With Jason Kidd expecting to rejoin the team on Tuesday, the Bucks are 8-7 under interim head coach Joe Prunty.

The Rockets are coming back from 2 hard-fought and close losses. Most recently, they were defeated by the Detroit Pistons 123-114. Dwight Howard’s departure early in the first minute of the game due to a sprained left ankle is clearly the biggest lost. After undergoing an MRI on Thursday, Howard has been ruled out of Friday’s game. All Star James Harden got to work as usual on Wednesday to record his first triple double of the season with 33 points, 17 rebounds, 14 assists, 1 steal. Also questionable for Friday are Montrezl Harrel and guards Patrick Beverley & Jason Terry. This is the first matchup of the season between both teams with the Rockets sweeping the series last season.

 

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