Ranking Tonight’s NBA Top Fantasy Picks from 1 to 9 under $50,000 Salary Cap

1 – LeBron James (F) – Los Angeles Lakers / $8,400

2 – Anthony Davis (F) – Los Angeles Lakers / $8,200

3 – Jamal Murray (G) – Denver Nuggets / $7,500

4 – Dwight Howard (C) – Los Angeles Lakers / $3,900

5 – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (G) – Los Angeles Lakers / $4,000

6 – Rajon Rondo (G) – Los Angeles Lakers / $5,100

7 – Paul Millsap (F) – Denver Nuggets / $4,000

8 – Gary Harris (G) – Denver Nuggets / $3,800

9 – Michael Porter Jr (F) – Denver Nuggets / $4,800

Salary Cap remining ($50,000): $300

Happy drafting!

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Ranking Tonight’s NBA Top Fantasy Picks from 1 to 9 under $50,000 Salary Cap

1 – Jayson Tatum (F) – Boston Celtics / $7,800

2 – Jaylen Brown (G) – Boston Celtics / $6,500

3 – Bam Adebayo (F) – Miami Heat / $7,000

4 – Tyler Herro (G) – Miami Heat / $5,700

5 – Goran Dragic (G) – Miami Heat / $6,300

6 – Daniel Theis (C) – Boston Celtics / $4,600

7 – Duncan Robinson (G) – Miami Heat / $4,200

8 – Jae Crowder (F) – Miami Heat / $4,800

9 – Kendrick Nunn (G) – Miami Heat / $2,800

Salary Cap remaining ($50,000): $300

Happy drafting!

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Ranking Top NBA Picks from 1 to 6

1 – Anthony Davis (F) – Los Angeles Lakers

2 – Lebron James (F) – Los Angeles Lakers

3 – Nikola Jokic (C) – Denver Nuggets

4 – Jamal Murray (G) – Denver Nuggets

5 – Alex Caruso (G) – Los Angeles Lakers

6 – Danny Green (G) – Los Angeles Lakers

Happy drafting!

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NBA Playoffs Daily Fantasy Basketball

Western Conference Round 2

Things are already started in the west. The league’s best Golden State Warriors have taken the first game over the Portland Trail Blazers, even without potential repeat MVP Stephen Curry in the lineup. On the other side, the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs have already played two game in the series. They each hold a win, but the competition will move to Oklahoma City on Friday. If you want to enjoy following the NBA playoffs, come play the NBA Playoffs daily fantasy basketball at FanPicks.com

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Andrew Bogut has taken to publicly calling himself unflattering names. As long as Bogut and the defending champion Warriors keep playing the kind of defense that has helped them set the tone so far in these playoffs without MVP Stephen Curry, he won’t even mind if anybody else uses those words to describe him either. Bogut’s two early blocks got Golden State going during Sunday’s 118-106 win against the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals. The teams resume their best-of-seven series Tuesday night in Oakland. The Warriors again will try to establish an energy and presence on the defensive end from the start. They know their offense will come given this team’s depth and many playmakers.

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Dion Waiters pushed off on Manu Ginobili while throwing an inbounds pass with 13.5 seconds left in Monday night’s game. It took a hairy conclusion and the officials to miss a call to avoid catastrophe is the reason why the Thunder so gleefully jumped for joy and hugged each other when the horn finally sounded, only the second visiting team to win in 45 games at the AT&T Center all season. It’s also why the Spurs should now be concerned going to OKC with the series 1-1. It wasn’t about a missed call and some missed chances in the end. It was about a horribly uninspired and inept start, wasting a 41-point night by Aldridge and actually letting the Thunder beat them three different times in the same game.

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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.

 

NBA: Atlanta Hawks at Cleveland Cavaliers                                                                               Photo credit: Ken Blaze / USA Today Sports

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.

 

NBA: Miami Heat at Toronto Raptors                                                                               Photo credit: John E. Sokolowski / USA Today Sports

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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Stephen Curry Injury Update

With the news that Stephen Curry has a sprained MCL and will be reevaluated in two weeks, this will likely shake up many predictions, assumptions and outcome of this year’s NBA Playoffs. Our writers at FanPicks put this article together to have more insights and implications on the Stephen Curry Injury Update situation.

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Earlier today, the news broke out after Stephen Curry’s MRI that he would be unavailable for the next 2 weeks on the court. This is not a small story. Actually, it’s quite a shocker while Warriors’ fans and many NBA playoffs viewers would’ve loved to see him go 100% as the Warriors continue their march towards history.

Curry the league’s current MVP and best player is a victim of those ill-timed injuries that other top players like Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Garnett, Kyrie Irving and dozens of other huge names whose injuries clearly titled championship odds of their teams.

If this injury is prolonged, he will likely be less than a 100% on his return and facing teams like the Thunder or the Spurs will put their championship odds in serious jeopardy.

Many people may blame their physical fatigue in their quest to 73 regular season wins but in other circumstances, good for them and good call from Steve Kerr to rest his players for the playoffs like Gregg Popovich.

In this situation, sadly, injury prevention was actually not able to play a factor in this scary slip. A matter fact, it was surprising how so many people around the league, fans and his own players obviously, worried about Curry’s health.

No one wanted and wished to see this but this is what high level competition is about. The adversity and relentlessness of the Warriors will be tested from now on and Draymond Green will have to carry the team with some help from Klay Thompson and the solid Warriors’ core.

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Fantasy Basketball Projections – April 22nd 2016

The NBA playoffs continues with a couple of Eastern conference Game three’s and one Western conference. All three better-seeded teams could take a 3-0 lead in the series tonight, but it’s back at home for the underdogs. The first matchup sets LeBron and the East number 1 Cavs against the Pistons at 7PM ET. Following at 8 PM will be the Hawks in Boston’s TD Garden Arena, while at 9:30 PM, the second best team in the West take on the Grizzlies. FanPicks has you prepared with Friday’s fantasy basketball projections, charting the top 20 best performers for all three games.Top 20 4-22-16

It’s no surprise that LeBron James takes number one in the top 20 fantasy picks. His level of consistency is tremendous, scoring over 30 FP is past 10 games. Along with LeBron, Kyrie Irving his the only other player in today’s lineup to score an average of over 30 FP during the playoffs. Kyle Korver suprisingly ranks number two with 25 FP, having had a huge Game 2 against Boston. His numbers don’t usually reflect that. He’s got a post-season average of 12.5 FP and a past four game average of 10.1 FP. His teammate, Al Horford, scored the same number fantasy points, and it’s clear that his status his much better than Korver’s. Reggie Jackson is the best fantasy draft player from Detroit, and he’s not even the most expensive. That goes to rebounding machine Andre Drummond. The Piston and Hawks share the most players listed in the top 20 with 5 each. The Hawks leading scorer, Paul Millsap, didn’t make the cut. Proves that the Hawks have a nice arsenal on their hands.  The Spurs and Grizzlies are lacking in that list, mostly due to the fact their Game 2 ended in a 94-68 win for San Antonio. Off the board, you could see guys like Celtics Isaiah Thomas, Spurs Kawhi Leonard and Grizzlies Matt Barnes provide more than they did last time around. It will also need to be seen if Kent Bazemore could make the Hawks starting five, as he is a game time decision. Thabo Sefolosha is the one who could take his spot if unavailable. The Swiss player has been increasingly good and could line-up as an amazing sleeper pick.

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NBA Fantasy Basketball Playoffs – Indiana Pacers versus Toronto Raptors Game 2

NBA fantasy basketball playoffs are in full swing and FanPicks has every up-to-date news and daily picks all the way to the finals, so join here to participate in the biggest contest in sports. The first of three games tonight pits the Pacers against the Raptors. Indiana will look to take a 2-0 lead on the road versus Toronto in their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series at Air Canada Centre.Fantasy Basketball

The Pacers hope to follow on their impressive 100-90 Game 1 victory with another one before the series heads to Indiana. Paul George provided a game-high 33 points (12-22 FG, 4-5 3Pt, 5-6 FT) while adding six assists, four rebounds, four steals and two blocks in 38 minutes. Monta Ellis also contributed with 15 points (5-12 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five assists, three rebounds and three steals in 29 minutes. The Pacers were 11 for 21 in three-point attempts on Saturday, after going just 16 of 55 in their last two regular season games with the Raptors. The Pacers broke a five-game losing streak at Air Canada Centre on Saturday, where they had not won since March 1, 2013.

The Raptors will try to rebound from Saturday’s Game 1 defeat and will need to find a way to stop Paul George in the process.  A factor that should be key in the Raptor’s success will be the play of the star guard duo DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry. DeRozan scored 14 points (5-19 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 4-6 FT) while adding four assists, two rebounds and two steals in 37 minutes. Lowry added 11 (3-13 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 4-9 FT), seven assists, two rebounds, two steals, and a block in 41 minutes. Jonas Valanciunas set a club record with 15 rebounds in the first half of Saturday’s game. The Raptors finished off the regular-season with a 32-9 record at home.

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G DeMar DeRozan (TOR)

G Kyle Lowry (TOR)

F Paul George (IND)

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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:

 

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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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