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.Fantasy Basketball

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.

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NBA Fantasy Basketball News 76ers vs Hornets

FanPicks is proud to bring you this NBA Fantasy Basketball News. Come play in our NBA Magic Million contest where you can win up to a $1 million this week at FanPicks. The Philadelphia 76ers (9-66) make their way to Time Warner Cable Arena for the second of back-to-back match-up with the Charlotte Hornets (43-31).Fantasy Basketball

The 76ers fell to the visiting Hornets on Tuesday night, 100-85, their 10th consecutive defeat. Robert Covington led the squad in scoring with 18 points, hauling in 7 rebounds while shooting 6 of 16 from the field and 6 of 14 from field goal range. Covington recorded 3 steals in the loss and is second on the team in steals on the season, averaging 1.6 per match up. Nik Stauskas came off the bench to score 13 points, 3 rebounds and a pair of triples, while Ish Smith provided 15 points, 6 assists and 3 boards, going 6 of 17 from the paint and 3 of 8 from long range. Hollis Thompson recorded 10 boards to add to his 8 points as Philadelphia is poised to finish their season with the worst record in the league. With seven contests remaining on their schedule, the Sixers will have to tend with the likes of the Pacers, Raptors and Bulls if they hope to etch their 10th win.

The Hornets shot 43.7% from field goal range and 28% from deep in their 100-85 road victory over the 76ers on Tuesday, helping to keep the club in play in the Eastern Conference mid-seed log jam. Winners of four of their last five outings, the team was topped by Nicolas Batum who posted a triple-double, his second of the season and sixth of his career, with 19 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists. Batum is the second-leading attacking threat for Charlotte, averaging 15.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 5.8 dimes over 65 games played. Cody Zeller had a double-double on the back of an 18-point, 11-board performance, shooting 7 of 8 from the field and 4 of 4 from the paint, while Kemba Walker recorded 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 triples. The Hornets are in sixth place in the East but control their own destiny, capable of reaching as high as third seed as they join both the Celtics and Heat at nine games behind the first place Cavaliers.

Top Fantasy Picks 

G Ish Smith (PHI)

F Robert Covington (PHI)

F Nicolas Batum (CHA)

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Charlotte Hornets  vs. New Orleans Pelicans

Author : Aldo Panessidi

The Charlotte Hornets (18-20) will be hosted by the New Orleans Pelicans (12-26) on Friday 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 $25K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball

Starting LineupThe Hornets finally were able to get a quality win on Wednesday, snapping a seven-game losing streak. It was their first victory in the new year, defeating the Hawks 107-84. During their skid, the Hornets fell to last place in the Southeast Division. While the Hornets are a dreadful 4-13 on the road this season, they get to travel to New Orleans, who has a 7-9 mark at home this year. In Wednesday’s win, Jeremy Lamb was forced to leave the game after he sprained his right big toe. His status for Friday is still up in the air and likely won’t be made until game-time. The Hornets will look to sure up their defense if they want to continue their winning ways, as they haven’t beat a team who has shot over 42 percent since Nov. 23.

There is good news for the Hornets, the Pelicans have been shooting just under 40 percent in their past four games, which has resulted in a 1-3 record. The ended their three-game road trip on a high note, defeating the Kings 109-97 on Wednesday night. Anthony Davis and Eric Gordon led the way in the win, each contributed 24 points. It was Davis’ first game back after a two-game absence due to a lower-back contusion. With Davis back in the lineup, Ryan Anderson is now back on the bench. He scored 18 in his bench-role on Wednesday, which was more points than he had in either of his two starts. Tyreke Evans is questionable for Friday’s game after leaving Wednesday’s game in the first quarter with due to tendinitis in his right knee. The Hornets and Pelicans have split their matchups evenly the past two seasons.

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Atlanta Hawks vs. Charlotte Hornets

 

The Atlanta Hawks  (23-15) will be hosted by the Charlotte Hornets  (17-20) 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 $25K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball

Starting Lineup The Hawks are coming off an impressive 120-105 home win over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night, holding onto first place in the Southeast Division with a one game lead over the second place Miami Heat. Al Horford had a huge night as the leading producer for Atlanta, dropping a season-best 33 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists while making 15 of 21 shots from the field. Paul Millsap added 18 points and 8 board of his own and Kyle Korver put up 13 points and 3 of 6 three-point attempts as the Hawks have regained some of the form that made them the number one seed coming out of the East last season. The team ranks third in the league in assists, averaging 25.5 per game, behind only Golden State and San Antonio. Jeff Teague, Dennis Schroder and Millsap combine to average 13.6 of those assists. The team plays eight of their next eleven games on the road, where they hold down a 10-8 record.

Charlotte is in a freefall and trying to figure out a way to right their ship after squandering a promising start to their season. The team is returning home from a four-game road trip with no wins under their belt and are suffering through a seven-game skid. Their latest defeat came on Sunday night in Denver as they were bested by the Nuggets, 95-92. Cody Zeller and Jeremy Lamb both had 15 points apiece to lead the Hornets in scoring, yet Lamb made only 1 of 5 shots from beyond the arc, indicative of his team’s shooting woes all game. Charlotte shot 36.1% from the paint and 33.3% from long range in the loss, which sends them to the basement of the Southeast Division where they once threatened to reign over after a 10-5 November. Nicolas Batum returned to the starting lineup for Charlotte after a four-game absence with a sprained toe and put up 9 points. Batum is the second-leading scorer for the Hornets, averaging 16 points per contest.

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Hornets versus Warriors

The Charlotte Hornets (17-16) will have the unfortunate task of playing the Golden State Warriors (31-2) at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA on Monday. We urge you to grab a free trial of the winning projections with our RotoPicker tool, that populates the winning fantasy NBA contest lineups into Fanpicks.com

Fantasy BasketballThe Charlotte Hornets need a nice victory after losing six of their last eight games. The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 101.8 points on 43.4 percent shooting and allowing 100.1 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Kemba Walker is averaging 19.2 points and five assists while Jeremy Lin is averaging 11.9 points and 3.2 assists. Jeremy Lamb is grabbing 4.4 rebounds and Marvin Williams is dishing 1.3 assists. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 78.1 percent from the free throw line. The Hornets are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 13.6 turnovers per game. The Charlotte Hornets have lost four straight road games. Nicolas Batum and Spencer Hawes are questionable.

The Golden State Warriors look to keep rolling on their insane 31-2 record. The Golden State Warriors are averaging 114 points on 48.4 percent shooting and allowing 102.2 points on 42.8 percent shooting. Klay Thompson is averaging 20.1 points and 3.7 rebounds while Draymond Green is averaging 15.1 points and 7.4 assists. Andre Iguodala is dishing 3.6 assists and Andrew Bogut is grabbing 7.2 rebounds. The Golden State Warriors are shooting 42.1 percent from beyond the arc and 74.5 percent from the free throw line. The Warriors are allowing 31.8 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 14.6 turnovers per game. The Golden State Warriors haven’t lost a regular season home game since January 27th. Festus Ezeli, Harrison Barnes and Stephen Curry are questionable.

The Hornets are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a double-digit loss at home. The Warriors are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. NBA Southeast and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference. The over is 14-6 in the last 20 meetings.

 

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NBA Fantasy Basketball Draft News 10-26-2015

Charlotte Hornets Must Get More Close in Shots from Their Big Men to Better Their Offense

The 2014-15 Charlotte Hornets finished the regular season with a record of 33-49. There were the 11th seed in the Eastern conference and was five games behind the eighth seeded Brooklyn Nets for the final playoff spot.

The Hornets struggled on the offensive end of the court. They were the 29th and second worst shooting team in the NBA last year by hitting on 42% from the field. They were last in the NBA in three point shooting as they make 31.8% from beyond the arc.

They selected ninth and it was a lottery selection in the draft and they took Frank Kaminsky from the Wisconsin Badgers. There were some huge concerns over Kaminsky about his defensive prowess on the court. He is not fast footed and is very slow to rotate. He did benefit by playing in a very slow down style at Wisconsin so the pace of the game will be much faster in the NBA. Kaminsky was a four year starter in college and didn’t leave early to the NBA because of the heavy concern about him playing defense. It was a reach to take Kaminsky because he figures to be at the best a bench player who will be asked to line up outside the three point line to launch three’s and hope he can match up defensively against an opponent’s reserve player.

Steve Clifford is the Hornets head coach who enters his third year with the team. They were 43-39 two years ago and had a first round exit in the playoffs. The Hornets have been a bad shooting team for years now because their guards take way too many of the team’s shots. They need more quality looks around the bucket.

Charlotte Hornets PG:

Kemba Walker

He enters his fourth year in the league and missed 20 games a season ago. Walker played 34 minutes and shot just 38.5% from the field with 30.4% from beyond the arc. He put up 17 points a game but took a lot of shots because the Hornets lack quality big men last year with skill around the bucket. Walker is not recommended for one day league’s because he is bad shooter and doesn’t dish enough assists or grabs enough rebounds for fantasy points.

Charlotte Hornets SG:

Nicolas Batum

He comes over after spending his first seven years with the Portland Trailblazers. He is entering the prime of his career at 26 years old. Last year he shot 40% after shooting 46.5% from the field two seasons ago. He had a low in points and shooting from the previous five seasons. Batum has a shot at being a team leader for Charlotte. Now he will be asked to score more and that should work well for the Hornets goal of improving offensively.

Charlotte Hornets PF:

Cody Zeller

Zeller enters his third year in the NBA. He was selected in the first round in 2013 by Charlotte and the fourth overall pick in the draft. He played only 24 minutes a game last year and shot 46.1% from the field with 7.6 points per game average. He did grab nearly six boards a game in those limited minutes he played. The Hornets seven footer took only six shots a game and needs a lot more to improve this club.

Charlotte Hornets SF:

Marvin Williams

This ten year pro has ten years of service. He shot just 42% from the floor and grabbed only five rebounds in his 26 minutes a game with Charlotte last season. With Michael Kidd-Gilchrist out for most of the year Williams minutes will increase.

Charlotte Hornets C:

Al Jefferson

The 30 year old has logged in 11 years in the league. He shoots for high percentage at 50% career mark. He is a big body who rebounds and can get close in shots. Now if they can get more offense up close from Zeller they can show some improvement in the standings.

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