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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Preview: Thunder at Spurs

The San Antonio Spurs attempt to recover from a subpar effort when they begin a home-and-home with the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday. The Spurs saw a season-high five-game winning streak evaporate as they shot a woeful 36.1 percent from the field during a 96-86 loss to the host Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday.

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San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich remains tied with Jerry Sloan (1,221) for third place on the all-time victories list after the listless effort against the Grizzlies that resulted in only the club’s fourth loss in the past 17 games. “It was one of those nights where the ball wouldn’t drop for us,” Spurs power forward LaMarcus Aldridge told reporters after scoring 13 points on 4-of-12 shooting. “We couldn’t get out of it.” Oklahoma City is in a lull with a 4-5 mark over the past nine games after experiencing a 21-6 stretch. Star point guard Russell Westbrook recorded 25 points and 16 assists but also committed seven turnovers in Tuesday’s 119-117 home loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

TV: 9:30 p.m. ET, FS Oklahoma, TNT

ABOUT THE THUNDER (25-15): Backup center Nerlens Noel is in the NBA concussion protocol after suffering a hard fall in Tuesday’s game against the Timberwolves and being hospitalized overnight. Noel received an elbow in the head from Minnesota’s Andrew Wiggins in the third quarter and lost consciousness after hitting the floor and was taken off the court on a stretcher. “It’s just one of those crazy plays,” Oklahoma center Steven Adams told reporters after the game. “Fortunately, they responded quite quickly, the medical staff. I felt he was in the best hands.”

ABOUT THE SPURS (24-18): Shooting guard Bryn Forbes registered 14 points against the Grizzlies and has scored in double digits in 10 of the past 11 games. The third-year-pro has shown the ability to stretch defenses with his long-range shooting and has made at least three 3-pointers in the seven of the past 11 games. “Some people might say he’s overachieved,” veteran point guard Patty Mills told reporters of Forbes. “For me being with him every day, we were waiting for this moment for him to be able to do that. He grabbed it with both hands and ran with it.”

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Thunder have lost six straight regular-season games in San Antonio.

2. Spurs SF Rudy Gay (wrist) will miss his third straight game.

3. Oklahoma City SF Paul George recorded 27 points against Minnesota and has scored 20 or more in each of his past 15 appearances.

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Photo: James Harden
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Preview: Thunder at Rockets

The Houston Rockets look to record their seventh victory in the past eight games when they host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Christmas Day. The Rockets can move a season-best three games over .500 with a win against the Thunder, who own the third-best record in the Western Conference.

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Reigning MVP James Harden had 39 points and 10 assists in Saturday’s 108-101 home triumph over the San Antonio Spurs and is averaging 39.7 points while topping 30 in six straight games. “That’s what we do, we do it at a high level,” Harden told reporters after the victory. “We shoot the ball, we shoot it with confidence. Some are going to go in, some aren’t. That’s the way we play.” Oklahoma City had a four-game winning streak halted as it fell 114-112 to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday. Thunder star forward Paul George registered 31 points and 11 rebounds against Minnesota for his fifth 30-point effort in six games and he is averaging 34.3 points during the stretch.

TV: 3 p.m. ET, ABC

ABOUT THE THUNDER (21-11): Point guard Russell Westbrook recorded triple-doubles in three of the past four games after contributing 23 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists against the Timberwolves. Westbrook has nine triple-doubles this season and 113 in his career but had failed to reach the 20-point mark in five straight games before a 10-of-19 shooting performance against Minnesota. Westbrook averaged 29 points and 9.3 assists in three games against the Rockets in 2017-18 but missed this season’s first matchup due to an ankle injury.

ABOUT THE ROCKETS (17-15): Center Clint Capela had 21 points and a season-best 23 rebounds in the win over San Antonio for his third 20-point outing in the past five games. The 24-year-old has 22 double-doubles this season and his second 20-rebound effort of the campaign impressed shooting guard Eric Gordon. “He’s young and athletic, so that really helps, but he’s one of the best rebounders in the league,” Gordon told reporters. “We need him to continue to do that. With all these long shots and him being around the rim all the time, we definitely need him to be our rim protector and get a lot of rebounds. We need him to be big like that all the time.”

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Thunder limited Harden to 19 points while posting a 98-80 home win on Nov. 8.

2. Houston signed G Austin Rivers to help provide backcourt depth with PG Chris Paul (hamstring) sidelined for two to four weeks.

3. Oklahoma City C Steven Adams collected just four rebounds against Minnesota after averaging 16.5 over the previous two contests.

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Preview: Thunder at Warriors

The fun-loving Golden State Warriors are a thing of the – very recent – past, and the discontent led the team to losses in each of its last three games and five of seven. The Warriors will try to turn things around when they return home to host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday.

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Golden State has not been the same team since point guard Stephen Curry went down with a groin injury and an ugly incident between All-Star forwards Kevin Durant and Draymond Green, which led to a one-game suspension for Green. “We’ve had such a charmed existence the last four seasons,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr told reporters after a 104-92 loss at San Antonio on Sunday. “This is the toughest stretch we’ve been in. This is the real NBA. We haven’t been in the real NBA the last few years. We’ve been in this dream. And so now we’re faced real adversity and we got to get out of it ourselves.” The Thunder had a three-game winning streak come to an end with a 117-113 loss at Sacramento on Monday, which coincided with the return of star point guard Russell Westbrook. The former MVP collected 29 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists and three steals in the setback and settled in after a slow start.

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

ABOUT THE THUNDER (10-6): All-Star forward Paul George scored 27 points on Monday but was 9-of-24 from the floor, including 4-of-14 from 3-point range. “They play fast, they play early in the shot clock. It took us a second to get things under control,” George told reporters. “General statement for the game: we didn’t shoot well enough to win the game.” Those shooting woes extended to the bench, from where point guard Dennis Schroder, who started the previous six games in place of Westbrook, was just 3-of-17 in his return to the reserve corps.

ABOUT THE WARRIORS (12-6): Golden State’s offense is based on movement, sharing the ball and spacing, and the constant lineup changes brought on by new players and injuries are having an impact. “We’ve got to move the ball,” Kerr told reporters. “We’ve got to trust each other. That’s the hallmark of our team. We’ve got playmakers all over the floor. We’ve got guys who can dribble, pass and shoot. And what we’ve done the last few years is we’ve shared the ball. The ball has moved, and we’ve gotten each other great shots. We’re not getting great shots right now. We’re taking a lot of contested shots.” Shooting guard Klay Thompson is having the toughest time getting his shot to fall and went 5-of-27 from 3-point range in losses at Houston, Dallas and San Antonio.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Durant is 1-of-17 from 3-point range over the last four games.

2. Thunder PF Nerlens Noel (illness) sat out Monday and is day-to-day.

3. Golden State is riding a three-game winning streak in the series, including a 108-100 home triumph on Oct. 16.

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Preview: Clippers at Thunder

The Oklahoma City Thunder finally left the ranks of the winless with a 117-110 home win over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday and intend to continue an upward trajectory. The Thunder will try to make it back-to-back victories when they host the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.

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Oklahoma City’s uneven start had a lot to do with Russell Westbrook missing the first two games and most of training camp following knee surgery, and Sunday’s performance looked more like the Thunder team the front office envisioned. “We’re going to keep building off that win and we’re going to keep getting better,” point guard Dennis Schroder, who shared the court at times with Westbrook and Paul George on Sunday as part of a package designed to let Westbrook work off the ball, told reporters. The Clippers, who breezed to a 108-92 home win over the Westbrook-less Thunder on Oct. 19, come in hot after averaging 134.5 points in back-to-back wins. “Unselfishness,” Los Angeles coach Doc Rivers told reporters. “They don’t care. No one’s hunting points, you know, they’re hunting the open guy and that’s a good way to play; it’s the only way we can play, it’s the only way we’ll be good.”

TV: 8 p.m. ET, FS Prime Ticket (Los Angeles), FS Oklahoma

ABOUT THE CLIPPERS (4-2): Los Angeles’ offensive surge over the last two games has a lot to do with the improved play of shooting guard Avery Bradley, who averaged 4.3 points on 25.8 percent shooting in the first four games before combining for 29 points on 12-of-22 in the last two contests. “I’m starting to pick my spots and try to find out how to play off Tobias (Harris), (Danilo Galliniari), Pat (Beverley); we’re trying to learn how to play with each other,” Bradley told the Los Angeles Times. “We knew it would take time but it’s good it’s flowing a little better now.” Nine players scored in double figures in Sunday’s 136-104 win over the Washington Wizards, led by Harris’ 22 points.

ABOUT THE THUNDER (1-4): Schroder is one of a few newcomers to Oklahoma City this season and is joined by power forward Nerlens Noel, who is trying to resurrect his career after a pair of down seasons with Philadelphia and Dallas. Noel, 24, got the start on Sunday in place of injured center Steven Adams (calf) and responded with 20 points, 15 rebounds and four steals in 26 minutes. “It’s just being a professional, ready for whatever is thrown at me in this position,” Noel told reporters. “It’s being able to be ready no matter what.”

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Adams, who is averaging 14 points and 12.3 rebounds, is day-to-day.

2. Los Angeles PF Luc Mbah a Moute (knee) sat out the last two games and is questionable for Tuesday.

3. Oklahoma City won both meetings at home last season by an average of 8.5 points.

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Preview: Celtics at Thunder

Star point guard Russell Westbrook looked pretty solid in his season debut but there wasn’t a victory attached to the performance. Westbrook looks to get the Oklahoma City Thunder into the win column for the first time this season when they host the Boston Celtics on Thursday.

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Westbrook had 32 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists in 35 minutes in Sunday’s 131-120 loss to the Sacramento Kings in his first game since undergoing knee surgery on Sept. 12. “I thought Russell really played well,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan told reporters. “I give him a lot of credit. He worked really hard the last five to six weeks to try to get himself ready. For him to come back, being out as long as he was and play like he did – I thought we were faster, I thought we got downhill more, I thought the ball was moving.” The Celtics are beginning a stretch in which seven of nine games are on the road, and they also look to rebound from a disappointing 93-90 home loss to the Orlando Magic on Monday. “I thought we tried to move the ball and get better looks,” Boston small forward Gordon Hayward told reporters. “We’ve gotta be able to get to the line a little bit better, get some stuff at the rim. But they were giving us the 3-ball and we just didn’t have it.”

TV: 8 p.m. ET, TNT, FS Oklahoma

ABOUT THE CELTICS (2-2): Boston recorded a season low in points against Orlando, but coach Brad Stevens praised the ball movement – odd with the team hoisting up 40 3-pointers and making just nine. But point guard Kyrie Irving wasn’t dismayed over the low production in a game in which he shot well (22 points on 10-of-19 shooting). “Everyone can get a basket anytime they want,” Irving told reporters. “Anybody can go get it. But if we do the little things and we commit to that, think of how special we could be.”

ABOUT THE THUNDER (0-3): Westbrook said his right knee held up in his season debut but his mood was certainly testy after the double-digit home loss to the Kings. “I was OK,” Westbrook told reporters. “It wasn’t my best night, but I’ve got however many more games left to play, so I’m not worried. It was my first time. I just hate losing. Honestly, I don’t really care to talk about how I played.” Small forward Paul George scored 29 points against Sacramento and is averaging 25.3 points.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Celtics won both of last season’s meetings after the Thunder won 10 of the previous 12 matchups.

2. Boston C Aron Baynes (hamstring) is listed as questionable and could miss his second straight game.

3. Oklahoma City G Alex Abrines (eye) is questionable after being injured against the Kings.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

BUZZER BEATERS

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!

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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.

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Fantasy NBA Playoffs

Western Conference Finals Preview

With many fans in the basketball world questioning Golden State Warriors’ title defense without their MVP Stephen Curry full form. However, most of these doubts have been put aside following their commanding route of the Trail Blazers last week in Curry’s heroic 40 pts comeback performance. But one of the main questions all year long was clearly on the capability of San Antonio or OKC’s depth to take on the Warriors in postseason. With the Thunder disposing of the Spurs, all those questions will be answered within the next 2 weeks. This Fantasy NBA Playoffs preview of the Western Conference finals is brought to you by FanPicks. Come play Fantasy Basketball during the NBA playoffs with tons of prizes up for grabs.

 

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This will be only the 3rd time that OKC and Warriors meet in the playoffs but never in recent years. But this series is special and you could see it when both teams played back in February 27th in a game that can be referred as the game of the year.

The stakes are completely different now with the Thunder hungrier than ever and the Warriors absolutely wanting to defend their title after a record winning regular season.

Oklahoma has been showing some signs of growth and confidence that we haven’t seen since their 2011-2012 road to the finals before losing to the Heat. This is actually their 4th trip in 6 years to the Conference finals but only made it out to the finals that year.

Golden State swept the Thunder this season 3-0 and with a healthy Curry, it will be extremely difficult for them to upset the defending champions.

With all the last 3 MVPs and NBA scoring champions featuring in this series, all eyes will be set on them to outperform one another. The only difference is that this time, compare to the prior matchups, the Thunder will be having consistent help from Enes Kanter and Steven Adams. Their help in offensive rebounding and solid front court play gave them an edge on the Spurs.

With both of those players playing together 5 minutes against 66 during the semi finals, look out for them to put up some awesome Fantasy points on the board.

Of course the Warriors have Draymond Green and Klay Thompson that could do damage offensively from almost anywhere with Curry’s play making. Andre Iguodala will be a huge defensive piece of the defense puzzle to slow down Durant who averages 36.3 pts against Western Conference opponets.

 

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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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Fantasy Basketball Thunder vs Spurs

Game 1 Preview

The Oklahoma City Thunder will travel to the tough AT&T Center to face the San Antonio Spurs in the first game of this highly anticipated rivalry between 2 of the top teams in the league and potential championship contenders. This Fantasy Basketball Thunder vs Spurs Game 1 Preview is brought you by Fanpicks. Come PLAY in our Daily Fantasy Basketball contests at FanPicks and get a free chance to win $1 Million dollars!

 

Fantasy Basketball Thunder vs Spurs Game 1 Preview

The 2nd ranked San Antonio pretty much swept the Grizzlies in a commanding fashion as expected. They’re coming off a full week of rest and ready to head back into back after posting their 7th series swept in 9 years. The league’s Defensive Player of the Year, Kawhi Leonard had a tremendous first round. He was not only a threat offensively but was also impressive in the rebounding section, constantly making him a fantasy lineup sure shot. His French peer, Tony Parker was also solid from the field with his mix of speed and dribbling. their big man LaMarcus Aldridge ended up the series on a double-double note and averages 14.5 pts with 8 boards a game. It seems like he’s found his Trail Blazers’ rhythm and fits right in with the Spurs. This could be extremely menacing for the Thunder as well as the defending champions, Golden State Warriors.

 

The Thunder finished off the Dallas Mavericks this past Monday to end the series in 5 games. This will be the first time that Oklahoma City advances to the Semifinals in 2 years. Russell Westbrook has been putting up MVP numbers this year and even in the series against the Mavs. His sidekick, Kevin Durant is as consistent as it gets. Westbrook finished off Monday with 36 pts, 12 boards and 9 assists and frequently posts near triple double numbers. Durant finished with 33 pts on monday with 7 boards. Durant and Westbrook are ranked 4th and 5th in the postseason scoring race with each averaging around 26 pts. They’ve had some help as well from Steven Adam who recorded a double double too. This will be the first time that both teams meet since 2014 when they lost the series 4-2 against the Spurs in the Conference Finals. The season series is split at 2-2 and this series will be one hell of a show.

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NBA Playoffs Fantasy Preview

Dallas Mavericks vs Oklahoma City Thunder

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook’s Oklahoma City Thunder will host the Dallas Mavericks in the 1st game of this Western Conference battle at Chesapeake Energy Arena Saturday night. This NBA Playoffs Fantasy Preview 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!

 

NBA Playoffs Fantasy Preview

This regular season, the Thunder swept their season series winning all 4 games while scoring at least 108 pts. They’re clearly favorites in this series and it would be quite an upset if they don’t win it in 5 or less games. The great news for them is that they’re much healthier than the past 2 postseasons. The Mavericks as well are getting healthy as well and should expect starts from their important players, Deron Williams and J.J. Barea.

 

Oklahoma City come into this game lacking perfect form but at least well rested. This will be one of the only The Thunder come into this game lacking good form, but much of that has to do with resting players. This is actually one of the first playoff runs that Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant will be playing together and healthy, making it very promising for Thunder fans. Their offense and rebound strength is the main key to their success as they rank in the top 2 in the NBA for both categories.

 

The Mavs are heading into these series having won 7 of their last 9 and one of the hottest teams in the league. During that span, their only 2 losses came against the Spurs and the Clippers. What’s really impressive is how their defense has been allowing less than 98 pts in 9 straight games and averaging just under 90 pts against. Unfortunately, their offense led by veteran and future hall of famer Dirk Nowitzki needs to step it up as they rank outside the top 13 in the NBA when it comes down to pts scored, pts allowed, boards per game and assists per game.

 

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