NBA Daily Fantasy Draft Miami Heat vs Orlando Magic

Dominate your competition with our NBA Daily Fantasy Draft, create the winning lineup at Fanpicks.com. The Miami Heat (46-32) make their way to Orlando for the first of two back-to-back match-ups against the Magic (33-45).Fantasy Basketball
The Heat delivered another blow to the Chicago Bulls’ playoffs hopes on Thursday night and, in doing so, bolstered their own in a 106-98 home win. All five starters for the club posted double digits in the victory, with Dwayne Wade leading the group with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists, shooting 9 of 18 from the paint. Goran Dragic scored a double-double with 16 points and 12 boards, going 7 of 16 from the paint. Dragic is putting up an average of 13.9 points and 5.9 dimes for the team this year, suiting up for 67 games and leading the club in assists. Hassan Whiteside came off the reserves for his 39th double-double of the season on the strength of a 16-point, 12-rebound outing as Miami stand in fifth place in the Eastern Conference, just a half game behind the third place Hawks.

The Magic have lost two of their last three games, with their latest defeat coming on Wednesday night to the visiting Detroit Pistons, 108-104. Evan Fournier topped the squad in scoring with 19 points, hitting all five of his shot attempts from the foul line but had difficulty from beyond the arc, where he finished 0 for 5. Elfrid Payton contributed with 17 points and 5 assists, forcing 3 turnovers and shooting 8 of 13 from the court, while Nikola Vucevic came out from the bench to collect the double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds, going 7 of 14 from field goal range. Vucevic, who remains Orlando’s top offensive contributor despite being absent for the majority of the month of March with a groin injury, is averaging 18 points and 9 rebounds for the team through 62 games played, edging the unit in blocks with 1.1 per outing. Andrew Nicholson had 14 points, 5 rebounds and a pair of threes as the Magic remain in 11th place in the East, with their follow-up game coming versus Miami on the road on Sunday.

Top Fantasy Picks

G Goran Dragic (MIA)

G Victor Oladipo (ORL)

C Nikola Vucevic (ORL)

Posted in NBA

Daily Fantasy Basketball News Detroit Pistons vs Orlando Magic

Dominate your competition with our NBA Daily Fantasy Basketball News, create the winning lineup at Fanpicks.com. The Detroit Pistons (41-37) and Orlando Magic (33-44) face off tonight at Amway Center.Fantasy Basketball
The Pistons have gone back and forth in the wins and losses column lately, spending Tuesday night on receiving end of a 107-89 away loss to the Miami Heat. Tobias Harris and Reggie Jackson each scored 21 points, with the pair combining to go a impeccable 13 for 13 from the free throw line. In his 23 starts since landing with Detroit from Orlando a little before the trade deadline, Harris is averaging 16.5 points and 6.1 boards per game. Andre Drummond ended up with a 12-point, 13-board double-double, shooting 5 of 9 from the field. Drummond tops the NBA in double-doubles by a significant margin, with 65 to his name, in front of Russell Westbrook with 51. The team can ill afford more defeats with their postseason lives in the balance, as they currently hold  the eighth spot in the East with the ninth place Bulls breathing down their necks just two games behind.

Orlando have won four of their past five outings, with their latest victory at home facing the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday, 119-107. Nikola Vucevic was relinquished to a bench role in his third game back from a groin injury, yet led the squad in scoring, posting a double-double with 25 points and 12 rebounds, going 10 of 19 from the paint and 5 of 7 from the charity stripe. Despite his time off, Vucevic remains the most potent offensive menace for the the Magic, averaging 18 points and 8.9 rebounds over the course of 61 games. Evan Fournier and Victor Oladipo recorded 20 points each, with Fournier going 3 of 8 from beyond the arc and forcing 3 turnovers and Oladipo taking in 5 boards. Aaron Gordon contributed to the cause with 14-point and 10-rebound for the double-double, as the Magic remain in 11th place in the Eastern Conference with five games left in their rocky 2015-16 campaign.

Top Fantasy Picks

G Elfrid Payton (ORL)

G Victor Oladipo (ORL)

F Tobias Harris (DET)

Posted in NBA

NBA Cash Draft Magic vs Pacers

Dominate your competition with our NBA Cash Draft, create the winning lineup at Fanpicks.com. The Orlando Magic (31-43) and Indiana Pacers (39-35) face off  at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.Fantasy Basketball

Although their playoffs hopes have long since faded, the Magic are still playing for respect, shrugging off a six-game skid to win their last two games, the most recent a Tuesday night drubbing of the visiting Brooklyn Nets, 139-105. Andrew Nicholson led the team in the victory, dropping 24 points and taking in 3 rebounds, shooting a perfect 9 of 9 from the paint and 3 of 3 from beyond the arc. Aaron Gordon contributed 20 points and 4 boards, shooting 9 of 11 from field goal range, while Elfrid Payton got the start and finished the evening with 11 points and 12 dimes for the double-double. With 9 points and 6.5 boards per match-up this year, Gordon has played in all but one of Orlando’s games in their disappointing campaign, and ranks third on the team in rebounds behind ex-teammate Tobias Harris and the injured Nikola Vucevic. The Magic are mired in the 11th place in the Eastern Conference, eight games out of a postseason position.

The Pacers have gone 5-5 in their past ten games, and can ill-afford to drop another game with their Playoff seeding in the balance, this after losing to visiting Central Division rivals the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night, 98-96. Paul George did his best to lift up the team, putting 20 points on the board, while hauling in 9 rebounds and facilitating 5 assists. He went 7 of 16 from the paint in the process. Ian Mahinmi posted 18 points and 7 rebounds, shooting 9 of 12 from field goal range, while C.J. Miles came off the bench to finish with 7 points. The Indiana collective shot an abysmal 15.8% from far, where they average 34.7% on the season. The squad now find themselves in eighth place in the East, two games ahead of the ninth place Chicago Bulls. With eight games remaining to the regular season, the Pacers will play four games on home court and four on the road, where they have a 16-21 record.

Top Fantasy Picks

G Elfrid Payton (ORL)

G Monta Ellis (IND)

C Dewayne Dedmon (ORL)

Posted in NBA

NBA Fantasy Basketball Picks Nets vs Magic

Dominate your competition with our NBA Fantasy Basketball Picks, create the winning lineup at Fanpicks.com. The Brooklyn Nets (21-52) travel to Florida to challenge the Orlando Magic (30-43) at Amway Center.
Fantasy Basketball
The struggles are undeniable for Brooklyn, but they have won two of their past three games. The most surprising win of the season for the Nets was in that span, as they conquered LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers 104-95. The loss in that stretch was equally as notable though, as they hung around with the Heat on the road. Even with the nice spell, Brooklyn is still having huge struggles. The Nets had lost nine of 11 before that period of time and there were talks bouncing around about resting Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young for the rest of the season. That possibility is still likely being discussed, as they need to get some youngsters developed in this ugly situation.

The Magic come into this match-up losing six of their last seven and the once promising season appears to be long gone. It’s the sad truth, considering this team was over .500 half way through the season. The Magic have a plenty to look forward too though, with all the young prospects that they possess. Players like Nikola Vucevic, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo, Aaron Gordon, Mario Hejonja, and Evan Fournier will all progress and grow their skills further. They may very well be a top end threat next season.

The Orlando Magic should actually be a unique favorite here to win.

Top Fantasy Picks

G Sergey Karasev (BKN)

G Elfrid Payton (ORL)

C Dewayne Dedmon (ORL)

Posted in NBA

Daily Fantasy Basketball Value Picks

In today’s edition of our daily fantasy basketball value picks we assemble a team of not-so big name players, but ones we hope can step in and get the job done.

  • The Roster

nba0223

At Gaurd, Mudiay, Oladipo and Beverley make up the three spots, while lone superstar James Harden holds down one Utility hole.

Up front we have Orlando’s Evan Fournier, the younger is capable of putting up solid performances based on his rebound totals. Harkless has been hot and should be one of the higher owned percentages of the night, while Trevor Booker rounds out the trio.

Nikola Jokic is coming off big performances, and the difference between his cap hit and everyone else around him is huge. He can definitely be an X-factor in daily fantasy basketball leagues tonight.

Again, this isn’t necessarily a lineup but just a list daily fantasy value picks for each slot!

 

Posted in NBA

Charlotte Hornets vs Orlando Magic – 01/22/16 Preview

 

The Charlotte Hornets (19-23) will travel to Orlando on Friday to battle the strugglingMagic (20-21). The Magic are the odds favorites to win (line: -3.5). Here is the projected lineup for tonight:

Projected Lineup

Starting Lineup

The Hornets are coming off a 109-95 loss on the road to the Oklahoma City Thunder this Wednesday and now having lost 10 of their last 12 games. They’re not looking like the promising young team from November that was 10-5. Red hot Kemba Walker was the leading scorer for Charlotte in the contest with a 21 pts contribution. Walker is averaging 19.9 points this season and his stats are beneficiating from the numerous games missed to injury and suspension of Al Jefferson. Jeremy Lin recorded 16 pts off the bench while Frank Kaminsky III put up 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the defeat. Charlotte remains in last place of their division and will return at home to take on the Knicks Saturday before heading on a 4 game road trip next week in the West.

The Magic’s struggle continues and worsens week by week. Seen as a playoff favorite back in the fall, things seem to be getting worst for Orlando with its recent loss to the 76ers, 96-87 on Wednesday, the worst team in the NBA, 96-87. Elfrid Payton (21 pts, 10 rebounds), Nikola Vucevic (15 pts, 11 assists) and Tobias Harris (15 pts, 10 rebounds) all posted double-doubles in the defeat. The team shot only 39.3% from the field and 23.5% from long range. Star player Victor Oladipo missed his 2nd straight game and is questionable for Friday due to a knee injury. Orlando is 12-10 on the road.

 

Posted in NBA

Fanpicks.com NBA Game Preview

Toronto Raptors vs. Orlando Magic

Author: Aldo Panessidi

The Toronto Raptors (24-15) will be hosted by the Orlando Magic (20-18) on Thursday 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

NBA TORvsORL 1-14-16The Raptors conclude their five-game road trip on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday afternoon, UK time, after finishing 3-1 on the North American leg of the tour. The team made quick work of the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night, 108-95, to improve their winning streak to three games and hold onto a solid grasp of first place in the Atlantic Division, where they are 4.5 games clear of the second place New York Knicks. Kyle Lowry lead Toronto with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the victory, shooting 10 of 17 from the field. DeMar DeRozan added 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists while Jonas Valanciunas added 17 points and 9 boards to move the team into second place overall in the East. The Raptors’ potent defense was on display again in their win over Philly, as they are allowing 96.7 points per contest, ranking fourth-best in the league.

The Magic, themselves with designs on a Playoff run this season, have struggled to kick off 2016, losing five of their last six outings. So far in January, the team has already matched their loss total for the entire month of December, when they went 10-5. Orlando’s latest defeat came on Saturday night at home to the Washington Wizards, 105-99, despite all five of their starters posting double digits. Nikola Vucevic scored 23 points and added 9 rebounds to serve as the top producer for the team, while Aaron Gordon posted a double-double off the bench with 10 points and 10 boards. Vucevic has been the top weapon for the team throughout the season, leading the upstart unit with 17.1 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. The Magic will have the weekend to recoup before traveling to Atlanta on Monday to face the division-leading Atlanta Hawks.

 

Posted in NBA

Fanpicks.com NBA Game Preview

Indiana Pacers vs. Orlando Magic

 

The Indiana Pacers (19-15) will be hosted by the Orlando Magic (19-16) on Wednesday evening. Fanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy basketball competition.  Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $10K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball site

Fantasy basketballLosers of three of their last four games, the Pacers look to amend their struggles against another slipping Eastern Conference club in the Magic on Wednesday. This after falling in overtime at the Miami Heat on Monday night, 103-100. The team squandered an 18-point lead in the loss, one that saw Paul George lead Indiana in scoring with 32 points. George also made 5 of 8 shots from beyond the arc, accounting for more than half of the team’s eight triples in the game. Monta Ellis added 17 points as the Pacers are now 2.5 games behind the second-place Chicago Bulls in the Central Division. Indiana have bested Orlando in nine of their last ten meetings.

After a 10-5 December, the Magic find themselves winless in 2016, with an 0-3 record so far this month. All losses have come on the road, the most recent a Monday night blowout at the hands of the Detroit Pistons, 115-89. Victor Oladipo started for the team and led in scoring with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Nikola Vucevic went 8-for-15 from the paint for his 16 points, but it was the lack of contribution from their teammates that ultimately doomed Orlando. In 26 minutes played, Evan Fournier scored no points, going 0-for-6 from the field and 0-for-4 from long range. The Magic fare better at home, where they are 12-6, and host five of their next seven games.

Posted in NBA

Fanpicks.com NBA Game Preview

The Orlando Magic (19-15) will face the Detroit Pistons (18-16) at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit. Dominate your competitions with our free to use RotoPicker tool, create the winning fantasy NBA contest lineups for Fanpicks.com

The Orlando Magic look for consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Orlando Magic are averaging 100.1 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allowing 98.7 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Nikola Vucevic is averaging 16.8 points and 8.5 rebounds while Evan Fournier is averaging 14.3 points and 2.6 assists. Tobias Harris is grabbing 7.3 rebounds and Victor Oladipo is dishing 3.9 assists. The Orlando Magic are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 76.9 percent from the free throw line. The Magic are allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 14.4 turnovers per game. The Orlando Magic have split their last 10 road games.

The Detroit Pistons look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Detroit Pistons are averaging 100.8 points on 42.5 percent shooting and allowing 99.7 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Reggie Jackson is averaging 19.9 points and 6.4 assists while Andre Drummond is averaging 18.1 points and 16.1 rebounds. Marcus Morris is grabbing 5.4 rebounds and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is dishing two assists. The Detroit Pistons are shooting 33.1 percent from beyond the arc and 65.5 percent from the free throw line. The Pistons are allowing 33.7 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 14.9 turnovers per game. The Detroit Pistons have won seven of their last 10 home games.

The Magic are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Pistons are 26-10-1 ATS in their last 37 home games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference. The Magic are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Detroit.

Expected Starting Lineups (not confirmed):

Orlando Magic

PG: Elfrid Payton
SG: Evan Fournier
SF: Tobias Harris
PF: Channing Frye
C: Nikola Vucevic

Detroit Pistons

PG: Reggie Jackson
SG: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
SF: Marcus Morris
PF: Ersan Ilyasova
C: Andre Drummond

Posted in NBA