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Los Angeles Clippers vs Utah Jazz
The Utah Jazz will be hosting the traveling red hot Los Angeles Clippers in a Western Conference showdown tonight at the Vivint Smart Home Arena on Friday. This fantasy NBA basketball predictions article 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!
The Clippers are lucky right now with no reason to play their top players and able to rest them. With the Utah Jazz needing a win and on the brink of elimination, they will take full advantage of this factor. It really couldn’t have come at a better time for them as they have everything to play in this game. They’re standing only 1 game behind the 7th and 1 game ahead of the 9th seed in the tough Western Conference. Not only they’ve been playing well but the chemistry seems to have been clicking more than ever. The Jazz have only lost 3 games in their last 13 matchups. Their defense really helped them to get this far since they still rank 2nd in points allowed. The Jazz are an easy favorite in this one at home.
The Clippers come into this game having won 7 of their last 8t and have little to play. They’re currently 4th west and can’t move up nor down. What’s really impressive with them is that they’re one of the few teams who actually rank in the NBA’s top 10 offense and defense simultaneously. This really allows them to rest some of their top players for the playoffs. In fact, it looks like Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan and J.J. Redick will all sit out tonight with this game being logically meaningless to them.
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Portland Trail Blazers vs Los Angeles Clippers
The Los Angeles Clippers will host the visiting Portland Trail Blazers tonight at the Staples Center. FanPicks is proud to bring you this Fantasy NBA Basketball preview. Take a break from March Madness and come play in our NBA Magic Million contest where you can win up to a $1 million this week at FanPicks.
The Clippers are currently on one their worst stretches of the season and lost 5 of their last 6 games surprisingly. A matter fact, they haven’t won consecutive games since the start of this month. They’re getting beaten badly in the rebounds sections, having been outrebounded 11 straight games. It’s difficult to understand how that’s happening with their big man DeAndre Jordan ranking 2nd in the league in boards. The team is really lacking to keep up with Jordan and will need to step it up with the playoffs right around the corner.
The Trail Blazers come into this matchup having won 2 of their last 3 games including a crucial victory in their playoff contention against the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavs and Blazers have been battling this second half of the season non stop for the final spots in the Western Conference. With Portland on a slump recently, having won only 4 games out of their last 12, they will definitely need to get back in their hot form of January-February. This will be another critical test for their playoff race but another undervalued asset of their team is their rebounding. With that being, they should take advantage of the Clippers front court difficulties when Jordan isn’t on the floor as they now rank 5th in the NBA in rebounds.
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Charlotte Hornets vs. Los Angeles Clippers
Two teams headed in opposite directions early in 2016 meet on Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles as the free-falling Charlotte Hornets (17-18) take on the white hot Clippers (23-13). 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
The Hornets are looking like a shell of the team that went 10-5 in November and 7-7 in December. Winless in 2016 and losers of eight of their last ten match-ups, the team that once threatened to make some noise in the Southeast now sits at fourth place in the division and are coming off a 111-102 road loss to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night. All five Hornets starters managed to post double digits in the defeat, which saw Kemba Walker once again lead the club in scoring with 25 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists, while Jeremy Lin and Marvin Williams each contributed 15 points apiece. Cody Zeller put up a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds in a game that saw Charlotte unable to overcome a slew of defensive flubs down the stretch. Part of the team’s woes comes down to their injured list, which features Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder) out for the season and Al Jefferson (knee) out as long as six weeks after undergoing meniscus tear surgery last week.
The Clippers, meanwhile, have entered the new year as the hottest team in the NBA after a somewhat bumpy start to the season. The unit was 10-8 at the end of November but have won seven consecutive games, the latest on the road against the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday, 109-98. Los Angeles improved to 12-7 away from Staples Center as Chris Paul led the way for the team with 21 points and 19 assists. Adding another double-double was Andre Jordan with 14 points and 14 boards as the Clippers begin to close the gap in the West, where they currently sit at fourth place. Wednesday’s contest saw the team score 50.6% from the field, a strong point for Los Angeles as they currently rank fourth in the league with an average of 46.3% field goal shooting per game this season. The Clippers also rank fifth in offense, averaging 103.8 points per contest. Saturday’s game is the first of five at home for the team before heading out on a five-game road trip later in the month.
NBA FANTASY BASKETBALL DRAFT NEWS 10-22-2015
THE WASHINGTON WIZARDS LOST A FUTURE HALL OF FAMER, BUT CAN STILL COUNT ON THEIR YOUNG SUPERSTAR
Last season, the Washington Wizards reached a second straight conference semi-final for the first time since 1979 (back when they were the Washington Bullets). Head coach Randy Wittman received praise from both players and management for his strategy and leadership during the playoffs. This chemistry within the team can make them serious contenders in the southeast division this year.
Wittman’s squad recorded 46 wins and 36 defeats, this past season, to hold the 5th spot in the eastern conference. They swept the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the playoffs, but got eliminated by the Atlanta Hawks in the following series.
The Wizards lost the services of future Hall of Famer Paul Pierce, as he joined his former coach Doc Rivers and the Los Angeles Clippers during the offseason. Washington general manager Ernie Grunfeld brought in veteran guard Jared Dudley from Milwaukee to replace Pierce in the leadership department. Besides that, not much improvement was made this summer.
Washington Wizards PG
Wall gets better every NBA season. Last year, he racked up 10 assists per game, ranking him second behind Chris Paul in the league. He also collected 17.6 PPG and 6.6 FG/G. It’s a drop from his previous season, but it only improved his passing game. “Optimus Dime” is the cornerstone of this franchise and should be also considered a top daily fantasy pick at point guard.
Washington Wizards SG
The 3rd overall pick in the 2012 draft improved his beyond the arc shooting skill last season, despite being injured a couple of time. He had a career best 40.9% in three point’s average. With Paul Pierce out of the picture, he will be relied upon to get more shots more often.
Washington Wizards SF
Otto Porter Jr
The 3rd overall pick from the 2013 draft will get the opportunity to start at the small forward position now that Paul Pierce is gone. It’s still unknown if he can play well for over 25 minutes a game, but he comes from a family of athletes. His father, Otto Porter Sr, played for the Scott County Central High School basketball team and holds the record for rebounds, while his mother, Elnora Porter, was named all-state in 1985. Porter Jr showed potential during the last playoffs, scoring 10 PPG and playing 33.1 MPG.
Washington Wizards PF
Nene brings in the muscle and can score from under the post. He had 11 PPG last season. At 33 years-old, the Brazilian fantasy value will likely start to drop.
Washington Wizards C
Gortat is the only Wizard player to have participated in all 82 games last season. Not only did he stay healthy all year long, he also scored 12.2 PPG. The polish center finished third in the NBA with 56.7% in field goals. Another year contributing offensively in cash draft contests should be expected.
NBA FANTASY BASKETBALL DRAFT NEWS 10-20-2015
NEW AND IMPROVED LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS ARE LOOKIN’ GOOD
The Los Angeles Clippers are in the best shape they’ve ever been before. In each of their last four seasons, they collected a winning percentage of over .600. Never in 25 years of existence did they ever accomplish this. The Clippers are not the NBA second L.A. team anymore, they are number one in front of the Lakers.
The Clips came in hot before last year’s playoffs, winning 14 out of the 15 final game of the season. They finished 3rd in the Western Conference and entered the first round against the San Antonio Spurs. It was an intense battle that went all the way to a 7th game. Los Angeles Chris Paul came out clutch with a buzzer beater during this final game. Their playoffs journey continued with a meeting against the Houston Rockets. After taking the early series lead 3-1, the Clippers lost the next three games and were eliminated from the NBA championship race.
A lot of big changes were made during the offseason. General manager Dave Wohl grabbed the biggest name in the NBA free agent pool with Paul Pierce. Other major acquisitions were power forward Josh Smith, who played with Houston last year, small forward Wesley Johnson and shooting guard Lance Stephenson. Wohl was also able to resign center DeAndre Jordan to a new contract. With an improve team, the Clippers became contenders for the NBA title.
Los Angeles Clippers PG
Paul led the NBA with 838 assists last year, and the team with 1564 total points. He’s truly one of the premiere playmakers in the league if not the best. Blake Griffin does make his job a little easier. But with the addition of Paul Pierce, the 30 year-old point guard fantasy value just elevated big time.
Los Angeles Clippers SG
Redick showed last season that he’s a skilled three point shooter. He ended up in the top 5 of the NBA three point’s field goal scorers with 200. With the arrival of big shot maker Paul Pierce, J.J. could see his number of outside shot attempts decrease. But because Pierce is closer to retirement, I wouldn’t worry about that too much.
Los Angeles Clippers SF
Pierce is 38 years old and closing in on the end of his hall of fame career, a last push towards the NBA championship is his goal. And there’s no better way to accomplish that than in his hometown of Inglewood with his former Boston Celtic coach Doc Rivers. He brings with him an array of offensive skills and defensive acumen. His experience will benefit the team a lot.
While Pierce is still a great player. His body is getting old and could likely fall to injury. If that’s the case, Wesley Johnson is there as the backup option. A fourth overall draft pick in the 2010 draft, Johnson struggled to put up good offensive numbers in the NBA. But he did have career-highs with 9.9 Points/Game and 3.8 Field Goals/Game, last year.
Los Angeles Clippers PF
Griffin his somewhat of a force near the net. Every steps he take creates a rumble and his dunks have been highlights reels. He scored 1469 points last year, despite missing time due to a staph infection in his right elbow. The 26 years-old will be pushed this year by Josh Smith, who was acquired this summer by the team.
Los Angeles Clippers C
Fresh off re-signing with the Clippers, last year’s league leader in rebounds (with 1226) can now focus on the new season ahead. He also came third in the league in shots block with 183.