Memphis Grizzlies vs Portland Trailblazers – 4/27/15 NBA Playoff Fantasy Sports, Basketball Picks, Odds & Predictions

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The bail out game for NBA fantasy managers will take place in the Pacific Northwest as the Portland Trailblazers will try and stay alive in their playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies. Portland is home for Game 4 that begins at 10:30PM Eastern Time over TNT TV.

It has been all Memphis in the first three games of this playoff series as they hold a 3-0 lead after winning Game 3 on Saturday in Portland. The Trailblazers have not defended very well as the tallest team in the NBA is having difficulty dealing with both Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph in the low post. Missing from the Trailblazers roster is backup guard Wes Matthews who was lost for the season with an Achilles’ tear. The Grizzlies suffered a major injury to their cause as defensive stopper and guard Mike Conley is out after going under surgery with broken bones on his face. It could be a somber moment for the Portland Trailblazers fan base as it could be the last game for LaMarcus Aldridge as a Portland Trailblazers. He is a free agent at the end of the season and going to be pursued by many teams. Rumor is San Antonio is eying Aldridge for a max free agent contract.

Memphis Grizzlies Point Guard: With injury to Mike Conley it will be Beno Udrih seeing significant minutes in Game 4. Urdih has been nursing a bad ankle but media reports have him playing on Monday. He had a monster Game 1 in the Trailblazers 100-86 victory with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists making 9 of 14 shots. In Game 2 Udrih had 19 minutes of play and scored ten points. He did not play in Game 3 on Saturday.

Memphis Grizzlies Shooting Guard: Courtney Lee is averaging a team high 32 minutes in the playoffs and is third in scoring at nearly 16 points per game. He is shooting 62% from the field in the three games against the Trailblazers. If fouled his is making free throws at 12 of 13 from the charity stripe.

Memphis Grizzlies Power Forward: Zach Randolph is grabbing 8 rebounds and scoring 14 points per game in the postseason. Randolph and Gasol are getting the job done for Memphis on the glass and both open up outside shooting opportunities for the Grizzlies guards and forwards.

Memphis Grizzlies Small Forward: Jeff Green has one start and Tony Allen two starts at this position. Both are playing nearly identical minutes approaching 29 each. Green is averaging nearly ten points a game and Allen the defensive specialist at 5 points per contest. Each is grabbing nearly six rebounds per game.

Memphis Grizzlies Center: Marc Gasol is the Grizzlies leading scorer in the playoffs at 18 per game. He is contributing in others areas with 8 rebounds and 5 assists per game. The height and length of the Trailblazers are impacting Gasol’s shooting percentage as he is just making 35% of his shots in the series. He is drawing fouls and getting to the free throw line with 24 shots attempted in the series.

Portland Trailblazers Point Guard: Damian Lillard is playing 40 minutes a game and averaging 18 points per game in the playoffs. He is having difficulty making shots as the Grizzlies have defended him well as Lillard is making just 35% from the floor. After two bad shooting games in Memphis, Lillard bounced back with a 22 point performance in Game 3.

Portland Trailblazers Shooting Guard: With the injury to Wes Matthews its C.J. McCollum getting 31 minutes per game in this series. He is averaging 11 points and very little else. He has failed to step up in this playoff series with a 34% shooting percentage.

Portland Trailblazers Power Forward: LaMarcus Aldridge leads the Blazers with nearly 26 points a game and 43 minutes in the post season. The free agent to be has worked hard on the glass averaging nearly 12 rebounds per game. With the two strong big men in the paint for the Grizzlies Aldridge has struggled with his shot hitting just 36% in this series.

Portland Trailblazers Shooting Forward: Nicolas Batum has picked up his scoring over 8 points over regular season average with nearly 18 points per game in the postseason. With the Grizzlies keying on Lillard and Aldridge it is Batum getting opportunities.

Portland Trailblazers Center: Robin Lopez has not been very productive. He is averaging 26 minutes and scoring just five points and grabbing six rebounds. Backup Meyers Leonard is getting half of Lopez’ time at 13 minutes per game with five points and five rebounds per game average.

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PG: Damian Lillard (Trailblazers)
SG: Courtney Lee (Grizzlies)
PF: LaMarcus Aldridge (Trailblazers)
SF: Nicolas Batum (Trailblazers)
C: Marc Gasol (Grizzlies)

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Portland Trailblazers vs LA Lakers- 4/3/15 NBA Fantasy Sports, Basketball Picks, Odds & Predictions

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ESPN TV will be televising a doubleheader on Friday April 3rd and the late night game features the LA Lakers at home to the Portland Trailblazers from Staples Center with a start time set for 10:30PM Eastern Time. NBA draft tips will follow from each of the five positions available for cash fantasy leagues.

The Portland Trailblazers have a mark of 48-26 on the year. With eight games remaining in the regular season the Trailblazers hold a seven game lead over second place Oklahoma City Thunder. By winning the Northwest Division the Trailblazers are guaranteed no worse than the fourth seed and with that come home court advantage for the first round of the playoffs. The second seed out west is occupied by the Houston Rockets and the Trailblazers are three games behind. Finishing second in the West gives that team home court advantage for the first two rounds of the playoffs.

It has been a very poor season for the LA Lakers as they enter the game with a record of 20-54. At the All Star Break it was apparent that the team would not be competing for a playoff spot. The team than had to turn their attention to protecting their first round pick which would go to the Philadelphia 76ers should the team finished as the sixth best team or better in the league at the end of the regular season. LA has just eight games remaining in the regular season and is currently the fourth worst team in the league. The sixth worst club in the NBA is the Sacramento Kings who have a mark of 26-48. LA is down six games to Sacramento with eight games remaining and if the Lakers can finish behind the Kings then LA will be able to keep their first round draft pick.

Portland Trailblazers Point Guards: Damian Lillard is coming off a very good performance on Wednesday as he scored 18 points and dished 10 assists in a victory against the Clippers. The Lakers are a bad defensive team so Lillard has taken advantage of the deficiency by averaging 29 points and nearly seven rebounds in three games against the Lakers this season to delight of NBA mock draft participants. Lillard shot 57% from the floor in those contests.

Portland Trailblazers Shooting Guards: With Wesley Matthews out for the year with an Achilles’ injury veteran Aaron Afflalo has seen an increase in minutes. Against the Clippers on Wednesday Afflalo had 14 points and five rebounds hitting 6 of 11 shots. He is getting his opportunities for shots as the veteran guards has attempted 11 shots in each of his past three games.

Portland Trailblazers Power Forward: LaMarcus Aldridge is the Trailblazers team leader. He has averaged 25 points per game over his past five games with 8 ½ rebounds. Against the Clippers on Wednesday Aldridge drained 10 of 22 shots for 29 points with six rebounds.

Portland Trailblazers Small Forward: Nicolas Batum is healthy now as he has battled numerous injuries on the year. He has averaged over 30 minutes per game and is coming off a 21 point and four assists game against the Clippers on Wednesday as he made 5 of 7 three pointers. Batum is 12 of 18 from the three point line over his past three games.

Portland Center: Chris Kaman has returned to the lineup after a shoulder sprain. Over his past three games Kamen is putting in about 17 ½ minutes per game with an 11 point and 7 ½ rebounding per game average.

LA Lakers Point Guard: Rookie Jordan Clarkson out of Missouri could be a keeper for Los Angeles into next season. After posting a double double against Philadelphia on Monday Clarkson was about to pour in 18 points and dish out ten assists on Wednesday in a loss to New Orleans.

LA Lakers Shooting Guard: LA loses Wayne Ellington for the rest of the season due to injury. Jabari Brown was signed to a full contract after his ten day contract expired. In five games with the big club Brown is averaging 11 points and two assists.

LA Lakers Power Forward: Rookie Tarik Black has seen an average of 24 minutes per game over his five contests and the Kansas Jayhawks product contributed with 16 points on Wednesday against New Orleans.

LA Lakers Small Forward: Wesley Johnson has fought inconsistencies of late as the veteran has scored in single digits in three of his past five games despite averaging 31 minutes on the court.

LA Lakers Center: Jordan Hill has gobbled up rebounds for LA of late as the former Arizona Wildcat product is averaging 11 boards per game over his past three games.

 

NBA Mock Draft Picks to Play Fantasy Basketball Cash Leagues:

PG: Damian Lillard (Trailblazers)

SG: Arron Afflallo (Trailblazers)

PF: LaMarcus Aldridge (Trailblazers)

SF: Nicolas Batum (Traiblazers)

C:  Jordan Hill (Lakers)

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LA Clippers vs Portland Trailblazers- 4/1/15 NBA Fantasy Sports, Basketball Picks, Odds & Predictions

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The late night bail out game from the NBA for one day fantasy managers to build a roster from will feature the Portland Trailblazers at home facing the LA Clippers with a 10PM Eastern Time start. LA Clippers will be playing on a back to back after getting beaten at home to Golden St on Tuesday night. This game will air over NBA TV.

With two weeks remaining in the regular season there is a big scramble in the Western conference for playoff positioning. The Clippers are looking to improve from the fifth seed as they are chasing Houston who they trail by 1 ½ games. Portland as the likely winner of the Northwest Division is nearly locked to at least the fourth seed in the west.

LA Clippers Point Guards: Chris Paul is coming off a tough night on Tuesday. He had a very good NBA fantasy night with 27 points and nine assists. Paul had to guard Stephen Curry and was taxed chasing the Warriors All Star all around the court. In three games against the Trailblazers this year Paul is averaging 27 points per game and 11 assists. Paul will be assigned to Damian Lillard another young point guard and the 29 year old Paul could be fatigued in this spot so proceed with caution.

LA Clippers Shooting Guards: Jamal Crawford remains sidelined for the Clippers with a calf injury. He is targeted for an April 7th return. With Crawford sidelined shooting guard J.J. Redick has been seeing extended time as he has averaged nearly 34 minutes per game over his past ten contests. After a 27 point effort on Sunday in Boston J.J. cooled down with 14 points on 4 of 12 shooting in the loss to Golden St. Redick could be in for a big game here as he is shooting over 47% from the field and 43% from three on the season. Portland is the tallest team in the NBA and with Paul being taxed defensively last night we could see the LA Point guard distributing the ball a bit more and Redick could be the beneficiary.

LA Clippers Power Forwards: Blake Griffin is coming off a monster game on Tuesday as he scored 40 points and hit 16 of 25 shots in 43 minutes. Griffin saw a lot of minutes which shows that head coach Doc Rivers is serious about getting home court in the first round of the playoffs and that’s good news for those participating in mock drafts for their cash fantasy leagues.

LA Clippers Small Forwards: Matt Barnes is more of a defensive player but when the situation arises will look for offense. He has scored in double digits in four of his past five games. Barnes is connecting on 38% from the three point line this year.

LA Clippers Center: DeAndre Jordan has been a monster on the glass for LA as the big man is averaging 16 ½ rebounds over his past ten games. With Chris Paul in a fatigued spot Jordan could be the recipient of some offensive opportunities tonight from the field or the free throw line.

Portland Trailblazers Point Guard: Lillard is well rested as the team is playing their third straight home game with no game on Tuesday. With Paul guarding Lillard expect the Trailblazers point guard to push a fast pace. This will create several outstanding looks at the basket as well as opportunities for assists and free throws. In three games against the Clippers the Trailblazers starting guard is averaging 15 points and over nine assists. Tonight provides an opportunity for Lillard to exceed his season averages.

Portland Trailblazers Shooting Guards: Fortunately the Trailblazers have depth at the guard position as they are without Wesley Matthews for the remainder of the season. 29 year old veteran Arron Afflalo has averaged 30 minutes over his past ten games. He has averaged over 18 points per game over his past two games and hit a combined 14 of 22 from the field.

Portland Trailblazers Power Forwards: All Star LaMarcus Aldridge continues his solid play even as he is playing through a hand injury that most likely will require surgery at the end of the season. In three games against the Clippers Aldridge is averaging 29 points and ten rebounds per game. He is hitting on nearly 54% from the field over his past ten games.

Portland Trailblazers Small Forwards: Nicolas Batum will play his fourth game since being sidelined with an injury. He has averaged 15 ½ points, 6 assists and 3 ½ rebounds per game over his past two games on this current home stand.

Portland Trailblazers Centers: Chris Kaman will be playing his fourth game since being out for three games due to a sprained shoulder. The Trailblazers big man has averaged 13 points and eight rebounds over his past two games playing an average of just 16 ½ minutes.

 

NBA One Day Mock Draft Picks for your Fantasy Leagues:

PG: Damian Lillard (Trailblazers)

SG: JJ Redick (Clippers)

PF: LaMarcus Aldridge (Trailblazers)

SF: Nicolas Batum (Trailblazers)

C: DeAndre Jordan (Clippers)

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Portland Trailblazers vs  Phoenix Suns- 3/30/15 NBA Fantasy Sports, Basketball Picks, Odds & Predictions

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The bail out game for daily fantasy sports managers will be nationally televised by NBA TV as the Portland Trailblazers will host the Phoenix Suns at 10PM Eastern Time.

Portland has ten remaining games left this regular season while the Phoenix Suns will be playing their 74th game of the year meaning there are just eight games remaining. This game has important meaning for both teams as the Trailblazers are battling for home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs while the Suns sit four games behind Oklahoma City for the final playoff spot.

The Suns are on a back to back and will be playing their third game in four nights. They suffered a back breaking loss to Oklahoma City on Sunday. The significance of that loss was the fact that the Suns are chasing the Thunder for the final playoff berth and it knocked Phoenix four games back of OKC with only eight games remaining. We will take a look at some picks for NBA mock drafts in One Day Fantasy Leagues.

Phoenix Point Guards: Eric Bledsoe is coming off a 39 minute game on Sunday where he produced 15 points and seven assists. He committed a high six turnovers. Friday night Bledsoe saw 38 minutes against the Trailblazers at home where he scored 13 points and dished seven assists in an 87-81 home loss to the Trailblazers. Bledsoe’s production has gone downward since playing his third game in four nights at home to Dallas on March 22nd. The concern is that Bledsoe could be wearing down with Dragic and Isaiah Thomas being dealt at the trading deadline.

Phoenix Shooting Guards: Gerald Green has only played in five of the teams past ten games and averaged over eleven minutes with nearly six points per game average. He played 13 minutes in the team’s home loss to Portland on Friday and scored 12 points and pulled down five rebounds.

Trailblazers Point Guards: Point guard Damian Lillard is coming off two down performances scoring eight points on Saturday home to Denver and scoring 11 points and dishing just four assists against Phoenix on Friday.

Trailblazers Shooting Guards: With the injury to Wesley Matthews veteran shooting guard Arron Afflalo is seeing major minutes. He is coming off a nice 21 point and five rebound performance Saturday at home to Denver.

Suns Power Forwards: Power forward Marcus Morris has seen increased production by averaging 17 points per game over his past three games. Morris poured in 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds at home to Portland on Friday. Markieff Morris is coming off a 24 point game Sunday at home to Oklahoma City. He turned the ball over five times against Portland on Friday.

Suns Small Forwards: P.J. Tucker has been inconsistent. After averaging 4 ½ points per game against Sacramento and Portland Tucker scored 12 points and dished out four assists against OKC on Sunday.

Trailblazers Power Forwards: LaMarcus Aldridge is playing through a hand injury that a few weeks ago required surgery. Aldridge, who is in his contract year opted to play though this injured hand. He has had back to back outstanding performance by averaging 30 points per game and ten rebounds in wins against Denver and Phoenix. He hit 26 of 46 shots in those two games. Aldridge looks to be a play on for fantasy basketball mock drafts as he is trying to better his resume for a max contract once the free agency period begins during the offseason.

Trailblazers Small Forwards: Nicolas Batum was bothered by a bad back which forced him to miss two games last week. He returned averaging 34 ½ minutes in two games. On Saturday Batum scored 15 points and dished out seven assists in the 120-114 win Saturday night at home to Denver. Batum has had success against an undersized Phoenix team as he has averaged 17 points and nearly eight rebounds in the three games these teams met this year.

Suns Centers: Center Alex Len is only producing an average of five points per game over his past ten games. He had a disappointing six points and five rebounds in 30 minutes of play Friday home to Portland.

Trailblazers Centers: Both Robin Lopez and Chris Kaman alternate time at center. With players at the seven foot tall range it makes sense to include two in the rotation as these players have been prone to injuries. Lopez put up 12 points and grabbed ten rebounds against an undersized Suns team on Friday. Kaman has been listed as out with a shoulder injury. Joel Freeland has seen limited time in Kaman’s absence and has been unimpressive for fantasy managers.

 

Best Fantasy Roster Picks for your Cash Real Money Leagues:

PG: Damian Lillard (Trailblazers)

SG: Gerald Green (Suns)

PF: LaMarcus Aldridge (Trailblazers)

SF: Nicolas Batum (Trailblazers)

C: Robin Lopez (Trailblazers)

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