Chicago Bulls vs Utah Jazz

The 113-88 win over the Portland Trail Blazers marked a third straight win for Chicago and is a strong way to kick off a six-game road trip. The Bulls will work to keep that offense humming when they face one of the best defensive teams in the league at the Utah Jazz on Thursday (Enter Contest). The teams split two meetings last season, with each team winning on its own home court.

Defense was Chicago’s biggest issue during a stretch of four losses in five games to open November, but the Bulls held their last three opponents under 100 points and limited the Trail Blazers to 35.8 percent from the floor (and 9-of-34 from 3-point range) on Tuesday. Chicago outrebounded Portland 67-49 and scored 52 points in the paint as all five starters scored in double figures. It will be more difficult to control the glass against the Jazz, who have Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert up front with Trey Lyles coming off the bench. Favors and Gobert are both trying to bounce back from sub-par efforts after combining for 12 points, seven rebounds and one block in a 102-96 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday.

ABOUT THE BULLS (7-4)

Chicago brought in Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo in the offseason, and the veteran presence is bringing a new level out of swingman Jimmy Butler. The 27-year-old scored 20 or more points in each of the last two games and led the way with 27 points, 12 rebounds and five assists on Tuesday. Rondo sat out Tuesday after suffering an ankle injury in Monday’s practice and is day-to-day.

ABOUT THE JAZZ (7-5)

Favors left Monday’s game in the fourth quarter with left knee soreness and did not return, and Gobert watched most of the fourth quarter from the bench as well. Favors will continue to be monitored carefully due to the recurring pain in his knee but the team is not yet planning to sit him for an extended period. Guards Rodney Hood (illness) and George Hill (thumb) sat out Monday and are both day-to-day.

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Dwyane Wade returns to Miami

Dwyane Wade won three NBA titles in 13 seasons with the Miami Heat before departing for Chicago as a free agent last summer. Wade makes his first visit to South Beach as a visiting player when the Bulls battle Miami on Thursday (Enter Contest).

Animosity with Heat president Pat Riley lingers from the breakdown in offseason negotiations that led him to go play for his hometown of Chicago. Wade scored 25 points on Wednesday but the Bulls lost 115-107 to the host Atlanta Hawks for their fourth loss in five games. Miami also has dropped four of its last five games after suffering a 97-85 road loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday.

ABOUT THE BULLS (4-4)

Dwyane Wade, a 12-time All-Star, had his second-highest scoring output of the season while making 10-of-17 shots and contributing a season-best five steals in the loss to the Hawks. The 34-year-old is averaging 17.9 points, a distant second on the Bulls behind fellow All-Star guard Jimmy Butler (23.3), who is Chicago’s primary scoring option. Butler scored a season-high 39 points against Atlanta. It was his highest total since a career-best 53-point effort against Philadelphia last January. He also contributed with seven assists and matched his career high of six steals in Wednesday’s game. Point guard Rajon Rondo is averaging just 6.8 assists and has reached double digits only once.

ABOUT THE HEAT (2-4)

Miami is still adapting to not having Wade and the current top scoring options are point guard Goran Dragic (18 points per game) and center Hassan Whiteside (17.5 points, team-best 13.8 rebounds). Backup forward James Johnson scored a season-best 18 points against Oklahoma City and is averaging 14.5 points over the past two games. The Heat won all four of last season’s meetings, including victories by 22 and 18 points.

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New York Knicks vs Chicago Bulls Preview

The city of Chicago is electric after the Cubs won the World Series on Wednesday, but the baseball fever won’t keep basketball fans from anticipating the return of Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah. The two former Chicago stars will take the United Center floor for the first time in visitor’s uniforms when the Bulls host the New York Knicks on Friday (Enter Contest).

Rose and Noah helped lead Chicago to its best post-Jordan records but never managed to take the team to the NBA Finals before injuries and ineffectiveness marred the end of each of their respective tenures with the team. While the Bulls don’t seem to be missing the two former stars much on the court, the Knicks aren’t exactly surging to new heights with the two in the lineup. New York dropped three of its first four games, with all three losses coming by double figures, and is struggling on both ends. The Knicks allowed at least 32 points in each of the first three quarters at home on Wednesday before the Houston Rockets took their foot off the gas and breezed to a 118-99 win.

ABOUT THE KNICKS (1-3)

New coach Jeff Hornacek is trying to institute team president Phil Jackson’s triangle offense into the attack, but it doesn’t look like the system of play was well received. Point guard Courtney Lee was vocal about this system not working among the team. The Knicks have scored over a 100 points in a single game since the beginning of the season; a 111-104 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Rose is averaging 16.3 points but recorded almost as many turnovers (eight) as assists (nine) in the first four games while Noah was held scoreless in two of the first four contests. Kristaps Porzingis averaged 18.3 points in the first three games but slumped to three points on 0-of-4 shooting Wednesday. New York took three of the four meetings last season behind 24.3 points on 50.6 percent shooting from Carmelo Anthony in the four contests.

ABOUT THE BULLS (3-1)

The team picked a good time to suffer its first loss on Wednesday, with much of the print and internet real estate in the Chicago area dominated by the Cubs winning their first World Series since 1908. Anyone in the area that did tune into the Bulls broadcast saw Rajon Rondo, Rose’s replacement at point guard, collect 12 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in the 107-100 setback at Boston. Rondo is having no trouble fitting between wings Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler while center Robin Lopez, who came over in the Rose trade from New York, is proving to be a solid fit in coach Fred Hoiberg’s system. Doug McDermott is in the league’s concussion protocol and is questionable for Friday.

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Sacramento Kings vs New York Knicks

Fantasy NBA Basketball Preview

 

Carmelo Anthony’s New York Knicks will be hosting the Sacramento Kings at the Madison Square Garden Sunday night, in a battle of two struggling teams having terrible second half of seasons. This Fantasy NBA Basketball preview is brought you by FanPicks. Come play some daily Fantasy Basketball at FanPicks to get free chance to win $1 Million dollars!

 

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New York is having a nightmare 2nd half of season and are bound to finish their 3rd straight losing season. Their star Carmelo Anthony is performing but without any help of his teammates. Earlier in the season, rookie Kristaps Porzingis seemed to be a rising star with unexpected high level performances. Unfortunately for the Knicks, it seems like he’s hit a wall. Porzingis averages over the last eleven games 12.9 pts with almost 5 boards and 1 block a game. For a rookie, those are pretty good numbers but clearly not enough for him and Anthony to carry the team through the season, furthermore the playoffs. New York absolutely needs to solidify their roster in the offseason to avoid another season like this one. The Knicks are ranking 25th in points scored and assists in the NBA. They’re coming back from a tough loss last night against the Washington Wizards, their 20th loss in the past 26 games. They unfortunately blew an 18 pt lead unable to be consistent throughout the game. The Knicks are 7-8 on 2nd half of back to back games.

 

Sacramento have won only twice in their last 13 games. The situation is critical in Sacramento as this dysfunctional season turned into a tough one to digest because of its 2nd half. The cold truth about the Kings’ team is that their defense is simply unable to keep up with their offense. The contrast is simply huge when you think they’re ranked 30th in the league in pts allowed. Then, you have on the other side, its offense led by DeMarcus Cousins whose numbers this year have been MVP class. On top of that, Rajon Rondo leads the NBA in assists. They’re slight favourites in this game and will hope to close out their season in decent fashion.

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Cross Sport Super Bowl Recap

The tragedy of Daily Fantasy sports is that when the sport season is at its climax, whether it be the Super Bowl, the World Series, or the NBA Championships, Daily Fantasy contests are nowhere to be found. The limitations on DFS require two or more games, where players must be selected from a minimum of 3 different teams. So when the nations focus is all on a single game, Daily Fantasy contests can not be offered.

However, Fanpicks has rectified this issue with their new Cross Sport Daily Fantasy Contests. This involves a contest type where the game slate spans multiple sports so even if there is only 1 NFL game (like on Super Bowl Sunday), a contest can be offered still by adding a couple NBA or NHL games to the slate. In an NFL/NBA cross sport contest you pick a roster of 6 NFL players and 3 NBA players from the game slate while still remaining under the standard $50,000 Fanpicks salary cap.

These groundbreaking contests saw a lot of action this weekend and we are here to tell you what picks made you the first Daily Fantasy Cross Sport Champion.

NFL

There was not a lot of Fantasy Points to go around in this defensive battle at the Super Bowl. The winning Broncos had only 231 yards of total offensive yards. When it comes to such a limited scoring game with only a few viable options at each position, you had to make all the right picks to win your NFL/NBA Cross Sport Tournament.

At Quarterback, you would have been fine with either quarterback you chose (as long as you didn’t take the long shot on Oswieller coming into the game). Newton threw for 265 yards, ran for 45, and threw 1 interception for 10.1 fantasy point. Peyton threw for only 141 yards and threw an interception amounting only 2.64 points. However, since both quarterback performances were so abysmal, you may have benefited by saving the $3000 in salary cap and going for Peyton over Cam, regaining that value as another position.

For running backs, there were 4 viable picks in my mind going in—Anderson, Hillman, Tolbert, and Stewart. Of these picks, Tolbert ended up in the red with -0.2 fantasy points with his pair of fumbles and Hillman had 0 fantasy points. Anderson and Stewart however each scored a touchdown giving them 20 and 9.8 fantasy points respectively. Anderson actually gained such serious value with 4 receptions on top of his 90 rushing yards.

At receiver, there were three receivers who broke the 10 fantasy point barrier, that would have been perfect fills for your 2 receiver slots and utility position in the NFL/NBA Cross Sport roster format. Those three were Corey Brown, Ted Ginn, and Emmanuel Sanders. Each of these three did it with receptions and yards alone as there were no receiving touchdowns in the entire Super Bowl, and the three receivers scored 12.0, 11.4, and 14.3 fantasy points respectively.

The tight end game was very similar to your options at quarterback. You could spend over $7000 for Greg Olsen’s 8.1 fantasy points or you could have spend $3000 in salary for Owen Daniels to score you 2.8 fantasy points and spend the salary elsewhere. I thing you were better off with Daniels but this pick was not a deal-breaker.

NBA

But remember, since it is Cross Sport, your NBA picks determined your fantasy value as well. There was a lot of value to go around in the NBA and it may have been to your benefit to save some salary cap in the NFL and put that towards your premium NBA picks.

Rajon Rondo was the pick of the night leading all NBA players with 36 fantasy points. However, if you were running low on money after your NFL picks, Rondo’s $7500 price may not have appealed to you. Elfrid Payton provided more fantasy value at the guard position with 28 fantasy points but only a price tag of $5500.

At forward there was a lot of fantasy value to be found for cheap prices. Kristaps Porzingis, Will Barton, and Aaron Gordon each earned you over 30 fantasy points with price tags of only $6200, $5900, and $5000 respectively.

Finally, at Center Demarcus Cousins led the list with 33 fantasy points, however with a price tag far beyond the other options at $8900, your other positions may have suffered with the pick of Demarcus Cousins. However, if you picked Jared Sullinger he scored you 24.5 fantasy points while only costing you $5800.

So there is what it took to win the first Exclusive Cross Sport Daily Fantasy offering at Fanpicks. You can learn from these results for future cross sport contests, as there will be plenty of those to come at Fanpicks. Keep an eye out for cross sport when it comes to the NBA Allstar game, the NBA championships, and any other sports championship game.

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Golden State Warriors vs. Sacramento Kings

 

The Golden State Warriors (34-2) will play the Sacramento Kings (15-21) at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, CA on Saturday.. 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 Golden State just keeps chugging along and winning games. Most recently, they scored 128 points en route to another dominating win over the Portland Trail Blazers. Klay Thompson and Steph Curry combined for 62 points while Draymond Green recorded yet another triple-double. That’s been the recipe all season and it’s nearly impossible to beat this team at full force. What’s scary about this particular matchup is the Kings defense against the Warriors offense. Not only does Sacramento play some of the worst defense in the NBA, they also play at an incredibly high pace. That opens the door for a huge game from the Warriors and it would be no surprise to see them drop 120-plus points once again.

Things are finally looking up for Sacramento right now and they find themselves in the playoff run out of nowhere. They only sit half a game out of the eight-seed in the west and much of that can be attributed to their home court success. The Kings are 10-9 at Sleep Train Arena, opposed to a 5-16 record on the road. Sacramento also comes into this game winning three of their last four, with the one loss coming in heartbreaking fashion. They held a seven-point lead with under two minutes left in that loss to the Dallas Mavericks and ended up losing in double-overtime. The reason for the recenr success has been DeMarcus Cousins. Boogie Cousins is currently averaging 30 points, 13.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.2 blocks per game over his last five games. Those are MVP type numbers and fans have to be encouraged that the team is finally winning with Cousins playing at an elite level. Look for this game to be more competitive than the average fan would anticipate, as the Warriors come in as just six-point favorites.

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Los Angeles Lakers vs. Sacramento Kings

 

The Los Angeles Lakers (8-28) will be hosted by the Sacramento Kings (14-21) at the Sleep Train Arena 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 $10K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball site

Fantasy basketball The Lakers come into this game in their best stretch of the season, despite getting blown out in their most recent game. They had won three-straight before losing by 21 points to the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday. They had to play that game without Kobe Bryant and D’Angelo Russell, so the loss was almost expected as 15-point underdogs. Both ends of the floor have been an issue this season though and while most people would say their defense has been the problem, it’s more of an offensive issue. They now rank 28th in scoring and are one of the least efficient offenses in the NBA. Their defense isn’t much better though, as they rank 27th in points allowed. The owner was quoted saying that this season is about Kobe and that seems evident considering they are one of the worst teams in the NBA.

The Kings are finally playing some good basketball right now and they should have had a win in their most recent game. They held a seven-point lead with just over a minute left against the Dallas Mavericks and choked it away in double-overtime. DeMarcus Cousins has been on a absolute tear this week though, as he has 68 points and 36 rebounds in just two games played. Rajon Rondo missed the last game with a back issue, but is expected to return here in a fantastic matchup. The offense has been on point lately for Sacramento and they should have no problem going off again here against a terrible Lakers defense. In fact, look for the Kings to come into this matchup as a projected double-digit favorite for one of the first times this season.

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Kings versus Mavericks

 

The Sacramento Kings (14-20) will take on the Dallas Mavericks (19-15) at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas on Tuesday evening. Dominate your competitions with our free to use RotoPicker tool, create the winning fantasy NBA contest lineups for Fanpicks.com
Fantasy basketballThe Kings have been a frustrating team this year, but have been playing better ball as of late. They have now won seven of their last 12 games and are coming off their best two-game stretch of the season. On Saturday, they scored a season-high 142 points against the Phoenix Suns and on Monday they beat the Oklahoma City Thunder on the road. Rajon Rondo had a combined 34 assists in those two games and continues to dazzle as one of the elite point guards in the NBA. This marks their third game in four days, so it should be interesting to see how they perform against a veteran team like the Mavericks.

Dallas is one of the most disciplined teams in the NBA and much of that has to be credited to their veteran leadership. They rank fourth in the NBA in turnovers and rarely allow the other team to get points off those few turnovers. Dallas does come into this game in the midst of a modest two-game losing streak, albeit against two talented teams. The surprise for this team has been the play of Zaza Pachulia, who ranks in the top-six in double-doubles this season. Look for the Mavericks to put together an efficient offensive performance here against one of the worst defenses in the NBA. In fact, they come into this game as a projected seven-point favorite.

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The Sacramento Kings (13-20) will play the Oklahoma City Thunder (24-10) at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City on Monday. Dominate your competitions with our free to use RotoPicker tool, create the winning fantasy NBA contest lineups for Fanpicks.com

The Sacramento Kings look for a win after losing five of their last eight games. The Sacramento Kings are averaging 105.3 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 107.7 points on 45.8 percent shooting. DeMarcus Cousins is averaging 24.4 points and 10.3 rebounds while Rudy Gay is averaging 17.5 points and 1.7 assists. Darren Collison is dishing 4.5 assists and Omri Casspi is grabbing 6.7 rebounds. The Sacramento Kings are shooting 36.1 percent from beyond the arc and 71.9 percent from the free throw line. The Kings are allowing 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and are forcing 15.8 turnovers per game. The Sacramento Kings have lost seven of their last 10 road games.

The Oklahoma City Thunder hope to build on their solid four-game winning streak. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 108.7 points on 47.6 percent shooting and allowing 100.2 points on 43.1 percent shooting. Kevin Durant is averaging 26.6 points and 7.4 rebounds while Russell Westbrook is averaging 25.6 points and 9.3 assists. Serge Ibaka is grabbing 6.8 rebounds and Dion Waiters is dishing 1.9 assists. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 79.6 percent from the free throw line. The Thunder are allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 13.4 turnovers per game. The Oklahoma City Thunder have won 10 of their last 11 home games.

The Kings are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Monday games. The Thunder are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Monday games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games. The Kings are 5-2-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Oklahoma City.

The Thunder are starting to roll right now and have been playing lights out ball on their home court. The Kings continue to struggle on the road and don’t play enough defense to hang with OKC at home.

Expected Starting Lineups (not confirmed):

Sacramento Kings

PG: Rajon Rondo
SG: Ben McLemore
SF: Rudy Gay
PF: Omri Casspi
C: DeMarcus Cousins

Oklahoma City Thunder

PG: Russell Westbrook
SG: Andre Roberson
SF: Anthony Morrow
PF: Serge Ibaka
C: Steven Adams

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NBA Fantasy Basketball Draft News 10-22-2015

Sacramento’s Offense Great for DFS Leagues but Their Play on Defense May Not Contribute to Enough Wins in the Western Conference.

Sacramento Kings concluded play in the 2014-15 campaign with a record of 29-53. They were the thirteenth seed in the Western conference and trailed the eighth seeded New Orleans Pelicans by 16 games for the final playoff spot. This is a franchise that has been in the lottery several years but still can’t develop talent good enough to compete for a playoff spot out west. For several years the Kings were an awful defensive squad. They looked to change the culture of their team by hiring Mike Malone as coach. This news early in the season of his firing came as a shock to many pundits because they saw Malone as the right fit for the team to build up the young talent and teach them to defend properly in the NBA. But a new and in-experienced owner Vivek Ranadive had no patience to let the coach and team mature together and sought immediate change. Management is looking back to the days when the Kings ran and outscored their opponents during their playoff years. It takes time for the chemistry to build and management is looking for immediate success on the court which may not be realistic. With Malone fired the team went back to their poor defensive ways of the past and finished 28th in scoring defense by allowing 105 points a game and 24th in defensive field goal defense by allowing 45.6% shooting per game. George Karl begins his first full season with the Kings. He previously held the head coaching job at Denver and led his club to consistent playoff appearances but not success once in the postseason. Karl’s teams ran in Denver because of the high altitude advantage and were a very good home team. His teams struggled with his system on the road. The Kings drafted sixth in the draft and took Willie Cauley-Stein from Kentucky. One of the risks of drafting a player from Kentucky nowadays is seeing how they adjust to the added minutes in the NBA. Cauley-Stein only played 24 minutes a game in college because of the depth in the program. One of his huge strengths is he is regarded as a rim protector on defense.

Sacramento Kings PG:

Rajon Rondo

A nine year veteran out of Kentucky will be surrounded by many Wildcats on this Kings roster. He has been injured the past few seasons and played in 68 games last year averaging 9 points, 8 assists and 42.5% shooting in nearly 30 minutes played per game. A plus for Rondo is he will be playing for George Karl who has great experience in dealing with loose cannons if you can remember back to his days coaching the Milwaukee Bucks where he had success.

Sacramento Kings SG:

Ben McLemore

McLemore will be entering his third year and is a 2013 first round pick by the team. He has been very reliable to have not missed a game in his career. He averaged 12 points and shot 43.7% from the floor with 35.8% from three. Hard to recommend for one day DFS leagues because the Kings have many ways to score.

Sacramento Kings SF:

Rudy Gay

The nine year pro resembles one of those shooters Karl had in Milwaukee who wanted the ball and didn’t like to pass. But Karl has shown to turn selfish players into team players. Gay played 36 minutes last year and shot 45% with 18 points per game average. The nine year veteran will like playing for Karl because he lets his scorers score and that puts smiles on fantasy basketball league owners.

Sacramento Kings PF:

DeMarcus Cousins

The toughest challenge for George Karl is to keep DeMarcus Cousins happy. Cousins didn’t like the coaching change because his system focuses more offensively with perimeter players. What Cousins may lose in points he may pick up in rebounds, block shots, put-backs, assists and energy to use on the defensive end of the court.

Sacramento Kings C:

Kosta Koufos

It’s hard to believe the seven foot center has logged in already seven seasons in the NBA. He has averaged 15 minutes per game and strictly will be used for defense and rebounding. Koufos will not average many shots per game and is not considered for daily fantasy rosters.

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