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Minnesota Timberwolves vs Sacramento Kings
Andrew Wiggins’ Timberwolves, back from their biggest victory of the year will travel West to face the host Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train Arena this Thursday. This NBA Fantasy Basketball prediction 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!
Sacramento is really on a up and down hill all year having not been capable to get 2 straight wins in a month span now. It’s to understand where the team is headed. Their leader DeMarcus Cousins has been relegated to playing only in home games in one of the strangest developments this season. That strange development is really what makes the organization so dysfunctional and unpredictable. Their real issue is their defense as they’re dead last in points allowed per game nearly this whole campaign. For them, this is a winnable game but the T-Wolves have shown what their enormous potential can do to big teams 2 days ago when they upset the Warriors in Oakland.
Minnesota have lost 3 of their last 3 games but come into this game off their biggest win of the season. Not only they defeated the reigning NBA champions, Golden State Warriors on the road and were a 15-point easy underdog, but have really shown what their potential talent is all about. With youngsters on their squad like Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns, Shabazz Muhammad and Zach LaVine, the sky is limit for their future. A great sign as well is that all of their young guns made big contributions in the win against the Warriors. They simply showed the NBA just how fearful this team will be in the years to come, as well as a danger for the Sacramento Kings.
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Minnesota Timberwolves vs Golden State Warriors
Steve Kerr’s record breaking Golden State Warriors are still on pace to reach Win 73 when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves Tuesday night in Oakland at Oracle Arena. This NBA fantasy basketball game 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!
The Timberwolves head into this matchup having lost 3 straight games and 4 of their last 5 games. It’s really not about this season for Minnesota though as they’re preparing for their future. Without a doubt, the future of their squad is extremely bright and that’s the least to say. They have definitely the best young core in the league led by Karl-Anthony Towns dominating the post, Andrew Wiggins annihilating the wings and with Ricky Rubio’s distribution to the offense , this team has some serious weapons and an enormous potential for the next years in the NBA.
The Warriors are heading into this matchup coming back from their 1st lost at home last Friday in over a year. They will definitely want to rebound from that game since they’re only a 4-1 stretch from getting the 73 win record mark. They rolled over the Trail Blazers on Sunday bouncing back from their loss and are in a serious momentum. Golden State are an easy 17-point favorite and will most likely go on a streak to end the season unless the Spurs decided otherwise. Basketball fans around the world will be awaiting the next 2 weeks to see if the Warriors can mark history.
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Daily Fantasy Basketball Prognostics Clippers vs Timberwolves
Dominate your competition with our NBA Daily Fantasy Basketball Prognostics, create the winning lineup at Fanpicks.com. The surging Los Angeles Clippers (46-27) visits the Minnesota Timberwolves (35-49).
The Clippers etched their third straight victory on Monday night with a dominating 114-90 win over the visiting Boston Celtics. In a match-up that saw the team’s bench outscore the starting five 67-47, reservist Austin Rivers emerged as the best scorer with 16 points. DeAndre Jordan garnered 15 points and 13 rebounds for the double-double, going 5 of 8 from field-goal range and 5 of 7 from the paint. Chris Paul also had a double-double of his own with 13-point and a 14-assist outing. He added 4 turnovers in the process. Paul has logged in an average of 9.9 assists per game for his team this season, the fourth-best in the NBA. Jamal Crawford contributed with 15 points and 4 three-pointers off the bench. Los Angeles remains locked in fourth place in the Western Conference. Power forward, Blake Griffin, is currently serving a four-game suspension and is eligible to return on April 3rd.
Minnesota have defeated three of their last four opponents. In their last match-up, they put away the Phoenix Suns at Target Center, 121-116. All members of the squad’s starting roster posted in double-digits. All of this led by Andrew Wiggins, who blasted out with 32 points, 5 boards and 3 blocks, shooting 6 of 13 from the field and 17 of 21 from the free throw line. Rookie of the Year front-runner Karl-Anthony Towns and Ricky Rubio both finished the night with double-doubles. Towns totaled 27 point and 10 rebounds, while Rubio had 17 points and 11 assists. Towns’ first NBA season has been an impressive one, as he currently averages 18.3 points and 10.3 rebounds, participating in all 74 of the Wolves’ games. And to round out the lineup, Gorgui Dieng scored 11 points and 9 boards Monday versus the Suns. The T-Wolves sits at 13th place in the West with eight meetings remaining on their calendar.
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G Chris Paul (LAC)
G Ricky Rubio (MIN)
C Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)
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Golden State Warriors vs Minnesota Timberwolves
The Minnesota Timberwolves will host the visiting Golden State Warriors, just fresh out of their worst performance of the season in San Antonio as they’ll try to avoid their first losing streak of the season at the Target Center. FanPicks is proud to bring you this Fantasy Basketball NBA 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.
Despite having only won 3 out of their last 10 games and occupying the last place in the West’s Northwest division, the Timberwolves have shown signs of resurgence lately during hard-fought games like their latest defeat at the hands of the Houston Rockets, 116-111 or last week against the Suns 107-104.
Their rising stars, Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine are all progressing extremely well. Towns, on his way to the Rookie of the Year award, had a standout double-double performance against Houston with 32 pts, 11 boards, 2 steals, an assist and a block. Wiggins contributed with 21 pts, 5 assists, 2 boards and 3 steals while LaVine added 15 pts, 3 assists, 2 boards, 4 steals and a block. They will need a display like the one 10 days ago when they brought their maximum energy and potential, upsetting the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma 99-96.
The reigning NBA champs Golden State Warriors are coming fresh off their worst offensive performance of the season in the forgettable 87-79 loss to the San Antonio Spurs Saturday. They really endured their most difficult night of the season, breaking a 7 game winning streak and 7th loss on the road of the year. Klay Thompson’s 15 pts, 5 boards, assist, block and steal helped pace the Warriors. It was Stephen Curry’s shutdown that really didn’t help. San Antonio’s defense limited him to only 14 pts, 6 boards, 6 assists, 2 steals and at his lowest field-goal and 3-point percentage. Draymond Green nearly had his typical triple double performance with 11 pts, 9 boards, 8 assists and a block.
This time it will be different story since the Spurs own the best defense in the league meanwhile the Timberwolves own one of the worst. After this game, the Warriors will host their next 4 games in Oakland, where they remain undefeated this season.
NBA Daily Fantasy Picks 2/22
The below chart is misleading to the NBA Daily Fantasy novice. On first look you probably look at Lebron James and Stephen Curry, decide that Lebron is projected higher than Stephen Curry but is cheaper so you should pick Lebron James. That is true that Lebron is a better option for today than Steph, but is he the best option? When it comes to daily fantasy picks, your picks are all about value (points per dollar) rather than sheer points. Winning a daily fantasy contest comes down to scoring the most total lineup points, and that is done with turning your $50,000 salary cap into all around value, not just a couple big scorers.
This may be a bad example because Lebron does have a good value coefficient of 5.5, meaning he is projected to score 5.5 fantasy points for each $1000 or his total $8700 of salary. That is not bad but as you can see, there are players on this list with higher value coefficients.
The one that sticks out especially is Jamal Crawford. He has taken on a larger role for the Clippers in Griffin’s absence and has been very consistent over the past 5 games at that 30 fantasy point mark. However, with a salary of only $5000, if he continues to put up 30 fantasy points per game, he will provide more value than any other player is projected. He should get plenty of play time in what should be a high scoring blowout in the Clippers favor against the Suns.
Another player who has been providing huge value is Khris Middleton. He has a more moderate salary level at $6500, but looks like he will be putting up numbers with the heavy hitters today. Milwaukee is favored by 8 points against the Lakers is what should be slightly higher scoring game.
If you need another cheap option to fill some gaps in your lineup Jabari Parker should be a good overlooked value pick. His numbers have been fantastic lately for his cheap salary level. Pairing him with Middleton may pay off if Middleton sets up Parker for some baskets as you will double dip with Parker’s points and Middleton’s assists.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs Cleveland Cavaliers – 01/25/16 Preview
The Minnesota Timberwolves (14-31) take on the host Cleveland Cavaliers (30-12) at Quicken Loans Arena on Monday. The Cavaliers are odd favorites to win (line: -13). Play in the most exciting daily fantasy basketball, including the newest Point Spread and $10K Grand Action contests only at Fanpicks the premiere daily fantasy sports site.
The Timberwolves’ future should be bright, however the present isn’t. They currently have one of the worst records in the NBA over their last 30 games. Despite the young talent like Zach LaVine and Shabazz Muhammad, veterans like Kevin Garnett and Tayshaun Prince are still starters. The spotlight of this game will be around young star Andrew Wiggins and his trade with Kevin Love. What seemed to be a steal for the Cavs may have actually benefited the Timberwolves much more.
The Cavs are currently the talk in the NBA over the past weekend after firing Head Coach David Blatt less than one year after making the NBA finals and still leading the Eastern Conference. Cleveland has been the talk of the league over this last week, as they fired Coach David Blatt less than one year after making the NBA Finals and still top seed in the Eastern Conference. What’s disturbing is that they were blown out in their 1st game under their new coach Tyronn Lue. They will have an opportunity to redeem themselves against the struggling Timberwolves team.
Memphis Grizzlies vs Minnesota Timberwolves – 01/23/16 Preview
The red hot Memphis Grizzlies (25-19) travel Saturday night to Minnesota to taking on the struggling Timberwolves (13-31). The Grizzlies are the odd favorites to win (line: -3). Play the most exciting daily fantasy basketball contest, including the newest Point Spread and $10K Grand Action contests only at Fanpicks the premiere daily fantasy sports site.
The Grizzlies are on a 4 game winning streaming and won 6 of their last 7. They passed Mavs and command the 2nd place in the Southwest Division, 12.5 games behind leaders San Antonio Spurs. The Grizzlies just defeated the Nuggets in Denver 102-101 this Thursday night with Marc Gasol leading the charge with a 27 pts and 6 assists performance. Mike Conley added 20 pts and Zach Randolph with 13 pts as they sit in 5th place in the Western Conference. The Grizzlies defense is constantly improving and ranks 7th in the league allowing only 98.6 pts per game.
Minnesota is still struggling and their latest defeat came in OT Wednesday night at the mercy of the Dallas Mavericks. Karl-Anthony Towns led the Timberwolves with 27 pts and 17 rebounds, going 12 of 19 from the field. Towns averages 15.9 pts and 9.7 rebounds this season. Andrew Wiggins finished with a solid 23 pts and 7 rebounds while Shabazz Muhammad came off and netted 14 pts. The Wolves are now back in 14th place just ahead of the Lakers. One of their main difficulties are their inability to connect from long range. They have the third worst percentage in the league for 3 pts shooting. They have a tough week ahead of them facing the Cavalierss before hosting the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday.
T-Wolves vs Pelicans
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The Minnesota Timberwolves (13-29) pay a visit to the Smoothie King Center to take on the New Orleans Pelicans (13-27) on Tuesday. 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
Minnesota will try to put an end to their 6 game road losing streak and build on last Sunday’s win over the Phoenix Suns. It marked the Timberwolves 2nd highest scoring tally of the season. Ricky Rubio and Andrew Wiggins led with a pair of 18-point efforts, while standout rookie Karl-Anthony Towns scored 14 points and 8 rebounds. 4 of Minnesota’s reserves, Gorgui Dieng, Shabazz Muhammad, Zach LaVine and Kevin Martin, posted double-digit scoring. The blowout win snapped their 9 game losing streak.
The Pelicans have improved recently. After a stretch in which they lost 6 of 7 games, New Orleans bounced back with consecutive victories over the Sacramento Kings and Charlotte Hornets. Monday, they suffered a heartbreaking 101-99 defeat at the hands of the Memphis Grizzlies. Despite the loss, they’ve showed a lot of good stuff that stretch. During pre-game warmups, Tyreke Evans experienced some knee soreness and missed the Grizzlies contest, leaving Norris Cole and Jrue Holiday to man the point. Holiday registered 23 points and 9 assists. Anthony Davis collected 21 points and 8 rebounds. If Evans is unable to take the floor again, Cole should receive the start with Holiday filling in as back up.
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Denver Nuggets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
The Denver Nuggets (12-23) will be hosted by the Minnesota Timberwolves (11-22) at the Target Center in Minneapolis 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
The Nuggets are quickly sliding towards the cellar of the Northwest Division and with a loss to the Wolves on Wednesday, they will reach that destination. Denver has gone 1-9 in their past 10 games, their most recent loss coming on Sunday against the Trail Blazers 112-106. In his second game back from a sprained ankle Danilo Gallinari led the way for the Nuggets with a game-high 29 points (8-13 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 11-16 FT), five rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block in 36 minutes. Kenneth Faried was able to play in the loss only a game after enduring a scary injury to his neck which resulted in him being taken out of the stadium in a stretcher. In his return to the court Faried had 13 points (6-14 FG, 1-5 FT), nine rebounds, one assist, and a block in 27 minutes. Rookie Emmanuel Mudiay returned to practice on Tuesday who has been held out of action since spraining his ankle on Dec. 11. If he is able to play on Wednesday, it would most likely be in a limited role, coming off the bench for Jameer Nelson. The Nuggets are 2-1 against the Timberwolves this season, winning the last matchup on Dec. 15, 112-100.
The Timberwolves haven’t been much better than their Northwest Division counterpart, going 1-7 in their past eight games. Their most recent loss came on Monday to the league-worst 76ers 109-99. Shabazz Muhammad had a season-high 20 points (8-11 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 3-4 FT), with three rebounds, an assist, and a steal in 34 minutes off the bench. Andrew Wiggins added 16 points (4-9 FG, 8-10 FT), three rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and a steal over 25 minutes. Nikola Pekovic has a “50-50” chance of playing on Wednesday after being cleared for full contact practices last week. If he does play, it will be in a very limited role. The Timberwolves are lowly 7-10 at home this season.
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The Minnesota Timberwolves (12-22) will be visiting the Wells Fargo Center to challenge the Philadelphia 76ers (3-33), on Monday evening. Dominate your competitions with our free to use RotoPicker tool, create the winning fantasy NBA contest lineups for Fanpicks.com
The Minnesota Timberwolves could use a win after winning five of their last six games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 99.7 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 102.7 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Andrew Wiggins is averaging 20.5 points and 1.7 assists while Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 16.1 points and 9.4 rebounds. Zach LaVine is dishing 3.2 assists and Gorgui Dieng is grabbing 6.3 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 32.4 percent from beyond the arc and 79.5 percent from the free throw line. The Timberwolves are allowing 35 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 14.8 turnovers per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have lost eight of their last 10 road games.
The Philadelphia 76ers could use a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Philadelphia 76ers are averaging 92.5 points on 42 percent shooting and allowing 104.8 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Jahlil Okafor is averaging 17.3 points and 7.7 rebounds while Ish Smith is averaging 13.4 points and 7.6 assists. Robert Covington is grabbing 5.7 rebounds and Isaiah Canaan is dishing two assists. The Philadelphia 76ers are shooting 31.8 percent from beyond the arc and 68.9 percent from the free throw line. The 76ers are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 14.4 turnovers per game. The Philadelphia 76ers have lost five straight home games. Jakarr Sampson and Hollis Thompson are questionable.
The Timberwolves are 7-17-1 ATS in their last 25 Monday games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference. The 76ers are 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Northwest and 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 home games. The Timberwolves are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
I’m not buying chalk and a Timberwolves team that continues to struggle on the road. The 76ers have been competing ever since getting Smith.
Expected Starting Lineups (not confirmed):
PG: Ricky Rubio
SG: Andrew Wiggins
SF: Tayshaun Prince
PF: Kevin Garnett
C: Karl-Anthony Towns
PG: Ish Smith
SG: Isaiah Carson
SF: JaKarr Sampson
PF: Jerami Grant
C: Nerlens Noel
NBA Fantasy Draft News 10-23-2015
The Minnesota Timberwolves concluded play in the 2014-15 season with a record of 16-66. They finished in last place in the Western conference 29 games behind the eighth seeded New Orleans Pelicans for the last playoff spot. The Timberwolves had the worst record in the NBA and have a long road to respectability. The last time Minnesota made the playoffs was in 2004. They have failed to draft and develop a team to compete in the Western conference for over a decade now. The culture of losing is deep rooted and begins on the defensive end of the court where the team has failed. They were last in the league in scoring and field goal defense as they give up an average of 106 points and 48.7% shooting to their opponents each game. They were bad defending opposing three’s by surrendering 36.7% from beyond the arc. Flip Saunders is the current head coach of the Timberwolves. He returned to the franchise in 2014 after a ten year stay from 1995-2005. Saunders benefitted by the Kevin Garnett era but since Garnett’s departure they have not found a floor leader to catapult the team out of mediocrity. The team had the first pick in the 2015 draft and selected Karl-Anthony Towns a center out of Kentucky. It is the first center the Timberwolves have selected in the first round since way back in the 2001 season.
Minnesota Timberwolves PG:
Now 25 year old Rubio has dealt with health concerns over his career. He is great at dealing assists and steals but is a lifetime 36.7% shooter. He shot a miserable 25.5% from the three point line last year. He played in 22 games last year and averaged 10 points, nearly 9 assists and 5 ½ rebounds per game.
Minnesota Timberwolves SG:
Levine is a first round draft pick of the Timberwolves in 2014 as he was selected 13th out of UCLA. He is a very young player at 20 years old. The shooting guard saw work in 77 games last year as he averaged 10 points, 3 ½ assists in nearly 25 minutes per game. This is a young Timberwolves team so expect Levine to get more minutes in the upcoming season. He did make 34.1% from the three point line last season. A good feature for DFS draft managers is Levine can be trusted late in games as he is an 84.2% free throw shooter.
Minnesota Timberwolves PF:
The veteran has played 20 years in the league and returns to help turn the culture from losing to winning. There is almost a generation gap between Garnett and his teammates. He no longer produces the numbers he did in his prime so it may be a hard sell for Garnett to win over the trust of his teammates. Words only mean much to the youth if you can produce on the court. KG has been slowed down by wear and tear of 20 years in the league so there could be some chemistry problems.
Minnesota Timberwolves SF:
Wiggins a first round pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers came over to Minnesota in the Kevin Love trade. As a rookie in 2014, Wiggins played in all 82 games and averaged nearly 17 points, 4 ½ rebounds and two assists. His shooting numbers were 43.7% from the floor and 31% from three. Wiggins was the NBA’s rookie of the year based on a very strong finish as he put up some big numbers to close the season.
Minnesota Timberwolves C:
A first round pick of the Utah Jazz in 2013, Dieng was good on the boards as he pulled down eight rebounds in his 30 minutes per game average. He generated nearly 10 points a game and was a good free throw shooter for a big man making 78.3% from the charity stripe.