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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.
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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.
Sacramento Kings vs New York Knicks
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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!
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.
New York Knicks vs Los Angeles Lakers
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The New York Knicks will travel to the city of angels where they will face the Los Angeles Lakers tonight at the Staples Center. FanPicks is proud to bring you this basketball fantasy preview of this game. Come play in our one of a kind and exciting March Madness Regional Millions contest as well as 3 other contests for the NCAA College Basketball Tournament, the only ones in the industry at Fanpicks.com and with over 5 million dollars in giveaways and prizes the next 3 weeks.
L.A is somewhat in a good momentum having only lost once in their last 3 games. They will come into this game with more energy and confidence considering their extremely tough season and second last record in the league. Their big man Jordan Clarkson will be back in the lineup which will help his promising rookie teammate D’Angelo Russell, who’s been a standout this year and sheds bright lights on the Lakers’ future. Kobe will be playing his last game against the Knicks, a team he knows real well and had some career highlight reel notably scoring 61 points against them in 2009. He will try to avoid Camelo Anthony’s Knicks to sweep their season series after his great performance against the Cavaliers despite their loss on Thursday.
New York is currently going through rough times like their Western opponents tonight. They;ve only won 7 games out of their last 25. Unfortunately for them, the situation keeps on worsening as the losses are becoming uglier. Their offense is nonexistent and ranks 25th in the league after ranking in the middle all season until lately. With the recruitment of Tony Wroten earlier this week, they will get an offensive boost off the bench but in questionable health.
This should be a tight game with both teams struggling and playing inconsistent basketball down the stretch. game between two struggling teams, as the Knicks are a projected two-point favorite.
Fantasy Basketball Miami Heat vs New York Knicks preview
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Things will heat up tonight in the Big Apple as the New York Knicks will be hosting the Miami Heat Sunday evening. Come play our NBA Fantasy Basketball contest and YOU could win BIG at FanPicks.
New York is on a terrible slump lately, having struggled both offensively and defensively. For some reason, they’ve won only 3 games out of the last 14. Even though they’ve won back to back games, the opponents were very weak. The Knicks will have a handful this game against Miami’s defense unit and their new offensive addition.
Miami has been playing very well lately despite dropping their last 2 games against the Celtics and the Warriors. Unfortunately for them, their leading scorer, Chris Bosh is under serious pressure from team doctors to sit down for the rest of the season. Dwayne Wade and the offensve has been getting unexpected great help from Hassan Whiteside and Goran Dragic. Whiteside played 4 straight games with an average of 19.5 pts and 17.3 rebounds while Dragic stepped up as well averaging 19.8 pts, 7 assists and 5.4 boards the last games. The real addition to their squad and danger for the Eastern Conference is the arrival of 7 time all star Joe Johnson. It will in interesting and essential addition for them
New York Knicks vs Detroit Pistons Fantasy Basketball News – 02-04-16
The stumbling New York Knicks (23-28) head to The Palace of Auburn Hills on Thursday for a date with the Detroit Pistons (26-23). FanPicks has this game on tap for tonight’s DFS action. Come play Fantasy Basketball at fanpicks.com.
The Knicks have lost six of their last seven games and are falling further more into a deep and endless hole of agonizing year. They’ve suffered a 97-89 defeat at the hands of the Boston Celtic, on Tuesday. Arron Afflalo was New York’s most productive player in that game, scoring 18 points and going 7 of 15 from the field. Carmelo Anthony had a double-double with 16 points & 14 rebounds, while Robin Lopez also scored the double-double with 17 points & 13 boards. Coming off the bench, Sasha Vujacic collected 13 points. New York was terrible from the field, going 37.8% from the paint and 30% from long range. After missing the last four games because of a sore right groin, point guard Jose Calderon should make is return to the lineup tonight. The Knicks could really use his skills to get out of their rut.
The Pistons were also victim of the Celtics, on Wednesday night. They lost 102-95, dropping three of their last four contests. Reggie Jackson scored a team-leading 17 points, while adding 7 assists and draining three triples in the loss. Ersan Ilyasova and Andre Drummond each recorded 16 points apiece. Ilyasova logged in another monster night on the boards, adding 13 rebounds for the double-double. With 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists, Marcus Morris also saw is fantasy stock rise yesterday. The Pistons fell in eight place in the Eastern Conference, with the Hornets tailing one and half a game behind for a playoff spot. Stan van Gundy’s team will be able to regain seventh place in the rankings, when they face the half game up Pacers on Saturday. Detroit will need to improve from beyond the arc, as they made 11 of 34 shots for a 32.4% average on Wednesday night. It’s consistent with their 33.5% season average, which ranks as seventh-worst in the league.
Boston Celtics vs New York Knicks Fantasy Basketball News – 02-02-16
The Boston Celtics (27-22) will play the host New York Knicks (23-27) at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday. FanPicks has this game on tap for tonight’s DFS action. Come play Fantasy Basketball at fanpicks.com.
The Celtics enters this matchup winning five of their last six games. They last played against the Orlando Magic, who were on an eight-game losing streak, and lost the game 119 to 114. Boston’s offense has been incredible as of late. They are averaging over 113 points per game, in their last ten matchups. Their success comes from a good distribution of the ball. They rank fifth in the National Basketball Association for assists. This team is one of the few right now that have no superstar among them, but are still able to play good team-basketball.
The Knicks have lost five of their last six games, with their lone win coming against the Phoenix Suns. It’s not going well for them, as they are steadily falling out of out of playoff contention. Their superstar, Carmelo Anthony, is currently out of the lineup; a likely reason why the Knicks are failing miserably to score points. New York is currently 21st in the NBA scoring. It will not get easier for them tonight against the Celtics, who boast one of the best defense in the league. On the bright side, Carmelo is expected to return tonight and they will be playing in their home stadium, Madison Square Gardens.
New York Knicks vs Charlotte Hornets –NBA Basketball Preview 01/23/16
The Playoffs-hopeful New York Knicks (22-23) travel to Charlotte on Saturday night to meet the Hornets (20-23). The Knicks are the odd favorites to win (line: -1.5). 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 Knicks ended their 2 game winning streak last night after losing a tough defeat to the Los Angeles Clippers at home, 116-88. Team leading Carmelo Anthony shot 4 for 12 from the field and recorded 16 pts. The rookies, Kristaps Porzingis and Jerian Grant both put up 13 points. This loss leaves the Knicks in the 3rd spot of the Atlantic Division, 6 games behind leaders Toronto Raptors. They have a tough schedule ahead of them for the next 8 games facing top teams like the Warriors and the Raptors.
After an horrendous start to their season, the Hornets are trying to get their form back and showed it Friday night during their victory on the road to the Orlando Magic, 120-116. Kemba Walker had another amazing night adding 40 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. Coming off the bench, Troy Daniels added 17 points, while both Marvin Williams and Spencer Hawes recorded double-doubles. This victory, their first away from home in 10 games is a huge confidence booster for them.
Los Angeles Clippers vs New York Knicks – 01/22/16 Preview
One of the hottest teams in the NBA will spend Friday night at Madison Square Garden as the Los Angeles Clippers (27-14) will battle with the New York Knicks (22-22). The Clippers are the odd favorites to win (line: -1.5). Here is the projected lineup:
The sizzling Clippers lost to Cleveland Cavaliers last night by the mark of 115-102, only their second loss in the last 13 games. Chris Paul recorded team high 30 pts and 9 assists in the loss. J.J. Reddick added 17 points while DeAndre Jordan posted a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds on the night. Jordan is averaging 13.5 boards per game for L.A., second-best in the league behind Andre Drummond. Holding tight to their 4th place in the tough Western Conference are now12-8 on the road.
The Knicks enter Friday’s contest full of confidence following a clutch OT win over the Jazz on Wednesday. After trailing for most of the game, the team tightened the gap midway through the 4th quarter. Carmelo Anthony had a huge game posting 30 pts and 9 assists, shooting 13 of 20. Robin Lopez added 22 pts and shot 11 for 14 with Kristaps Porzingis fouling out for the second time this season but still contributing 16 pts. The rookie is having a solid season where he averages 14 pts and 7.9 rebounds on top of starting for all 44 games this season. The Knicks are on a six game winning streak at the Madison Square Garden and have a 13-8 record there.
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New York Knicks vs. Brooklyn Nets
The New York Knicks (20-20) will face the Brooklyn Nets (10-28) in the Battle of the Buroughs 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 $25K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball
New York are riding a wave of momentum across town on Wednesday as they have won four of their last five games and are back up to a .500 record. They team showed pressure under duress in Tuesday night’s victory over the Boston Celtics, 120-114, but may have paid a short-term price in an injury concern over their biggest star. Carmelo Anthony left the game after rolling his ankle, this after 7-for-10 shooting for 17 points in just 18 minutes played. Early indications are that Anthony suffered a sprain, with Derek Fisher stating that his status for the match-up with Brooklyn would not be known until shortly before tipoff. Kristaps Porzingis led the Knicks in scoring with 26 points, with 20 points in the first half alone, before fouling out late in the fourth quarter. Rookie Jerian Grant had an impressive 16 points and 8 assists as New York comes into mid-season form in hopes of developing more team chemistry and a Playoff run after the All-Star break next month.
The Nets, meanwhile, have dropped five straight and are still putting the pieces back in place after firing Coach Lionel Hollins on Sunday and promising a marked shift in attitude and culture moving forward. What followed the next night was a 106-79 home court mugging at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs to fall to 6-14 at Barclays Center. The loss marked the tenth straight home defeat for the Nets. Brook Lopez shot 8-for-17 for a team best 18 points while Joe Johnson added 16 points going 6-of-7 from the paint. Johnson also provided Brooklyn their only two three-pointers of the evening, as the unit shot a paltry 16.7% from downtown. The team owns the worst three-point shooting percentage in the NBA, averaging 31.2% per match-up. They also lay claim to the second-worst offense in the league, averaging only 95.2 points per game. The team may want to find a winning home formula fast, as they play six of their next eight contests in Brooklyn, with visitors including the Heat, Thunder and Cavaliers.
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Knicks versus Hawks
The New York Knicks (16-19) will face the Atlanta Hawks (20-13) at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta on Tuesday evening. Dominate your competitions with our free to use RotoPicker tool, create the winning fantasy NBA contest lineups for Fanpicks.com
The Knicks beat the Hawks on Sunday, and will come in with confidence knowing they found an answer to the Hawks style of play. Arron Afflalo came up big time after he has slumped the past few games, scoring a team-high and season-high of 38 points. Keeping up this offensive flow will be crucial to success, as that has been the downfall of the Knicks often this season. This is their first night of back-to-back away games.
The Hawks utilized Paul Millsap to the fullest on Sunday, but couldn’t come away with the win. They will need to use Millsap again as he is their biggest threat to score. He had 19 points, nine rebounds, and six assists on Sunday–this led the team in all categories. This also occured in the Hawks second win against New York this season, so it can prove to be successful if their defense can hold. The Hawks will have the home court advantage this time around, but they will need to find a way to come together and flow better in order to beat the Knicks.
NBA Fantasy Basketball Draft News 10-9-2015
New York Knicks Have Hope for Playoffs in Weak Eastern Conference
The New York Knicks were very much a disappointment in the 2014-15 season. They finished the year with a record of 17-65 and were the second worst team in the NBA by one game over the 16-66 Minnesota Timberwolves. The last team to make the playoffs in the East last year was the Brooklyn Nets who finished at 38-44. So a 22-25 game improvement could position the Knicks back into the playoff picture.
There is much to improve from this club. They desperately need scoring as they ranked 30th and last in the NBA in points scored per game (91.9) and were 28th and third last in the league in shooting percentage (42.8%). Defense was bad as well as New York was 27th in field goal defense by allowing 46% shooting and were the worst three point shooting defending team in the league by giving up 38% from beyond the arc to opponents. Derek Fisher returns for his second year as the Knicks head coach. General manager Phil Jackson has told the media he will help Fisher with his coaching. Fisher has been involved recently in a scandal with NBA veteran Matt Barnes over a woman. The additions of Arron Afflalo, Derrick Williams and Robin Lopez will improve the Knicks.
New York Knicks PG:
The Spaniard is a 34 year old point guard who will be challenged defensively covering the twenty somethings. He averaged 30 minutes a game last year and shot 41.5%. The expectation is that Calderon could be relegated to a reserve player at some point during the season.
New York Knicks SG:
The veteran shooting guard at 29 yards old has bounced around the league. He was acquired from the Portland Trailblazers last year. He shot well from the three point line with Portland making 41.4% from beyond the arc. The question is will Afflalo get enough shot attempts in New York with Carmelo Anthony on the court. He is still a good acquisition by New York because Anthony may be willing to pass to him to avoid double and triple teams.
New York Knicks SF:
The All Star enters his 12th year in the league and is already 31 years old. He battled through injuries last year that forced him to miss 44 games. Three seasons ago Anthony missed 15 games and four seasons ago he missed 27 games. Last year Carmelo hit 44.4% from the field and 34.1% from three point range. Two seasons ago he averaged 38.7 minutes a game which was a career high.
New York Knicks PF:
Williams was a first round pick of the Minnesota Timberwolves during the 2011 season. He spent time in Sacramento the past two seasons. In 74 games with the Kings, Williams averaged 44.7% shooting from the floor and nearly 20 points. His rebounding numbers have been very disappointing. Williams was a big time player in college at Arizona but he played in rather small markets in the NBA. The buzz in New York and Madison Square Garden could spark Williams’s career and we like his move to the Knicks.
New York Knicks C:
Now in his seventh year Robin Lopez plays for his fourth team in his career. He is another former first round draft pick on the Knicks roster. Last year with the Trailblazers Lopez played nearly 28 minutes and averaged 9.6 points a game and hit 53.5% from the field. He rebounds and is a defensive presence in point prevention so he will get plenty of playing time in New York.