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Western Conference Round 2
Things are already started in the west. The league’s best Golden State Warriors have taken the first game over the Portland Trail Blazers, even without potential repeat MVP Stephen Curry in the lineup. On the other side, the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs have already played two game in the series. They each hold a win, but the competition will move to Oklahoma City on Friday. If you want to enjoy following the NBA playoffs, come play the NBA Playoffs daily fantasy basketball at FanPicks.com
Andrew Bogut has taken to publicly calling himself unflattering names. As long as Bogut and the defending champion Warriors keep playing the kind of defense that has helped them set the tone so far in these playoffs without MVP Stephen Curry, he won’t even mind if anybody else uses those words to describe him either. Bogut’s two early blocks got Golden State going during Sunday’s 118-106 win against the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals. The teams resume their best-of-seven series Tuesday night in Oakland. The Warriors again will try to establish an energy and presence on the defensive end from the start. They know their offense will come given this team’s depth and many playmakers.
Dion Waiters pushed off on Manu Ginobili while throwing an inbounds pass with 13.5 seconds left in Monday night’s game. It took a hairy conclusion and the officials to miss a call to avoid catastrophe is the reason why the Thunder so gleefully jumped for joy and hugged each other when the horn finally sounded, only the second visiting team to win in 45 games at the AT&T Center all season. It’s also why the Spurs should now be concerned going to OKC with the series 1-1. It wasn’t about a missed call and some missed chances in the end. It was about a horribly uninspired and inept start, wasting a 41-point night by Aldridge and actually letting the Thunder beat them three different times in the same game.
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Eastern Conference Round 2 Preview
On to round two of playoffs fantasy basketball. The seeding order got respected with the top four team moving on. After dismantling the Pistons in four game, the Cleveland Cavaliers have had enough rest (8 days) to take on the Atlanta Hawks. The other series sets up the north versus the south. The Toronto Raptors will go against the Miami Heat. Both team were pushed to the brink of a game 7 during round one. The Eastern conference round 2 will begin May 2nd with the Hawks flying in to Cleveland for Game 1. The Heat will be in Toronto the following day to start their series as well. Join FanPicks to play the NBA playoffs.
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For the Atlanta Hawks, facing LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers is starting to look less like a matchup than a recurring nightmare.
The Hawks got swept by Cleveland this season, dropping the three meetings by an average of almost 10 points (109.3 to 99.7). When they met in the Eastern Conference finals last spring, the result was the same: four consecutive Cavaliers victories, an especially ignominious way for Atlanta’s sparkling 60-victory season to end. And if you go back even further to 2009, the previous postseason clash between both sides, well it ended in a sweep again. See the trend?
Nothing either of these teams did in the first round (sweep of Detroit for Cleveland and 4-2 win against Boston for Atlanta) suggests that things will be different this year.
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The Toronto Raptors fans have reason to celebrate, even if it’s only the second round. For the second-time in their 21-year history, they won a best-of-seven playoff series, outlasting the Indiana Pacers in seven games.It wasn’t pretty and it came so close to falling apart in the fourth quarter of Game 7, but coach Dwane Casey can now breath easy.
While the Raptors had their ups and downs in the first round, the Heat had their ups and downs this season. But both had regular-season success against the Cleveland Cavaliers, who have long been the clear favorite to win the Eastern Conference. One of them will get the chance to put the Cavs to the test in the conference finals, should the defending conference champs win their series with the Atlanta Hawks.
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NCAA Tournament Fantasy Preview
Wisconsin Badgers VS Xavier Musketeers
# 2 Xavier Musketeers and the # 7 Wisconsin Badgers will meet tonight in a battle for their Sweet 16 spots in St-Louis. This battle will be a physical one highlighting the different styles and pace of each teams. FanPicks is proud to bring you this NCAA Tournament Fantasy Preview. Come enjoy our March Madness contests at Fanpicks with over 5 MILLION dollars in prizes for the NCAA TOURNAMENT.
Xavier ranks among the top teams remaining in this tournament especially when it comes down to their potent offense. The Musketeers average 81 pts per game with about 72.6 possessions. In contrast, the Badgers average 68.2 pts per game with about 63.9 possessions.
On top of that, the Badgers only shot 32.1 % from the field. Their freshman Ethan Happ accounted for almost a third of their pts (15) however, the teams’s top 2 scorers, Bronson Koenig and Nigel Hayes combined for a terrible 14 pts and 4 of 25 from the field. The Badgers will need to have their key players to step up big time to the plate and finish their big plays if they want to head back like the past 2 seasons to the Final Four. A performance like the one against the Panthers will have them out of the contest in the first half. Maybe with history on their side, entering this second round, only Kentucky and Louisville have recorded more wins in an NCAA tournament than the Badgers.
The Musketeers however are going into this game confident and aiming for their 2nd consecutive Sweet 16 appearance. They made it to the Sweet 16 five times in the last seven years. They shot 48.4 % in their first round game and are extremely dominant on the rebound section, led by their senior James Farr. Farr recorded his 6th double-double of the season with a 18 pts and 15 boards performance. Their leading scorer Trevon Bluiett averages 15.3 pts and has been instrumental in the team’s success this year. Xavier has only lost twice in their past 11 games against Big Ten Conference teams and won their last 2 meetings against the Badgers, including a 2nd round NCAA tournament win back in 2009.
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Round of 32
Another exciting day of March Madness has come and gone, so we’re here to catch you up on all the action. Twelve games were played on Saturday, and as usual there was an abundance of excitement, drama, baskets, blocks and jams.
The tournament gets real fast once you hit the second round. Surprises like Yale, who made it through the first round with a heck of an effort now have to face top seeded powerhouses such as Duke for example.
They almost pulled it off too, as Yale dropped 39 points on Duke in the second off, trying to rally for the miraculous comeback. But allowing 48 opening half points was just too much to overcome against Coach K and his Blue Devil crew.
Some favorites like Duke won, while some couldn’t find the inspiration to pull through. Or maybe, the fighting spirit of the underdog is just too strong. That’s why the games are actually played out on the court, and not decided on paper.
The round of 32 continues tomorrow, meanwhile some teams already punched their tickets to the Sweet 16.
Here are all the results from yesterday’s action.
Saturday, March 19, 2016
The big squads like Duke, North Carolina, Kansas and Virginia advanced, while Kentucky joined Michigan State looking from the outside in.
Intriguing games on the schedule tomorrow include Middle Tennessee facing Syracuse, and Stephen F. Austin versus Notre-Dame.
Stephen F. Austin could be a bad matchup for Notre Dame, as the Fighting Irish will need some of that fighting spirit I mentioned to slow down SFA leading scorer Giddy Potts. Widely considered the nations top three-point shooter. We’ve seen the Steph Curry affect in the NBA, and the swing on the game it causes in college ball is even more dramatic. If Potts gets hot, Notre-Dame will be another big school on the wrong end of a headline.
Round 2 Review
Another day, another full slate of games on the March Madness calendar over and done with.
While Saturday concluded with a perhaps closer than expected #1 North Carolina win over #9 Providence, it started with a pretty big upset when #11 Gonzaga defeated #3 Utah to become the first team this year to advance to the Sweet 16.
You have to give credit where credit is due but, Utah did not start the game the way they needed to, nor did they finish well. Allowing Gonzaga to drop 44 in opening half is one thing, but scoring only 29 and 30 points in each half respectively will not win you many games. Let alone March Madness games.
Having a tough time defending is understandable. There are many intelligent coaches who can design a play to find the open man to hit the game-winning shot. But when the ball is in your hand you have the same opportunity as the man across from you to make a play. If you can’t make that shot, that’s on you as a player. You have to be better.
Simply put, Utah’s effort was just not good enough.
#1 ranked North Carolina started slower than they would’ve liked to themselves, but eventually pulled away and beat Providence by a very comfortable 19 point margin.
Providence gave a valiant effort and had the game in reach at halftime trailing just 34-30. But UNC put their grit and focus on display as they grinded it out from start to finish and just kept piling up the points.
Providence will hold their heads high as they exit March Madness 2016, but the round of 32 is as far as they will go.
The talent level of the Tar Heels is impressive, and with more than a few top seeds already gone the championship game seems closer than ever.