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NBA EZ Pick Preview 03/27/19
Take a look at the matchups set for this Wednesday’s EZ Pick.
Stephen Curry (vs MEM) or Russell Westbrook (vs IND)
Stephen Curry returned from a rest day to score 26 points on Sunday, making five 3-pointers with nine rebounds, three assists and one steal in 35 minutes. The night off Saturday appeared to do him good, as Steph looked sharp after resting for the first time in Golden State’s past 50 games. He came in shooting just 41.6% from the field since the All-Star break, but made 9-of-19 shots tonight and hit a few key buckets to ward off a late challenge from Detroit. He’s cruising along as a top-10 value but owners should be mindful of the Warriors’ two remaining back-to-back sets — it wouldn’t be surprising if Steph got a night or two off in preparation for the playoffs.
Russell Westbrook hit just 6-of-20 shots for 16 points in Monday’s 115-103 loss to the Grizzlies. He dished out seven dimes with five rebounds, one triple and one turnover, but was outplayed by both Delon Wright and Tyler Dorsey. The good news is that he didn’t pick up a technical foul, so he’s still two away from another one-game suspension. With the Thunder sliding down to 8th in the West, OKC won’t have the luxury of resting Westbrook as long as seeding is up for grabs.
LeBron James (vs UTA) or Paul George (vs IND)
LeBron James had 23 points, seven rebounds, 14 assists, a steal and a 3-pointer on 11-of-20 shooting in Tuesday’s 124-106 win over the Wizards. The Lakers are out of the playoffs and play again on Wednesday night against the Jazz, and it would be surprising to see LeBron in uniform for that one. Fantasy owners should plan on being without him Wednesday night. LeBron said after the game that he doesn’t know how many more games he’ll play this season, but that he will go all out when he does play. He also said he considered skipping tonight’s game to go to Chris Bosh’s ceremony in Miami, but decided against it due to the fact the NBA wouldn’t have been pleased.
Paul George will be playing his fourth game against his former team. In two games against Indiana last season, he averaged just 11 points per game, but the Thunder won both. In their only other matchup this season, he scored 36 points in a two-point loss. I think we’ll see “Playoff P” in action, given both the motivation against his former club and the sheer need for the Thunder to get back into the win column.
Damian Lillard (vs CHI) or Bradley Beal (vs PHX)
Damian Lillard didn’t have his best night shooting the basketball, as he was 10-of-30 from the field and 4-of-16 from three, but he finished with 31 points, 12 assists, six rebounds and one steal in a double-overtime win over the Nets. Lillard has scored 30 points or more in four of his last five games, and his average of 28.1 points per game in March is his second-highest for a month this season (29.6 ppg in October). The All-Star point guard is also averaging 8.5 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game this month, and he’ll have even more on his plate offensively as Jusuf Nurkic was lost to a horrific leg injury. Portland is also without CJ McCollum (knee), meaning that the Trail Blazers will look to solidify its playoff seeding without two of the team’s top three scorers.
Bradley Beal hit 10-of-19 shots and two 3-pointers for 32 points, five rebounds, two assists and a block in 37 minutes of Tuesday’s loss to the Lakers. That just about does it for the Wizards playoff hopes and you have to wonder if Beal starts missing occasional games with nothing left to play for. So far there hasn’t been talk about shutting him down, or even missing games, but given his injury history and veteran/star status, it would be surprising if he doesn’t at least get a couple days off the rest of the way.
CJ McCollum (vs CHI) or Klay Thompson (vs MEM)
C.J. McCollum (left knee) will not travel with the Blazers on their upcoming 4-game road trip. After Monday’s home game vs. the Nets, the Blazers will face the Bulls, Hawks, Pistons and Wolves on the road. That rules McCollum out until at least April 4th. Coach Terry Stotts said that McCollum is “progressing well,” but there’s no guarantee he returns before the end of the regular season.
Klay Thompson put up 24 points (10-17 FG, 4-6 3Pt) to go with two rebounds and two assists in 37 minutes Sunday in the Warriors’ 121-114 win over the Pistons. Thompson took part in all five of the Warriors’ league-high five games during the week, contributing averages of 18.4 points (on 42.5 percent shooting from the field), 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.6 triples per contest. With the Warriors holding just a half-game lead over the Nuggets for the top seed in the Western Conference heading into Monday’s action, Thompson and most of Golden State’s key regulars shouldn’t be subject to the frequent late-season rest they have received in past years.
DeMarcus Cousins (vs MEM) or Steven Adams (vs IND)
DeMarcus Cousins (rest) is set to return for Wednesday’s game versus the Grizzlies, Mark Medina of The San Jose Mercury News reports. Cousins was sidelined Sunday against the Pistons for rest purposes, as it was the second half of a back-to-back set. Coach Steve Kerr indicated Tuesday that all Warriors will be active in Memphis, so look for him to resume his usual role with the team.
Steven Adams had two points (1-7 FG), eight rebounds, four steals, and three blocks in 32 minutes during Monday’s 115-103 loss to the Grizzlies. Adams was absolutely awful offensively, only salvaging his stat line thanks to his impressive defensive contributions. He has been held to single digits in scoring in three straight tilts and four of the last five, and Adams will look to get back on track during Wednesday’s matchup versus the Pacers.
NBA EZ Pick Preview 03/05/19
Take a look at the matchups set for this Tuesday’s EZ Pick.
James Harden vs Russell Westbrook
All-Star guard James Harden is averaging 50 points over the past two contests and he has scored 40 or more points on 24 occasions after pouring in 42 during Sunday’s 115-104 road win over the Boston Celtics. “We’re finally healthy, so yeah. It feels good,” Harden told reporters of his club’s recent strong play. “We’re winning, guys know their roles, we’re executing defensively, we’re helping each other out, we’re talking. That’s all it’s about.” Harden made six 3-pointers against Boston to follow up a stellar performance in which he made eight 3-pointers while scoring 58 in a win over the Miami Heat on Thursday. He scored 35 points as the Rockets notched a 121-119 home victory over the Raptors on Jan. 25.
Point guard Russell Westbrook was just 7-of-20 shooting but scored 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter in the comeback win over the Grizzlies. Westbrook has been the Thunder player most affected by George’s absence, though. Before George’s injury, Westbrook was making strides from behind the 3-point line, shooting better than 48 percent from behind the arc over three games while making an average of more than six per game. But without George, Westbrook is shooting less than 23 percent from behind the 3-point line.
Kawhi Leonard vs Paul George
Raptors once again rested All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard on Sunday. Leonard made the decisive basket with three seconds left in Friday’s 119-117 home victory over the Portland Trail Blazers but the club held him out two days later, marking the 18th game he has missed this season. “They’re just doing the right precautions to make sure I’m healthy down the road,” Leonard told reporters. “I only played nine games last year so the boost is like 200 percent or something like that. It’s all about the body. I know what the bigger picture is.”
Oklahoma City has struggled without All-Star forward Paul George (shoulder) and whether or not he misses a fourth straight game will likely be determined on Tuesday. Oklahoma City failed to reach 100 points on Sunday for the first time since Jan. 6 as the offensive attack didn’t have its typical flow without George and his 28.6 points per game average. “With Paul out, certainly offensively, it’s been a challenge the last several games,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said afterward. “I’ve been trying to find a way to keep helping our guys offensively in order to create an identity with him being out.”
Karl-Anthony Towns vs Nikola Vucevic
All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns had 28 points in the loss to Washington after scoring over 30 in each of the previous three games.
Nikola Vucevic paced Orlando with 28 points, 13 rebounds and six assists while shooting 13 of 16 on Sunday against Cleveland.
Stephen Curry vs Damian Lillard
Two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry battled foul trouble on Saturday and went 5-of-15 from 3-point range but hit big shots in the fourth quarter.
Damian Lillard went 9-of-20 from the field and 1-of-1 from the stripe on his way to 23 points over 36 minutes in an easy win over the Hornets on Sunday. Lillard added four triples, three boards, two assists, two steals and two turnovers while he was out there, but he took a bit of a backseat to the Jusuf Nurkic and Rodney Hood show, as he spent most of his energy locking up Kemba Walker on the defensive end of the floor. It was a solid outing, but we’d anticipate a more robust stat line on Tuesday in Memphis.
Kyrie Irving vs Jimmy Butler
The general feeling for most of the season has been that Boston’s parts aren’t connecting as a whole, with All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving receiving most of the blame. Irving and his teammates should have plenty of time together to get on the same page on the four-game road trip, which also stops in Sacramento and Los Angeles.
Jimmy Butler (lower back tightness) is not listed on the injury report ahead of Tuesday’s game vs. Orlando. Butler did not participate in practice Monday, but the fact that he isn’t listed on the injury report at this point is a positive sign. That being said, things could very well change between now and tipoff Tuesday night. T.J. McConnell and Jonathon Simmons are two players whose minutes would likely be impacted if Butler is unable to play. Butler scored 21 points in Saturday’s loss to the Warriors.
Draymond Green vs Tobias Harris
Draymond Green was exceptional in primetime against the 76ers on Saturday, scoring six points (2-of-4 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs) with nine rebounds, 10 assists, three steals and three turnovers in 35 minutes. Green got off to a slow start, but ended up being a big reason why the Warriors got back on track with a victory. He’s only scored in double figures once in his last five games, but he’s got two double-digit assist games in that same span. He might get some nights off as the season winds down, but he’ll still be a valuable asset in the fantasy playoffs.
76ers SF Tobias Harris scored 20 or more points in each of the last six games.
Zach Lavine vs Mike Conley
Guard Zach LaVine dipped from a career-high 47 points in 56 minutes on Friday to 12 points in 28 minutes on Sunday.
Standout point guard Mike Conley (general soreness) missed the Oklahoma City game on Sunday so Delon Wright was inserted into the starting lineup. Conley will be back in action on Tuesday vs. the Blazers.
Klay Thompson vs Chris Paul
Klay Thompson (knee) will not suit up for Tuesday’s game against the Celtics. This will be Thompson’s second straight game on the sidelines, and now he’ll have another two days to rest up for Friday’s game against the Nuggets. Damion Lee or Andre Iguodala will likely draw the start tonight, and there will be more minutes available for Alfonzo McKinnie, while Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins will see an uptick in usage.
Chris Paul racked up 15 points, 12 assists, six rebounds, three steals, three 3-pointers and one block in Sunday’s 115-104 win vs. the Celtics. The Rockets improved to 12-0 when Paul gets double-digit assists this season — if you go back to last season, they’re now 27-1. James Harden is obviously the driving force for this team, but Paul’s importance was crystallized in the Western Conference Finals last season, when his hamstring injury derailed the Rockets. He’s surging with first-round value in the past month and shouldn’t be at risk of many (if any) DNPs due to the tight playoff race.
C.J. McCollum vs Kyle Lowry
Shooting guard CJ McCollum had just six points on 2-of-13 shooting against Charlotte on Sunday but exploded for 40 points – matching a season high – during a 92-83 loss to the Grizzlies on Dec. 12.
Point guard Kyle Lowry scored a season-best 35 points in Sunday’s setback against the Piston.
Otto Porter Jr vs Aaron Gordon
Bulls SF Otto Porter Jr. (rest) sat out Sunday and Chicago dropped to 0-2 with him out of the lineup. Porter is averaging 19.8 points and 5.9 rebounds in eight starts with Chicago. The Georgetown product is shooting 51.8 percent from the field and 52.2 percent from beyond the arc.
Aaron Gordon accounted for 15 points (7-of-16 FGs), eight rebounds, three assists, one blocked shot and one three-pointer in 41 minutes Sunday vs. Cleveland.
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Mavericks vs Thunder
Russell Westbrook’s career triple-double count is now higher than the legendary Larry Bird. He recorded his 60th triple-double in Wednesday’s 114-105 victory over New Orleans to break a tie with Bird and move into fifth place on the all-time list. Dallas is enjoying its best stretch of the season as it downed the New York Knicks 103-95 on Wednesday for its fifth win in seven games. Power forward Dirk Nowitzki scored 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting in the victory but will be rested and won’t make the trip to Oklahoma City.
Pacers vs Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns had his chance to carry the young Minnesota Timberwolves, and Andrew Wiggins is stepping up to join him. Towns and Wiggins will try to lead the Timberwolves to a season-high fourth straight win and seventh in the last nine games against the slumping Indiana Pacers. Indiana won seven of eight to climb to three games over .500 before dropping back to even with losses in the last three contests.
Suns vs Nuggets
Nikola Jokic’s sudden rise is helping the Denver Nuggets in the win column and redefining the expectations for the team, which finds itself in the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference. Jokic will try to guide the Nuggets to a sixth win in the last eight games versus the Phoenix Suns. The Suns will attack Jokic with defensive anchor Tyson Chandler, who outplayed Minnesota Timberwolves stud Karl-Anthony Towns on Tuesday only to watch his team fall 112-111 on Andrew Wiggins’ last-second jumper. Chandler scored 22 points on 9-of-9 shooting and hauled in 17 rebounds in the loss. It’s the eighth time in his last nine games that he grabbed at least 15 boards.
Lakers vs Jazz
The Utah Jazz played four games in five nights and dropped the last two, including dragging through a 103-93 road loss to the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday. They are looking to finish off a four-game season sweep of the Lakers for the first time after winning the first three meetings this season by an average of five points. Los Angeles has dropped seven of its last eight games after suffering a 105-98 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday.
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Kings vs Cavaliers
The Cleveland Cavaliers are mired in a funk and LeBron James is getting mighty antsy about it. Cleveland dropped five of its last seven games, including Monday’s 124-122 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.
Rockets vs Celtics
The Rockets have been exchanging wins and losses for the past seven games (3-4) and five of the results have been decided by at least 13 points.
Heat vs Nets
The Miami Heat picked up a signature win and found a third star to compliment Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside in a 105-102 triumph over the NBA-best Golden State Warriors on Monday. The Heat will try to push their season-best winning streak to five straight against the Brooklyn Nets.
Hawks vs Bulls
The Atlanta Hawks steamrolled over the Chicago Bulls for three quarters on Friday. They are now set to meet for a third time this season. Chicago’s reserves played a dominating fourth quarter to significantly close the gap as Atlanta claimed a 102-93 decision.
76ers vs Bucks
The Philadelphia 76ers continue to make stunning strides and look to lasso their 10th victory in 13 contests versus the Milwaukee Bucks. The 76ers will be without star center Joel Embiid (knee) for the second straight night, but his absence didn’t prevent the club from posting a 121-110 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.
Raptors vs Grizzlies
The Memphis Grizzlies have had plenty of time to stew over their most lopsided home loss of the season. Legs should be fresh for their matchup with the Toronto Raptors. The Canadian team is coming off a 108-106 home loss to San Antonio on Tuesday and have lost three straight on the second half of back-to-backs.
Thunder vs Pelicans
The New Orleans Pelicans managed to earn a win without All-Star forward Anthony Davis on Monday but would prefer to have their best player available on Wednesday. Davis would serve as the last line of defense against Russell Westbrook’s drives to the basket.
Warriors vs Hornets
The Golden State Warriors haven’t dropped back-to-back regular-season games since April 2015 and will put that streak on the line against the Charlotte Hornets. The Warriors had their latest winning streak end at seven straight in a 105-102 setback at Miami on Monday.
Knicks vs Mavericks
The New York Knicks finally managed to pull out a close game on Monday, though it probably never should have gotten tight at the end in the first place. The Knicks will try to build a lead and maintain it throughout the fourth quarter this time versus the Dallas Mavericks.
Lakers vs Trail Blazers
The Los Angeles Lakers are coming off the worst loss in franchise history. They were routed 122-73 by the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday, and the 49-point margin of defeat marked their second 40-point loss during a stretch in which they have suffered six defeats in the last seven games.
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Raptors vs 76ers
The Toronto Raptors may receive a challenge from a team they typically pummel. Toronto will be seeking its 15th consecutive win over the 76ers, but Philadelphia is showing signs of progress with six victories in its last eight games.
Grizzlies vs Wizards
The Washington Wizards are riding their home dominance up the standings in the Eastern Conference and aim for their 13th straight win in front of the home fans. The Wizards are trying to sweep a three-game homestand after beating Philadelphia and Portland by a combined 35 points.
Trail Blazers vs Hornets
The Charlotte Hornets got off to a superb start this season but a prolonged slump caused them to dip below .500. Charlotte will look to get back to the break-even mark and halt a five-game losing streak against the Trail Blazers.
Knicks vs Celtics
Isaiah Thomas looks to continue his torrid pace and the Boston Celtics will try to match their longest winning streak of the season. Thomas led the Celtics to their third straight win with another remarkable fourth-quarter burst.
Magic vs Pelicans
The New Orleans Pelicans did not do as well as they wanted on their five-game road trip and come home with star power forward Anthony Davis banged up. The Pelicans hope to have their star back in the lineup against the Orlando Magic.
Bucks vs Rockets
James Harden attempts to add to his triple-double count, as well as help Houston break out of a minor funk. The Rockets have dropped three of their last four games, including Tuesday’s 109-103 loss to Miami despite Harden’s 40 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.
Hawks vs Pistons
Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy sat through a three-hour meeting with owner Tom Gores on Saturday and came out of it with the organization on the same page from the top down, despite some disappointing results. Van Gundy will try to thank his boss for the support with a second straight win, as they host the Hawks.
Thunder vs Warriors
When the Golden State Warriors put everything together, they look positively unbeatable. The Oklahoma City Thunder already saw that type of performance once from the Warriors and will try to disrupt the rhythm with star Russell Westbrook going up against former teammate Kevin Durant.
Pacers vs Kings
The Sacramento Kings are failing to take care of business on a seven-game homestand and look to end it with a victory against the Indiana Pacers. The Kings are just 1-5 entering the finale of the long home set and then embark on an eight-game road trip that may decide whether or not they remain in range of a Western Conference playoff spot.
Kevin Durant faces old team
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook square off as adversaries for the first time in their NBA careers when Durant’s new team, the Golden State Warriors, host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday (Enter Contest). Durant departed the Thunder as a free agent in the offseason. Reports came in following the move that their relationship was tense. They’ve both haven’t shied away from camera time since, fueling up the rumor. It comes as no surprise that tension will be high when former teammates face off for the first time.
Golden State rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the Western Conference finals to defeat Oklahoma City and then Durant opted to join the Warriors on July 4. Westbrook has led Oklahoma City to a 4-0 start to begin the post-Durant era and he hit the winning jumper in Wednesday’s 85-83 road victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.
ABOUT THE THUNDER (4-0)
Westbrook signed a three-year, $85 million extension after Durant’s departure and he has embraced the opportunity to finally be viewed as the face of a franchise. He had 35 points in the victory over the Clippers and is averaging 37.8 points, 10.5 rebounds and 10 assists. Offseason acquisition Victor Oladipo was 3-of-11 shooting against the Clippers and is shooting just 32.8 percent from the field.
ABOUT THE WARRIORS (3-1)
Durant is averaging 28.5 points and shooting 57.4 percent from the floor through four games with his new team. The meeting with the Thunder should boost Durant to even better numbers after Thursday. Point guard Stephen Curry has 28 points in Tuesday’s 127-104 trouncing of Portland and is averaging 26.3 points. The Warriors won all three regular-season meetings last season. They’ve already lost one game this season to the San Antonio Spurs and could be on the brink of losing a second one in their 5th game of the season. It’s something that hasn’t happen until the Warriors 31th season game, last year.
Fantasy Basketball Thunder vs Spurs
Game 1 Preview
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The 2nd ranked San Antonio pretty much swept the Grizzlies in a commanding fashion as expected. They’re coming off a full week of rest and ready to head back into back after posting their 7th series swept in 9 years. The league’s Defensive Player of the Year, Kawhi Leonard had a tremendous first round. He was not only a threat offensively but was also impressive in the rebounding section, constantly making him a fantasy lineup sure shot. His French peer, Tony Parker was also solid from the field with his mix of speed and dribbling. their big man LaMarcus Aldridge ended up the series on a double-double note and averages 14.5 pts with 8 boards a game. It seems like he’s found his Trail Blazers’ rhythm and fits right in with the Spurs. This could be extremely menacing for the Thunder as well as the defending champions, Golden State Warriors.
The Thunder finished off the Dallas Mavericks this past Monday to end the series in 5 games. This will be the first time that Oklahoma City advances to the Semifinals in 2 years. Russell Westbrook has been putting up MVP numbers this year and even in the series against the Mavs. His sidekick, Kevin Durant is as consistent as it gets. Westbrook finished off Monday with 36 pts, 12 boards and 9 assists and frequently posts near triple double numbers. Durant finished with 33 pts on monday with 7 boards. Durant and Westbrook are ranked 4th and 5th in the postseason scoring race with each averaging around 26 pts. They’ve had some help as well from Steven Adam who recorded a double double too. This will be the first time that both teams meet since 2014 when they lost the series 4-2 against the Spurs in the Conference Finals. The season series is split at 2-2 and this series will be one hell of a show.
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Dallas Mavericks vs Oklahoma City Thunder
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook’s Oklahoma City Thunder will host the Dallas Mavericks in the 1st game of this Western Conference battle at Chesapeake Energy Arena Saturday night. This NBA Playoffs Fantasy 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!
This regular season, the Thunder swept their season series winning all 4 games while scoring at least 108 pts. They’re clearly favorites in this series and it would be quite an upset if they don’t win it in 5 or less games. The great news for them is that they’re much healthier than the past 2 postseasons. The Mavericks as well are getting healthy as well and should expect starts from their important players, Deron Williams and J.J. Barea.
Oklahoma City come into this game lacking perfect form but at least well rested. This will be one of the only The Thunder come into this game lacking good form, but much of that has to do with resting players. This is actually one of the first playoff runs that Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant will be playing together and healthy, making it very promising for Thunder fans. Their offense and rebound strength is the main key to their success as they rank in the top 2 in the NBA for both categories.
The Mavs are heading into these series having won 7 of their last 9 and one of the hottest teams in the league. During that span, their only 2 losses came against the Spurs and the Clippers. What’s really impressive is how their defense has been allowing less than 98 pts in 9 straight games and averaging just under 90 pts against. Unfortunately, their offense led by veteran and future hall of famer Dirk Nowitzki needs to step it up as they rank outside the top 13 in the NBA when it comes down to pts scored, pts allowed, boards per game and assists per game.
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Oklahoma City Thunder vs San Antonio Spurs
Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant’s Oklahoma City Thunder will travel to San Antonio to face their Western Conference rivals, San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday. This Fantasy basketball NBA 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 Spurs lost their first home game of the season recently, in a superb matchup against the Golden State Warriors Sunday night. They’ve had an amazing season so far and now have a franchise best 65 wins, despite losing 3 in a row. Their head coach, Gregg Popovich doesn’t care about that and is simply more concerned about having his veterans in good form for the playoffs which start next week. This really looks like a great game on paper but will most likely not really see much superstars playing in this meaningless game. In any case, the Spurs should be a favorite in this game depending on the status of their players.
Oklahoma City come into this game having lost 3 of their last 5 games, with 2 wins coming against extremely weak opponents such as the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Lakers. The problem is that some of those losses need to be taken in consideration though, as the Thunder has been resting players with their comfortable position in the 3rd spot of the Western Conference. Their offense is still and will always be on point though, as they continue to rank 2nd in scoring, just behind Stephen Curry’s Golden State Warriors. It’s still unclear if the coach will play his top players here or will rest them as this game is simply meaningless game for both teams in terms of playoffs positioning.
NBA Fantasy Prediction
Los Angeles Clippers vs Oklahoma City Thunder
The Oklahoma City Thunder have only dropped one single game in their last 9 contests and with their big guys averaging near triple double digits every time. Their star, Russell Westbrook has 16 triple-doubles this campaign and leads the league in that department. He’s currently playing ball on an MVP level while his offensive partner in crime, Kevin Durant is averaging 27 pts the last 10 games with 8.3 boards and 6.9 assists. If the Thunder keep on playing this way, they will make things very interesting in the Western Conference playoffs, especially if they fall against the Spurs or the Warriors. This game is against one of their toughest opponents in the league but most importantly in the West but a Clippers team without their star will see Oklahoma City a huge favorite in this one.
The Clippers seem to have found their form lately and are coming into this matchup on a 4 game winning streak. This game will be another story as the coach decided to rest his big stars Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan and J.J. Redick against OKC. It will be a good test for their bench and Jamal Crawford but against a hot Thunder team like that, this will potentially be a blowout. With the Western conference playoffs positions close to being set, this rest is simply because the Clippers are ahead of 5th place Memphis Grizzlies by 6.5 games and sitting 4.5 games behind the Thunder.
NBA Fantasy Basketball Value Picks Thunder vs Pistons
Dominate your competition with our NBA Fantasy Basketball Value Picks, create the winning lineup at Fanpicks.com. The Oklahoma City Thunder (52-22) travel to Michigan to take on the Detroit Pistons (39-35) at Palace of Auburn Hills.
Oklahoma City is playing their finest basketball of the season right now and it couldn’t have come at a better moment. They carry an eight-game winning streak into this match-up, with seven of those coming versus teams with .500 records or better. What’s even more impressive are the margins, as they have defeated six of those teams by double-digits. The last two victories may be the most impressive, as they beat the number two ranked squads in both conferences. This will be a difficult task though, as the Thunder are in the back end of a back-to-back set and are facing a Detroit lineup that is fighting to get into the playoffs.
The Pistons come into this contest winning five of their last six, which has launched them into the eight-seed. They find themselves 2.5 games ahead the Chicago Bulls and three above the Washington Wizards. This is not a team you want to face in the playoffs either, as they have very few weaknesses. Andre Drummond leads the NBA in rebounding, Reggie Jackson continues to develop as one of the best guards in the league, and Tobias Harris provides support on the wing. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Marcus Morris are no slouches either. Despite all of that, this starting core tops the league in minutes which could become an issue when playoffs starts and extends the season.
Detroit can hold themselves against any team, but facing a top one who is having success right now is too much of a task to accomplish.
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DFS NBA Picks
Another Saturday, another special edition of our DFS NBA picks for you to feast your eyes on.
While there were 10 games on the schedule today, n As always there are your big ticket items, and value picks. You always want to avoid being so strapped for cash that you’re ready to roll the dice on just about anyone to fill a slot on your roster. That’s why value picks and managing your cap are so crucial when assembling your daily fantasy sports team.
PG Russell Westbrook $10600 – While Westbrook always seems like a must-play, tonight’s pay-off might be extremely generous. The Spurs might be entering the game without superstar Kawhi Leonard, but I still expect this to be a competitive game until the very end. The Thunder are playing quite well of late, so a big effort minus the opposition’s star player equal a huge game for Westbrook.
PG Tyus Jones $3500 – Jones has scored 20+ fantasy points in 2 of his last 5 games, while scoring 14.5, -1, and 10.4 in between respectively. While he virtually never rebounds, Jones has piled up 11 assists in his last 2 games combined. Through March, Jones has averaged 4.5 points,and 3.3 assists in 17 minutes per game. If you need an option from the discount bin, Jones may be the man you should target.
SF Gordon Hayward $6800 – Facing the T-Wolves, Hayward has an opportunity to put forth a great fantasy night. Minnesota plays an up-and-down style of play, leaving many scoring opportunities to skilled players on opposing teams. Neither Zach Lavine nor Andrew Wiggins are exactly shutdown defenders, and the T-Wolves allow approximately 6% more points than the league average to small forwards. Hayward can be inconsistent, so the matchup makes him a much more desirable product tonight.
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San Antonio Spurs vs Oklahoma City Thunder
Gregg Popovich’s San Antonio Spurs (61-11) are travelling to Oklahoma Saturday where they will battle their Western conference rivals, the host Oklahoma City Thunder (50-22) at Chesapeake Energy Arena in this NBA Primetime matchup. FanPicks is proud to bring you this NBA Primetime Fantasy 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.
The Thunder have been struggling more than usually since the All-Star break but seem to be back on their winning ways the past two weeks, after their loss to the Spurs on the 12th of March, 93-85. In fact, they’re currently on a 6 game winning streak and averaging nearly an impressive 120 pts per game and allowing the teams to around 100 pts a game. The defense is actually very impressive and it may be a game changer if they can keep up during playoffs. Their offense is obviously always consistent led by dynamic duo of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, but their defense can get them to wherever they want to be. With numerous players resting for the Spurs this weekend, the Thunder should be favourite to win this game.
The Spurs are currently rolling with one of the best squads in and clearly having one of the best seasons in franchise history. In fact, during the Tim Duncan era, they have not won less than 50 games, showing the amazing consistency of this proud franchise. With that being said, this game could definitely be one of their few losses of the season. Their head coach, Gregg Popovich decided to rest many of his key players this weekend, therefore are expected to be without Tim Duncan, Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili. Look out for a few bench players to put up some nice Fantasy points today like Danny Green or David West for the Spurs.