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Fantasy Basketball Thunder vs Spurs
Game 1 Preview
The Oklahoma City Thunder will travel to the tough AT&T Center to face the San Antonio Spurs in the first game of this highly anticipated rivalry between 2 of the top teams in the league and potential championship contenders. This Fantasy Basketball Thunder vs Spurs Game 1 Preview is brought you by Fanpicks. Come PLAY in our Daily Fantasy Basketball contests at FanPicks and get a free chance to win $1 Million dollars!
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.
NBA Playoffs Fantasy Preview
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 Primetime Fantasy preview
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.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Golden State Warriors NBA Fantasy Preview
Defending champion and history making Golden State Warriors will be hosting the Oklahoma City Thunder less than a week after their nail biting win in Overtime. Fanpicks has your NBA Fantasy preview of this battle.
This has been by far one of the best matchup this year in the NBA. The big question right now for the Warriors is Stephen Curry’s eligibility for tonight while the Thunder will be trying to seek some revenge for their overtime loss.
The Golden State Warriors will come into this game hoping to not only to sweep their season series against the Thunder, but also potentially tying the NBA home game winning streak currently held by the Chicago Bulls so far at 44 games. Steph Curry, the reigning MVP and NBA co-player of the month of February is still questionable for tonight but his presence will most likely boost their chances.
Surprisingly, Oklahoma City has been playing poorly lately, having only won 2 games in their last 7. OKC’s dynamic duo of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant will need to step up their game to avoid another loss and poor team performance. Their latest defeat came at hands of the Clippers where OKC blew a 20 pts lead at half and was completely outscored in the 2nd half. They will be most likely feeling the fatigue from last night’s game in LA but may get some help if league MVP Stephen Curry doesn’t dress for the Warriors due to an injury.
New Orleans Pelicans vs Oklahoma City Thunder Fantasy Basketball Preview – 02/11/16
The New Orleans Pelicans (20-32) will travel to Oklahoma Thursday night at the Chesapeake Energy Arena to battle the Oklahoma City Thunder (39-14). FanPicks.com has this Fantasy Basketball game on tap for tonight’s DFS action. Here are the latest Fantasy Basketball preview:
The New Orleans Pelicans come into this matchup on a 2 game winning streak. Their latest victory was on Wednesday against the Utah Jazz, 100-96. Jrue Holiday had an incredible game coming off the bench with 21 pts, 6 boards, 9 assists and has proven to be a crucial sixth man for the team this season. All star Anthony Davis added 19 pts, 5 assists and 4 boards shooting from the field 7 of 15. Davis has been shining this seasons averaging 23.5 pts and 10.2 boards per game. Alexis Ajinca also added 11 boards coming from the bench with 8 pts. Tyreke Evans missed his 8 straight game with fears that he may need a knee surgery which will end his season unfortunately. New Orleans sits in the 12th spot in the Western Conference and will definitely need a constant solid second half of the season if they have any hopes of clinching a low seed for the Playoffs.
The Thunder have bounced back from their tough loss to league leading and defending champions Golden State Warriors with a convincing 122-106 win on the road on Monday against the Suns in Phoenix. Kevin Durant, always consistent, added 32 pts, with 6 boards and 3 assists. His dynamic duo partner, Russell Westbrook tallied with 29 pts, 8 assists and 8 boards. KD ranks thrd in points scored this season behind Stephen Curry and his old teammate James Harden, averaging 27.8 pts per game. Big man Dion Waiters finished the game with 15 pts and 4 assists. OKC has a firm lock on the 3rd spot of the Western Conference. The All Star Break will surely help them to rest and prepare as they host tough opponents in the second half of this month.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Golden State Warriors Fantasy Basketball News – 02-06-16
The Thunder (38-13) will travel to Oakland to battle league leading and defending champions Golden State Warriors (45-4) at the Oracle Arena this Saturday night in a hype crazed matchup. FanPicks.com has this Fantasy Basketball game on tap for tonight’s DFS action. Here are the latest Fantasy Basketball News:
The red hot Thunder come into this game having won 5 straight games and 12 of their last 13 games. What’s even more intimidating about OKC’s offence is that they’ve scored at least 116 pts in 6 straight games. Ranking 2nd in the league in pts scored and boards per game, a lot of this credit can be attributed to the dynamic duo of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, averaging a combined 16 boards a game. The duo combines as well for 51 pts on average a game and 15 assists. This will be by far their toughest matchup thus far of the season.
Golden State will be probably facing their second toughest matchup of the season after their rout of the San Antonio Spurs two weeks ago by 30 pts. The Warriors are still carrying a 40 game winning streak coming into this game. Golden State is clearly a favourite in this one having shown no signs of weakness against the toughest teams in the NBA thus far. Dominating in every aspects of the league, the Warriors will try to beat yet another record as they’re averaging 30 assists a game this season, just 1 shy from the NBA record. The Warriors are coming into this game with an 8 game winning streak.
Thunder vs Nuggets
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The Oklahoma City Thunder (30-12) will take on the Denver Nuggets (16-25) at Pepsi Center in Denver, CO 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
Since the start of the season, the Thunder have been one of best teams in the NBA. They’ve improved their defense, as it rose nearly 20 spots in the defensive rankings since the first few weeks. The offense is still efficient, as they now rank 2nd in points scored. Russell Westbrook comes into this matchup with 2 straight triple-doubles and he may have a good chance at another one here against a poor Denver defense. Not to mention, Westbrook had 30 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists the last time these two teams squared off. Oklahoma City are projected 9 point favorite.
Denver has won 4 of their last 6 games; one of their best stretches of the season. Gallinari has been fantastic in that stead. He’s averaging 24 points per game since returning from an ankle injury 8 games ago. It hasn’t been a great season for Denver, but the future appears to be bright with players like Emmanuel Mudiay, Nikola Jokic and Gary Harris all playing great basketball and are all under 21 years-old. In the injury front, regular starters Wilson Chandler and Jusuf Nurkic are still out of the lineup. It will be a tough task for this squad to win tonight against a team with whom they’ve struggled with for years.
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Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
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The Minnesota Timberwolves (12-28) will be hosted by the Oklahoma City Thunder (28-12) on Friday 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
The Timberwolves have won only one game in their last 13 outings and are starting to make a case for worst team in the West after being edged 107-104 on the road against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. Andrew Wiggins again showed flashes of the player and leader the organization hopes that he will flourish into, leading the team with 28 point and draining 8 of 9 free throw attempts. Kevin Martin posted 22 points from the bench, while rookie Karl-Anthony Towns put up 12 points and 16 rebounds. Wiggins and Towns are combining for an average of 35.5 points per game for the team. Minnesota is struggling on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball and simply don’t yet have the experience or depth to compete at a Playoff level. The Wolves are tied for the second-worst away record in the NBA at 1-9.
The Thunder have had an up-and-down start to 2016 after finishing December with 12-3 record. The team has won four of its last six contests, the latest in a dominating effort at home against the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night, 108-89. Kevin Durant was the top scorer for OKC with 29 points and 10 boards, making 9 of 14 from the field. Durant is the third-ranked scorer in the league, averaging 26.7 points per match-up. Russell Westbrook finished the game with zero points in 15 minutes played following a second quarter ejection after getting into an altercation with Dallas guard J.J. Barea. Serge Ibaka picked up the slack in the form of a double-double, recording 20 points and 11 rebounds. Ibaka also went 3-for-6 from long range, as did Dion Waiters from the bench, as the former Cavalier finished with 18 points. The Thunder are locked into first place in the Northwest Division, a clear 10 games ahead of the second place Utah Jazz.
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Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
The Oklahoma City Thunder (26-12) will be hosted by the Minnesota Timberwolves (12-26) at Target Center in Minneapolis on Tuesday 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
The Thunder have been one of the best teams in the NBA since the beginning of December, but they are in a bit of a rut right now. They are just 2-2 over their last four games and nearly lost to the struggling Los Angeles Lakers just last week. This appears to be just a blip on the radar though, as the offense and defense are performing at top-levels. In fact, the offense ranks second in the NBA just behind the Golden State Warriors in scoring and the defense has been top-10 since the middle of November. If there is one blemish with this team it would be their road woes, as they were 5-6 on the road before winning four of their last five. In any case, look for them to continue their recent road success, as they are double-digit favorites heading into this matchup.
The Timberwolves got off to a surprising start this season, but are regressing hard right now. They have lost 10 of their last 11 games and are really struggling on the offensive end. In fact, they haven’t cracked 100 points in 11-straight games and haven’t scored more than 102 in 16-straight games. Much of that has to be credited to these offensive rotations the coach sticks out there. Coach Sam Mitchell still insists on starting Kevin Garnett and playing Tayshaun Prince an abundance of minutes and it’s a wonder why with all the young talent they have. Young players like Zach LaVine, Gorgui Dieng and Shabazz Muhammad have been riding the bench and it’s just a mysterious situation in Minnespolis right now. It likely won’t get any better here, as they come into this game as huge underdogs in their home building where they have struggled all season long.
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Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Lakers
The Oklahoma City Thunder (25-11) will be hosted by the Los Angeles Lakers (8-29) at the Staples Center on Friday 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
Outside of one dud performance against the Sacramento Kings, the Thunder have been one of the best teams in the NBA. They lost that game to Sacramento without Kevin Durant and played some poor basketball. They were obviously happy to get him back for their most recent game in a dominant win. They won that game on Wednesday by 18 points over the Memphis Grizzlies, thanks to a near 20-20 game from Durant. Oklahoma City has already played the Lakers twice this season and both games were far from competitive. In fact, they won those games by a combined score of 238 to 163. This appears to be a mismatch on paper and the only silver lining for the Lakers is that the Thunder are barely over .500 on the road this season.
The Lakers have been playing some of their best basketball over the last five games and actually have a winning record in that span. In fact, they could be 4-1 if they could have pulled off a huge comeback against the Sacramento Kings on Thursday. Los Angeles overcame a 27-point deficit to nearly pull off a miraculous win. Kobe Bryant had 28 points, while D’Angelo Russell scored a career-high 27 in that comeback loss. With all that said, this is one of the biggest mismatches in the NBA, as the Lakers have lost by a combined 75 points in its first two games against the Thunder. That is why the Thunder are favored by double-digits on the road here.
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Memphis Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
The Memphis Grizzlies (19-17) will be hosted by the Oklahoma City Thunder (24-11) at the Chesapeake Energy Arena 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 Grizzlies have been an interesting team this year and it’s tough to know what you’re going to get on any given night. The team is synonymous with defense and while that was down at the beginning of the season, they have turned it around recently. In fact, they are allowing just over 92 points per game since the beginning of December. Memphis has opted to bring Zach Randolph off the bench lately and he had his best game of the season in their most recent win. He put up a 26 point-18 rebound line in a spectacular performance. One would think that games like that would get him back into the starting-five, but they’re doing some bizarre things in Memphis right now. It’s even more strange considering the state of the offense, as they rank 29th in scoring this year.
The Thunder had to play their last game without Kevin Durant and it was a nightmare result. Durant injured his toe last weekend and it appears he’s unlikely for this game as well. In the game without Durant, the Thunder lost to a Sacramento Kings team as a double-digit favorite. This team really struggled in the first few weeks without Durant as well and it’s a wonder why their so much worse even with all the talent they possess outside of KD. Oklahoma City comes into this matchup as a six-point favorite and this should be a good test for them without their MVP against a Western Conference contender.