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NBA Finals Fantasy Game 1 Recap
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Warriors
The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors began their NBA Finals rematch this past thursday at the Oracle Arena. With the Cavaliers coming into this game with the best postseason record thus far (12-2) and outscoring opponents by a combined 177 pts, Game 1’s result was quite a surprise and unusual for NBA Fans.
Not only that the season record breaking Golden State Warriors took game 1 to the Cavaliers, 104-89, in comfortable fashion, the fact that Stephen Curry and and Klay Thompson struggled throughout the game will raise many questions to the Cavs.
The response from the bench when both Splash Brothers were unable to make their presence felt was nothing but astounding.
Shaun Livingston put up some impressive numbers in game 1 with a career playoff high of 20 pts. He went 8 for 10 from the field with 4 boards and 3 assists.
The Cavaliers just couldn’t cope with the Warriors’ reserve unit which outscored their opponent’s bench 45-11.
Leandro Barbosa’s 11 pts and Andre Iguodala’s tough defense against the Lebron James were quite impressive.
Iguodala, last season’s NBA Finals MVP definitely picked up where he left off against the Cavaliers’ large forward. He made James do a number a mistakes and bad shots. He was able to also to contribute offensively with 12 pts with 7 boards and 6 assists. The size advantage of James on Iguodala is quite huge and its hard to believe how well the Warriors’ player is coping with it without drawing many fouls. A mix of experience and smart defending is key in his matchup to slow down James’ dominance in the game.
The Cavaliers only shot 33% from long range and 38% from the field but its really the cold streak of certain of their players that stepped up in the early series.
With the Warriors extremely difficult to beat at the Oracle Arena, the key games the Cavaliers should be focusing on winning are games 3 to 5. This could shift momentum in the series and keep them on pace for what could maybe be a 7 game series.
Fantasy NHL Hockey
Stanley Cup Preview
NHL Hockey playoffs doesn’t get any bigger than this. Game 1 of this exciting Stanley Cup finals featuring the San Jose Sharks against the Pittsburgh Penguins will begin Monday at 8PM EST at the Consol Energy Center. This series has the potential to be an instant classic with the Penguins being a much different team than during the regular season and the Sharks ‘ red hot offense peaking at the best moment. Don’t miss out on this Fantasy NHL Hockey Stanley Cup Preview brought to you by Fanpicks, where you can win millions in cash prizes during the NHL Playoffs.
Both of these teams have been playing at their best during those playoffs with players showcasing great talent and consistency. The regular season series is split with each tream winning a game apiece but not much history against one another.
For the Pens, it will be their first time back in the Finals in 7 years since winning the title in a 7 game nailbiting series against the Red Wings back in 2009. With only a few of the championship cast remaining such as Crosby, Malkin, Kunitz, Letang and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh as an edge of experience compare to the Sharks. On top being there at the biggest stage, the Penguins speed is nothing like any other team San Jose has faced during the playoffs thus far. Many weapons the Pens possess in offense can hurt the Sharks if they don’t step it up physically. They’re led by Phil Kessel (18 pts) who has 6 goals in his last 9 playoffs games. It will be Sidney Crosby’s 3rd appearance in the finals.
The Sharks will hope that Marc-Edouard Vlasic shuts continues his tremendous defensive work and shuts down as much of the Penguins’ top forwards. The Pens will definitely have a tougher time penetrating through the Sharks but as the series progress.
San Jose will be making its first ever appearance in a Stanley Cup Finals in franchise history. Only 2 players on their rosters have made it to the finals in their careers. Suprisingly, neither their veterans Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau have had the chance to make it to the cup.
They will rely on their cut throat offense that boasts a whopping average of 3.5 goals a game. 4 of the postseason top 5 scorers are Sharks players and their top 2 lines are nearly impossible to contain consistently.
This will be one of the most compelling and interesting Stanley Cup finals in recent years and we hope you’re as excited as we are for this series. Don’t forget to sign up for free and BANK BIG this Stanley Cup with our Cross Sports and NHL Contests.
Top MLB Fantasy Baseball Performers
May 17th 2016
With all the fuss and talk around the league following the legendary Texas vs Blue Jays brawl, Tuesday’s lineup seems pretty full with all 30 teams with the earliest game at 6:10 PM featuring the Ohio rivalry when Cincinnati Reds meet the Cleveland Indians. This should give you enough time to do your homework after checking out the Top MLB Fantasy Baseball Performers of the last games and dominate your lineup (click to join). The most interesting matchup will clearly be the one at 8:15PM featuring the currently red hot Boston Red Sox visiting the inconsistent Kansas City Royals. The Royals have had the best of Rick Porcello (6-1, 3.11) his last 3 starts against them posting a 7.20 ERA against the Royals but Boston’s offense has been out of this world and lead the majors in batting average by far (.298), 20 pts ahead of 2nd place Colorado (.278).
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Fantasy NBA Playoffs
Western Conference Finals Preview
With many fans in the basketball world questioning Golden State Warriors’ title defense without their MVP Stephen Curry full form. However, most of these doubts have been put aside following their commanding route of the Trail Blazers last week in Curry’s heroic 40 pts comeback performance. But one of the main questions all year long was clearly on the capability of San Antonio or OKC’s depth to take on the Warriors in postseason. With the Thunder disposing of the Spurs, all those questions will be answered within the next 2 weeks. This Fantasy NBA Playoffs preview of the Western Conference finals is brought to you by FanPicks. Come play Fantasy Basketball during the NBA playoffs with tons of prizes up for grabs.
This will be only the 3rd time that OKC and Warriors meet in the playoffs but never in recent years. But this series is special and you could see it when both teams played back in February 27th in a game that can be referred as the game of the year.
The stakes are completely different now with the Thunder hungrier than ever and the Warriors absolutely wanting to defend their title after a record winning regular season.
Oklahoma has been showing some signs of growth and confidence that we haven’t seen since their 2011-2012 road to the finals before losing to the Heat. This is actually their 4th trip in 6 years to the Conference finals but only made it out to the finals that year.
Golden State swept the Thunder this season 3-0 and with a healthy Curry, it will be extremely difficult for them to upset the defending champions.
With all the last 3 MVPs and NBA scoring champions featuring in this series, all eyes will be set on them to outperform one another. The only difference is that this time, compare to the prior matchups, the Thunder will be having consistent help from Enes Kanter and Steven Adams. Their help in offensive rebounding and solid front court play gave them an edge on the Spurs.
With both of those players playing together 5 minutes against 66 during the semi finals, look out for them to put up some awesome Fantasy points on the board.
Of course the Warriors have Draymond Green and Klay Thompson that could do damage offensively from almost anywhere with Curry’s play making. Andre Iguodala will be a huge defensive piece of the defense puzzle to slow down Durant who averages 36.3 pts against Western Conference opponets.
MLB Fantasy Baseball Picks Top 20 Performers
May 13th 2016
There is no Friday the 13th curse at FanPicks (click to play) , We’ve got all 16 fantasy baseball matchups set-up in the lobby various contest. Start your MLB fantasy baseball picks early, as it starts at 2:20pm ET with the Pittsburgh Pirates visiting the Chicago Cubs. After winning eight straight game, which all started with a sweep of the Bucs, the Cubs dropped two. The best team in MLB this season will try to steer back into the right direction putting 4-0, 1.85 ERA pitcher Jason Hammel on the mound. Pittsburgh will counter with Francisco Liriano. The mismatch game for today is between the Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees. Leagues win leader, White Sox Chris Sale (7-0, 1.79 ERA), faces-off against underwhelming Yankees pitcher Luis Severino (0-5, 6.12 ERA). All 30 teams will be in action on the eve of the weekend.
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|Melvin Upton Jr||OF||SD||@MIL||35.5||21.7||14||8.2|
MLB Fantasy Baseball Picks Notables
- Chris Sale is the first White Sox pitcher to win each of his first seven starts since Jon Garland captured his first eight in 2005.
- Tigers starter Justin Verlander is 7-0, with a 2.84 ERA in eight career starts at Camden Yards. He’s also posted 43 strikeouts.
Fantasy Basketball MVP
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry became the first unanimous NBA fantasy basketball MVP (Most Valuable Player) on Tuesday, winning the prestigious award for a second straight season. Join FanPicks and play fantasy basketball for cash and prizes!! Click to join
Curry swept all 131 first-place votes, consisting of the 130 from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters and one from the Kia MVP fan vote. San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard turned second in the voting, followed by Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James.
A news conference announcing the award is scheduled for 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday in Oakland, California. The Warriors came back there after Monday’s Game 4 win in Portland, where Curry had accumulated 40 points, with 17 coming in overtime.
Curry was an overwhelming favorite to repeat as the league MVP since the Warriors’ record-setting 24-0 start to the season, breaking the previous record for best start to a season by nine wins. They’ve finished the season with a 73-9 mark that eclipsed the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ 72-10 record, as the most victorious single-season in NBA history.
Shaquille O’Neal and LeBron James both fell one vote shy of unanimous selection in 2000 and 2013, respectively. Curry joins Tom Brady (2010 NFL MVP) and Wayne Gretzky (1982 Hart Trophy winner) as the only unanimous MVP’s in their respective leagues. There have been 17 unanimous MVPs in MLB history, the latest being Bryce Harper as the NL MVP last season.
Curry is the first player in NBA history, at any position, to average 30 points per game in less than 35 minutes per game over a full season. He also shattered his own single-season record for 3-pointers made with 402. His previous record was 286 last year. The “Golden Boy” joins Steve Nash and his coach, Steve Kerr, as the only players in league history to shoot at least 50 percent from the floor, 45 percent from 3-point range and 90 percent from the line in a single-season.
The 28-year-old is the 11th player to win back-to-back fantasy basketball MVP awards in the NBA’s 70-years existence. James was the last to achieve this feat in 2012 and 2013.
MLB Fantasy Baseball Draft Picks
Top 20 Performers
It’s a full lineup of big leagues baseball on Tuesday, as all 30 teams will be in action. It all starts at 7pm ET with the World Series champion Kansas City Royals and the Bronx Bombers. There is a 60% possibility of rain in Cincinnati, so the Pirates versus the Reds is a risky game to get delayed. The leagues best Chicago Cubs are aiming for an eight straight victory. They will face the underwhelming San Diego Padres at home. Ace Jon Lester will be the starter for the Cubs. The Blue Jays and Giants will close out the evening of play. They both hold an even record of 17 wins and 17 losses. 4-0 J.A. Happ will take the mound for the Canadian team, while 0-4 Matt Cain will attempt to earn his first win since July 22nd 2015. Here is Tuesday’s FanPicks (click to join) MLB fantasy baseball draft picks top 20.
|Player||Pos||Team||Opp||Last Game FP||Two Game Avg FP||Four Game Avg FP||Ten Game Avg FP|
|Jackie Bradley Jr||OF||BOS||OAK||44.5||24.3||20.3||16.1|
MLB Fantasy Baseball Draft Picks DFS Notables
- O’s third baseman Manny Machado ranks second in the American League batting average with .350. He was named the A.L. Player of the month for April.
- White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier hit two homers on Monday and now stands second in the American League in home runs with 10.
- Tigers Victor Martinez is expected to return to the lineup, meaning either American League batting leader Nick Castellanos or Miguel Cabrera will rest.
- Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer is 3-0 with a 0.90 ERA in three career starts against Houston.
- With a leadoff walk in the fourth Monday, D-Backs Paul Goldschmidt extended his on-base streak against the Rockies to 42 games.
Fantasy Playoffs Basketball Preview
Pacers vs Raptors Game 7
In this must win highly anticipated matchup between the Indiana Pacers and the Toronto Raptors, a lot of emotions will be running in both camps at the Air Canada Center. This Fantasy Playoffs Basketball Preview is brought you by FanPicks. Come PLAY in our Daily Fantasy Basketball contests and get a free chance to win $1 Million dollars!
The Raptors have been disappointing this 1st round of playoffs and come in this game pumped, hoping to snap their first round series losing streak. They’re on verge of getting knocked out for the 4th straight time in the first round of NBA playoffs basketball, and it would be such of shame after this record winning regular season and talented squad’s efforts. Unfortunately for the Raptors, their two top players DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry are struggling at the worst potential time. Even though they’ve received some extra surprising efforts from Bismack Biyombo who’s 8 or more boards per game in 4 straight contests could help their resurgence. Defense has been a key indicator in every wins in this series, as the winning team has always scored at least 100 Pts. The Raptors are favorite in this one statically speaking and on paper, however we’ve seen them have ridiculous issues in previous Game 7 matchups.
Indiana has really surprised everyone and rocked the odds in this series. They took care of business on home court and have been playing exceptionally well in defense. A matter fact, they were able to hold Toronto to only 37% shooting from the field and a mere 39 pts in last game’s 2nd half. All of their starters were in double digit scoring figures in their win. Paul George’s playoff comeback has been very effective and his peers Monta Ellis, Myles Turner and George Hill have all stepped up in their nothing to lose approach to the game.
Stephen Curry Injury Update
With the news that Stephen Curry has a sprained MCL and will be reevaluated in two weeks, this will likely shake up many predictions, assumptions and outcome of this year’s NBA Playoffs. Our writers at FanPicks put this article together to have more insights and implications on the Stephen Curry Injury Update situation.
Earlier today, the news broke out after Stephen Curry’s MRI that he would be unavailable for the next 2 weeks on the court. This is not a small story. Actually, it’s quite a shocker while Warriors’ fans and many NBA playoffs viewers would’ve loved to see him go 100% as the Warriors continue their march towards history.
Curry the league’s current MVP and best player is a victim of those ill-timed injuries that other top players like Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Garnett, Kyrie Irving and dozens of other huge names whose injuries clearly titled championship odds of their teams.
If this injury is prolonged, he will likely be less than a 100% on his return and facing teams like the Thunder or the Spurs will put their championship odds in serious jeopardy.
Many people may blame their physical fatigue in their quest to 73 regular season wins but in other circumstances, good for them and good call from Steve Kerr to rest his players for the playoffs like Gregg Popovich.
In this situation, sadly, injury prevention was actually not able to play a factor in this scary slip. A matter fact, it was surprising how so many people around the league, fans and his own players obviously, worried about Curry’s health.
No one wanted and wished to see this but this is what high level competition is about. The adversity and relentlessness of the Warriors will be tested from now on and Draymond Green will have to carry the team with some help from Klay Thompson and the solid Warriors’ core.
NBA Fantasy Preview
Golden State Warriors vs Memphis Grizzlies
Steve Kerr’s Golden State Warriors are still on pursuit of making history as they visit the Memphis Grizzlies Saturday night, trying to seize this once in a lifetime chance to set the record of 73 wins in a season. This NBA 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!i
The Grizzlies just put an end to a 6 game losing streak earlier this week. Unfortunately for them, they went right back to their losing ways last night in their road loss to the Dallas Mavericks, 103-93. They were led by Tony Allen who finished on a 25 pts, 7 boards and 3 steals performance. Big man Zach Randolph added 13 pts with 6 rebounds shooting only 6 of 20 from the field however. Matt Barnes and Jordan Farmer both finished with 11 pts apiece. The Grizzlies should really be careful as they may lose their 5th place in the Western Conference to the Portland Trail Blazers. Even if this game is a tough one, they have to win the last 2 to secure their position. This should be a high scoring game with the Warriors as double digit favorites.
The Warriors continue their quest for 73 wins, despite going 2-2 in their last four match-ups, and spent Thursday night handling the visiting San Antonio Spurs, 112-101. Having lost only two games at Oracle Arena all season, the team was led in scoring by Stephen Curry, who had 27 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists, going 11 of 19 from the field and 3 of 7 from three-point range. Harrison Barnes recorded 21 points and 8 boards, shooting 3 of 7 from beyond the arc, while Draymond Green finished the night with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists, forcing 4 turnovers along the way. Green has started in all but one game for Golden State this season, 13.9 points, 9.6 rebounds and 7.5 assists. The Warriors will see out their season as the number one rated offense in the NBA, dropping an average of 115.2 points on opponents. If the team is going to break the Bulls’ 1995-96 wins record, they will have to get past the Spurs in San Antonio on Sunday night, who are undefeated at home.
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MLB Baseball Fantasy Preview
New York Mets vs Kansas City Royals
It’s that time of the year where the highly anticipated MLB season will freshly begin. The New York Mets will be travelling to Kauffman Stadium where they will face the defending MLB Champions, Kansas City Royals. FanPicks is proud to bring you this MLB Baseball Fantasy preview. Come play in our MLB Grand Slam Contest where you can win up to a $1 million this week at FanPicks.
Edinson Volquez will be the starter for the Royals as they defend World Series championship at the expense of the same New York Mets.
He had a 13-9 record with a 3.55 ERA the past campaign. During the World Series, he actually started the first game and in Game 5 against the Mets. He didn’t earn the wins as the bullpen of the Royals really helped. He was 8-4 on home starts with a .348 ERA.
Greg Holland’s loss as a reliever to the Royals will be compensated by the addition of Joakim Soria. Soria had 24 saves with a 2.53 ERA for the Pirates last year.
Speaking of the Royals’ relievers, the unit is minus Greg Holland, who is now a free agent. That said, the addition of Joakim Soria should soften the blow of Holland’s loss. Soria had 24 saves and a 2.53 ERA for Pittsburgh last season.
Kansas City will be hoping that their offense remains productive on offense. They may lack in power but for some reason, they’ve been mastering in putting the balls in play. They showed it especially against the Mets during the World Series. They were 2nd last in The AL with only 139 runs but 2nd in the major for batting average with runners in scoring position explaining their success.
Matt Harvey will be the starter for the New York Mets this Opening Day.
The Mets have questionably the best rotation in the MLB. Harvey was 13-8 with a 2.71 ERA last season. He made 4 playoffs appearance last year and went 2-0 with a 3.04 ERA. Harvey has a 5-5 record on 12 road starts last year with a 3.42 ERA.
For their offensive weapons, the Mets can count on the bats of Yoenis Cespedes, David Wright and Curtis Granderson. Cespedes arrived during the middle of the season in New York after a trade and literally transformed the Mets’ offense into a feared one. His 17 home runs in 57 games were quite impressive. He was very calm in the World Series going 3 for 17 only.
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Sacramento Kings vs New York Knicks
Fantasy NBA Basketball Preview
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.
Maryland Terrapins at Michigan State Spartans
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#11 Michigan State will be facing a tough matchup as #7 Maryland come in town and hope to snap a 3 game losing streak in their first meeting of the season. The Terrapins currently have the best record in the Big Ten Conference sitting behind Indiana and Iowa in the conference. The Spartans are the odd favorites to win (line: -4.5). Play the most exciting daily fantasy NCAA Basketball contest, including the newest Point Spread and $10K Grand Action contests only at Fanpicks the premiere daily fantasy sports site.
Diamond Stone, Maryland’s Center will try to keep his for having been in double figures scoring the past 11 games and shooting 59.9% from the field.
Spartans’ guard Denzel Valentine has a team high average of 18.6 pts, 6.6 assists with 7.6 boards per game.
The Spartans will need a revival from their guard Bryn Forbes, who averages 13.5 pts per game this season but has only put 15 pts in the past 3 games.
The Terrapins have been shooting 51% for the field and holding their opponents to only 40.7% shooting.
Spartans dominate on the rebounds with an average of 42.4 boards per game while holding their opponents to only 30.2 . They also allow 63.2 pts per game while the Terrapins allow 63.6 pts per game.
The Terrapins will rely on Guard Melo Trimble who averages 13.9 pts per game even though 5 of their players average at least 10.4 pts per game.
Maryland has won both regular season matchups last years