LA Clippers vs Phoenix Suns – 4/14/15 NBA Fantasy Sports, Basketball Picks, Odds & Predictions

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The NBA regular season is winding down and TNT will televise a doubleheader from the pro basketball hardwood. We will focus on Game 2 on Tuesday April 14th with best fantasy player picks from the game involving the LA Clippers on the road to the Phoenix Suns at 10:30PM Eastern Time.

This will be the final regular season game for both teams. The LA Clippers are trying to gain home court advantage in the first and second round of the playoffs as they sit tied with San Antonio and Houston for that precious number two seed. The Clippers are on a back to back in this spot after hosting the Denver Nuggets on Monday night. As they took the court to face Denver the Clips have won five straight and nine of their past ten games. The Clippers are the number two scoring and shooting team in the NBA by averaging 106 points and 47.3% shooting per game.

The Phoenix Suns have been eliminated from playoff considerate as they play the Clippers with a record of 39-42. The team did not recover emotionally from the trade of both productive guards in Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas. The Suns have lost four straight and nine of their past ten games as they reach 100 points in just two of their past ten games. Phoenix is 26th in the NBA in scoring defense by allowing 103 points per game. Their lack of size makes the Suns vulnerable to teams with size in the paint that has players who can score around the bucket. As expected following the trade the Suns have been inconsistent for NBA fantasy draft managers.

Phoenix Suns Point Guard: Eric Bledsoe has played in 80 of the 81 Suns games. He played 41 minutes on Sunday at San Antonio as the Suns point guard produced 20 points and ten assists. He will be rested having last played Sunday and will have a day off between each of his past three games. Bledsoe without the added depth of Dragic and Thomas in the backcourt has seen his production well below seasonal averages in back to back spots.

Phoenix Suns Shooting Guard: With the injury to Brandon Knight it is Gerald Green seeing increased minutes. He poured in 23 minutes and grabbed four rebounds in 26 minutes of play at San Antonio on Sunday. In three games against the LA Clippers this season Green has averaged nearly 16 points and dished 2 ½ assists per game.

Phoenix Suns Power Forward: Markieff Morris has played in all 81 games for the Suns this season He has averaged 14 points and 7 rebounds per game over his past three games. Markieff Morris has been well below seasonal averages in both scoring and rebuilding against the size of the Clippers in the paint.

Phoenix Suns Small Forward: P.J. Tucker has gotten minutes but hasn’t underperformed. Tucker over his past five games has averaged 32 minutes but is hitting only 32% from the field and averaging just eight points a game because of his inaccuracy.

Phoenix Suns Center: Alex Len has a broken nose and is listed as out for the rest of the year.

LA Clippers Point Guard: Chris Paul saw 37 minutes in their win against Denver on Monday night. He was productive with 17 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. This is a big game seed wise for the Clippers as the have a shot of earning a two seed in the west with a win in this game. Over his past five games Paul is shooting 50% from the field and 46% from the three point line while averaging 11 ½ assists.

LA Clippers Shooting Guard: J.J. Redick continued his productive ways in their win on Monday. Redick had 20 points as the hit on 3 of 5 from three. Redick has averaged 20 points per game over his past five games but grabs very little rebounds and dishes very few assists.

LA Clippers Power Forward: Blake Griffin logged in 40 minutes as the Clippers had trouble separating from the Denver Nuggets until the final minutes of their game on Monday. Griffin had 22 points with nine rebounds and eight assists in the win. The Suns lack size around the bucket so Griffin could produce better than season averages in this spot.

LA Clippers Small Forward: Matt Barnes is in the starting lineup on account of his defensive skills. But with given the chance he will produce offensively. After back to back single digit scoring games Barnes had 11 points on Monday in the win.

LA Clippers Center: DeAndre Jordan had a monster rebounding game on Monday as he pulled down 21 boards. Against an undersized Suns team Jordan could have a big game on Tuesday.

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PG: Chris Paul (Clippers)
SG: J.J. Redick (Clippers)
PF: Blake Griffin (Clippers)
SF: P.J. Tucker (Suns)
C: DeAndre Jordan (Clippers)

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New York Yankees vs Boston Red Sox- 4/10/15 MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions

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Sunday Night Baseball on April 12th will conclude a three game series between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. They begin play at 8PM Eastern Time televised by ESPN TV from historic Yankees Stadium. We will take a look at his matchup from a MLB Fantasy draft perspective for real money leagues.

The Red Sox are off to a 4-1 start to the regular season. Much was made by the team’s aggressiveness during the free agent period as the team acquired some pop to the hitting lineup with the additions of Pablo Sandoval and Handley Ramirez. The Red Sox rank third in all of baseball in scoring offense as the team pushes across six runs per game. Of the five games played this season the Red Sox starters have thrown four quality starts. After taking two of three against the Philadelphia Phillies the Red Sox have won the first two games of this series scoring a total of 14 runs in the two contests.

The New York Yankees are off to a cold start with a mark of 1-4 on the campaign. The sad part about this record is the fact the Yanks has played all five games at home. New York has been cold at the plate as they hit just .193 ranking 28th and third last in all of baseball. Many pundits felt that the Yankees lacked offensive punch for MLB Fantasy mock draft managers to utilize in their daily cash leagues. The Yankees have just one quality start from their rotation through five games ranking second to last in the league. The team was hit with a barrage of injuries to their starters in 2014.

Boston Red Sox Starting Pitcher: Tonight’s starter Clay Buchholz had an impressive start to his 2015 campaign. He was the opening day starter and Buchholz delivered with a victory as he allowed no runs and three hits in seven innings pitched in victory at Philadelphia. Buchholz is facing a Yankees team that is not hitting very well.

Boston Red Sox Shortstop: Xander Bogaerts will carry a four game win streak into this contest. He has gone 9 of 20 in his past four games with includes two multi-hit games in that span. He leads his club in batting at .391 in this young season.

Boston Red Sox LF: Hanley Ramirez is coming off a day off after the 19 inning marathon on Saturday. Ramirez is fragile as he has battled injury issues that past few seasons so that explains his positional change to left field. Ramirez in his four games has three multiple hit games and is batting .318 with two homers and five RBI’s this season.

Boston Red Sox 3B: So far the two big bats have come through for the Red Sox. Third basemen Pablo Sandoval is 5-14 over his past two games with two RBI’s he has crushed Yankees pitching in this series.

Boston Red Sox DH: Big Papi David Ortiz is slow out of the gates as the 18-year veteran is hitting .150 in 20 at bats with a home and RBI. After a two hit night on Friday Ortiz went 0-5 on Saturday.

Boston Red Sox C: Mike Napoli is 0 for 2015 as he began the 2015 campaign going 0-17. Napoli is a career 3 of 6 against Tanaka with a double and two home runs.

New York Yankees Starting Pitcher: Masahiro Tanaka gets the start for NY on Sunday Night Baseball. It was not an impressive start for Tanaka in the opener of 2015 as he gets tagged for the loss against the Toronto Blue Jays. His stat line read four innings pitched and four runs allowed on five hits in two walks in defeat. Tanaka was sidelined with elbow problems last year and appeared to be holding back a little on the mound in the opener with his velocity down from last year.

New York Yankees DH: Alex Rodriguez is the Yankees leading hitter with a batting average of .278 with a home run and two RBI’s.

New York Yankees CF: Jacoby Ellsbury after a 0-4 start has five hits in his past 16 at bats but all singles with no RBI’s.

New York Yankees 1B: Mark Teixeira has a hit in his past three games and has homered in two straight contests. After the Friday night 19 inning affair Teixeira sat on Saturday and will be freshened for this spot.

New York Yankees Catcher: Chase Headley struggled with the Yankees soon after being traded from San Diego a season ago. Headley has just three hits in his first 22 at bats with a home and two RBI’s.

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P: Clay Buchholz (Red Sox)
DH: Alex Rodriguez (Yankees)
SS: Xander Boegaerts (Red Sox)
LF: Handley Ramirez (Red Sox)
3B: Pablo Sandoval (Red Sox)
C: Jacoby Ellsbury (Yankees)

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LA Clippers vs Memphis Grizzlies- 4/11/15 NBA Fantasy Sports, Basketball Picks, Odds & Predictions

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The NBA regular season will near its completion and there are still a number of games that are important for playoff entry and vital seed position. One of those games will be played on Saturday April 11th as the LA Clippers are at home to the Memphis Grizzlies on NBA TV at 10PM Eastern Time.

The Memphis Grizzlies head into Staples Center with a record of 54-25. The Clippers are 53-26. Each team has just three games left on their regular season. A check of the Western conference playoff seeds and we find the Memphis Grizzlies holding a slim one game lead over the fifth seeded LA Clippers. The Grizzlies are a ½ game ahead of the San Antonio Spurs. The two seed is huge in the Western conference as it will give the team home court advantage in the first two rounds of the playoffs.

The Memphis Grizzlies will be on a back to back after a hard fought one point road win at Utah on Saturday. After a three game losing streak at end of March the Grizzlies have now won four of their past five games. They have been hit with impact injuries to their rotation as starting guard Tony Allen is out for a week with a hamstring injury. Mike Conley has a sprained foot and did not play at Utah on Saturday. Conley is listed as questionable. Should Conley play expect the Clippers to play fast as they are rested to test his sprained foot.

The LA Clippers have had an easy schedule playing bottom feeders from the Western and Eastern conference. As a result the team has won four straight and nine of ten games. The team has been scoring points as they have put up 105 or greater points in ten straight games. They are a relatively healthy team and will play with three days of rest after beating the Lakers on Tuesday night.

Memphis Grizzlies Point Guard: With Mike Conley banged up it will mean more minutes for backup point guard Beno Udrih. The ten year pro played 35 minutes on Friday in the win at Utah and contributed with 20 points and four rebounds. But with a player that has seen limited minutes you have to wonder about Udrih’s production on a back to back spot here.

Memphis Grizzlies Shooting Guard: Courtney Lee had ten shots at the basket on Friday and hit six shots as the finished with 15 points and three assists against Utah. Lee is averaging 11 points per game over his past five games in nearly 32 minutes per game.

Memphis Grizzlies Power Forward: The Grizzlies big men have always given the Clippers problems. Randolph has scored and rebounding in double digits his past two games. He averaged four assists in those two contests against the Jazz and Pelicans.

Memphis Grizzlies Small Forward: Jeff Green has averaged 15 points and four rebounds per game over his past five games. With Tony Allen out Green has seen more minutes on the court.

Memphis Grizzlies Center: Marc Gasol is the team’s leading scorer at 21 points per game. He is pulling down eight rebounds per contest. The six year pro in three games against the Clippers this season and averaged 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists per game.

LA Clippers Point Guard: Chris Paul has put up some impressive numbers down the stretch as he has averaged 23 points and 12 assists per game over his past five games. The key for Paul is that his supporting cast is healthy and when Paul has all his weapons can be NBA fantasy gold for pro basketball draft managers in their daily cash leagues.

LA Clippers Shooting Guard: J.J. Redick is having a great season from three hitting on 44% from beyond the arc. He has had 25 points or greater in three of his past four games. Over his past five games Redick is making 90% of his free throws and 49% from the field.

LA Clippers Power Forward: Blake Griffin has performed well for cash fantasy league managers as he has averaged 24 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists per game over his past five games.

LA Clippers Small Forward: Matt Barnes is defensive minded but if opportunities present themselves he will produce offensively. On Sunday he scored 14 points and grabbed four rebounds against the Lakers.

LA Clippers Center: DeAndre Jordan has played in all 79 games this season. In three games against Memphis this year Jordan has averaged 34 minutes and scored nine points and grabbed 14 rebounds per games.

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PG: Chris Paul (Clippers)
SG: J.J. Redick (Clippers)
PF: Blake Griffin (Clippers)
SF: Jeff Green (Grizzlies)
C: Marc Gasol (Grizzlies)

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Kansas City Royals vs LA Angels- 4/10/15 MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions

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We are now into Series 2 from the Major League Baseball season. MLB Draft managers have a bit of data collected from in season play but the season is still very young and there is tons of money to be made. One of the attractive matchups for Friday April 10th has the LA Angels at home playing the Kansas City Royals. Tune in at 10PM Eastern Time from Anaheim with MLB Network providing the TV broadcast nationally.

The Kansas City Royals were the surprise of Major League Baseball a season ago as they made a World Series appearance and falling short of the crown by losing to 2014 champs the San Francisco Giants. The team opened the season with a three game home stand facing the Chicago White Sox and pulled off the three game series sweep by scoring a total of 21 runs in the three games. That’s an average of 7 runs per game by KC. The Royals pitching staff limited the White Sox to just a single run in two of the three games.

The LA Angels opened up the season on the road to defend their AL West division title from a year ago. They opposed the Seattle Mariners and lost game one by the score of 4-1. The Angels then won the next two games to win their opening series of the season. They got good pitching performances by allowing three runs total in their final two games of the series.

The pitching matchup for Friday will pit KC left hander Jason Vargas a former Angels squaring off with LA left hander Hector Santiago.

Kansas City Pitcher: Jason Vargas completed a successful 2014 campaign with an ERA of 3.71 in 30 starts. In his 14 starts on the road as season ago Vargas had an ERA of just 2.73 in 85 2/3rd innings of work. In his one start at Angels Stadium he allowed one earned run and three hits over 6 1/3rd innings pitched.

Kansas City Royals Shortstop: Alcides Escobar is off to a nice start as he is hitting .500 on the year and hast two doubles on the season He had a three hit game on April 8th against the White Sox.

Kansas City Royals Catcher: 24 year old Salvador Perez began the year with a multiple hit performance in two of his first three games this season. He has a home run and four RBI’s on this round season with no strike outs. Over his career Perez had hit .286.

Kansas City Royals Centerfielder: Lorenzo Cain torched Chicago White Sox pitching in their opening series by going 5-12 with four runs scored and four RBI’s. Cain is a lifetime .280 hitter. The Royals are a free swinging team that is prone to the strikeout.

Kansas City Rightfielder: Alex Rios had two multiple hit games in his first three games this season. His three run homer have on opening day has accounted for his only RBI’s this season. Rios tailed off from home run pace as he clubbed just three for the Royals last season and was also injury prone.

Kansas City Royals First Base: Left hander Eric Hosner is hitting .357 to start the year. The 25 year old had two multiple hit games to start the year and has a home run and four RBI’s. He has a hit in all three games this year. In his youth Hosner has battle consistency issues.

LA Angels Pitcher: Veteran Hector Santiago was casted off by the Chicago White Sox organization. He was just looking to make the Angels in 2014 and really struggled in his first seven games tallying an ERA over 5 runs. The Angels had faith and Santiago was able to turn around and find good form as he was demoted into the bullpen. He earned a starting spot on the Angels with a good summer.

LA Angels Center Field: Mike Trout is hitting .273 to start the year with a home run and two RBI’s. He has hit Vargas as Trout has a batting average of .400 with a home run against him. As good as Trout has been he still strikes out 26% of the time.

LA Angels 2B: The replacement for Howie Kendrick who was traded to the LA Dodgers is 27 year old Johnny Giavotella. He is hitting .444 but all singles and no RBI’s on the season. He had a three hit game on Wednesday.

LA Angels 1B: Albert Pujols is 2 for 11 to start the year. His two hits produced a home run with two RBI’s. He is 35 years old has declined much but will have a lot of RBI opportunities with the talent around him.

 

MLB Mock Draft Manager Picks for Daily Fantasy Leagues:

P: Jason Vargas (KC)
1B: Erick Hosner (KC)
C: Salvador Perez (KC)
SS: Alcides Escobar (KC)
DH: Kendrys Morales (KC)
CF: Mike Trout (Angels)

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Calgary Flames vs LA Kings- 4/9/15 NHL Fantasy Sports, Hockey Picks, Odds & Predictions

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The NHL Western conference playoff race is hot and heavy and the big game tonight for NHL Fantasy Managers to choose for their rosters involves the Calgary Flames hosting the LA Kings at 9PM Eastern Time on NHL Center Ice Package.

The LA Kings are on the outside looking in with just two games remaining. The team sits two points behind Calgary for a playoff spot and trails Winnipeg by three points. With a three period loss the Kings will be eliminated from the playoffs. The Kings have gone deep in the playoffs the last three years with two Stanley Cup wins and one Western conference finals series loss. Hockey is the longest season of the major sports in North America and that three year run may have well took its toll on the players as the team has lacked energy.

The Calgary Flames have won two straight and four of their past five games entering play. The team has been good offensively averaging nearly three goals a game good for fifth best of the 30 NHL teams in the league. A win or overtime loss will clinch a playoff spot for the Flames.

LA Kings Goaltender: Jonathan Quick was a surprise backup in the team’s crucial loss to Edmonton on Tuesday. Head coach Darryl Sutter didn’t want Quick in net in a back to back playing their third game in four nights with tough road tests at Calgary and San Jose to close out the rest of the season. No doubt Quick is in net in this must win for LA. Jonathan Quick has played in 70 games this season and is 35-21 with 13 overtime losses with a goal against average of 2.26. His save percentage of 91.7%. In four games against Calgary he is 1-1 with two losses in overtime and 2.67 goals against average. Quick has played well down the stretch allowing just four goals total over his past three games.

LA Kings Center Icemen: Jeff Carter leads the Kings centers with 28 goals on the season. He has been quiet of late as he is have failed to score a goal in three straight games and four of his past five. He does have three assists in that span. Anze Kopitar has just two points over his past three games.

LA Kings Right Wing: Marian Gaborik had a big game at home to Edmonton last Thursday. Since then he has just one goal and no assists over his past three games. Dustin Williams no points and no assist in three straight games.

LA Kings Left Wing: Dwight Kings has a single point in three of his past four games. Kyle Clifford has seen more ice time since Tanner Pearson went out with an injury. He has not produced a point in three straight games and only one point in four of five. Andy Andreoff has averaged nearly nine minutes a game over his past five contests and has just one assists to show for his efforts.

LA Kings Defensemen: Drew Doughty gets minutes and will provide opportunity for hockey draft managers in One-Day Cash Leagues. In the 4-2 loss to Edmonton Doughty accounted for a goal with an assists. Bad news Doughty was on the ice for the Oilers four goals so Doughty finished with a plus minus of -2 for the game. Jake Muzzin has three points over his past five games with a plus minus of +2 averaging 23 minutes of ice time.

Calgary Flames Goaltender: Jonas Hiller has been in nets for the Flames past five games. He gave up two goals to lowly Arizona on Tuesday in a closer than expected 3-2 victory. On the year Hiller is 15-19 with four overtime losses and a goal against average of 2.39. In three games against the Kings Hiller is 2-1 with a 3.15 goals against average.

Calgary Flames Center Icemen: Sean Monahan has a point in five straight games with a plus minus of +3 in that span averaging 20 minutes of ice time per game. Joe Colborne has just a goal and assist over his past five games averaging 15 minutes of ice time.

Calgary Flames Left Wing: Jiri Hudler leads Calgary with 73 points on the year. He has two goals and five assists over his past five games with a plus minus of +6 in that span.

Calgary Flames Right Wing: David Jones is one to stay away from with a goal and assist over his past five games with a plus minus of -4.

Calgary Flames Defensemen: Dennis Wideman has logged in an average of 27 minutes per game over his past five and has seven points and a plus minus of +4. Mark Giordano has our assists over his past five games with 25 minutes of ice time per game.

 

NHL Fantasy Mock Draft Manager Picks

C: Jeff Carter (Kings) Sean Monahan (Flames)

RW: Marian Gaborik (Kings)

LW: Dwight King (Kings)

D: Drew Doughty (Kings) Dennis Wideman (Flames)

G: Jonathan Quick

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Oklahoma City Thunder vs San Antonio Spurs- 4/7/15 NBA Fantasy Sports, Basketball Picks, Odds & Predictions

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TNT will be televising a nice match up involving the Oklahoma City Thunder at home to the San Antonio Spurs with a start time of 8PM Eastern Time. We will examine NBA mock draft picks from this contest for cash fantasy leagues.

The Spurs are sitting at 51-26 season to date and with just five games remaining in the regular season the team sits in the sixth seed. They sit just one game behind the number three seed Memphis Grizzlies for home court advantage for the first round of the postseason.

Injuries have taken their toll on the Oklahoma City Thunder as the team sits just ½ game ahead of the ninth seeded New Orleans Pelicans for the final playoff spot in the western conference. The Thunder has a record of 42-25 and has five games left while the Pelicans have six games remaining. Missing from the lineup for the Thunder are three important rotational players. Kevin Durant has been loss for the season with foot surgery. Outside shooter Nick Collison will not play with his ankle problem. Defensive stalwart Serge Ibaka has a bum knee that may need surgery.

San Antonio Point Guards: Tony Parker has seen very limited minutes of late. That’s a concern for those NBA mock draft managers. He has averaged 23 minutes of play in his past three games scoring in single digits in every game. It could be possible that Greg Popovich would rather limit his starts minutes instead of catching Memphis for home court in the first round of the playoffs. Backup point guard Cory Joseph had nine points and six rebounds playing 18 minutes in a 15 point home win to Golden St on Sunday.

San Antonio Spurs Shooting Guards: Danny Green has been productive of late with 18 points and six boards against Golden St on Sunday plus a 21 point game at home to Denver on Friday. With Manu Ginobilli banged up expect Green to see extended minutes down the stretch.

San Antonio Spurs Power Forwards: Tim Duncan against the Warriors on Sunday was good to the cash fantasy players on Sunday as he put up 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds in their win against Golden St going 6 of 7 from the floor. He played 24 minutes. Prior to that he had ten points combined against the Nuggets and Magic.

San Antonio Spurs Small Forwards: Marco Belinelli is a career 39% three point shooter. He wasn’t productive against Golden St but averaged 13 points in the wins against Denver and Orlando. Accuracy has been an issue for Belinelli hitting just 11 of 30 in his past three games.

San Antonio Spurs Center: Boris Diaw has scored in double digits in four of his past five games with 4 ½ rebound average in that span. He played 25 minutes in a game against the Thunder this season scoring 19 points and pulling down six rebounds.

Oklahoma City Thunder Point Guard: Russell Westbrook is trying to carry the Oklahoma City Thunder with the injuries to Kevin Durant and the supporting cast. Westbrook is averaging nearly 32 points, nearly 9 assists and 9 rebounds per game over his past five contests. The shooting percentage is bad at 35% but many pro basketball fantasy daily leagues don’t grade on that criteria.

Oklahoma City Thunder Shooting Guards: Dion Waiters is averaging 14 points and three rebounds over his past ten games. He is not strong defensively but his role is clearly defined and that is to pick up the scoring with Durant being done for the season.

Oklahoma City Thunder Power Forwards: With power forwards Serge Ibaka and Nick Collison out it gave an opportunity to Mitch McGary for playing time. He hasn’t produced much for his NBA draft managers with just 3 points and 4 ½ rebounds per outing in his past five games.

Oklahoma City Small Forward: Lance Thomas had 30 minutes on Sunday and contributed with 14 points and nine rebounds in the win on Sunday against Philadelphia. Thomas will see more minutes with small forward Kevin Durant out for the year. He is battling consistency issues with just a seven point per game average over his past five contests.

Oklahoma City Thunder Centers: Enes Kanter was a nice acquisition away from the Utah Jazz. He is a happier player in a more up tempo offense than the slow half-court offense by the Jazz. Over his past ten games Kanter is averaging 32 minutes with production in 21 points and 13 rebounds per game. During that time span Kanter is making nearly 59% of his shots.

 

NBA Fantasy Basketball Draft Picks for One-Day Leagues

PG: Russell Westbrook (Thunder)

SG: Danny Green (Spurs)

PF: Tim Duncan (Spurs)

SF: Lance Thomas (Thunder)

C:  Enes Kanter (Thunder)

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Toronto Blue Jays vs NY Yankees – 4/6/15 MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions

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The Major League Baseball season has its Opening Day Monday for the majority of the teams. On tap for April 6th will be an American League East affair as the Toronto Blue Jays will meet the New York Yankees. They get started from Yankees Stadium at 1PM Eastern Time over ESPN TV.

The New York Yankees were a disappointment a year ago as the team was struck hard with injuries to their starting rotation. Missing significant time were C.C. Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka, Ivan Nova and Michael Pineda. The team will welcome Alex Rodriguez back to the lineup after his season long suspension due to PED use. ARod had a successful spring but production in March is forgotten very quickly when they play for keeps in April.

The Toronto Blue Jays were many pundits pick to win the American League East during the 2014 season. The team finished with an 83-79 record good for third place in the AL East and five games behind Oakland for the final Wildcard spot.

New York Yankees Starting Pitcher: Masahiro Tanaka will get the start for the Yankees. The right hander missed much of the 2014 season with an elbow injury that was nearly serious enough for Tommy John surgery. Some say the surgery is inevitable. Tanaka started 20 games for the Yankees last season and went 13-5 with an ERA of 2.77 in 136 1/3rd innings of work. He had three starts against the Blue Jays a season ago and allowed four earned runs, 16 hits in three starters working a total of 18 1/3rd innings.

New York Yankees 2B: It was a poor year for veteran Stephen Drew. He hits just .162 in 271 at bats with seven homers runs and 26 RBI’s. At home in Yankees Stadium Drew hit just .149 with 25 strikeouts in 87 at bats.

New York Yankees CF: Jacoby Ellsbury was sideline with an oblique injury but is expected to play on Monday. He has had good success hitting Hutchison with a .455 average as he goes 5 of 11 with three RBI’s. He was a .303 hitter at Yankees Stadium as he belted seven homers with 28 RBI”s in 264 at bats.

New York Yankees DH: Alex Rodriguez last saw work in a regular season game for the New York Yankees back in the 2013 campaign. His numbers have gone down and it was a real struggle as he batted .244 in 156 at bats with seven homers and 19 RBI’s. He hit just .111 as a pinch hitter that season.

Toronto Blue Jays Starting Pitcher: It will be 24 year old Drew Hutchison taking the mound for the Blue Jays on Opening Day. He started 32 games for the Blue Jays in 2014 and went 11-13 with an ERA Of 4.48 working 184 2/3rd innings. Hutchinson is prone to the big innings as the hurler has allowed five or more earned runs in nine of his starts last season.

Blue Jays 1B: Edwin Encarnacion has had modest success against the Yankees starter Tanaka as he has four hits in eight at bats. He hit .270 against right handers a season ago with 19 homers and 54 RBI’s.

Blue Jays RF: Power hitter Jose Bautista put up some respectable numbers against right handed hitters with a .270 average with 25 homers and 84 RBI’s. He belted four home runs at and hit .313 at Yankees Stadium a season ago.

Blue Jays C: Veteran Russell Martin joins Toronto after spending the past two seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates. In his time with Pittsburgh the Pirates starting staff began to show improvement. Martin’s place of birth is East York Canada. He hit for average in 2014 as the catcher batted 2.90 with 11 home runs and 67 RBI’s. It was his highest batting average since way back in the 2007 season with the LA Dodgers where he batted .293.

Blue Jays 3B: Josh Donaldson will play his first full season the Toronto Blue Jays after spending his four season in the Major Leagues with the Oakland Athletics. He finished the 2014 campaign hitting 2.55 with 29 home runs and 98 RBI’s.

 

Baseball Mock Draft for One-Day Fantasy Leagues:

 1B: Edwin Encarnacion (Blue Jays)

RF: Jose Bautista (Blue Jays)

C: Russell Martin (Blue Jays)

3B: Josh Donaldson (Blue Jays)

P: Masahiro Tanaka (Yankees)

CF: Jacoby Ellsbury (Yankees)

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Wisconsin Badgers vs Kentucky Wildcats- 4/4/15 NCAA Fantasy Sports, Basketball Picks, Odds & Predictions

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There will be excitement of the Final Four for mock draft managers on Saturday April 4th as the action on the college hardwood is intense as teams get closer to the National Championship. In the late game from Indianapolis Indiana at 8:49PM Eastern Time on TBS TV will feature the undefeated Kentucky Wildcats locking horns with the Wisconsin Badgers.  The winner of this game moves to the National Championship game on Monday to face the winner of Duke and Michigan St.

Kentucky opened up the NCAA Tournament with three blowout wins. They were challenged in an Elite 8 matchup on Saturday as they pulled out a two point win against Notre Dame 68-66. The biggest margins of victory and point total for Kentucky has come when they have more than one day to prepare for an opponent. In the NCAA Tournament in those spots the Wildcats have averaged 78 ½ points per game compared to the 66 points scored when playing with only one day of rest.

Wisconsin Badgers had a difficult voyage to the Final Four once they got past Coastal Carolina in the second round. The Badgers faced Oregon, North Carolina and Arizona winning by five points or greater in each game. What was impressed by the Badgers victories against those three teams was the amount of offense generated as the team averaged 78 points in those victories. Against a very good defensive team in Arizona, Wisconsin was able to scored 85 points as they shot 55% from the field and over 66% from the three point line to the delight of college basketball fantasy participants.

Kentucky Wildcats Guards: The Wildcats are filled with depth up and down their lineup. The most averaged time on the court for any one player is the 25.7 minutes per game average for sophomore guard Aaron Harrison. Harrison has played two seasons for Kentucky and in 2015 are averaging 11 points and nearly three rebounds per contest. He had a 13 point game against Cincinnati and against West Virginia Harrison poured in 12 points. Freshman guard Devin Booker put up 12 points in a Sweet Sixteen win against Cincinnati and against Notre Dame in the Elite Eight the guard in 27 minutes had ten points.

Kentucky Wildcats Forwards: Karl Anthony Towns has been up and down in the scoring department. He had a monster game in the Elite Eight against Notre Dame by scoring 25 points, pulling down five rebounds and dishing out four assists as he worked 25 minutes. Junior forward Willie Cauley Stein is in his third year with the school. In four NCAA Tournament games Stein has averaged seven rebounds and eight points per game. He can pull up college basketball fantasy points on the defensive end of the court as he has averaged over two blocks a game thus far in the tournament.

Kentucky Wildcats Centers: Seven footl sophomore center Dakari Johnson has seen inconsistent time on the court. He played just eight minutes against Notre Dame and had no points and two rebounds. In the Elite Eight victory Johnson saw 24 minutes of playing time and contributed with 12 points and six rebounds.

Wisconsin Guards: Senior Guard Traevon Jackson has seen limited action during the NCAA Tournament playing nine minutes in the Sweet 16 and seven minutes in the Elite Eight and contributing with very little. Senior guard John Gasser has averaged 38 ½ minutes over his past three games. The point total in those three games was an average of 6 ½ with 3 ½ assists per game. Sophomore guard Bronson Koenig played 33 minutes in the win against Arizona in the Elite Eight and had six points and three assists. We have not seen much production from the Wisconsin guards in this NCAA tournament as their points for college basketball draft managers have come from the forward position.

Wisconsin Forwards: This is the position where college basketball fantasy cash players earn the big bucks from their leagues utilizing Wisconsin players. Frank Kaminsky has seen no less than 38 minutes of playing time over the past three games for the Badgers in the NCAA Tournament. He came up with a big effort in the win against Arizona by scoring 29 points and pulling down six rebounds. The player had eight boards and 19 points hitting a perfect 8 of 8 from the line against North Carolina in the Sweet 16 victory. Junior Sam Dekker has averaged 25 points in the wins against Arizona and North Carolina. In those two games combined the Badgers forward shot 18 of 16. He went 5 of 6 from the three point line in the win against Arizona.

 

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Guards: Aaron Harrison (Kentucky), Devin Booker (Kentucky)

Forwards: Frank Kaminksy (Wisconsin), Sam Dekker (Wisconsin)

Center: Dakari Johnson (Kentucky)

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Portland Trailblazers vs LA Lakers- 4/3/15 NBA Fantasy Sports, Basketball Picks, Odds & Predictions

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ESPN TV will be televising a doubleheader on Friday April 3rd and the late night game features the LA Lakers at home to the Portland Trailblazers from Staples Center with a start time set for 10:30PM Eastern Time. NBA draft tips will follow from each of the five positions available for cash fantasy leagues.

The Portland Trailblazers have a mark of 48-26 on the year. With eight games remaining in the regular season the Trailblazers hold a seven game lead over second place Oklahoma City Thunder. By winning the Northwest Division the Trailblazers are guaranteed no worse than the fourth seed and with that come home court advantage for the first round of the playoffs. The second seed out west is occupied by the Houston Rockets and the Trailblazers are three games behind. Finishing second in the West gives that team home court advantage for the first two rounds of the playoffs.

It has been a very poor season for the LA Lakers as they enter the game with a record of 20-54. At the All Star Break it was apparent that the team would not be competing for a playoff spot. The team than had to turn their attention to protecting their first round pick which would go to the Philadelphia 76ers should the team finished as the sixth best team or better in the league at the end of the regular season. LA has just eight games remaining in the regular season and is currently the fourth worst team in the league. The sixth worst club in the NBA is the Sacramento Kings who have a mark of 26-48. LA is down six games to Sacramento with eight games remaining and if the Lakers can finish behind the Kings then LA will be able to keep their first round draft pick.

Portland Trailblazers Point Guards: Damian Lillard is coming off a very good performance on Wednesday as he scored 18 points and dished 10 assists in a victory against the Clippers. The Lakers are a bad defensive team so Lillard has taken advantage of the deficiency by averaging 29 points and nearly seven rebounds in three games against the Lakers this season to delight of NBA mock draft participants. Lillard shot 57% from the floor in those contests.

Portland Trailblazers Shooting Guards: With Wesley Matthews out for the year with an Achilles’ injury veteran Aaron Afflalo has seen an increase in minutes. Against the Clippers on Wednesday Afflalo had 14 points and five rebounds hitting 6 of 11 shots. He is getting his opportunities for shots as the veteran guards has attempted 11 shots in each of his past three games.

Portland Trailblazers Power Forward: LaMarcus Aldridge is the Trailblazers team leader. He has averaged 25 points per game over his past five games with 8 ½ rebounds. Against the Clippers on Wednesday Aldridge drained 10 of 22 shots for 29 points with six rebounds.

Portland Trailblazers Small Forward: Nicolas Batum is healthy now as he has battled numerous injuries on the year. He has averaged over 30 minutes per game and is coming off a 21 point and four assists game against the Clippers on Wednesday as he made 5 of 7 three pointers. Batum is 12 of 18 from the three point line over his past three games.

Portland Center: Chris Kaman has returned to the lineup after a shoulder sprain. Over his past three games Kamen is putting in about 17 ½ minutes per game with an 11 point and 7 ½ rebounding per game average.

LA Lakers Point Guard: Rookie Jordan Clarkson out of Missouri could be a keeper for Los Angeles into next season. After posting a double double against Philadelphia on Monday Clarkson was about to pour in 18 points and dish out ten assists on Wednesday in a loss to New Orleans.

LA Lakers Shooting Guard: LA loses Wayne Ellington for the rest of the season due to injury. Jabari Brown was signed to a full contract after his ten day contract expired. In five games with the big club Brown is averaging 11 points and two assists.

LA Lakers Power Forward: Rookie Tarik Black has seen an average of 24 minutes per game over his five contests and the Kansas Jayhawks product contributed with 16 points on Wednesday against New Orleans.

LA Lakers Small Forward: Wesley Johnson has fought inconsistencies of late as the veteran has scored in single digits in three of his past five games despite averaging 31 minutes on the court.

LA Lakers Center: Jordan Hill has gobbled up rebounds for LA of late as the former Arizona Wildcat product is averaging 11 boards per game over his past three games.

 

NBA Mock Draft Picks to Play Fantasy Basketball Cash Leagues:

PG: Damian Lillard (Trailblazers)

SG: Arron Afflallo (Trailblazers)

PF: LaMarcus Aldridge (Trailblazers)

SF: Nicolas Batum (Traiblazers)

C:  Jordan Hill (Lakers)

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Phoenix Suns vs Golden State Warriors- 4/2/15 NBA Fantasy Sports, Basketball Picks, Odds & Predictions

NBA Cash Draft PicksThe TNT late night game for fantasy mock draft managers to form a roster from will be a Western conference tilt as the Golden St Warriors are home to the Phoenix Suns. The tip time from Golden St is 10:30PM Eastern Time.

We are now less than two weeks away from the end of the NBA regular season. When setting up an NBA fantasy draft it’s important to track who will play and who will not. The Golden St Warriors have clinched best record in the Western conference with over two weeks remaining in the regular season. Head coach Steve Kerr has addressed the issue about resting his starters. Kerr was once a shooting guard and knows the importance of keeping his team sharp before the playoffs start. Kerr has made it known that he will play his starters. Expect some rest for players on back to back situations on the road. Kerr is smart enough to keep management happy by having his stars play and not sit in front of his home crowd. Look for Kerr to rest starters or limit minutes in road games moving forward.

The Phoenix Suns enters play with a record of 38-37. They have just seven games remaining in the regular season and sit four games behind the Oklahoma City Thunder for the final playoff spot out west. The Suns can ill afford any more losses now as things have gotten desperate. Phoenix in a fight for their playoff lives have lost four straight games entering play so the team could have played their way out of the playoffs this week. Scoring has been a major issue as the team has been held to under 100 points in five straight games.

Phoenix Suns Point Guard: With Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas moved at the trading deadline more was expected from point guard Eric Bledsoe. Some thought he could be among the league leaders in points and assists or at the very least above season averages in both categories. There has been no improvement. Bledsoe is a good point guard but he is far from elite and that’s what NBA fantasy cash league players are trying to project when looking for edges.

Phoenix Suns Shooting Guard: With Marcus Thornton out the Suns have been rotating Archie Goodwin and Gerald Green. Green has seen his minutes greatly reduced in March. The shooting guards for Phoenix right now are one to star away from for NBA draft rosters.

Phoenix Suns Power Forward: Markieff Morris put up some good numbers on Sunday in a big game at home to Oklahoma City where he posted 24 points and seven rebounds hitting 10 of 20 shots in 33 minutes. He has not produced against the Warriors this year by averaging 9 points and 36% shooting in three games played.

Phoenix Suns Small Forward: P.J. Tucker has been up and down for the Suns in recent games. In his last effort against Portland on Monday he contributed with 10 points and nine rebounds. In three games against Golden St this season Tucker has shot just 31% from the floor and averaged five points per game.

Phoenix Suns Center: Suns center Alex Len broke his nose and is expected to miss a week of play after his surgery on Thursday. Power forward Brandon Wright will get the start in Len’s place. Wright has averaged 26 minutes the past ten games and is averaging 8 points and 6 rebounds.

Golden St Warriors Point Guard: With the Warriors locking up the number one seed Curry has saw an average of 33 minutes the past three games. Curry has been good against Phoenix by scoring nearly 30 points and dishing 7 ½ assists per game.

Golden St Warriors Shooting Guard: Klay Thompson is coming off a 25 point and eight rebound performance at the LA Clippers on Tuesday. Thompson’s home road splits are significant as he hits 50% from the floor at home and 42% on the road.

Golden St Warriors Power Forward: David Lee has seen an increase in minutes for an injured Draymond Green. The nine year veteran Lee put up 17 points and seven rebounds in the win at the Clippers on Tuesday.

Golden St Warriors Small Forward: Harrison Barnes has been inconsistent of late. He scored just one point on a 0-7 night from the field against the Clippers on Tuesday and had 3 points in 24 minutes at Memphis on Friday night.

Golden St Warriors Center: Andrew Bogut has been healthy and seeing limited minutes due to past health concerns. Over his past five games Bogut is averaging 5 ½ points. 10 rebounds, a block and 3 ½ assists per game.

 

NBA Fantasy Draft Picks for your One-Day Cash Leagues:

PG: Stephen Curry (Warriors)

SG: Klay Thompson (Warriors)

PF: Markieff Morris (Suns)

SF: P.J. Tucker (Suns)

C: Andrew Bogut (Warriors)

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LA Clippers vs Portland Trailblazers- 4/1/15 NBA Fantasy Sports, Basketball Picks, Odds & Predictions

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The late night bail out game from the NBA for one day fantasy managers to build a roster from will feature the Portland Trailblazers at home facing the LA Clippers with a 10PM Eastern Time start. LA Clippers will be playing on a back to back after getting beaten at home to Golden St on Tuesday night. This game will air over NBA TV.

With two weeks remaining in the regular season there is a big scramble in the Western conference for playoff positioning. The Clippers are looking to improve from the fifth seed as they are chasing Houston who they trail by 1 ½ games. Portland as the likely winner of the Northwest Division is nearly locked to at least the fourth seed in the west.

LA Clippers Point Guards: Chris Paul is coming off a tough night on Tuesday. He had a very good NBA fantasy night with 27 points and nine assists. Paul had to guard Stephen Curry and was taxed chasing the Warriors All Star all around the court. In three games against the Trailblazers this year Paul is averaging 27 points per game and 11 assists. Paul will be assigned to Damian Lillard another young point guard and the 29 year old Paul could be fatigued in this spot so proceed with caution.

LA Clippers Shooting Guards: Jamal Crawford remains sidelined for the Clippers with a calf injury. He is targeted for an April 7th return. With Crawford sidelined shooting guard J.J. Redick has been seeing extended time as he has averaged nearly 34 minutes per game over his past ten contests. After a 27 point effort on Sunday in Boston J.J. cooled down with 14 points on 4 of 12 shooting in the loss to Golden St. Redick could be in for a big game here as he is shooting over 47% from the field and 43% from three on the season. Portland is the tallest team in the NBA and with Paul being taxed defensively last night we could see the LA Point guard distributing the ball a bit more and Redick could be the beneficiary.

LA Clippers Power Forwards: Blake Griffin is coming off a monster game on Tuesday as he scored 40 points and hit 16 of 25 shots in 43 minutes. Griffin saw a lot of minutes which shows that head coach Doc Rivers is serious about getting home court in the first round of the playoffs and that’s good news for those participating in mock drafts for their cash fantasy leagues.

LA Clippers Small Forwards: Matt Barnes is more of a defensive player but when the situation arises will look for offense. He has scored in double digits in four of his past five games. Barnes is connecting on 38% from the three point line this year.

LA Clippers Center: DeAndre Jordan has been a monster on the glass for LA as the big man is averaging 16 ½ rebounds over his past ten games. With Chris Paul in a fatigued spot Jordan could be the recipient of some offensive opportunities tonight from the field or the free throw line.

Portland Trailblazers Point Guard: Lillard is well rested as the team is playing their third straight home game with no game on Tuesday. With Paul guarding Lillard expect the Trailblazers point guard to push a fast pace. This will create several outstanding looks at the basket as well as opportunities for assists and free throws. In three games against the Clippers the Trailblazers starting guard is averaging 15 points and over nine assists. Tonight provides an opportunity for Lillard to exceed his season averages.

Portland Trailblazers Shooting Guards: Fortunately the Trailblazers have depth at the guard position as they are without Wesley Matthews for the remainder of the season. 29 year old veteran Arron Afflalo has averaged 30 minutes over his past ten games. He has averaged over 18 points per game over his past two games and hit a combined 14 of 22 from the field.

Portland Trailblazers Power Forwards: All Star LaMarcus Aldridge continues his solid play even as he is playing through a hand injury that most likely will require surgery at the end of the season. In three games against the Clippers Aldridge is averaging 29 points and ten rebounds per game. He is hitting on nearly 54% from the field over his past ten games.

Portland Trailblazers Small Forwards: Nicolas Batum will play his fourth game since being sidelined with an injury. He has averaged 15 ½ points, 6 assists and 3 ½ rebounds per game over his past two games on this current home stand.

Portland Trailblazers Centers: Chris Kaman will be playing his fourth game since being out for three games due to a sprained shoulder. The Trailblazers big man has averaged 13 points and eight rebounds over his past two games playing an average of just 16 ½ minutes.

 

NBA One Day Mock Draft Picks for your Fantasy Leagues:

PG: Damian Lillard (Trailblazers)

SG: JJ Redick (Clippers)

PF: LaMarcus Aldridge (Trailblazers)

SF: Nicolas Batum (Trailblazers)

C: DeAndre Jordan (Clippers)

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LA Clippers vs Golden State Warriors- 3/31/15 NBA Fantasy Sports, Basketball Picks, Odds & Predictions

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It will be a battle between two Western conference playoff teams over the national television air of TNT as the LA Clippers are home to the Golden St Warriors at 10:30PM Eastern Time on Tuesday March 31st.  These two clubs are among the favorites in NBA fantasy cash leagues.

The NBA regular season is winding down as teams have less than ten games remaining on their regular season which ends on Wednesday April 15th. The Clippers are fighting for home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs as they enter play sitting in the fifth seed out west. Golden St has clinched best record in the west and home court advantage throughout the Western conference playoffs.

Head coach Steve Kerr has commented that he is not in favor of shutting down players down the stretch as it could impact their shooting rhythm. This has to be the delight of mock draft managers. Expect Kerr to rest players on back ends of back to backs down the stretch which the Warriors are not in on Tuesday night. This ends a four game road trip for the Warriors as they are well rested after winning at Milwaukee on Saturday 108-95. LA Clippers return home after a three game east coast trip than ended on Sunday. LA went 3-0 on the trip with blowout wins against the Knicks, 76ers and Celtics where they averaged 116 points per game.

Warriors Point Guards: Stephen Curry has averaged nearly 33 minutes and 32 points the past three games win wins on the road to Milwaukee, Memphis and Portland. He dished out 26 assists in those three games. In three games against the Clippers this season Curry is averaging just 18 points and six assists in an average of 34 minutes on the court.

Warriors Shooting Guards: Klay Thompson saw 34 minutes in the Warriors win at Milwaukee on Saturday as he contributed with 21 points and five boards in a back to back spot. He has hit 24 of 47 on this road trip. Thompson in three games against the Clippers is hitting 50% from the floor.

Clippers Point Guards: Chris Paul like most of the Clippers piled up some great NBA Fantasy points against the likes of the Knicks, 76ers and Celtics. Over his past five games Paul is averaging 22 points and nearly 12 assists. In three games against the Warriors Paul is shooting just 40% and that could be a result of his offensive production suffering due to his work on defense defending Curry.

Clippers Shooting Guards: JJ Redick is coming off a good performance at Boston where he scored 27 points and grabbed down five rebounds in 33 minutes of playing time. He is averaging over 35 minutes a game in March. Jamal Crawford has a calf problem and is targeting an April 7th return date.

Warriors Power Forwards: David Lee has seen limited minutes on this trip as he has logged a total of 38 minutes in three games with 18 points scored. Lee gets the start as Draymond Green has a bad shin. Lee has averaged seven points per game in three games against the Clips.

Warriors Small Forwards: Harrison Barnes with both Curry and Thompson on the court will have limited shot attempts. In his past four games Barnes has just 23 field goal attempts and 36 points.

Clippers Power Forwards: Blake Griffin will most likely be day to day for much of the remainder of the regular season as he returned back to the lineup after an elbow injury. He has played eight games in March and is averaging 17 points and five rebounds per game. He has shot just 38% against Golden St this season. Spencer Hawes has seen limited time now that Griffin is back in the lineup. In his past five games Hawes is averaging just over 15 minutes, four rebounds and four points per game.

Clippers Small Forwards: Matt Barnes was expected to be a defensive minded player but the Clippers veteran has contributed with nearly 13 points and five rebounds per contest over his past five games. He is making 38% from three on the year.

Warriors Centers: If any players from Golden St are to see minutes reduced down the stretch it figures to be Andrew Bogut who is injury prone and it seems he is often lingered with ailments come playoff time. In his past five games Bogut is averaging just over 24 minutes but has averaged 10 rebounds per game.

Clippers Centers: DeAndre Jordan is a major rebounding force for LA. He has averaged over 16 rebounds per game over the team’s past five games. His free throw shooting has been awful but he does get opportunities around the bucket for slam dunks and put backs after offensive rebounds.

 

NBA Fantasy Roster Picks for your One-Day Leagues:

PG: Stephen Curry (Warriors)

SG: JJ Redick (Clippers)

PF: Blake Griffin (Clippers)

SF: Harrison Barnes (Warriors)

C: DeAndre Jordan (Clippers)

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Portland Trailblazers vs  Phoenix Suns- 3/30/15 NBA Fantasy Sports, Basketball Picks, Odds & Predictions

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The bail out game for daily fantasy sports managers will be nationally televised by NBA TV as the Portland Trailblazers will host the Phoenix Suns at 10PM Eastern Time.

Portland has ten remaining games left this regular season while the Phoenix Suns will be playing their 74th game of the year meaning there are just eight games remaining. This game has important meaning for both teams as the Trailblazers are battling for home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs while the Suns sit four games behind Oklahoma City for the final playoff spot.

The Suns are on a back to back and will be playing their third game in four nights. They suffered a back breaking loss to Oklahoma City on Sunday. The significance of that loss was the fact that the Suns are chasing the Thunder for the final playoff berth and it knocked Phoenix four games back of OKC with only eight games remaining. We will take a look at some picks for NBA mock drafts in One Day Fantasy Leagues.

Phoenix Point Guards: Eric Bledsoe is coming off a 39 minute game on Sunday where he produced 15 points and seven assists. He committed a high six turnovers. Friday night Bledsoe saw 38 minutes against the Trailblazers at home where he scored 13 points and dished seven assists in an 87-81 home loss to the Trailblazers. Bledsoe’s production has gone downward since playing his third game in four nights at home to Dallas on March 22nd. The concern is that Bledsoe could be wearing down with Dragic and Isaiah Thomas being dealt at the trading deadline.

Phoenix Shooting Guards: Gerald Green has only played in five of the teams past ten games and averaged over eleven minutes with nearly six points per game average. He played 13 minutes in the team’s home loss to Portland on Friday and scored 12 points and pulled down five rebounds.

Trailblazers Point Guards: Point guard Damian Lillard is coming off two down performances scoring eight points on Saturday home to Denver and scoring 11 points and dishing just four assists against Phoenix on Friday.

Trailblazers Shooting Guards: With the injury to Wesley Matthews veteran shooting guard Arron Afflalo is seeing major minutes. He is coming off a nice 21 point and five rebound performance Saturday at home to Denver.

Suns Power Forwards: Power forward Marcus Morris has seen increased production by averaging 17 points per game over his past three games. Morris poured in 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds at home to Portland on Friday. Markieff Morris is coming off a 24 point game Sunday at home to Oklahoma City. He turned the ball over five times against Portland on Friday.

Suns Small Forwards: P.J. Tucker has been inconsistent. After averaging 4 ½ points per game against Sacramento and Portland Tucker scored 12 points and dished out four assists against OKC on Sunday.

Trailblazers Power Forwards: LaMarcus Aldridge is playing through a hand injury that a few weeks ago required surgery. Aldridge, who is in his contract year opted to play though this injured hand. He has had back to back outstanding performance by averaging 30 points per game and ten rebounds in wins against Denver and Phoenix. He hit 26 of 46 shots in those two games. Aldridge looks to be a play on for fantasy basketball mock drafts as he is trying to better his resume for a max contract once the free agency period begins during the offseason.

Trailblazers Small Forwards: Nicolas Batum was bothered by a bad back which forced him to miss two games last week. He returned averaging 34 ½ minutes in two games. On Saturday Batum scored 15 points and dished out seven assists in the 120-114 win Saturday night at home to Denver. Batum has had success against an undersized Phoenix team as he has averaged 17 points and nearly eight rebounds in the three games these teams met this year.

Suns Centers: Center Alex Len is only producing an average of five points per game over his past ten games. He had a disappointing six points and five rebounds in 30 minutes of play Friday home to Portland.

Trailblazers Centers: Both Robin Lopez and Chris Kaman alternate time at center. With players at the seven foot tall range it makes sense to include two in the rotation as these players have been prone to injuries. Lopez put up 12 points and grabbed ten rebounds against an undersized Suns team on Friday. Kaman has been listed as out with a shoulder injury. Joel Freeland has seen limited time in Kaman’s absence and has been unimpressive for fantasy managers.

 

Best Fantasy Roster Picks for your Cash Real Money Leagues:

PG: Damian Lillard (Trailblazers)

SG: Gerald Green (Suns)

PF: LaMarcus Aldridge (Trailblazers)

SF: Nicolas Batum (Trailblazers)

C: Robin Lopez (Trailblazers)

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