Pictured: Steph Curry and Russell Westbrook

NBA EZ Pick Preview 03/27/19

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Stephen Curry (vs MEM) or Russell Westbrook (vs IND)

Stephen Curry returned from a rest day to score 26 points on Sunday, making five 3-pointers with nine rebounds, three assists and one steal in 35 minutes. The night off Saturday appeared to do him good, as Steph looked sharp after resting for the first time in Golden State’s past 50 games. He came in shooting just 41.6% from the field since the All-Star break, but made 9-of-19 shots tonight and hit a few key buckets to ward off a late challenge from Detroit. He’s cruising along as a top-10 value but owners should be mindful of the Warriors’ two remaining back-to-back sets — it wouldn’t be surprising if Steph got a night or two off in preparation for the playoffs.

Russell Westbrook hit just 6-of-20 shots for 16 points in Monday’s 115-103 loss to the Grizzlies. He dished out seven dimes with five rebounds, one triple and one turnover, but was outplayed by both Delon Wright and Tyler Dorsey. The good news is that he didn’t pick up a technical foul, so he’s still two away from another one-game suspension. With the Thunder sliding down to 8th in the West, OKC won’t have the luxury of resting Westbrook as long as seeding is up for grabs.

LeBron James (vs UTA) or Paul George (vs IND)

LeBron James had 23 points, seven rebounds, 14 assists, a steal and a 3-pointer on 11-of-20 shooting in Tuesday’s 124-106 win over the Wizards. The Lakers are out of the playoffs and play again on Wednesday night against the Jazz, and it would be surprising to see LeBron in uniform for that one. Fantasy owners should plan on being without him Wednesday night. LeBron said after the game that he doesn’t know how many more games he’ll play this season, but that he will go all out when he does play. He also said he considered skipping tonight’s game to go to Chris Bosh’s ceremony in Miami, but decided against it due to the fact the NBA wouldn’t have been pleased.

Paul George will be playing his fourth game against his former team. In two games against Indiana last season, he averaged just 11 points per game, but the Thunder won both. In their only other matchup this season, he scored 36 points in a two-point loss. I think we’ll see “Playoff P” in action, given both the motivation against his former club and the sheer need for the Thunder to get back into the win column.

Damian Lillard (vs CHI) or Bradley Beal (vs PHX)

Damian Lillard didn’t have his best night shooting the basketball, as he was 10-of-30 from the field and 4-of-16 from three, but he finished with 31 points, 12 assists, six rebounds and one steal in a double-overtime win over the Nets. Lillard has scored 30 points or more in four of his last five games, and his average of 28.1 points per game in March is his second-highest for a month this season (29.6 ppg in October). The All-Star point guard is also averaging 8.5 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game this month, and he’ll have even more on his plate offensively as Jusuf Nurkic was lost to a horrific leg injury. Portland is also without CJ McCollum (knee), meaning that the Trail Blazers will look to solidify its playoff seeding without two of the team’s top three scorers.

Bradley Beal hit 10-of-19 shots and two 3-pointers for 32 points, five rebounds, two assists and a block in 37 minutes of Tuesday’s loss to the Lakers. That just about does it for the Wizards playoff hopes and you have to wonder if Beal starts missing occasional games with nothing left to play for. So far there hasn’t been talk about shutting him down, or even missing games, but given his injury history and veteran/star status, it would be surprising if he doesn’t at least get a couple days off the rest of the way.

CJ McCollum (vs CHI) or Klay Thompson (vs MEM)

C.J. McCollum (left knee) will not travel with the Blazers on their upcoming 4-game road trip. After Monday’s home game vs. the Nets, the Blazers will face the Bulls, Hawks, Pistons and Wolves on the road. That rules McCollum out until at least April 4th. Coach Terry Stotts said that McCollum is “progressing well,” but there’s no guarantee he returns before the end of the regular season.

Klay Thompson put up 24 points (10-17 FG, 4-6 3Pt) to go with two rebounds and two assists in 37 minutes Sunday in the Warriors’ 121-114 win over the Pistons. Thompson took part in all five of the Warriors’ league-high five games during the week, contributing averages of 18.4 points (on 42.5 percent shooting from the field), 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.6 triples per contest. With the Warriors holding just a half-game lead over the Nuggets for the top seed in the Western Conference heading into Monday’s action, Thompson and most of Golden State’s key regulars shouldn’t be subject to the frequent late-season rest they have received in past years.

DeMarcus Cousins (vs MEM) or Steven Adams (vs IND)

DeMarcus Cousins (rest) is set to return for Wednesday’s game versus the Grizzlies, Mark Medina of The San Jose Mercury News reports. Cousins was sidelined Sunday against the Pistons for rest purposes, as it was the second half of a back-to-back set. Coach Steve Kerr indicated Tuesday that all Warriors will be active in Memphis, so look for him to resume his usual role with the team.

Steven Adams had two points (1-7 FG), eight rebounds, four steals, and three blocks in 32 minutes during Monday’s 115-103 loss to the Grizzlies. Adams was absolutely awful offensively, only salvaging his stat line thanks to his impressive defensive contributions. He has been held to single digits in scoring in three straight tilts and four of the last five, and Adams will look to get back on track during Wednesday’s matchup versus the Pacers.

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Pictured: Stephen Curry and James Harden
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NBA EZ Pick Preview 03/19/19

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James Harden vs Stephen Curry

James Harden played through a strained neck and hit just 8-of-24 shots, 4-of-12 3-pointers, and didn’t even attempt a free throw to finish with 20 points, two rebounds, 10 assists and a steal in Sunday’s win over Minnesota. The good news is he played and the Rockets have four games this week, but they have a back-to-back on Tuesday and Wednesday at Atlanta and Memphis, and Mike D’Antoni seems to be in “rest guys” mode. It’s quite possible that Harden rests for one of those games, but at this point of the season, you kind of have to go with the guys who got you here. And Harden is definitely one of those guys. Even if he only plays in three games, he should still rack up some ridiculous stats, and he hopefully got his bad game out of his system tonight. He also took a hard fall and was having his neck worked on throughout the night, but the chances of him playing in at least three games this week seem to be good. And in case you’re wondering, outside of All-Star games and the playoffs, the last time he didn’t attempt a free throw in a regular-season game appears to have been Jan. 2 of 2015. Crazy.

Stephen Curry hit 9-of-25 shots during Monday’s loss to the Spurs, finishing with 25 points, seven boards, eight dimes, six triples, three steals, one block and two turnovers in 37 minutes. Curry got off to a slow start in this one, missing his first seven shots, and overall, he just seemed a bit off. He did, however, have a hashtag StephGonSteph moment to close out the first quarter, drilling a 60-footer to beat the buzzer, which accounted for his fourth-career make from beyond 50 feet. Curry has been in a mini-slump over the past five-games, connecting on just 37.5% of his field goal attempts, but the counting stats have remained stellar.

Chris Paul vs Jimmy Butler

Chris Paul returned from a rest and hit 8-of-12 shots, 6-of-7 3-pointers and 3-of-3 free throws on his way to 25 points, seven rebounds, 10 assists, a steal and one 3-pointer in Sunday’s 117-102 win over the Wolves. He dominated, and we mean dominated, Tyus Jones tonight, and is hot heading into a four-game week for his fantasy owners. He was rested on Friday, but looked like a well-rested, well-oiled machine Sunday night. Hopefully Mike D’Antoni isn’t planning on resting him in the upcoming four-game week, but just keep in mind that the Rockets do have a back-to-back on Tuesday and Wednesday against the Hawks and Memphis, both of which are road games. We’re starting Paul in Week 23 where we own him, and his six 3-pointers tied his season high.

Jimmy Butler went 8-of-16 from the field and 9-of-13 from the line on his way to 27 points during Sunday’s win over the Bucks. Butler added six rebounds, three assists, three steals, two turnovers and a surprise two triples over his 34 minutes of floor time, and his defense was instrumental in Philly pulling off the win in Milwaukee.

Ben Simmons vs Kemba Walker

Ben Simmons flirted with a poor man’s triple-double during Sunday’s win over the Bucks, registering eight points, nine rebounds, nine assists and three turnovers in 35 minutes. Simmons got off to a sluggish start, going just 2-of-6 from the field through the first half of action, and he didn’t attempt a single shot through the entirety of the third quarter. Some of that had to do with him taking a backseat to the Joel Embiid show, and some of it had to do with Giannis Antetokounmpo’s suffocating defense, but he should have a more productive outing on Tuesday against the Hornets.

Kemba Walker was held to just 10 points on 4-of-16 shooting during Sunday’s blowout loss to the Heat, adding two triples, four boards, four dimes, one steal and three turnovers in 36 minutes. The Heat did a nice job of taking the ball out of Walker’s hands, blitzing him every time he touches the rock, and he finished the first half of action with just five points on 2-of-8 shooting. It didn’t get much better for him after halftime, and with the Hornets dropping this one they now sit 1.5 games behind the Heat for the No. 8 spot out East. Charlotte has lost 12 of their last 17 games, and have a tough schedule to close out the year, so their postseason hopes are looking pretty grim at the moment.

Draymond Green vs Tobias Harris

Draymond Green racked up 10 points for Golden State on Monday night. The Warriors hve now dropped to 47-22 on the season and are now tied with Denver for top spot in the Western Conference standings.

Tobias Harris finished with 12 points, seven rebounds, four assists, one 3-pointer, one steal and zero turnovers through 34 minutes of floor time against the Bucks on Sunday.

De’Aaron Fox vs Trae Young

Sacramento is fourth in the Western Conference with 25.6 assists per game, led by De’Aaron Fox averaging 7.2.

Trae Young scored 20 points on 9-of-18 in Sunday’s loss to the Magic, adding six rebounds and five assists with just two turnovers. Young went 0-of-5 from distance, but still managed his third straight game of 20 or more points, doing much of his damage on a flurry of mid-range runners. The 20-year-old has shot an impressive 27-of-47 (57.4 percent) from the floor over his last three games.

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Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Warriors

NBA Preview

The Cleveland Cavaliers blamed a lack of practice time for some lackluster performances of late but got two straight days off over the weekend to work out some kinks and prepare for another NBA Finals rematch. The Cavaliers will return to Golden State for the first time since winning Game 7 of the NBA Finals last spring when they visit the Warriors on Monday (Enter contest). This is your FanPicks NBA preview.

Cleveland overcame a 14-point, fourth-quarter deficit on Christmas Day to earn a 109-108 home win over the Warriors in the first regular-season meeting, stretching their winning streak in the rivalry to four straight dating back to Game 5 of the Finals. Cleveland is playing the finale of a six-game road trip and pulled out of a two-game skid with a 120-108 win at Sacramento on Friday. Golden State has been off since knocking off Detroit 127-107 at home on Thursday and is focused on long-term goals.

ABOUT THE CAVALIERS (29-10)

Kyrie Irving knocked down the go-ahead 3-pointer in Game 7 of the Finals last spring and hit the winning jumper with 3.4 seconds left in the Christmas meeting as well. Irving battled a shooting slump in two losses last week. He went a combined 9-of-34 from the field in those two contests. The point guard and started to pick up the pace by pouring in 26 points on 10-of-22 shooting in Sacramento. Irving was able to hoist up that many shots against the Kings because LeBron James decided to show off his skills as a passer while racking up 15 assists. Shooting guard Kyle Korver went 4-of-6 from beyond the arc at Sacramento after going 0-of-5 in his first two games with the team.

ABOUT THE WARRIORS (34-6)

Two-time reigning MVP Stephen Curry struggled to 40.3 percent from the floor in the Finals last spring and did not enjoy any more success at Cleveland on Christmas, when he was limited to 15 points on 4-of-11 shooting. Kevin Durant got his first taste of the rivalry in that Christmas meeting and collected 36 points and 15 rebounds but tripped on his way up the court on the final play and could not get off a shot at the buzzer. Durant scored at least 25 points in each of the last five games and is 8-of-15 from 3-point range in the last three contests. Shooting guard Klay Thompson went 4-of-5 from 3-point range on Thursday after going 4-of-20 in his previous three contests.

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Golden State Warriors vs Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics finally appear to be getting things in order on the defensive end, just in time to welcome the highest-scoring team in the NBA to town. The Celtics will try to earn a fourth win in five games and slow down an offensive juggernaut when they host the Golden State Warriors on Friday (Enter Contest).

Boston surrendered an average of 123 points during a three-game slide but cut that number down to 93.8 in the last four contests, capped by a 90-83 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday. Celtics coach Brad Stevens and All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas were regularly questioning the team’s effort during the losing streak, but that effort appeared on Wednesday in the form of a 53-32 advantage on boards. The Warriors were outrebounded 46-35 on Wednesday at Toronto but erased the deficit by hitting 50.6 percent from the field and burying 13 3-pointers. Golden State is averaging 123.4 points during a five-game winning streak and handed out 30 or more assists in each of the five contests.

ABOUT THE WARRIORS (9-2)

Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry scored 30 or more points in the same game for the first time as teammates in Wednesday’s 127-121 triumph but the best player on the floor may have been Draymond Green. The All-Star forward collected 11 points, seven rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two steals in the win and leads the team in rebounding (9.8), assists (6.9), steals (2.3) and blocks (1.7). The Warriors are the first team since the 1990 Chicago Bulls to hand out 30 or more assists and shoot 50 percent or better from the field in five straight games. Golden State earned a 124-119 double-overtime victory in Boston last season to improve to 24-0 before suffering its first loss the next night in Milwaukee.

ABOUT THE CELTICS (6-5)

Avery Bradley does it all for Boston, and the 6-2 guard grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds on Wednesday. Bradley posted a points-rebounds double-double in three of the last four games. Center Al Horford (concussion) missed the last eight games and there is still no timetable for his return.

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Golden State Warriors vs Toronto Raptors

The Golden State Warriors are starting to mesh with newcomer Kevin Durant and are averaging 122.5 points during their four-game winning streak. Golden State attempts to continue the high-octane performances on Wednesday, when it opens a four-game road trip against the Toronto Raptors (Enter Contest).

The Warriors suffered two 20-point defeats among their first six games but now are clicking better at both ends of the court. Durant is averaging 27.7 points and reigning two-time MVP Stephen Curry 27.2 for a team scoring a league-best 116.4 per game. The Raptors lost to defending NBA champion Cleveland 121-117 on Tuesday, marking the second time this season they fell to the team that ousted them from last season’s Eastern Conference finals. Point guard Kyle Lowry produced 28 points and nine assists in the losing cause.

ABOUT THE WARRIORS (8-2)

Power forward Draymond Green is averaging 10.9 points and was well aware his number of shots would diminish with Durant joining the club. But he isn’t thrilled with perceptions that his level of play has declined and insists any list of the NBA’s top performers should include his name. Shooting guard Klay Thompson scored a season-best 30 points in Sunday’s 133-120 victory over the Phoenix Suns. The Warriors have won the last four meetings against Toronto.

ABOUT THE RAPTORS (7-3)

One night after losing to the defending NBA champs, Toronto plays the runner-up in an odd scheduling quirk. Shooting guard DeMar DeRozan leads the NBA in scoring (33.2) and has recorded 30 or more points in eight of Toronto’s 10 games. He failed to score 30 points for only the second time this season when he was held to 26 on Tuesday. DeRozan has been the main story on the Raptors this season. Small forward DeMarre Carroll (knee) was rested on the front end of the back-to-back set but will play Wednesday.

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Kevin Durant faces old team

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook square off as adversaries for the first time in their NBA careers when Durant’s new team, the Golden State Warriors, host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday (Enter Contest). Durant departed the Thunder as a free agent in the offseason. Reports came in following the move that their relationship was tense. They’ve both haven’t shied away from camera time since, fueling up the rumor. It comes as no surprise that tension will be high when former teammates face off for the first time.

Golden State rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the Western Conference finals to defeat Oklahoma City and then Durant opted to join the Warriors on July 4. Westbrook has led Oklahoma City to a 4-0 start to begin the post-Durant era and he hit the winning jumper in Wednesday’s 85-83 road victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

ABOUT THE THUNDER (4-0)

Westbrook signed a three-year, $85 million extension after Durant’s departure and he has embraced the opportunity to finally be viewed as the face of a franchise. He had 35 points in the victory over the Clippers and is averaging 37.8 points, 10.5 rebounds and 10 assists. Offseason acquisition Victor Oladipo was 3-of-11 shooting against the Clippers and is shooting just 32.8 percent from the field.

ABOUT THE WARRIORS (3-1)

Durant is averaging 28.5 points and shooting 57.4 percent from the floor through four games with his new team. The meeting with the Thunder should boost Durant to even better numbers after Thursday. Point guard Stephen Curry has 28 points in Tuesday’s 127-104 trouncing of Portland and is averaging 26.3 points. The Warriors won all three regular-season meetings last season. They’ve already lost one game this season to the San Antonio Spurs and could be on the brink of losing a second one in their 5th game of the season. It’s something that hasn’t happen until the Warriors 31th season game, last year.

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Fantasy NBA Basketball Playoffs Game 7 Preview

Well this is it. The ultimate and last game of the 2015-2016 in the best possible win or go home scenario any NBA fans could imagine. This Fantasy NBA Basketball Playoffs Game 7 Preview is brought you by FanPicks where you can participate in the only available Fantasy Cross Sports contests. Will the Cavs go for a 3rd win in a row in the tough Oracle arena this Sunday or it
The suspense and intensity nearing this matchup couldn’t get any higher. Will the Golden State Warriors find a way to end the Cavaliers momentum and scare of being the first team in NBA Finals history to bust a 3-1 advantage? Or will the Cavaliers be able to make an historic comeback and shut down many critics by winning its first ever title?

The pressure is immense for both teams but a defeat, despite having an exceptional record breaking season for the Golden State Warriors will be a dagger in their heart.

On another note, this is the closest Cleveland fans have come to a championship in 52 years. The city championship drought in all sports can come to an end of the Cavaliers keep the same momentum they’ve had the past 2 games.

The Warriors however have been on the brink of winning a back to back championship for 2 games in a row and the pressure in not becoming the team who blew a 3-1 lead in NBA Finals after exceeding expectations all year long.

This will be none other than a classic matchup between the 2 NBA super stardoms, Lebron James and Stephen Curry. The past 2 games have been very different from the previous 3, with shots not falling for the defending champs at the same rate as the regular season and most of the postseason.

All Warriors have expressed the extreme disappointment they’d feel if they were unable to as champs, so look for them to come out focus and flying today.

Despite Curry putting 30 pts in Game 6, James poured in 41 pts for the 2nd straight contest. This ecstatic performance made Lebron joined the elite group of Jerry West, Michael Jordan, Rick Barry and Shaquille O’Neal as the only players ever to score 40 more points in consecutive games.

However, for the Cavs, the real threat comes not only from the Splash Brothers Curry and Thompson, but dominance from Draymond Green and the bench at times makes it an heavier task to overcome.

The Warriors definitely know all about overcoming a 3-1 deficit after defeating miraculously the Thunder in the Western Finals in 7 games. The composure and output from everyone on the team is critical at this point.
The bench has to perform the same way they did all throughout the season as well as early playoff games to stop the Cavaliers at this rate. With Draymond Green missing game 5 and Andrew Bogut out on a season adversity, Steve Kerr’s squad will have to play like champions to retain their crown and put an end to the Cavaliers’ tenacy and hunger for a win.

 

Look for this game to be a tight game but with the Warriors taking advantage of their depth and home court advantage to finish off a spectacular year.

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NBA Fantasy Basketball Draft Top Picks

NBA Finals Game 6

The NBA Finals resumes Thursday night with Game 6. The Cleveland Cavaliers will fight to stay alive and try to push the Golden State Warriors to an ultimate Game 7. The Cavs staved off elimination Monday winning 112-97 in Golden State. This was the Warriors first home loss during the playoffs and third this entire season. As the momentum shifted in Cleveland’s favor? Don’t say that to the Warriors who looks to repeat the exact same scenario as last year, winning the championship in 6 games at Quickens Loan Arena. The table is set for the NBA fantasy basketball draft tonight, time to play FanPick’s Cross-Sports Grand-Jam (click to play) and select your winning lineup!

Top Draft Picks

Player Pos Team Last Game FP Last 2 Games FP Avg Last 4 Games FP Avg Last 10 Games FP Avg
LeBron James F CLE 58.5 47.2 42.5 39
Kyrie Irving G CLE 41.5 37.5 30.2 28.2
Stephen Curry G GSW 31 29.2 26.3 29.4
Klay Thompson G GSW 30.5 21.8 20.4 22.7
Andre Iguodala F CLE 28.5 20.3 19.7 17.1
Draymond Green F GSW 25 25.8 26.8 24.8
Tristan Thompson C CLE 21.5 20.5 18.7 15.3
Harrison Barnes F GSW 12 19.5 16.4 13.9
Shaun Livingston G GSW 11.5 11 13.5 10.3
JR Smith G CLE 10.5 15 11.9 13.3
Richard Jefferson F CLE 8.5 11.3 10.5 9.6
Iman Shumpert G CLE 6.5 5.3 4.4 5
Festus Ezeli C GSW 5.5 1.8 3.5 5
Kevin Love F CLE 5.5 8.8 16.8 19.1
Marreese Speights C GSW 5 3.2 2.4 5
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NBA Fantasy Basketball Draft Notables

  • Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut will miss the rest of the finals due to a left knee injury he suffered during last game. He will not need surgery though.
  • Golden State Warriors power forward Draymond Green will be back for Game 6 after serving a one game suspension for his below-the-belt hit on LeBron James.
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June 10th 2016

The NBA Finals resumes Friday, with the Golden State Warriors leading the Cleveland Cavaliers 2-1. The Cavs weren’t going to give up easy after losing the first two game. LeBron James & co. bounce back in huge fashion defeating the Warriors 120-90. A win tonight at home is once again so important for Cleveland, with 2 out of the next three games in Golden State. Here’s a look at the Game 4 fantasy basketball draft (click to play) top picks!

Player Pos Team Last Game FP Last Two Game FP Avg Last Four Game FP Avg Last Ten Game FP Avg
LeBron James F CLE 41 37.3 37.9 36.4
Kyrie Irving G CLE 34.5 24.3 27.2 25.6
Tristan Thompson C CLE 24.5 18.8 16 14.9
JR Smith G CLE 24 12.8 13.8 13
Harrison Barnes F GSW 24 15.8 14.6 13.4
Richard Jefferson F CLE 18.5 12.3 11 8.9
Draymond Green F GSW 18 28.5 28 24.9
Stephen Curry G GSW 17 20.3 28.3 29.9
Shaun Livingston G GSW 12 15.5 12.1 9.8
Klay Thompson G GSW 10.5 15.7 21.8 23.2
Andre Iguodala F GSW 10 15.8 15.1 15
Leandro Barbosa G GSW 10 10.7 6.9 5.4
Kevin Love F CLE 7.5 21.7 21.3 22.6
Iman Shumpert G CLE 7.5 4.5 3.6 6.3
Andrew Bogut C GSW 5.5 10.5 10 11.5
Marreese Speights C GSW 4.5 2.3 2.3 5.4
Jordan McRae G CLE 4 14.7 10.1 5.4
Mo Williams G CLE 4 2.3 1.5 2
Anderson Varejao F GSW 4 3.2 2.1 2.9
Timofey Mozgov C CLE 3.5 4.2 4.5 3

Fantasy Basketball Draft Notables

  • LeBron Jame s and Kyrie Irving combined for 62 points in game 3.
  • Kevin Love (concussion) will once again be a game time decision. He was part of the morning practice with the team Friday morning.
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Daily Fantasy Basketball NBA Finals

Game 3

LeBron James carried his squad with the best score in daily fantasy basketball NBA Finals game 2 Sunday night, yet it wasn’t enough to defeat the dynasty that is the Golden State Warriors. The Cavs lost 110-77, their worst game during the 2016 playoffs. They also gave up a 48 points difference after two games against the Warriors. Fortunately for them, the series now shifts to Cleveland. Play NBA-MLB cross-sport contest this Wednesday, exclusive to FanPicks.com (click to join).

Top NBA Game 2 Performers

Player Pos Team Last Game FP Two Game FP Avg Four Game FP Avg Ten Game FP Avg
Draymond Green F GSW 34.5 30.3 30.1 26.7
LeBron James F CLE 32 38.3 37.3 35.5
Stephen Curry G GSW 26.5 27.8 32.3 32.5
Klay Thompson G GSW 20.5 20 24.7 24.5
Richard Jefferson F CLE 14.5 7.3 8.7 8.2
Andrew Bogut C GSW 13.5 10.2 14.9 12.3
Kyrie Irving G CLE 13 25.2 25.9 24.5
Andre Iguodala F GSW 13 16.5 16.4 14.9
Leandro Barbosa G GSW 12.5 8.2 5.3 5
Shaun Livingston G GSW 12.5 15.3 11.1 9.4
Tristan Thompson C CLE 11.5 12.7 13.2 13.6
Harrison Barnes F GWS 10 13 11.4 12.3
JR Smith G CLE 9.5 10 11 13
Ian Clark G GSW 9 3 4.8 5.7
Matthew Dellavedova G CLE 8 4.8 5.5 5.6
Kevin Love F CLE 7.5 21.7 21.3 22.6
Festus Ezeli C GSW 6.5 5.5 3.9 6.5
Timofey Mozgov C CLE 6 6.3 4.3 5.2
Iman Shumpert G CLE 3 3.3 2.6 6.5
Marreese Speights C GSW 2.5 1.8 3.6 6.3

Game 3 starts on Wednesday at 9PM ET, with the Cavaliers reuniting with their fans at Quicken Loans Arena. They hope to earn their first win of the 2016 NBA Finals, as they trail 2-0 at the hands of the Golden State Warriors. Cleveland might be without their star power forward Kevin Love, who received an accidental elbow from Harrison Barnes to the head this past Sunday. He initially stayed in the game, but left after experiencing dizziness. If he is not ready come game time, the Cavs will likely turn to their big russian Timofey Mozgov in the starting five. He has played a total of fourteen minutes during the first two games of the finals.

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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.

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

Fantasy NBA Playoffs

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.

 

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Top 20 Fantasy Picks NBA DFS

May 11th 2016

Two FanPicks NBA DFS games on tap for today. It all starts at 8pm ET in Toronto, as the Heat and the Raptors will face each other in game 5 to break the 2-2 tie. Three of the four games in this series were decided in overtime. Dwayne Wade has made a lot of enemies north-of-the-border. First, because of his practice routine during the “Oh Canada” national anthem interpretation in game 3, and his solid game throughout the series. Wade will have to contend with the crowd tonight with the contest shifting back to the Air Canada Center. At 10pm ET, the NBA will turn to the West with game 5 of the series between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors could end it tonight at home, as they lead this series 3-1. Golden State’s point guard is fresh off a repeat NBA MVP win and an incredible 40 points performance in game 4. His value is off the roof, and there’s just no way we can expect otherwise from him.

Player Pos Team Opp Last Game FP Two Game FP Avg Four Game Fp Avg Ten Game FP Avg
Stephen Curry G GSW POR 45.5 27.3 33.1 34.6
Damian Lillard G POR GSW 42.5 39.7 36.3 29.5
Draymond Green F GSW POR 38 40.7 39.3 31.2
AlFarouq Aminu F POR GSW 30 25.3 21.4 21
Dwyane Wade G MIA TOR 28 28.7 26.3 26.3
Mason Plumlee C POR GSW 25.5 18.5 20.4 22.2
Bismack Biyombo C TOR MIA 25 11.3 9.9 12.1
Klay Thompson G GSW POR 25 26.3 29 25.7
Jonas Valanciunas C TOR MIA 24.5 30.3 27.2 25
CJ McCollum G POR GSW 24 23.3 21.2 21.3
Kyle Lowry G TOR MIA 24 25.2 22.6 22.2
Joe Johnson F MIA TOR 20 18.7 18.5 16.5
Goran Dragic G MIA TOR 19.5 17.2 21.3 19.3
Luol Deng F MIA TOR 18.5 14.8 16.7 20.1
Marreese Speights C GSW POR 14.5 6 5.8 9.8
Allen Crabbe G POR GSW 14.5 12 14.2 11.5
Andrew Bogut C GSW POR 14.5 13.7 15.6 13.7
DeMarre Carroll F TOR MIA 14 17.3 15.4 13.3
Maurice Harkless F POR GSW 14 11.2 12.4 14
Terrence Ross F TOR MIA 13.5 9.8 9.7 8.4

NBA DFS Notables

  • Warriors point guard Stephen Curry scored a NBA-record 17 points in overtime during game 4.
  • Raptors center Jonas Valenciunas will miss the rest of the playoffs due to an ankle injury.
  • Warriors power forward Draymond Green is the only player to have a triple-double in those playoffs. It happened during game 1 of the current series with Portland.
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