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San Antonio Spurs vs Golden State Warriors – 01/25/16 Preview
The Golden State Warriors (40-4) will host this Monday at the Oracle Arena, the San Antonio Spurs (38-6) in what will be the showdown everyone is waiting for. The Warriors are odd favorites to win (line: -4.5). Play in the most exciting daily fantasy basketball, including the newest Point Spread and $10K Grand Action contests only at Fanpicks the premiere daily fantasy sports site.
The Spurs are on a red hot 15 game winning streak coming into this game, clearly their best matchup of the season. San Antonio has had a fairly easy schedule throughout this point. This is the 1st of 4 matchups in the regular season. The Spurs’ depth and defense sets them apart and ranks them 1st in bench points and in many defensive categories. They regularly blow out teams like the Warriors and this contest is to a battle between the 2 best records in the NBA. The Spurs will be without Tim Duncan, therefore will make more usage of LaMarcus Aldridge and David West.
Golden State also has benefited from a favorable schedule and this will make the beginning of a tough second half of the season for them. Not only this will be the 1st of 4 meetings against the Spurs, but they will have to face OKC 4 times as well. Without a doubt, they have the potential to reach the record 72 win mark this season, but it will be very tough with those games in line. With Steve Kerr back behind he bench, the Warriors are in top form to defend their title. With Stephen Curry sitting out in 14 fourth quarters this season, he still has the best numbers in the NBA and is expected to put monster numbers on the board when the game is tight. The Warriors are a 5 point favorite in this battle which is the least amount they have been favored at home this season.
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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. San Antonio Spurs
By Aldo Panessidi
The Cleveland Cavaliers (27-9) will be hosted by the San Antonio Spurs (34-6) on Thursday evening. Fanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy basketball competition. Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $25K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball
It’s not too often that the Cavaliers go into a game as an underdog, but that will be the case here. Cleveland has won seven-straight games coming into this and all the studs are fully healthy once again. What’s been carrying them this season is their defense, as they rank third in the NBA in points allowed. This should be a great barometer for this team to see where they are at right now against some of the best competition of the NBA. This will be a rematch of the 2014 NBA Finals when the Spurs defeated the Cavs and many of the same faces will be battling here. What’s most exciting about this game is the matchup between Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James.
If Cleveland is living off their defense, the Spurs are feasting off theirs. They rank first in nearly every defensive metric and have been dominating teams at that end of the floor. What’s amazing about this team is that they have matched a franchise-best start with 34 wins in 40 games. They also come into this game winning nine-straight and are regularly blowing teams out. If that’s not enough incentive for them to show out here, the Spurs are undefeated in their home building this season. If there’s one thing to be concerned about, it’s that the Spurs have had the easiest strength of schedule up to this point and have the hardest strength of schedule from this day forward. In any case, San Antonio comes into this game as a five-point favorite and look like a solid bet to continue their great run.
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San Antonio Spurs vs. Detroit Pistons
The San Antonio Spurs (33-6) will face the Detroit Pistons (21-16) on Tuesday evening. Fanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy basketball competition. Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $25K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball
The Spurs come into the contest fresh off a 106-79 shellacking of the Brooklyn Nets on Monday in what was Nets interim head coach Tony Brown’s first game. LaMarcus Aldridge led the way with a performance straight out of his Portland heyday, amassing a 25-point, 11-rebound double-double in which he shot a stellar 12-for-17 from the field. Kawhi Leonard supported Aldridge’s remarkable effort with 17 points and eight rebounds of his own. Veterans Tony Parker and Tim Duncan, whose playing time coach Gregg Popovich is perpetually mindful of, were able to get by with playing 25 and 22 minutes, respectively, in the blowout victory. San Antonio maintains a stranglehold on the Western Conference’s Southwest Division, having opened up a 10.5 game lead over the second-place Dallas Mavericks. The Spurs also come into Detroit riding an eight-game winning streak, equaling their season high. They attack teams from both sides of the ball, as they remain the stingiest defense in the league (89.7 points allowed per game) and sport the best point differential (+13.9), while also boasting the top team field-goal percentage (.491).
The Pistons come into Tuesday on somewhat of a resurgence, having tallied three consecutive victories and four in their last five games. Like San Antonio, they also defeated the hapless Nets in their most recent contest, a 103-89 victory on Saturday. Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson led the way with a pair of 23-point efforts, with the former adding 11 rebounds for one of his trademark double-doubles, and the latter dishing out eight assists and hauling in three boards. Ersan Ilyasova also put together one of his best games since donning a Detroit uniform in the offseason, registering a remarkable 19-point, 13-rebound double-double of his own. Starting small forward Marcus Morris missed the contest against Brooklyn with knee tendinitis, and remains questionable for Tuesday. Rookie Stanley Johnson would receive a second consecutive start in his place if Morris remains sidelined. The Pistons will be attempting to break their third-place logjam with the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference’s Central Division by overcoming the formidable challenge presented by San Antonio.
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San Antonio Spurs vs. Brooklyn Nets
The San Antonio Spurs (32-6) will be hosted by the Brooklyn Nets (10-27) on Monday evening. Fanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy basketball competition. Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $25K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball
The Spurs come into this game with a seven-game winning streak and if they win here, they’ll match a season-high eight-game streak. The defense has been incredible all season, but it’s the offense that’s winning them games recently. They have scored at least 100 points in all eight of those games and are averaging 110 points per game in that span. What’s scary is that they have been regularly sitting starters and still winning games. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see them rest starters once again here, as they come into this game as a 14-point favorite against a Nets team that is falling apart.
Things are not going as expected in Brooklyn right now. Fans thought they would have a dynasty there a few years ago when they traded for all those big names, but they are starting to look like one of the worst teams in the NBA right now. Not only are they one of the worst home teams in the NBA, they come into this game losing four-straight. The recent struggles have caused some major stirs in Brooklyn, thus Coach Lionel Hollins and GM Billy King being fired on Sunday. It’s not just behind the scenes though, as the on-court product is simply not what fans expected. Joe Johnson is looking like a shell of himself and there’s no legitimate point guard on the roster to man the offense with the injury to Jarret Jack. Things are really bad in Brooklyn right now and it’s hard to imagine them getting any better against the Spurs on Monday.
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New York Knicks vs. San Antonio Spurs
The New York Knicks (18-19) will be hosted by the San Antonio Spurs (31-6) at the AT&T Center on Friday evening. Fanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy basketball competition. Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $25K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball
The Knicks have are on a three-game win streak, defeating two of the Eastern Conference’s best in the process. After defeating the Hawks two games in a row, the Knicks traveled to Miami on Wednesday and handed the Heat a 98-90 loss. Carmelo Anthony totaled 25 points (9-12 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 7-8 FT), five rebounds, four assists, and two steals in 37 minutes. Robin Lopez contributed 19 points (9-12 FG, 1-1 FT), four rebounds, two blocks, and an assist in 35 minutes. The Knicks have been averaging 105.3 points per game during their three-game win streak. They will look to tie their season-high streak of four wins in a row while also handing the Spurs their first home-loss of the season on Friday night.
The Spurs have tallied six straight with their most recent victory coming on Wednesday against the Jazz 123-98. LaMarcus Aldridge sat out of the game in order to rest, giving way for David West to pick up the start. West had 14 points (7-8 FG), 13 rebounds, 4 assists, and a steal in 25 minutes. Tim Duncan added a season-high 18 points (8-13 FG, 2-2 FT), with eight rebounds, six assists, and a steal in 26 minutes. Tony Parker missed his second straight game due to soreness in his right hip and will likely be a game-time decision for Friday’s matchup. The Spurs won their first game against the Knicks this season way back on Nov. 2 by a score of 94-84.
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Utah Jazz vs. San Antonio Spurs
The Utah Jazz (15-18) will be hosted by the San Antonio Spurs (30-6) at the AT&T Center in Minneapolis on Wednesday evening. Fanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy basketball competition. Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $10K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball site
The Jazz are coming off a heartbreaking defeat to the Rockets on Monday night by a score of 93-91. The Jazz were up by 15 points at one point midway through the third quarter, but weren’t able to overcome a James Harden led comeback by the Rockets. Rodney Hood led the team in scoring with 23 points (6-9 FG, 5-6 3Pt, 6-8 FT), seven assists, one rebound and a steal in 35 minutes. Gordon Hayward added 20 points (7-18 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 3-3 FT), seven rebounds, three assists, three steals, and a block in 36 minutes. Derrick Favors missed his sixth straight game on Monday and his status for remains unclear. The Jazz waived Elijah Millsap on Tuesday, two days before the swingman’s contract became guaranteed. The Jazz haven’t won a road-game in six weeks, even worse, they haven’t won in San Antonio in almost six years.
The Spurs have a chance to win their 30th straight regular-season home-game on Wednesday night. They are firing on all cylinders lately, having rattled off five straight wins, their most recent coming on Monday, defeating the Bucks 123-98. Kawhi Leonard once again led the team with 24 points (9-12 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 3-3 FT), two rebounds, two steals, an assist and block in 31 minutes. Timmy Duncan added 14 points (7-12 FG, 0-1 FT), 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals, and a block in 27 minutes. Tony Parker has been ruled out of Wednesday’s game as he continues to nurse a sore right hip which kept him out of Monday’s win. At 20-0 mark at home this season, the Spurs have won by an average of 16.4 points per game.
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The San Antonio Spurs (29-6) will face the Milwaukee Bucks (14-21) in the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee. Dominate your competitions with our free to use RotoPicker tool, create the winning fantasy NBA contest lineups for Fanpicks.com
The San Antonio Spurs look to remain red hot after winning 10 of their last 11 games. The San Antonio Spurs are averaging 102.6 points on 48.7 percent shooting and allowing 89 points on 42.4 percent shooting. Kawhi Leonard is averaging 20.8 points and 2.8 assists while Tony Parker is averaging 12.4 points and 5.2 assists. LaMarcus Aldridge is grabbing 8.8 rebounds and Manu Ginobili is dishing 3.5 assists. The San Antonio Spurs are shooting 38.2 percent from beyond the arc and 78.4 percent from the free throw line. The Spurs are allowing 31.5 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 14.3 turnovers per game. The San Antonio Spurs have won 13 of their last 20 road games.
The Milwaukee Bucks hope for a ice win after splitting their last eight games. The Milwaukee Bucks are averaging 97.7 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 103.1 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Khris Middleton is averaging 16.2 points and 3.7 assists while Greg Monroe is averaging 15.5 points and 9.5 rebounds. Giannis Antetokounmpo is grabbing 6.8 rebounds and Jerryd Bayless is dishing 3.7 assists. The Milwaukee Bucks are shooting 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 77.3 percent from the free throw line. The Bucks are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 14.9 turnovers per game. The Milwaukee Bucks have won five of their last seven home games. Damien Inglis is questionable with an ankle injury.
The Spurs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 40-18 ATS in their last 58 games overall. The Bucks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Monday games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Spurs are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Milwaukee and 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings overall.
The Bucks are good enough defensively with their length to give the Spurs an issue. The Bucks have also been fairly consistent lately on their home court.
Expected Starting Lineups (not confirmed):
San Antonio Spurs
PG: Ray MacCallum
SG: Danny Green
SF: Kawhi Leonard
PF: LaMarcus Aldridge
C: Tim Duncan
PG: Michael Carter-Williams
SG: Khris Middleton
SF: Giannis Antetokounmpo
PF: Jabari Parker
C: Greg Monroe