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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The Cleveland Cavaliers came up short of capturing their first NBA championship last year. LeBron James led the team into their 2nd NBA final appearance. He did it without his star teammates Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, both injured during the playoffs. Ultimately, the Golden State Warriors took the crown from King James, proving that basketball is not a one man sport.

The Cavaliers finished second behind the Atlanta Hawks in the eastern conference, with a record of 53-29. All of this happened under rookie coach David Blatt. Sure, he had a tremendous coaching career overseas before taking the reign of the NBA team, but leading his squad to the finals in his first year is no easy task.

Despite the missed opportunity to win the title, there are a lot of positives going into this season. First and foremost was resigning the most important fantasy basketball player in the world. LeBron James came back last year to Cleveland for redemption (after leaving Cleveland for Miami Heat in 2010) and to win them a championship. This town is in dire need of a relevant team in sport. Cleveland failed to win a trophy in any major sport since 1964. All of this can change this year with the Cavs.

Cleveland Cavaliers PG

Kyrie Irving

The 2011 first overall pick in the NBA draft is slowly becoming a star point guard in the league. Last year, he had 21.7 PPG with a career high .415 3P%. He was part of the last three NBA all-star game. The 23 years-old also had a career high 57 point game against the San Antonio Spurs in 2015. Unfortunately, he’s still recovering from a left kneecap fracture he suffered in Game 1 of the NBA final. It is unlikely he will be ready for the start of the season.

Cleveland Cavaliers SG

Iman Shumpert

Shumpert came in the league with defensive acumen and explosive athleticism. A change of scenery from New York to Cleveland is exactly what he needed to rejuvenate his career. His field goal percentage went up to .410 with the Cavs last year. He will miss the first three month of the season because of a wrist injury.

J.R. Smith

Smith, who came in the same trade than Shumpert, also needed a change of scenery. New York’s nightlife got to him and it was messing with his career. He found comfort playing with LeBron James last season. The 2013 NBA sixth man of the year winner plays an intense kind of game. Cleveland can count on him to create a spark when needed.

Cleveland Cavaliers SF

LeBron James

LeBron needs no introduction. That’s right, he’s that good. And yet, the NBA MVP title has eluded him the past two years. Last season, he finished third in the league in point per game with 25.3. The King is capable of bringing his team to the playoffs by himself. But with a healthy Irving and Love, the Cavs has the potential to win the championship.

Cleveland Cavaliers PF

Kevin Love

This power forward came into Cleveland with a lot of expectations, but he has failed to reach them. The Cavaliers are giving him a second chance, after resigning him during the off-season. His ability to get rebounds makes him a valuable player. Love has collected 9.7 rebounds/game last year, while scoring 16.4 points/game. After missing out on the last playoffs due to injury, the 27 years-old can now focus on improving his numbers during the 2015 season.

Cleveland Cavaliers C

Timofey Mozgov

The big Russian upgraded his offensive numbers in 2015, scoring 10.6 PPG after he was traded from the Nuggets to the Cavaliers. It’s probably the LeBron effect.


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