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Mavericks vs Thunder

Russell Westbrook’s career triple-double count is now higher than the legendary Larry Bird. He recorded his 60th triple-double in Wednesday’s 114-105 victory over New Orleans to break a tie with Bird and move into fifth place on the all-time list.  Dallas is enjoying its best stretch of the season as it downed the New York Knicks 103-95 on Wednesday for its fifth win in seven games. Power forward Dirk Nowitzki scored 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting in the victory but will be rested and won’t make the trip to Oklahoma City.

Pacers vs Timberwolves

Karl-Anthony Towns had his chance to carry the young Minnesota Timberwolves, and Andrew Wiggins is stepping up to join him. Towns and Wiggins will try to lead the Timberwolves to a season-high fourth straight win and seventh in the last nine games against the slumping Indiana Pacers. Indiana won seven of eight to climb to three games over .500 before dropping back to even with losses in the last three contests.

Suns vs Nuggets

Nikola Jokic’s sudden rise is helping the Denver Nuggets in the win column and redefining the expectations for the team, which finds itself in the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference. Jokic will try to guide the Nuggets to a sixth win in the last eight games versus the Phoenix Suns.  The Suns will attack Jokic with defensive anchor Tyson Chandler, who outplayed Minnesota Timberwolves stud Karl-Anthony Towns on Tuesday only to watch his team fall 112-111 on Andrew Wiggins’ last-second jumper. Chandler scored 22 points on 9-of-9 shooting and hauled in 17 rebounds in the loss. It’s the eighth time in his last nine games that he grabbed at least 15 boards.

Lakers vs Jazz

The Utah Jazz played four games in five nights and dropped the last two, including dragging through a 103-93 road loss to the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday. They are looking to finish off a four-game season sweep of the Lakers for the first time after winning the first three meetings this season by an average of five points. Los Angeles has dropped seven of its last eight games after suffering a 105-98 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday.

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Toronto Raptors vs Phoenix Suns Fantasy Basketball News – 02-02-16

The Phoenix Suns (14-35) will be hosting the Toronto Raptors (32-15) in Phoenix this Tuesday at the Talking Stick Resort Arena. FanPicks has this game on tap for tonight’s DFS action. Come play Fantasy Basketball at fanpicks.com.

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Toronto is coming back from a tough loss by 19 pts against a well below under .500, Denver Nuggets squad, snapping their impressive 11 game-winning streak. Coach Dwayne Casey called it easily one of the worst performances of the year. Another strange fact is that the Raptors seem to be continuously struggling against the Nuggets, having lost 4 of their last 5 games against them. The Raps are still ranked second in the Eastern Conference, a few games behind the Cavaliers That was and will definitely try to bounce back with their winning ways against the Suns, one of the worst teams in the NBA.

The Phoenix Suns’s rapid decline the past few months just cost Jeff Hornacek’s job earlier this Monday, leaving interim coach Earl Watson in charge of the struggling team. They’ve only won twice in their past 21 games. Ironically, one of the Suns’ rare victories came against the Toronto Raptors. Suns’ Owner has linked his team struggle this year with the “millennial culture” and notably Markief Morris’ strong personality and constant injuries. With most of the main players back, they will try to stop a red hot Toronto team looking to bounce back from their blowout in Denver the night before.

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NBA High Upside Value Picks

 

When choosing players for NBA Daily Fantasy Tournaments, most users tend to value the wrong thing.  They value consistency in their picks when consistency is actually the opposite of what you want.  In order to win serious cash in a Daily Fantasy Cash Draft you usually need extraordinary performances from all the players in your lineup, not a normal constant performance.

 

Furthermore, constancy is usually picked up in salary.  A consistent player like Stephen Curry is going to be at the top of the charts as far as salary goes because he regularly puts up huge numbers, but a player like Dwight Howard, who has potential for huge games or very poor games (as he often gets into foul trouble and plays minimal minutes).

 

So the goal is to find players that have the potential to put up big numbers but also have the potential for poor numbers.  Therefore, if they do have their big number day, then you’re lineup will benefit huge, especially since these inconstant players typically have low ownership as well.

 

Below you see a chart of 40+ fantasy point games in the past 30 days. Kemba Walker for example is going to cost you far less than Stephen Curry but if you picked him on January 18th, you already had a huge leg up on all your competition and were in the running for a big payday.  If you had Dwight Howard on that day as well you would have been a very happy daily fantasy manager as you got over 100 points in fantasy value out of only 2 roster spots.

 

Players to Exceed 40 Fantasy Point Games in the Past 30 days

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It may be easier to identify value in the below chart.  Look at Tyson Chandler for example.  He costs only 5000 but has had two 40+ fantasy point games in the past 30 days.  If you caught him on one of those big days then his fantasy value would have been off the charts!

 

James Harden however has the most counts of 40+ point games in the past 30 with an incredible 8, but his salary remains lower than the likes of Curry and Westbrook.  This tells you when he has a bad game, it may be worse than those other players, but his upside is better.

 

Players to Exceed 40 Fantasy Point Games in the Past 30 days with Count and Salary

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Pacers vs Suns

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The Indiana Pacers (22-19) will play the Phoenix Suns (13-29) at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, AZ on Tuesday. 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

Projected Lineup

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The Pacers have lost 4 of their 5 five games. Their defense was terrible in that stretch, especially in the last 2 games. They allowed 247 combined points in those 2 losses. Indiana is known to be a defensive-minded team under Coach Mike Vogel. It looks like their rhythm slowed down, considering they are one of the fastest-paced teams in the NBA this season. They had the same problem last year, and the team finished outside of a playoff spot. Tonight will be tough game, as the Suns are one of the fastest-paced teams as well.

 

Hopes in Phoenix are essentially gone at this point. Suns have lost 13 of their last 14 games and that directly correlates with an injury to Eric Bledsoe. The Suns defense ranks 29th in points allowed. Tonight’s game is likely going to be a high-scoring affair, with a total of 210 points allowed between those two defenses. The Pacers comes in as a 7 point odds favorite on the road, which is truly indicative of how bad this Phoenix team is.

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Phoenix Suns  vs. Boston Celtics

Author : Aldo Panessidi

The Phoenix Suns (13-27) will be hosted by the Boston Celtics (20-19) 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

Starting LineupThe Suns are in the midst of a miserable season and head into the weekend on a 1-12 run that has them floundering in fourth place in the Pacific Division, ahead of only the Los Angeles Lakers. The team traveled to Indiana on Tuesday night and were summarily pounded by the Pacers, 116-97. Having now won only four games on the road in their 2015-16 campaign, Phoenix were led by Devin Booker and Mirza Teletovic, who each put up 19 points. Markieff Morris came off the bench to come a hair shy of a double-double with 16 points and 9 boards, yet failed to connect on all four of his long range attempts. Things may only get worse for the club, as they have lost eight straight games away from home and will cap off January with a four-game road jaunt that includes a visit to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Celtics were able to shake off a four-game string of losses to best the Indiana Pacers at TD Garden on Wednesday, 103-94, to improve to .500 at home. Isaiah Thomas once again led Boston in scoring with 28 points, making 9 of 18 from the floor and 4 of 6 from deep. Thomas is averaging a gaudy 32.3 points in his last three outings and is by far the most potent offensive threat the team possesses. Jae Crowder went 11-for-15 to finish with 25 points and Amir Johnson put up 14 points and hauled in 18 rebounds to see the Celtics try and dig out from a 1-5 start to the year. Boston has leapfrogged the New York Knicks to once again sit at second place in the Atlantic Division, 4.5 games behind the Toronto Raptors, who they will meet next Wednesday north of the border.

 

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Phoenix Suns vs. Indiana Pacers

 

The Phoenix Suns (13-26) will be hosted by the Indiana Pacers (21-16) at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis 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

Starting Lineup The Suns have won just one game of their past ten games, but seem to be working better together and adjusting to the loss of their highest scorer, Eric Bledsoe. Before his season-ending meniscus injury, Bledsoe was averaging 20.4 points, 6.1 assists, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.0 steals per game. Their next highest scoring guard, Brandon Knight has had to pick up the slack and play heavy minutes in Bledsoe’s absence. Another problem for Phoenix will be the loss of Alex Len, who is out with a sprained hand.

The Pacers are coming off of a tough overtime loss to the Rockets, in which Paul George was once again their highest scorer. George totaled 20 points, and is averaging 24.2 points per game this season. Before this loss, the Pacers were enjoying a two-game winning streak. They will come into this game after one day of rest after a long four-game road trip. An advantage Indiana has going into the game is that unlike Phoenix, their team is very healthy right now and isn’t experiencing any major setbacks in their lineup.

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Miami Heat vs. Phoenix Suns

 

The Miami Heat (21-14) will be hosted by the Phoenix Suns (15-24) at the Talking Stick Resort Arena 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

Starting Lineup Miami comes into this game winning three of its last four and this game may mean more to the Heat than appears on the surface. This marks the return of Goran Dragic back to Phoenix after an ugly exit from there last February. Luckily for him and Miami, they are playing the Suns at the best time possible with Phoenix losing nine of its last 10. What’s made the Heat so good this season is their defense, as they rank top-three in numerous defensive categories. This should be an easy win for them if they score 100-plus, considering the Suns offense has fallen apart since the loss of Eric Bledsoe. Look for Miami to use Dragic as much as possible here to stick it to his former team. The contrast of styles is interesting here as well, as the Heat are one of the three-slowest teams, while the Suns are one of the three-fastest teams in the league.

The Suns had a nine-game losing streak prior to winning their most recent game. They ended up beating the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday, who are also struggling immensely right now. This Phoenix lineup is a shell of itself right now though, with players like Ronnie Price and Jon Leuer starting. The projected starting five at the beginning of the year was Tyson Chandler, Markieff Morris, P.J. Tucker, Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight. Considering Tucker and Chandler have been in and out of the lineup, the only one who remains a consistent starter has been Knight. It’s a mixture of injuries and immaturity that has killed this team and they are looking like one of the worst teams in the NBA right now. That can be exemplified by the fact that they come into this matchup as a six-point underdog in their home building.

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Charlotte Hornets vs. Phoenix Suns

 

The Charlotte Hornets (17-17) will host the Phoenix Suns  (14-24) at the Talking Stick Resort Arena 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

Fantasy basketball Things are rolling down hill in Charlotte right now and this is a win they desperately need. They come into this matchup with a 4-10 record on the road and losing nine of their last 12 games in total. That rough stretch correlates with injuries to Nicolas Batum and Al Jefferson. Batum is questionable to play in this game, but Jefferson is surely out after getting knee surgery last week. Kemba Walker has been fantastic lately though, as he is averaging 26.8 points, 5.2 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals over his last six games. They’ll need another performance like that from Kemba here if they want to get out of their recent slide and win against an even beleaguered team.

If things are rolling down hill for Charlotte, Phoenix has fallen off the cliff and is buried deep down in the ground. The Suns have lost nine-straight games with many of those coming against weak competition. That rough stretch directly correlates to an injury to Eric Bledsoe and it’s clear this team is not the same without him. The whole Markieff Morris saga is a nuisance as well, as the owner recently called him out for his lack of maturity. Everything is falling apart in Phoenix right now and they are climbing up the lottery rankings seemingly every game with the way they are playing. There doesn’t seem to be much to be happy about as a Suns fan and changes may be on the horizon if the struggles continue. With all that said, they still only come into this game as just a three-point underdog.

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NBA Fantasy Baskeball Draft News 10-19-2015

Phoenix Suns Have Talented Youth on their Side and are Close To Becoming a Playoff Team

The Phoenix Suns showed early promise in the 2014-15 NBA season but faded following the All Star break to finish with a record of 39-43. They sat in the tenth seed in the west and trailed the eighth seeded New Orleans Pelicans by six games for the final playoff spot. Head coach Jeff Hornacek has been praised by media pundits about his handling of his young players on his roster and seems to be a very good x’s and o’s guy who with talent has the potential to coach a team far into the playoffs. The Suns selected 13th in the draft and went for a shooting guard as they took Devin Booker out of Kentucky. He was the fourth Wildcat taken as a lottery selection which broke a record. He came out of high school as a freshman and is 6’ 6” tall and shot well from the three point line hitting 41% at Kentucky. He will be tutored by a former shooting guard in the NBA in Hornacek. What makes Booker attractive is he has good length which will help him defend shooting guards because the Suns struggled last year with three point shooting defense. Like all rookies his playing time will be dictated on how well he defends and takes care of the basketball.

Phoenix Suns PG:

Brandon Knight

The fourth year pro played on three teams in the first four years in the NBA. He came to the Suns late last year from the Milwaukee Bucks. Last year Knight averaged 17 points per game dished out five assists and grabbed four rebounds. Shooting percentage had been an issue for Knight in his 11 games with Phoenix last year by hitting just 35.7% from the floor and 31% from three point distance which is well below his career marks in those categories.

Phoenix Suns SG:

Eric Bledsoe

The fifth year pro was locked up long term by the Phoenix Suns and enters his third year with the club. He is only 25 years old and played in 81 games last year. He averaged nearly 35 minutes a game and started to show some wear on the court. He had never played that much in his first three seasons with the Clippers and in his first year with the Suns. He shot 44.7% from the floor in 2014-15 dished six assists and grabbed five rebounds. Bledsoe is very fast with the ball and when healthy can break down defenses as long as he plays under control.

Phoenix Suns PF:

Markieff Morris

Morris is 26 and enters his fifth year in the league. He has been a reliable player for the Suns playing 81 or greater games in his past three seasons. The power forward shot 46.5% from the floor and 31.8% from three point distance last year. He put up 15 points a game plus grabbed six boards. Morris played a career high 31.5 minutes a game a season ago.

Phoenix Suns SF:

P.J. Tucker

Tucker enters his fourth season with the Suns and his fifth overall in the league. After his rookie year in Toronto he was away from the NBA for six seasons having to work his way through the minors to tone his game. He played in 78 games last year and averaged 30 minutes with nine points plus 6 ½ rebounds per contest.

Phoenix Suns C:

Tyson Chandler

The Suns center is 33 years old and has 14 years in the NBA. Because the Suns big men have outside shooting skills it will allow Chandler to have most of the paint to operate with which could give him rebounding and put back abilities on offense. Last year Chandler played in 75 games and averaged 30 minutes a game with 11 ½ boards plus 10 points per game.

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