DraftStreet Fantasy Spin: Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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draftstreet With only two game days left before the NBA playoffs begin, literally anything can happen. Over the next two days, six playoff matchups will be determined.

This is a crazy time to play fantasy basketball at DraftStreet. It’s unpredictable and a lot of fun because players will leave it all on the line to leave an impression over the summer.

Tonight there are only two NBA games on the schedule.

New York Knicks at Brooklyn Nets 

JR Smith will probably take 30 shots, so I picked him. He didn’t care when his team was fighting for a playoff spot so I’m sure he’ll have no regard for anyone now.

Denver Nuggets at LA Clippers
This should be a fast paced game with a lot of up and down action. Kenneth Farried and Blake Griffin thrive in these type’s of games.

My DraftStreet team

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Amar’e Stoudemire: He has shown spurts of the Amar’e from 2011. He doesn’t have much to play for but with a lot of eyes on this game he’ll want to prove a lot of people wrong.

Paul Pierce: He’s a playoff guy. With the post season around the corner Pierce will heat up, plus he recently joined the 25,000 point club.

Kenneth Faried: He’ll be jumping around all game, who can blame him. Denver has a high volume offense which allows Farried to exceed in.

Darren Collison: I needed a guard that will play, he was cheap ($9,635). There’s no method to this pick.

Jamal Crawford: Always thought this guy could be a top-5 scorer if given the chance. Coming off the bench in LA he’s deserving of the Sixth Man of the Year Award.

J.R. Smith: Like I said, he will shoot like there’s no tomorrow. So pick him and let him heave.

Mason Plumlee: The kid’s got game. Filling in for Brook Lopez this season he’s done a good job of managing himself surrounded by so many vets.

Blake Griffin: He’s actually in the MVP running (won’t win it, but still). Having a monster year he’s proven any night he can score 30 and pull down 15 boards.

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Brett Poirier is a contributor to Sheridan Hoops.

DraftStreet Fantasy Spin: Saturday, April 12, 2014

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draftstreet If anyone had Minnesota Timberwolves forward Corey Brewer on their DraftStreet fantasy team, chances are they money last night. In 45 minutes of action Brewer recorded 51 points in the Timberwolves win over the Houston Rockets. Maybe Minnesota is fine with Brewer as its star going forward and can let Kevin Love go to Los Angeles right now. Kidding. But seriously, great game.

I picked Landry Fields of the Toronto Raptors on my fantasy team, that didn’t go so well. He came down with a respiratory illness before the game and wasn’t able to play. On the flip side, I got a surprise from Amare Stoudemire who recorded 24 points and 11 rebounds in a New York Knicks win over the Raptors.

Tonight there are eight games on the NBA schedule.

Here’s a look at my fantasy lineup

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Dirk Nowitzki – He has been average 22 points and eight rebounds per game over his last 10. The Dallas Mavs are playing their best basketball of the season and its a rival in the Phoenix Suns so Dirk should show up.

Gordon Hayward – Averaging 26 points per game against the Denver Nuggets this year, Hayward and his Jazz are playing for pride but they might as well get the win, too.

Tristan Thompson – He’s playing against the non existent low post of the Boston Celtics. What more do I need to say?

Monta Ellis – This guy scores four more points per game than his season average against the Suns. He is affordable but somewhat inconsistent.

John Wall – Scoring on the the Bucks backcourt is as easy as getting hit by a car walking across a freeway. Wall can drop 30 on Milwaukee in his sleep.

Jose Calderon – Calderon and Ellis work well together. Ellis does the scoring and Calderon does the dishing, things are smooth in Dallas and it looks like they’ll find a way into the post season.

Jeremy Lin – With Patrick Beverley sitting out again, Lin is a cheap pick and could easily get a double-double if his passing is on point.

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Brett Poirier is a contributor to Sheridan Hoops.

DraftStreet Fantasy Spin: Thursday, April 10, 2014

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draftstreet Jonas Valanciunas was a monster Wednesday night against the Philadelphia 76ers, just as I predicted. He is still a kid and no doubt totally embarrassed by the incident on Monday, which involved him getting arrested for drunk driving. He’s 21-years-old, new to Canada and new to the NBA. For all we know he played so well because he thought the Raptors would cut him over this incident.

Yesterday I also added Trevor Ariza form the Wizards to my DraftStreet fantasy team. That was a mistake. I paid big bucks for him and he didn’t even score a point. Also in the game the Charlotte Bobcats defeated Washington and moved to sixth place in the East. For some reason this Wiz team doesn’t look right, they have the talent but blow a lot of winnable games. I think it comes down the PF position where the best player is Trevor Booker until Nene is fully healthy again.

Now, my team tonight.

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Dirk Nowitzki: He just became the 10th best scorer in NBA history and has been playing his best ball since the Mavs won the title three years ago.

Vince Carter: For his 15th NBA season he’s doing pretty well. Averaging 12 points in a bench role makes him similar to the role Jason Terry had years ago in Dallas.

Shawn Marion: Consistently consistent is Shawn Marion. He controls himself so well on the court and because of that he doen’t get rattled by a big game.

Klay Thompson: I keep getting lucky with him. There’s no science behind this pick, if he’s hot it will pay off.

Patty Mills: Tony Parker is out for the Spurs so this is a natural fit. Mills will get starters minuets again tonight.

Jose Calderon: I know, another Mavs player. But I like this team a lot and Jose Calderon is a big reason why. Dallas plays San Antonio and you can bet Calderon will want to outwork the much younger Mills.

Samuel Dalembert: Yes, another Maverick. He’s 32 now but playing more like he’s 25. In his last 10 games he’s been averaging near a double-double.

Stephen Curry: Even though his team is a mess right now, Curry is not. Golden State has to win to clinch a playoff berth and Curry should want this more than anyone.

NBA Games tonight

San Antonio Spurs at Dallas Mavs
The Spurs have won eight straight over Dallas but I think that changes tonight. The Mavs are rolling and it’s quite possible SA plays without two of its big three.

Denver Nuggets at Golden State Warriors
The Nuggets have nothing to play for but that’s not Golden State’s case. This win, and every other win this season is very important in order to hold on to the sixth seed.

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Brett Poirier is a contributor to Sheridan Hoops.

DraftStreet Fantasy Spin: Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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draftstreet I might be talking crazy, purely out of frustration, but Roy Hibbert is overrated. On my DraftStreet fantasy team he literally took away my points, that’s hard to do. He finished with zero points, zero rebounds, zero assists, one turnover and five missed shots. Not to mention his team got trampled by the Atlanta Hawks in the game on Sunday.

There might be an explanation to his poor play, according to Page Q sports, Hibbert had a falling off with Paul George. Note: This article is absolute BS and makes little sense but it’s too funny to ignore, here’s an excerpt:

According to 19 sources close to the Indiana Pacers, the team’s recent deterioration is largely due to an awkward sexual incident between former stars Roy Hibbert and Paul George.

“It all started with a groupie named Dixie,” one highly dependable source says. “Roy and Paul were engaging in a threesome with her after the win against Utah on March 2. But they ended up crossing swords, and then there was lots of shouting and crying. The team obviously hasn’t recovered.”

Yes, they apparently have 19 sources.

I hope you all had a good laugh, now on to fantasy basketball.

Here is my lineup for tonight.

With six NBA games on the calendar tonight, I have my daily preview.

Detroit Pistons at Atlanta Hawks
Always fun seeing a player return to their old stompin’ grounds. Josh Smith ($13,016) will need to do work against his old team if he expects his Piston’s team to win. Atlanta is still playing for that eighth seed and it’s safe to say they need this win desperately.

Brooklyn Nets at Miami Heat
The Nets haven’t lost to Miami all year, you read that right. The Heat just can’t take care of business against Brooklyn and trail the season series 0-3. I suspect the Nets will win again. I put Joe Johnson ($11,089) on my fantasy team but Deron Williams ($12,882) is a good option too.

San Antonio Spurs at Minnesota Timberwolves
The Spurs catch a huge break after star PG Tony Parker was only announced to has a sprain in his back and is listed as day-to-day. This is a great opportunity for Patty Mills, ($8,706) who’s very cheap by starting PG standards.

Dallas Mavs at Utah Jazz
Dirk Nowitzki ($17,257) is only 18 points away from jumping to tenth on the all-time scoring list. You would have to think he’ll go for it tonight. I know he doesn’t have the defensive ability Tim Duncan has, but he has to be up there in the greatest big man ever discussion. In his last 10 games he’s averaged 23.1 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists on 49% shooting.

Oklahoma City Thunder at Sacramento Kings
If you like security you like Kevin Durant ($22,881). Barring injury or a comet crashing into the building, Durant will drop at least 25. Make sure you don’t pick any PG’s on the Kings, Russell Westbrook is too good for the young guys.

Houston Rockets at LA Lakers
Dwight Howard is soon to return but will not be playing in LA tonight, sadly. The one thing worse than booing a player the entire game is a blowout. With or without Howard, James Harden ($19,423) and his Rockets will have celebrities leaving the building by halftime.

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Brett Poirier is a contributor to Sheridan Hoops.

DraftStreet Fantasy Spin: Sunday, April 6, 2014

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draftstreet So Kyrie Irving scored 44 points last night. If you claim you knew that you’re a hardcore Cleveland Cavs fan or a bald-face liar. This rarely happens, but the NBA was put on the back burner and even the league knew that. Not one exciting matchup in the association, I guess the league knew best when they assumed the entire basketball world was glued to the Final Four. For the record, I called Kentucky to win.

Now, on to fantasy.

If I had Irving on my DraftStreet fantasy team last night there’s a good chance I’d be doing a happy dance. He finished with almost 60 fantasy points, almost an unheard of number.

Take a look at my fantasy team for today.

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For a Sunday in the NBA there’s surprisingly a lot of games, nine in total and some exciting ones too.

New York Knicks at Miami Heat
Both of these teams are fighting for something, which is odd. New York wants the eighth seed and Miami wants the first. This is a potential first round playoff matchup and should be fun. I think LeBron James ($21,422) will have a huge game.

LA Lakers at LA Clippers
Will there be more Lakers fans in attendance? The Clippers will humiliate their rivals at Staples today. It won’t be much of a game but look for Blake Griffin ($20,884) to do big things.

Atlanta Hawks at Indiana Pacers
I like Kyle Korver ($8,148) in this game, let me tell you why. The Pacers are so focused on protecting the rim they sometimes forget about shooters. Korver has the opportunity to stretch the defense and score 15.

Dallas Mavs at Sacramento Kings
Dirk Nowitzki ($17,151) ages like wine, it’s incredible. Dallas has been rolling and won’t be slowed down by the Kings, who can’t guard Dirk. Look for him to score 28.

Denver Nuggets at Houston Rockets
The Rockets have been playing well without Dwight Howard but they definitely miss his presence. Fortunately for them the Nuggets aren’t a great low post team and shouldn’t have any problem getting by them. This will be a fast game so Kenneth Farried ($15,666) should do well.

Memphis Grizzlies at San Antonio Spurs
Two very fundamental teams that will have to grind each other out for the win. I’m picking Zach Randolph ($15,205) to have a good game despite a challenge from Tim Duncan defensively.

Utah Jazz at Golden State Warriors
Trey Burke ($8,456), why not? I picked him because he’s cheap, so let’s see what the young gun can do against the star Steph Curry.

Oklahoma City Thunder at Phoenix Suns
This is a really fun game. The Suns, when healthy, have a top three backcourt in the league. Durant is going for Michael Jordan’s record for most consecutive game with 25+ points, he’ll get it.

New Orleans Pelicans at Portland Trail Blazers
Anthony Davis is so good for fantasy but he’s been in and out of the lineup. Go with Damian Lillard ($13,445), he’s very affordable.

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Brett Poirier is a contributor to Sheridan Hoops.