LetsRUMBL NBA Picks: Will Jimmy Butler come back to haunt the Chicago Bulls?
The NBA is set for another weekend of non-stop action. LetsRUMBL players will have plenty of opportunities to win big this weekend. LetsRUMBL has three key NBA stars every DFS basketball player needs in their team.
Who makes our NBA picks list this week? Keep reading and find out.
Friday February 9th
Jimmy Butler, Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Chicago Bulls
letsRUMBL average: 40 points
Jimmy Butler returns to Chicago where he spent the first six seasons of his NBA career. Butler was one of the Bulls best players during his stay. Without the guard this season, the Bulls have put together the third worst record in the NBA's Eastern Conference. Butler's loss has been the Minnesota Timberwolves gain. Currently fourth in the Western Conference, the Timberwolves offseason spending has propelled the team up the standings. Minnesota will arrive in Chicago off a Wednesday night game in Cleveland. It must be said; Minnesota's road record is why the team is fourth and not higher in the West. Regardless of the team's away record, Butler has been stellar. He leads the Timberwolves in scoring with 22.1 points per game. His 5.0 assists per game has him second on the team behind Jeff Teague.
Butler missed four games in January due to injury. Since returning on January 27th, Butler is averaging 25.6 ppg. In fact, in the five games since he returned to the lineup, Butler has increased his ppg each night. Butler leads the NBA in minutes per game (37.0). Expect him to play his fair share of minutes on Friday.
Against the Bulls, Butler will want to put in a good performance. He spent six years of his career there, and he will be motivated to play well. This is the first time the two teams have played this season, and Butler should score well on his first return to the Windy City.
Saturday February 10th
John Wall, Washington Wizards vs. Chicago Bulls
letsRUMBL average: 39 points
The Chicago Bulls will play a back-to-back and it won't get any easier when the Washington Wizards come to town on Saturday. Point guard John Wall is second on the Wizards in ppg (19.4) and first in assists with an incredible 9.3 per game. Wall is sixth in the Association in assists with a total of 343. Many of those assists have gone to the team's leading scorer Bradley Beal.
Wall has missed the Wizards last five games as of this writing. All of those games saw Washington win. He is expected to be back for the weekend, and with the team winning without him, Wall has a lot to prove when he returns. In the nine games before his injury, Wall tallied double-digit assist totals in five games. He also scored 20-plus points in five games before missing time.
Not only has Wall been important when it comes to creating shooting opportunities, but he has been on the floor constantly. Wall averages 34.3 minutes per game and with so much time on the floor, DFS players know the point guard will have plenty of opportunity to score points.
Keep in mind, the Bulls are playing back-to-back games. The team should be lacking defensive energy and Wall should take advantage of it.
Sunday February 11th
James Harden, Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks
letsRUMBL average: 53 points
The NBA's leading scorer, James Harden, has truly benefited from the arrival of Chris Paul. It was questioned during the offseason just how well the two would play together. Both players are benefitting from Paul's arrival, and Harden is having a career year. The guard leads the NBA in scoring with 31.3 ppg. He is second in the league in assists with 9.0 a game and he averages 36.0 minutes a night. Harden will play, score and set up baskets.
The Dallas Mavericks, on the other hand, are the worst team in the Western Conference. Surprisingly, the Mavs defense isn't that bad, and ranks as the fifth best in the West. However, the last time the Rockets played the Mavs on January 24th, Harden recorded a double-double (25 points and 13 assists). In the teams' previous meeting in October, Harden scored 29 points while dropping nine dimes.
Harden should rise to the occasion again as the Rockets continue to chase the Golden State Warriors.