LetsRUMBL NBA Picks: DeAndre Jordan is ready to clean up the glass
Daily fantasy sports NBA players know a diamond in the rough can be the difference between winning and losing. This weekend's action in the Association will gives DFS players the chance to find that key player that will get them over the line and into cash winnings. LetsRUMBL's three picks for the weekend may not be obvious choices, at least not all three, but our number crunchers prove that these NBA stars are the players you need in your DFS team.
Who makes the grade for this weekend?
Friday March 2nd
Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers vs. Charlotte Hornets
LetsRUMBL average: 44 points
The Philadelphia 76ers leading scorer Joel Embiid averages 23.9 points per game. The center has played 48 times this season for the 76er, missing just 11 games. Embiid has already appeared in more games this year for Philadelphia than all of the 2016-17 season. His points per game has benefited from his fitness and Embiid averages nearly four points more per night. The center also cleans up the boards well as Embiid pulls down a team leading 11.1 rebounds per game. Embiid is 12th in the NBA in total rebounds (534), but he comes sixth in rebounds per game.
The 76ers haven't played the Charlotte Hornets yet this season. The two teams will play three times in 20 days. As of this writing, however, Embiid has scored 23 or more points in his last four games. Although the 76ers are on a two-game losing streak, the team did win seven games prior to its loss against the Washington Wizards a week ago.
Saturday March 3rd
Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
LetsRUMBL average: 43 points
The Portland Trail Blazers occupy the fifth spot in the NBA's Western Conference. The team is two games in front of ninth place Denver Nuggets. Portland isn't guaranteed a playoff spot, but Damian Lillard could get the team a little closer with a big performance on Saturday.
Lillard tops the Trail Blazers in points per game with 26.3. He also tallies 6.6 assists per game. The point guard is currently ninth in the NBA in assists per game, which has him slightly higher than Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry.
Portland played the Oklahoma City Thunder in game 10 of the NBA season and picked up a four-point win. Lilliard was unreal in the game as he scored 36 points in just over 37 minutes on the court. Lilliard also added 13 assists and was a remarkable 15 of 15 from the free throw line. Lilliard missed the last game Portland played against OKC in early January due to injury. It was another Portland win. Heading into Saturday's game, Lilliard has been unreal in scoring. He has scored 50, 39, 44, 24 and 40 points in his last five games from February 9th to February 24th. Lilliard should continue his hot hand this weekend.
Sunday March 4th
DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers vs. Brooklyn Nets
LetsRUMBL average: 42 points
DeAndre Jordan and the Los Angeles Clippers take on the terminally bad Brooklyn Nets on Sunday. Despite the Clippers trading away Blake Griffin, the team currently occupies the final Western Conference playoff place. The Clippers have two won straight games and a win against the Nets is one of the surest things in the NBA.
Jordan averages just 11.8 ppg, but his 14.9 rebounds outweighs what he does when shooting the basketball. Jordan is the NBA's second leading rebounder behind the Detroit Pistons' Andre Drummond. Jordan puts in nearly 32 minutes a game, so DFS players know he will be on the floor for long periods.
The Clippers played the Nets on February 12th and came away victorious. Jordan played over 35 minutes and contributed 16 points to the win. Jordan also pulled down a monster 17 rebounds and he collected five double-doubles in February. During the month, Jordan averaged 11.4 points and 14.8 rebounds over a nine-game span. His best night came against the Boston Celtics when he scored 30 points. That performance came one day after the Clippers beat the Nets. Jordan's big performances makes it easy to forget about Griffin. The Clippers front office is hoping he will keep it up.