LetsRUMBL NBA Picks: LeBron James will single handedly beat the Brooklyn Nets
The NBA Playoffs tip off on April 14, and teams around the Association are either jockeying for position or looking to make a last run for the postseason. It is a great time for the NBA's elite to shine and daily fantasy sports players can benefit from this time of the season. LetsRUMBL has three NBA superstars to get your DFS team over the line this weekend and into the 'W' column. This week, LetsRUMBL has gone big, so expect to accumulate DFS points all weekend long.
Friday March 23
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks vs. Chicago Bulls
LetsRUMBL average: 55 points
The Milwaukee Bucks are just five games ahead of the Detroit Pistons for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The team is hanging on and if Giannis Antetokounmpo is available, the team should hold onto the final spot. The only problem is whether Antetokounmpo is available. The forward left the Bucks' Wednesday night loss to the Los Angeles Clippers with a sprained ankle. There is no word on whether he will miss Friday night's game, but we believe if the Greek Freak is in the lineup, he needs to be in your DFS team.
Antetokounmpo leads the Bucks with 27.3 ppg and he hauls in a massive 10 rebounds a night. He is having a career season in both categories. But perhaps it is his assists per game that is going unnoticed. Antetokounmpo is second on the team with 4.8 a game, which is just 0.1 behind team leader Eric Bledsoe.
Before leaving Wednesday night's game early, Antetokounmpo had scored 12 points in just 16 minutes of action. He would most likely have had his fourth consecutive double-double, but it was not to be as the Bucks lost. Against the Chicago Bulls in January, Antetokounmpo scored 27 points in just over 34 minutes. One month early he tallied 28 and 29 points, respectively against the Bulls. Antetokounmpo always seems to play well against Chicago, which is why he needs to be in your DFS team.
Saturday March 24
James Harden, Houston Rockets vs. New Orleans Pelicans
LetsRUMBL average: 52 points
How many NBA experts, fans and casual viewers thought the Houston Rockets would be the NBA's best team in 2017-18? Probably not many. The Chris Paul trade has worked wonders and it has opened up the floor for James Harden to be the league's scoring leader.
Harden averages an Association high 31.2 ppg and still puts in an incredible 8.7 assists. He is the complete player in the NBA, and his performances have rewarded the Rockets with the best record. Will the team run through the playoffs and win the NBA Finals? Well, the Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers and others have a lot to say about that.
Harden and the Rockets go up against the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday. Currently fifth in the Western Conference, New Orleans is holding down a playoff spot. Unfortunately for the Pelicans, Houston is 37-8 against Western Conference foes, and the Rockets are 9-1 in their last 10 games as of March 22.
The teams' first meeting in December saw the Rockets win by seven and Harden collected 26 points and 17 assists. A month later, Harden registered 26 points and 11 assists. The guard saved his best for their meeting on March 17, however, when he scored 32 points and collected 11 rebounds. Harden loves playing the Pelicans.
Sunday March 25
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Brooklyn Nets
LetsRUMBL average: 62 points
LeBron James may be getting older and on the verge of leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second time, but the guard continues to score points. James is third in the NBA's points per game average; and he is still unreal, despite the Cavs coming down to earth this season.
The big trade moves made in February haven't worked as much as they first appeared to. The Cavs have recorded winning records in February and March, but the team has barely gotten over .500. March has seen the Cavs hit hard by injuries and five players have missed time. James continues to go onto the court and do his job, however. Averaging 27.4 ppg, 9.1 assists and 37.2 minutes, James leads the team in all three categories.
In three games against the Brooklyn Nets this season, James has recorded a triple-double in two of them. His most recent came on February 27, when James scored 31 points, made 11 assists and pulled down 12 rebounds. Don't be surprised if he doesn't all again on Sunday.