LetsRUMBL NBA Picks: 3 Big Men Ready for Big Performance
The NBA Playoff spots are getting filled up and seven NBA teams have secured their places in the postseason. Less than 10 games remain in the NBA's regular season for each team and the fight for final playoff positioning is going down to the wire.
LetsRUMBL has three perfect daily fantasy sports picks for NBA players this weekend. With the Association about to enter its second season, LetsRUMBL has the players that will obtain points and win your NBA DFS match-ups.
Friday March 30
Julius Randle, Los Angeles Lakers vs. Milwaukee Bucks
LetsRUMBL average: 36.5 points
So, the Los Angeles Lakers won't make the NBA Playoffs this season and the team didn't hit the heights many expected. An 11th place finish isn't too bad for the team and there is definitely promise for next season. The Lakers have a contract option on Randle for next year and he will be a restricted free agent after that. He has the opportunity to play his way into the shop window for teams that need a good a strong power forward and the Lakers' will could be tested if the right deal is offered for Randle. The final few games of the season could really see Randle breakout.
Randle is the joint-leader in points for the Lakers. He averages 16.2 per game and his 8.0 rebounds is the best on the team. If there is a weakness, it is his 26.6 minutes per game. On the bright side, however, Randle tops the team in scoring and rebounds despite playing fewer than 27 minutes.
Randle has topped 20 points in his last eight games; and seven of those have seen Randle finish the night with a double-double. In the team's previous meeting this year, Randle pulled down nine rebounds while sinking 17 points in just over 27 minutes of action.
Saturday March 31
Dwight Howard, Charlotte Hornets vs. Washington Wizards
LetsRUMBL average: 44.3 points
The Charlotte Hornets' blockbuster Dwight Howard trade may still payoff. The team is still in the hunt for the playoffs, but Charlotte is 5.5 games back of the final place. Howard is second on the team in points per game with 16.7. He is pulling down a massive 12.4 rebounds and his work on the glass has been a major factor in why Charlotte still have an outside shot at the postseason. Add in his 1.6 blocks per game and Howard's addition can be seen as a positive. However, the Hornets are giving up three points per game more this year than last. Good trade? Well, just look at Howard's former team the Atlanta Hawks for proof.
March has seen Howard drop four 30-plus point games on his opponents. The last time Charlotte met Washington, Howard scored just 11. However, in the teams' previous meeting this season he scored 26 and grabbed 13 rebounds. Expect the Howard that dropped 26 points on the Wizards to show up on Saturday. Charlotte has to win to keep its playoff hopes alive.
Sunday April 1
Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
LetsRUMBL average: 39 points
The Utah Jazz currently occupy the seventh seed in the Western Conference. The Jazz could move as high as fourth or even drop out of the playoff standings depending on the results of their next eight games.
The Jazz weren't expected to do much this season after the loss of Gordon Hayward to free agency. However, Utah is having a similar season without the star player as it did with him. One reason for the team's continued steady play has been due to Rudy Gobert. Averaging 14 points per game, Gobert doesn't exactly scream star performer. However, the center is averaging a massive 10.8 rebounds and 32.6 minutes a night. Add in 2.4 blocks per game and Gobert's $21 million-plus guaranteed contract makes complete sense for the Utah star.
Gobert has averaged a double-double in his last 14 games in 36 minutes of action a night. In his last game against Minnesota on March 2nd, Gobert scored 26 points and collected 16 rebounds in 35:55 minutes. The big man is ready for another big night against a playoff rival.