LetsRUMBL NBA Picks: Khris Middleton provides great value at 4 stars
LetsRUMBL NBA Picks: Pelicans, Bucks and Raptors... oh my!
Just one week of the NBA season remains before the playoffs begin, and seven teams have clinched a playoff place in the Eastern Conference. Things are a bit more wide-open in the Western Conference as the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Clippers are still fighting to make the postseason.
The 25th week of the NBA season will end this weekend, so which players do you need in your daily fantasy sports basketball team? LetsRUMBL has two picks from NBA Playoff hopefuls and one from an NBA Title contender.
Friday April 6
Jrue Holiday, New Orleans Pelicans vs. Phoenix Suns
LetsRUMBL average: 36.8
The New Orleans Pelicans are 0.5 game ahead of the Denver Nuggets for the final Western Conference playoff place. The Pelicans travel to Phoenix on Friday night to play the Phoenix Suns. The Suns have won the fewest games in the NBA and New Orleans can strengthen its case for a playoff place.
Pelicans' guard Jrue Holiday averages a career high 19 points per game and 5.9 assists. Holiday averages 36.3 minutes a game along with 4.5 rebounds. In his last game against the Suns, Holiday scored 20 points and collected seven assists. In two games against Phoenix this season, Holiday has averaged 19 points.
With the Pelicans desperately needing to end a recent losing streak to make the playoffs, expect Holiday to step up and have a big night in the desert.
Saturday April 7
*Special 4-Star Value Pick of the Week*
Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks vs. New York Knicks
LetsRUMBL average: 37.3
Khris Middleton is killing it in the LetsRUMBL points. Middleton is a 4-Star Player, but he is averaging more points than most LetsRUMBL 5-Star phenoms. Middleton is second on the Milwaukee Bucks in scoring with 20.2 ppg; which is a career high. Averaging 36.6 minutes a night, Middleton collects 5.2 rebounds (a career high) and 4.0 assists a game.
The Bucks visit the New York Knicks on Saturday on the cusps of playoff qualification. If Middleton can repeat his previous feats against the Knicks, then the Bucks should have no problem winning at Madison Square Garden. Middleton dropped 30 points on the Knicks on March 9. The Bucks picked up the win as Middleton played just over 31 minutes of the game. His GmSc was a solid 22.9.
Although Middleton struggled recently against the Denver Nuggets, it can be forgiven. The quality of the Eastern and Western Conferences has been well noted. In addition, the Nuggets are fighting for the final playoff spot in the West.
The Knicks have nothing to play for, and Middleton and Bucks have their postseason hopes still up in the air. He needs to turn in a big performance, if the team is to make the NBA Playoffs. Middleton has become an elite player in the NBA this season, so don't miss out on the forward in your DFS team.
Sunday April 8
Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors vs. Orlando Magic
LetsRUMBL average: 35
Thirty-one-year-old Kyle Lowry has played second fiddle to DeMar DeRozan this season. However, that doesn't mean Lowry should be ignored in DFS. Lowry averages 16.4 ppg, the second most for the Toronto Raptors. His 6.8 assists in 32.2 minutes a night have been huge for the Raptors as the Canadian team has been the surprise Eastern Conference leaders.
Lowry has averaged 11 points in his last three games for the Raptors. However, between March 18 and 23, Lowry sank more than 20 points a night for four consecutive games. The Raptors as a team have dipped slightly, losing two of three. But that doesn't mean you or anyone else should sleep on the guard and Toronto.
Toronto last played the Orlando Magic on March 20. The Raptors won and Lowry recorded 25 points and eight assists. Orlando is second from bottom in the Eastern Conference standings, so don't expect the Magic to put up much of a fight against the conference's best team. In two meetings this season, Lowry has averaged 21 points against Orlando. He should have another big game against the Magic when the teams meet in Toronto on Sunday.