Thursday November 13th, 2014

Ready to show your friends you know more about the NBA than they do? FanNation's Basketball Throwdown fantasy basketball game is your best option. You pick a guard, forward and center who you think will exceed their fantasy projections. The scoring system takes into account points, rebounds, assists, blocks, steals and turnovers. The team that surpasses their projections by the most wins so picking a lineup of Stephen Curry, LeBron James and Joakim Noah is no sure-fire path to victory. You can also bet anywhere from $1 to $500 on each night's matchup or play for free.

I'll give you my picks each day and a recap of yesterday's top performers so you can get bragging rights over your friends.

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Last night's overachievers

Guard: Brandon Jennings, Pistons, +27.6

Jennings had his best game of the season on Wednesday against the Wizards, dropping 32 points, 10 assists, three rebounds, two steals and only two turnovers. While Jennings is shooting a career-best 44.3 percent from the field, Basketball Throwdown does not account for field-goal percentage. Volume shooters, rejoice.

Forward: Paul Millsap, Hawks, +24.9

Despite having his name misspelled on his jersey, Millsap torched the his former team, the Jazz, for 30 points, 17 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks with just two turnovers.

Center: Kris Humphries, Wizards, +12.3

Humphries came of the bench to give the Wizards valuable minutes in a win against the Pistons. He bested his 15-point projection by scoring 12 points and adding nine rebounds, two blocks and an assists with only one turnover.

Today's picks

Guard: Joe Johnson, Nets at Warriors, 10:30 p.m.

Johnson has made headlines for calling his teammates selfish and being the league's highest-paid player after taxes, but his play has been stellar during Brooklyn's first seven games. He is averaging 20.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists while keeping his turnovers below two per game. A key part of picking players for Basketball Throwdown is how many minutes the player will get in the game, and the Nets will need to play Johnson heavy minutes to compete with the 5-2 Warriors on the road. His 26-point projection feels low as he has surpassed the mark in three of his last five games. Joe Cool gets the nod at guard tonight.

Forward: Andre Iguodala, Warriors vs. Nets, 10:30 p.m.

While Johnson has come out of the gates sizzling, Iguodala has struggled mightily under first-year head coach Steve Kerr's offense. He is averaging career-lows of 6.1 points 3.1 rebounds and 2.7 assists and has scored just three points over his past two games. His struggles mean his projection is a reasonable 18 points tonight against the Nets. Iguodala is too good of a player to continue playing so poorly and Brooklyn's defense, which ranks No. 18 in the league, should allow Iguodala to break out.

Center: Marc Gasol, Grizzlies vs. Kings, 8:00 p.m.

The Grizzlies have jumped out to a 7-1 record and Gasol has anchored the team, averaging 17.8 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.3 steals. A matchup with Kings center DeMarcus Cousins will require Gasol to bring his A-game. Beyond Cousins, however, the Kings frontcourt depth is questionable meaning Gasol and Zach Randolph should be able to control the paint for Memphis. In comparison to the other centers playing tonight, Gasol's 31-point projection is most likely to be exceeded.

- Paul Palladino

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