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.
Guard: Isaiah Canaan, Rockets, +29.2
With starter Patrick Beverley out of the lineup because of a hamstring injury, Canaan got the start against the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday. He made six three-pointers en route to piling up 24 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals in the victory. In the Rockets' up-tempo offense, Canaan can put up big numbers when he receives significant playing time.
Forward: Donatas Motiejunas, Rockets, +18.7
After a slow start to the season, Montiejunas has picked up his play recently. He has averaged 16.0 points and 8.7 rebounds over his last three games. He scored a season-high 21 points on Wednesday against the Kings and added six rebounds, three assists and three blocks.
Playing against his former team, Chandler had his best game of the season on Wednesday against the New York Knicks. He put season-highs of 17 points and 25 rebounds while adding two blocks, an assist and a steal to lead Dallas to an overtime win.
Curry has been blistering hot during his past two games, dropping 40 against the Miami Heat and 28 against the Orlando Magic in just 24 minutes of action. A matchup with the struggling Charlotte Hornets should allow Curry to continue his hot-shooting. Over his last five games, he has beaten his projection four times and is averaging 45 points in Basketball Throwdown.
Bennett has shown signs of progress in his second season following a disappointing rookie campaign with the Cleveland Cavaliers. With Nikola Pekovic still out of the lineup, he should see additional playing time in Minnesota's frontcourt rotation. He is only projected to accumulate 15 points tonight against the Los Angeles Lakers despite 23 points during his past five games. The Timberwolves and Lakers should be a competitive game and Bennett figures to put up good numbers tonight.
With Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard not expected to play tonight, Jordan will have a decided advantage against whoever the Rockets send at him. Jordan has only beaten his projection once over his last five games, but his projection has dropped to 25 points. The Clippers and Rockets are two teams that want to get out and run so Jordan should be on the receiving end of several alley-oops from Chris Paul tonight.
- Paul Palladino