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 out-performs its projections by the largest amount 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: Ty Lawson, Nuggets, +27.6
Lawson posted a double-double in Tuesday's win over the Lakers. He piled up 32 points, 16 assists and two steals while playing 45 minutes as the Nuggets picked up a road win. While Lawson's season is marred by an arrest on suspicion of DUI last month, he is having one of the best statistical seasons of his career. He is averaging 16.9 points and is second in the league with 10.1 assists.
Forward: Carlos Boozer, Lakers, +22.0
Following four heavily criticized seasons with the Bulls, Boozer has been out of the spotlight this season with the Lakers. In Tuesday's loss to the Nuggets, he had a throwback performance to his All-Star seasons with the Jazz. He piled up 21 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and a steal while making eight of 15 shots. With a paltry 17-point projection, Boozer is a good option as the Lakers don't have many better options on offense.
After a breakout month of December, Plumlee has cooled off since Brook Lopez returned to the lineup. He received extended minutes in Tuesday's loss to the Grizzlies and responded to the tune of 15 points, 14 rebounds and three steals. Because he has to split minutes with Lopez, Plumlee is not a great fantasy option, but that would change if the Nets can find a taker for Lopez before the trade deadline.
Bolstered by a pair of huge games against the Pelicans last week, Westbrook has beaten his projection in three of his last five games. He has averaged 32.6 points, 9.0 assists and 8.4 rebounds on 51.4 percent shooting from the field as the Thunder have won four of its last five. Oklahoma City needs every win it can muster to reach the playoffs after an injury-filled start to the season. A matchup with the No. 2 seed Grizzlies will bring out the best in Westbrook on Wednesday.
Middleton has been extremely efficient as the Bucks have won eight of their last 10 games. While shooting 57.0 percent from the field, he has averaged 16.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.3 steals. Middleton catches the Kings on the second half of a back to back on the road and should be able to take advantage of some tired legs.
The 21-year-old Drummond is prone to ups and downs, but he has been consistent over the last five games for the Pistons. As Detroit has won three of its last five games, Drummond has averaged 15.2 points, 13.2 rebounds and 1.4 blocks. Earlier this season, he piled up 20 points and 17 rebounds against the Spurs and should have another big night on Wednesday.