NBA Week Twenty-Four Fantasy Predictions

Big shout out to maleopold15 over at Sports Thoughts for his help in the help of creating a new series. He reports on the NBA, MLB, and the NFL. We are each helping each other out on our new fantasy series, mine for the NBA, and his for the NFL. Go check out the full blog at Sports Thoughts.

This is a weekly series that will be published every Sunday, previewing who will be the best fantasy players of the next week. Maleopold15 and I will select our ideal fantasy starting fives heading into the week.

Last Week

Last week, Maleopold selected Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, and Karl-Anthony Towns who averaged a combined: 28.8 Points, 9.7 Rebounds, 6.4 Assists, 1.4 Steals, and 1.3 Blocks.

I selected Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Lebron James, Anthony Davis, and Joel Embiid who averaged a combined: 27.6 Points, 9.7 Rebounds, 6.3 Assists, 1.3 Steals, and 1.4 Blocks.

Maleopol won four out of the five statistical categories, so he won week twenty-three.

Me-8, Maleopold-9

Point Guard

ST: Russell Westbrook

Nothing new here. As the regular season winds down, Westbrook keeps on knocking down triple-doubles. He’s a fantasy must-start.

Me: Russell Westbrook
It’s been a couple consecutive weeks with Russell Westbrook locked into the point guard position for Maleopold and me. With Kyrie Irving and Stephen Curry both dealing with relatively serious injuries, it makes this decision a little easier to decide.

Shooting Guard

ST: James Harden

MVP-MVP-MVP.
Me: James Harden
He’s the best player in the NBA; what do you want me to do?

Small Forward

ST: Lebron James

 With Kevin Durant and the Warriors still dealing with injuries, I guess I have to settle for the best player on the planet. James hasn’t missed a game all season, and he’s got Cleveland on his back down the homestretch.

Me: Lebron James

Lebron James may be legitimately challenging James Harden for the MVP trophy… Maybe not; but still, Lebron is about a rebound and an assist away from averaging a triple-double on the season. The Cavaliers’ early struggles and the historic stat-lines from James Harden and Anthony Davis have undermined Lebron’s ridiculous play as of late. He’s a safe pick every week, as you would expect from the King.

Power Forward

ST: Anthony Davis

I know it’s getting old but when these top four guys continue to dominate their positions I have no reason to go against them. Lock it down, big fella.

Me: Giannis Antetokounmpo
Even at the young age of 23, Giannis Antetkounmpo has become one of the best players in the NBA. Averaging over 27 points and 10 rebounds seems like something that only guys like Anthony Davis and Demarcus Cousins would be able to do, but the Greek Freak has quietly carried possibly the best statistical season into March, where he continues to dominate.

Center

ST: Karl-Anthony Towns

I went with KAT last week, so I’ll switch to King’s Court’s dark side and go with Drummond this week. He’s been quietly steady all season and dominates the low post. He should close the season with ease.

Me: Anthony Davis

It’s starting to get to the point where I don’t need to explain picking Anthony Davis like I do with Harden. Especially since the Demarcus Cousins injury, Anthony Davis has elevated his game to being possibly the best pure scorer in the NBA. That being said, he should be in your lineup (at power forward or center) every single week.

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