NBA Week Twenty-Five 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: 24.8 Points, 10 Rebounds, 6.5 Assists, 1.1 Steals, and 1.1 Blocks.

I selected Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Lebron James, Anthony Davis, and Joel Embiid who averaged a combined: 21.2 Points, 9.3 Rebounds, 6.9 Assists, 1.2 Steals, and 1.1 Blocks.

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

Me-9, Maleopold-9

Point Guard

ST: Russell Westbrook

This time it’s not because he’s a triple-double machine, it’s because he’s the only good point guard with something to play for. As we enter the home stretch of the regular season, the Thunder haven’t clinched a playoff spot, and Westbrook will help them finally get there.

Me: Russell Westbrook
With the score all tied up and two weeks remaining, I’m going to risk it all with a couple of interesting selections. I would never switch up on Russ, however. The triple-double machine remains locked in my lineup.

Shooting Guard

ST: Donovan Mitchell

Wait. What? Well with the Rockets already clinching the West, Harden won’t be playing meaningful minutes, if any. That will drop the average dramatically, so I have to defer to a 2 guard from a team that still cares.
Me: Paul George
ALERT! ALERT! James Harden will not be in my fantasy lineup this week. With the Rockets locked into the first seed in the west, I would risk the chance of having Harden being rested late in games to prepare for the playoffs. Paul George has been hovering around the top three in steals all year, and I hope that he can lock up a win for me this week in that category.

Small Forward

ST: Kevin Durant

He’s clearly not in playoff shape, so I think the Warriors will continue to play him until he finds his form again. I’ll ride the roller coaster along with Golden State

Me: Lebron James

Unlike Harden’s Rockets, Lebron’s Cavs are still very much caught up in the playoff race. Lebron James should continue to dominate in all statistical categories, as he is the best player in the world.

Power Forward

ST: Anthony Davis

My lock at PF still has plenty to play for with his team sitting at #8 right now. So long as nothing is a guarantee, Davis should continue to dominate the post on both sides of the ball.

Me: Ben Simmons
With Paul George hopefully locking up the steals category win, the grouping of every other player in my lineup should handle rebounds and assists, Ben Simmons included. I’ve picked Simmons a couple of times, and I haven’t been disappointed yet.


ST: Karl-Anthony Towns

Back to KAT for the final week. Twolves are in serious danger with Jimmy Butler hurt and a playoff spot still in jeopardy. It really comes down to KAT getting Minnesota into the playoffs for the first time since 2004. I think he’ll get it done.

Me: Nikola Jokic

To finish out my very controversial lineup, Nikola Jokic fits perfectly. The assists out of the center position are very underrated, as most weeks Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Davis record some very low numbers. With this very uncommon grouping of players, hopefully, I can take the win.

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