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Mar 23, 2018

NBA FANTASY BASKETBALL REVIEW MARCH 23 2018

LeBron James is 33 years old and in his 15th season in the league, and this week he showed everyone he may just be hitting his prime. LeBron has three triple-doubles in his last five games, averaging 34.2 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 11.2 assists over that span. In the Cavs last game where they topped the first place Raptors 132-129, James went for 35 points, 17 assists and no turnovers. He is the only player in NBA history with at least 35 points and 15 assists while not turning the ball over once. James has topped 70 fantasy basketball games in three of the last five games. His fantasy scores in the two games where he didn’t reach 70? 69.8 fantasy points and 69.6 fantasy points. This streak of dominance from James is coming at a good time, as the Cavs are in a tight race for the third spot in the East. The 76ers are a game behind them and have won five straight games. Philadelphia has taken advantage of their easy schedule the past week beating the Knicks, Nets, Hornets, Grizzlies, and Magic, all of which are under .500 and out of the playoffs. Embiid has enjoyed the easier schedule, racking up 19 rebounds in both Friday’s game against the Nets and in Monday’s game against the Hornets, while scoring 60.8 and 53.8 fantasy points in those games respectively.

In the west, the Rockets have basically secured their number one seed as they now sit 4.5 games above the injured Warriors. The Warriors have lost their “big-four” in Durant, Curry, Klay, and Draymond as they have fallen out of the race for first. That is to take nothing away from the Rockets who continue to dominate. After the Raptors broke their 17 game winning streak, the Rockets decided they’d just start a new streak and have gone on to win 7 straight games. The biggest of those wins came on Tuesday against the third place Trail Blazers. Portland was riding their own 13 game win streak when they ran into Harden and the Rockets. Harden had 42 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 assists on his way to 55.7 fantasy basketball points. The Rockets have won 27 of their last 30 games as they look to stay red-hot into the playoffs. Lower down in the West, the Spurs have won five straight and look like a safe bet to make the playoffs as they sit three up on the 9th place Nuggets. Aldridge has been red hot over those five games, with his biggest performance coming in an important game against the Timberwolves on Saturday. Aldridge went for 39 points and 10 rebounds as he was one fantasy point away from eclipsing 60. The Spurs have also been the center of some drama this week, as they reportedly held a players-only meeting expressing their displeasure with Kawhi’s continued absence. Kawhi has missed the majority of the season with a quad injury and his teammates feel like he is ready to return, but Kawhi continues to sit out. With the Spurs looking like they will, in fact, earn a playoff bid, it will be very interesting to see how that all pans out. Going into the weekend there is plenty of Fantasy Basketball to be had at Draftboard, with 15 games and big numbers being put up around the league.

Dan Quinn
CEO, Draftboard.com