Golden State Warriors v Chicago Bulls

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Here’s what stands out on Wednesday’s 11-game slate:

Defense vs. Position

Point Guard Matchups

BEST

Milwaukee Bucks at Sacramento Kings, 30th
Brooklyn Nets vs. Washington Wizards, 29th
Minnesota Timberwolves at Atlanta Hawks, 28th

D’Angelo Russell ($8,700) has scored fewer than 48 DKFP in only two of his past seven games, carrying a high 60-plus DKFP ceiling into a matchup like this. Jeff Teague ($5,600) is questionable with a knee injury, but if he’s cleared to go, he’s in a great spot against his former team in Atlanta.

WORST

Dallas Mavericks vs. Indiana Pacers, 1st
Sacramento Kings vs. Milwaukee Bucks, 3rd
Golden State Warriors at Miami Heat, 4th

I likely will fade these spots, but Stephen Curry ($9,100) does become more attractive with DeMarcus Cousins (rest) ruled out. Boogie has been integrated into the offense more as he’s seen his minutes upped, so there should be some extra shots to go around in this game.


Shooting Guard Matchups

BEST

Minnesota Timberwolves at Atlanta Hawks, 30th
New Orleans Pelicans at Los Angeles Lakers, 29th
Golden State Warriors at Miami Heat, 28th

Klay Thompson ($6,600) could see the same type of slight boost as Curry, but with some reason to believe he’s a safer play. Thompson is a lot cheaper than Curry and has the better matchup on paper.

WORST

Los Angeles Clippers at Utah Jazz, 1st
Miami Heat vs. Golden State Warriors, 3rd
Portland Trail Blazers at Boston Celtics, 4th

This very well could be a bounce-back spot for the Celtics at home, but it’s also a really tough back-to-back after an 0-3 road trip coming out of the break. If the C’s continue to implode, CJ McCollum ($6,300) is worth GPP consideration. McCollum’s averaging more than 40 DKFP in three games since the All-Star break.


Small Forward Matchups

BEST

Los Angeles Lakers vs. New Orleans Pelicans, 30th
Minnesota Timberwolves at Atlanta Hawks, 29th
New Orleans Pelicans at Los Angeles Lakers, 28th

LeBron James ($11,100) has been the center of attention, yet “Playoff LeBron” hasn’t quite had the impact we were all expecting since returning from the break. His defense and effort has been pretty terrible. But LeBron’s still slept-walked to more than 60 DKFP per game in his past three games, including 65 against New Orleans. This should be a statement game for LeBron, giving him a high ceiling to go with his extremely safe floor. If Teague winds up sitting out, Andrew Wiggins ($6,200) would become a strong mid-priced play here.

WORST

Dallas Mavericks vs. Indiana Pacers, 1st
San Antonio Spurs vs. Detroit Pistons, 2nd
Brooklyn Nets vs. Washington Wizards, 3rd

Joe Harris ($4,500) is one of those quiet values that always gets slept on. He consistently plays minutes and is one of the best shooters in the league. Averaging 27 DKFP against Washington this year, this isn’t a spot we need to fade. Washington ranks terribly defensively, with the exception of SF for some reason.


Power Forward Matchups

BEST

Brooklyn Nets vs. Washington Wizards, 29th
Washington Wizards at Brooklyn Nets, 27th
Minnesota Timberwolves at Atlanta Hawks, 26th

Bobby Portis ($6,300) has been playing very well with Washington but is coming off a dud against Charlotte. He’s a solid play, but not someone you need to go out of your way to target.

WORST

Los Angeles Clippers at Utah Jazz, 1st
Charlotte Hornets vs. Houston Rockets, 2nd
Miami Heat vs. Golden State Warriors, 3rd

Marvin Williams ($4,400) took us for a loop, being labeled as doubtful Tuesday, then telling the media he’ll play Wednesday. All those value plays we thought we had on the Hornets earlier in the day are no longer worth targeting.


Center Matchups

BEST

Washington Wizards at Brooklyn Nets, 29th
New Orleans Pelicans at Los Angeles Lakers, 28th
Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 27th

Rudy Gobert ($8,200) demolished the Clippers for 63.5 DKFP the most recent time he saw them. This sets up for another great spot for the All-Star snub, who’s been playing extremely well ever since he was left of the team.

WORST

Dallas Mavericks vs. Indiana Pacers, 3rd
Atlanta Hawks vs. Minnesota Timberwolves, 4th
Golden State Warriors at Miami Heat, 5th

Dwight Powell ($4,300) is coming off a huge game, and I’ll touch more on his situation below. The Warriors could have some value up front with Boogie ruled out, but I think it should be more beneficial for their three primary scorers getting extra shots in this game.


Lineup Quick Hits

Superstar Worth Paying For

LeBron James ($11,100)— When it comes down to it, it’s a LeBron night. With 11 games, there are other directions you can go, but I think LeBron will be motivated for this game, leaving him in a tremendous bounce-back spot with a perfect matchup at home. This could be one of those monster games, and I’m not willing to fade it.

Save The Big Bucks By Drafting …

Dwight Powell ($4,300) — Powell entered the starting lineup last game, dropping 49 DKFP in 37 minutes against the Clippers. The matchup gets more difficult against Indiana, but if he plays a similar role, $4,300 is far too cheap.

Next Man Up

Follow DK Live — Domantas Sabonis (ankle) is another name we have ruled out in the early going for this slate. We can find some value in Indy’s frontcourt, but there’s surprisingly little injury news. The Marvin Williams situation actually took value away from us. But with 11 games, you can be sure new is going to pop up that highlights value. Stay tuned.


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