With just three days left in the NBA regular season, there is still plenty to be decided in the Eastern Conference. The Pacers, Bulls and Heat take the floor tonight battling for the two remaining playoff spots while at the top of the East the Cavs and Celtics are tied as well. As you build your roster for tonight, make sure to target teams with plenty to play for including stars like Jimmy Butler, Paul George and Hassan Whiteside, who will look to rise to the occasion. While those stars definitely come with hefty salaries, there are also some nice value plays to help balance out your roster. In this Monday edition of the Bargain Bin, let’s take a look at my top plays under $4K from tonight’s nine-game slate.
Noah Vonleh – PF/C – POR vs SA – ($3,600) – With the Nuggets’ loss at the hands of Russell Westbrook yesterday, the Blazers clinched a playoff spot. They are still optimistic that Jusuf Nurkic will return for that series, but until then, Vonleh will continue to get expanded minutes. Over his last six games, Vonleh has averaged over 25 minutes and produced 19.25 DKFP per game. He has over 22 DKFP in four of his last five contests with the one “down” game being a brutal matchup with Rudy Gobert.
While the Blazers may rest or limit the minutes of some regulars tonight, Vonleh is a young option they like to give extra run to when possible. He has multiple blocked shots in three of his last four games and should be a solid source of points, blocks and boards as the Blazers host former teammate LaMarcus Aldridge and the Spurs.
Troy Williams – SF – HOU @ LAC – ($3,800) – The Rockets added Williams from the D-League after they had clinched the playoffs, but they haven’t been hesitant to give him lots of minutes. In his four games with Houston he has picked up three starts and averaged 20.1 DKFP in 27.5 minutes per game. He burst onto the scene with 36.25 DKFP in 39 minutes eight days ago and had another big workload last night playing 36 minutes and totaling 26.75 DKFP.
In both games of Williams’ big games, Trevor Ariza got the night off — once for rest and once to attend to a personal matter. If Ariza is available tonight, Williams could be coming off the bench and sharing more minutes. However, Lou Williams is expected to rest tonight, and coach Mike D’Antoni may at least limit the minutes of his main contributors like Ariza, Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon. Williams is a bit of a boom-or-bust play, but he definitely has attractive upside if he gets good minutes.
Tony Parker – PG – SA @ POR – ($3,700) – The Spurs are well-known for managing their veterans moving toward the playoffs, but coach Gregg Popovich has said he’ll play his regulars in San Antonio’s last two games. It’s hard to fully trust Pop, but Parker will be a great value option if the Spurs stick to the current plan.
The veteran should be well rested after getting Friday off, but he struggled Saturday with just two points, two assists and 5.0 DKFP in his 20 minutes against the Clippers. He was playing well before that, however, and had run off three straight with 10+ points and 22+ DKFP. The Blazers usually give up plenty of points, so I’m looking for Parker to bounce back and return value if he gets 20 minutes or more tonight.
C.J. Miles – SG/SF – IND @ PHI – ($3,800) – Indiana gets a good matchup against the injury-depleted 76ers tonight in Philadelphia. The Pacers badly need a win in their playoff battle, so they should have a regular rotation which opens the door for C.J. Miles. Miles’ production sometimes disappears since he’s coming off the bench behind Monta Ellis, but he still has the ability to go off as we saw last Sunday when he dropped 27 points on the Cavs on his way to 42 DKFP.
He has at least 17 DKFP in five of his last six games and has hit multiple 3-pointers in each of those contests. Although he brings a high ceiling, he also is fairly stable since he almost always has an impact in some way especially if his shot is dropping from deep.
Overflows from the Bargain Bin
(Other cheap options worth considering)
- Evan Turner – SG/SF – POR vs SA – ($3,900)
- Matthew Dellavedova – PG/SG – MIL vs. CHA – ($3,900)
- Mario Hezonja – SF/PF – ORL @ CHI – ($3,000)
- Boris Diaw – PF/C – UTA @ GS – ($3,000)
- Stanley Johnson – SG/SF – DET vs WAS – ($3,000)
- Isaiah Whitehead – PG/SG – BKN @ BOS – ($3,400)
- Thon Maker – C – MIL vs CHA – ($3,000)
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