Game Flow Notes

Vegas Lines

HIGH O/UPelicans vs. Suns – The total for this game is 214 and is the highest scoring of the night. The Suns play at an extremely fast pace and will look to push the basketball tonight. I also like where Anthony Davis comes in at tonight and have him projected for 48+ DK points.

LOW O/URaptors vs. Heat – The Heat have been a low scoring team all season. The Raptors are coming off of an overtime game with the Hornets last night and should come in a little tired. With the o/u at 187.5 this should be a low scoring game, that I am staying away from.

Pace of Play

NBA Cheat Sheet 12.18 Pace

HIGH PACEKings vs. Timberwolves – The Kings have played at a blazing lately. This game is projected at a 102.2 game pace. I love Boogie in this one and I feel like Zach Lavine may provide sneaky value. With the Pelicans/Suns coming in at the fastest game, the Kings/Timberwolves may come in under the radar.

LOW PACENuggets vs. Jazz – Enter the Jazz and find one of the slowest games of the night. The Nuggets usually play at a faster pace, but the Jazz always look to slow the ball down. With a projected game pace of 93.4 this one should be painfully slow. I do like where Derrick Favors is at against a weak Nuggets post.

Defense vs. Position

NBA Cheat Sheet 12.18 DvP

Point Guard Matchups

TARGETBrandon Knight vs. Jrue Holiday – The Pelicans are terrible against opposing PGs. Knight will look to have a field day tonight as he gets a high scoring game with a great matchup.

AVOIDJeff Teague vs. Isaiah Thomas – Teague had a bounce back game against the 76ers during his last outing. Yes, you read that right….the 76ers. Tonight he gets the Celtics and they lockdown opposing PGs coming it at 1st in the league.

Shooting Guard Matchups

TARGETAlec Burks vs. Will Barton – Burks got the start last game, but played very poor. If he gets the start tonight he will have a great chance to redeem himself. Burks will get a Nuggets team that can’t guard anybody.

AVOIDJJ Redick vs. Danny Green – The Spurs have eclipsed the Jazz as the top defenders in the league. The Spurs are ranked 1st against opposing SGs. Reddick has been putting up a lot of shots, but will have a tough matchup tonight.

Small Forward Matchups

TARGET Carmelo Anthony vs. Robert Covington – Melo has been playing lights out lately, even posting a 50 burger. He gets Bob Cov tonight and the 76ers. The 76ers are dead last in the league against SFs. Fire Melo in your line tonight.

AVOIDBojan Bogdanovic vs. Paul George- Yes, I could easily say avoid the player who is playing against Kawhi tonight, but Bojan has been a great source of value. Tonight he has a terrible matchup against the Pacers and may not even hit value.

Power Forward Matchups

TARGETKristaps Porzingis vs. Nerlens Noel – Porzingis has had a rough patch over the last couple, but tonight he can redeem himself. Noel should play tonight, but hasn’t been very good. I love this matchup tonight.

AVOIDBlake Griffin vs. LaMarcus Aldridge – This matchup is tricky because I really want to roll out BG tonight. The Spurs are 1st against opposing PFs and will look to lock Blake down tonight. I think we will see a great defensive effort from the Spurs tonight.

Center Matchups

TARGETNikola Vucevic vs. Mason Plumlee – Vuc went crazy against the Hornets during his last game. Tonight he gets the Trailblazers who are terrible against Cs. He is in a great spot to get a double double tonight.

AVOID Zaza Pachulia vs. Marc Gasol – Zaza gets a little Marc tonight and probably won’t like it. The Griz are ranked 6th against opposing Cs. I like other options at C tonight.

Lineup Quick Hits

Superstar Worth Paying For

Steph Curry (10,700) – The Chef has a mediocre outing against the Suns last game. This was due to Draymond Green posting a double double and potential blowout numbers. He has a great matchup tonight against the Bucks and is projected well over 50+ fantasy points. I will have a lot of exposure to Steph tonight.

Save Big Bucks by Drafting

Jrue Holiday (5,100) – Holiday no longer has a minutes restriction. He has been on fire the last two games with 30+ DK performances. He has a fast paced matchup with the Suns tonight and has a great shot at hitting value.

Dud of the Night

Dwayne Wade (6,900) – D Wade had a great outing his last game, but should come back down to earth tonight. He matches up against Demar Derozan and should have a tougher time tonight. I have him projected at only 30+ DK points tonight.

Out/Doubtful Tonight

CJ Watson – Out, Josh McRoberts – Out, Tyler Johnson — Out, Devin Harris – Out, Jarrell Martin – Out, Emmanuel Mudiay – Out, Greg Monroe – Doubtful