Game Flow Notes

Vegas Lines

HIGH O/UTrailblazers vs. Kings- With only 4 games on the slate tonight this game has the highest total of 208. This game should be a win for the Kings and has the potential to be a field day for DeMarcus Cousins. I love Boogie in this one! I also will be rolling out both Trailblazer guards if Lillard plays.

LOW O/ULakers vs. Grizzlies- The lowest total on the night is at 196. This shouldn’t surprise anyone that the game involves the Grizzlies. Kobe will probably chunk up 400 shots and will probably hit value. I love the matchups that Conley and Gasol have and will definitely be rolling them out in cash games.


Pace of Play

NBA Cheat Sheet 12.27 Pace

HIGH PACEKnicks vs. Celtics- The projected game pace in this one is 99.5. The Celtics have played at a fast pace all year long and will look to push the pace tonight. This has the makings of the Carmelo show for the Knicks and will be an IT2 game for the Celtics.

LOW PACENuggets vs. Thunder- Surprisingly this game is one of the slower pace games on the night. With a projected game pace of 98.4 this one is only slightly faster pace than the Griz game. Nevertheless, I will have shares of Westy and KD. For the Nuggets, Barton has a fantastic matchup and has a great chance to exceed value.


Defense vs. Position

NBA Cheat Sheet 12.27 DvP

Point Guard Matchups

TARGET Mike Conley vs. Lakers Starter- Scott said that he may tweak the Lakers starting line after Christmas. It doesn’t matter what tweak he does the Lakers will still be terrible against PGs. This makes Conley a great play tonight!

AVOID Jose Calderon vs. Isaiah Thomas – IT2 has been shut down and is ranked in the top 5 against opposing PGs. Calderon has had some decent outings, but he has his hands full tonight.


Shooting Guard Matchups

TARGET CJ McCollum vs. Darren Collison/Marco Belinelli- McCollum has a great matchup tonight against the Kings. He has been carrying the offensive load for the Trailblazers and should continue this trend tonight.

AVOID Andre Roberson vs. Will Barton- Just like every other player not named Westbrook or Durant on the Thunder, Roberson has a tough matchup tonight. I am staying away from this matchup tonight.


Small Forward Matchups

TARGETKevin Durant vs. Kostas Popanikolaou- With Danillo sidelined, KD gets a matchup against Pop in the box! KD will dominate this matchup and has the opportunity to exceed value tonight.

AVOIDRudy Gay vs. Al Farouq-Aminu- Aminu is a great defender. Gay’s usage should be down due to the massive matchup Cousins has. I think that we will see more Rondo and Cousins tonight.


Power Forward Matchups

TARGET DeMarcus Cousins vs. Meyers Leonard- This one is simple. Cousins should see some of Leonard and some of Plumlee. It won’t matter, Boogie should dominate.

AVOID Kenneth Faried vs. Serge Ibaka- Serge has played some good defense this season. The Manimal is basically the only post presence the Nuggets have. He may reach value, but I don’t expect a lot more.


Center Matchups

TARGETMarc Gasol vs. Roy Hibbert- Gasol had a slow start last night against the Hornets. He will look to remedy that tonight as he gets a great matchup against the Lakers. Gasol is easily the top C on the night.

AVOIDNikola Jokic vs. Steven Adams- Adams has played great defense this season. Jokic has gotten most of the minutes at C for the Nuggets, but will have a tough matchup tonight.


Lineup Quick Hits

Superstar Worth Paying For

DeMarcus Cousins (9,900) – I could easily put Westy in this spot, but I like Boogie’s matchup a lot better. Boogie gets the week front court of the Trailblazers and will dominate Mason Plumlee. I have him projected at 55+ DK points tonight. I also like his price coming in at right under 10k.

Save Big Bucks by Drafting

Meyers Leonard (3,700) – Leonard has had two nice outings over the last two games. On a short slate his price makes him come in at a great value play. I have him projected at 22 DK points tonight in a great matchup.

Dud of the Night

Kenneth Faried (6,500) – Once again the Manimal comes in as the Dud of the Night. With about 6 guys less than his 6.5K projected higher, the Manimal probably won’t be worth the price tonight. His matchup against Serge Ibaka doesn’t bid well for his production either.

Doubtful/Out

This is not a comprehensive list. Be sure to check for injury updates throughout the day

Damian Lillard – Doubtful, Danillo Gallinari -Out