Game Flow Notes
HIGH O/U – Cavaliers vs. Thunder – Another battle of the Superstars today. We got a show from Draymond Green last night and somebody in this game will be looking to do the same. With a 215 total this one should provide a lot of scoring. 3 out of the top 5 projected fantasy scorers are in this game. For the Thunder we will see a lot of Westbrook and Durant. For the Cavs, Lebron will be looking to prove why they are the best team in the east. I also like Kyrie Irving as a little cheaper priced play.
LOW O/U – Jazz vs. Trailblazers- It seems like we should just leave the Jazz in this spot. With Shelvin Mack and Gordon Hayward reunited it will be interesting to see if the scoring picks up. With a 198 total they haven’t proved their prowess yet. I also love Gobert and Favors in a great matchup. For the Blazers how can you pick against Damian Lillard, the guy put up 51 against the defending champs and will be looking to repeat tonight.
Pace of Play
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HIGH PACE – Celtics vs. Nuggets – The Celtics have been led by Isaiah Thomas and his speed all season long. The Nuggets also like to move the ball and have gotten better behind Emmanuel Mudiay. WIth a projected total of 215 and a projected game pace of over 100, this one should be speedy. I love IT2 and will sprinkle some Jared Sullinger in GPPs.
LOW PACE – Grizzlies vs. Raptors – The Grizzlies are Gasol-less, which doesn’t bidwell for their chances. The total in this one is 202 and the projected game pace is 95. I like Jonas Valanciunas after a big showing against the Bulls and Kyle Lowry leading the charge. On the other side of the ball it will be the Conley/Randolph show.
Defense vs. Position
Point Guard Matchups
TARGET – Russell Westbrook vs. Kyrie Irving – I can’t fault you for rolling either of these guys out today. Westy should be the top play on the day and should be looking at 50+ DK points. His usage and skill set him apart from any other PG today.
AVOID – Emmanuel Mudiay vs. Isaiah Thomas – Mudiay has seen his usage spike due to injuries and a trade. Today he faces the top ranked team against PGS. IT2 has been great defensively and will give the rookie everything he can handle.
Shooting Guard Matchups
TARGET – Nicolas Batum vs. Wayne Ellington – Batum has been great for the Hornets and has really led the offensive charge. The Nets are ranked 19th against opposing SGs. I think Batum could reach 40 DK points today.
AVOID – Devin Booker vs. Danny Green – It is true the offense has been going through Booker in Phoenix. However, the Spurs are ranked 1st against opposing SGs. I think Booker is limited today and comes in about 25 DK points.
Small Forward Matchups
TARGET – Kevin Durant vs. Lebron James- You want top plays look no further than the two top SFs tonight. Durant and Lebron will battle it out to see who can throw up the most DK points tonight.
AVOID – PJ Tucker vs. Kawhi Leonard- Kawhi is questionable, but it really doesn’t matter if he goes. The Spurs are ranked 1st against opposing SFs and will look to limit Tucker today.
Power Forward Matchups
TARGET – Anthony Davis vs. Tobias Harris (SF) – We are still unsure how SVG will attack the PF position, but I think that he will slide Tobias in there. The Brow will have a lot of usage and the Pistons are 14th against opposing PFs. Usage is the play here and the Brow will have the usage.
AVOID – Serge Ibaka vs. Kevin Love – Both of these guys are ranked in the top 5 against opposing PFs. I have Ibaka at about 25 DK points tonight. I just think there are better options with usage tonight.
TARGET – Andre Drummond vs. Omer Asik – Play Cs versus the Pelicans. Once again play Cs versus the Pelicans.
AVOID – Mason Plumlee vs. Rudy Gobert – Gobert is a great defender and the Trailblazers are weak against the C position. Plumlee has had his games this season, but tonight the 3rd ranked matchup just looks to tough.
Lineup Quick Hits
Superstar Worth Paying For
Russell Westbrook (11,000) – Westy has been great and will look to show off his greatness today. I think he gets close to 60 DK points tonight and if you can afford him, throw him in your line.
Save Big Bucks by Drafting
Jon Leuer (4,400) – Leuer will get the start for Phoenix. He has a tough matchup, but his price and minutes are awesome. He put up 30 DK points last game and should shoot for about the same tonight.
Dud of the Night
LaMarcus Aldridge (6,800) – LMA should hit value, but I worry this game could get out of hand. Once it does Pop will put LMA on the bench and that’s that. I just like other guys that I can trust with minutes tonight.
Spencer Dinwiddie – Doubtful, Imam Shumpert – Doubtful, Channing Frye – Out, Spencer Hawes – Out, Justin Anderson – Doubtful-