We’ve got star-studded 8-game slate tonight. Check out the best and worst matchups below. For questions or comments hit me up on Twitter: @julianedlow.
Defense vs. Position
Point Guard Matchups
BEST – James Harden ($12,000) vs. Philadelphia 76ers – He might cost $12,000, but Harden has a fantastic matchup with the woeful Sixers tonight — who allow over 108 points per game and allow the fifth-most DKFPs to PGs. Harden’s scored an absurd 60+ DKFPs in six straight games.
WORST – J.J. Barea ($6,800) vs. New York Knicks – The Knicks actually rank in the top-3 when it comes to limiting opposing PGs. Barea, who’s been playing well all season, has seen his minutes rise with Deron Williams hurt, but he faces his toughest matchup tonight. The opportunity is certainly there for Barea, but the matchup couldn’t be worse.
Shooting Guard Matchups
BEST – Wesley Matthews ($5,100) vs. New York Knicks – They might be able to defend the point, but the Knicks are dead last in the league at defending SGs. Unlike Barea, Matthews has been struggling of late, but is playing big minutes. Tyler Johnson ($5,200) also has a sneaky good matchup against a Spurs team that’s been atrocious against SGs of late.
WORST – Sean Kilpatrick ($5,500) vs. Los Angeles Clippers – Kilpatrick will see most of his time at PG with all the injuries the Nets have, but he’ll be playing both guard spots and have a really tough time whether he’s off the ball or not. The Clippers rank third in the NBA against guards overall, so any member of the Nets’ backcourt doesn’t look like a strong play to me.
Small Forward Matchups
BEST – Trevor Ariza ($5,100) vs. Philadelphia 76ers – Philly doesn’t defend any position particularly well, but SF really sticks out lately as they’ve been allowing over 60 DKFPs to SFs over their past five games. That’s about all you need to know.
WORST – Justise Winslow ($5,300) vs. San Antonio Spurs – In the spirit of keeping it simple, you just don’t want to be matched up with Kawhi Leonard. The Spurs have been dominant against opposing SFs and lead the league by a healthy margin. Not good news for Winslow, who’s put together some nice games lately.
Power Forward Matchups
BEST – Blake Griffin ($8,400) vs. Brooklyn Nets – The Nets are the fourth-worst team in the NBA at defending PFs and have a nightmare matchup with Griffin. Blake has been able to feast on his better matchups so far this season, and this is one of his best to date.
WORST – Kristaps Porzingis ($6,900) vs. Dallas Mavericks – Dallas ranks sixth in the league against PFs and has been improving of late. Porzingis has cooled down from his hot stretch and failed to top 29 DKFPs in back-to-back games.
BEST – Anthony Davis ($11,300) vs. Boston Celtics – The C’s have been getting abused by bigs in the paint so far this season, so Davis is the last person they want to see on the schedule right now. With 50+ DKFPs in four straight games, there’s no reason to think Boston is going to be the team to slow him down.
WORST – Hassan Whiteside ($8,100) vs. San Antonio Spurs – Here’s an interesting one … The Spurs have been the best in the league at limiting opposing centers and Whiteside has been extremely matchup sensitive this season. BESIDES the one time these teams matched up this season when he went off for 58.25. But if we’re going by the numbers, Whiteside’s going to have a tough time repeating himself.
Lineup Quick Hits
Superstar Worth Paying For
Anthony Davis ($11,300) – I’m cool with Davis or Harden here as both seem poised for a huge night. I gave the nod to Davis seeing he’s a tad cheaper. Everyone should have their eyes on Westbrook coming off a huge game, but he doesn’t have a favorable matchup at all. The Celtics have been one of the worst rebounding teams in the NBA, and Anthony Davis is averaging a cool 10.8 rebounds per game.
Save Big Bucks by Drafting
Seth Curry ($4,100) – Curry’s been the biggest beneficiary of the Mavs’ banged up backcourt — scoring 38+ DKFPs in consecutive games. Seeing he will be playing both guard positions, I wouldn’t be afraid of the bad PG matchup, especially given his price.
Next Man Up
Kelly Olynyk ($4,800) – Olynyk has been starting over Tyler Zeller in Al Horford’s absence. Horford is questionable as I’m typing this, so Olynyk could see a matchup against by far the worst team in the league against PFs (and has scored 31+ DKFPs in each of his starts this season). Whoever winds up at PF for Boston tonight should be a very strong play in my opinion.
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