Greetings Gamers! We have three slates for our gaming pleasure with the fun tipping off at 3:30pm ET with an eight game player pool, a solid four game slate at 6:00pm ET and a last gasp “late” contest grouping at 7:00pm ET.
Stephen Curry – GSW at SAS – $10,200 – Okay, for the million dollar question, will the Warriors have it in them to hand the first loss at home to the Spurs? They had a wild finish last night in Memphis winning by one point to secure their 71st win of the season, and they need two more for the all-time record. Stay tuned to the news as there is always a chance that the Golden State regulars rest, though they are soooooo close to making history I believe they will play.
Ish Smith – PHI vs MIL – $6,200 – Ish is best left for tournament play as his recent production has been all over the place. He is more than capable of reaching the forty DraftKings fantasy point plateau, however, he has six sub-30 DraftKings fantasy point outings in his last ten appearances.
Patrick Beverley – HOU vs LAL – $4,900 – The Rockets are in must win mode and still have a chance to wrest the final Western Conference playoff berth away from the Jazz. All season we have been targeting point guards going against the Lakers, so why stop now. Beverley is the only true point guard on the Houston roster and he is secure for 28-30 minutes on Sunday.
James Harden – HOU vs LAL – $10,800 – Easily the top play on the entire slate, Harden has five games of 57+ DraftKings fantasy points in his last ten contests and this is a phenomenal matchup for him in a must win game. I will be using him across the board in my lineups today.
Kobe Bryant – LAL at HOU – $4,800 – Kobe is for tournaments only at this price point, but it is hard to overlook him in his last Houston appearance. I suspect he will have a little something left in the tank to show up former teammate Dwight Howard.
Raymond Felton – $4,600 – With J.J. Barea dealing with a strained right groin muscle and Deron William on the shelf, Ray Ray and Devin Harris will be asked to man the point guard position for the Mavericks today. A win for Dallas means they can clinch their playoff spot and potentially move into the sixth seed and avoid playing Golden State and San Antonio in the first round.
Giannis Antetokounmpo – MIL at PHI – $10,000 – The main question for most gamers today will be if they roll with The Alphabet or The Beard. It is possible to fit both Antetokounmpo and Harden on the same roster, but you will have to really save at your other positions.
Kawhi Leonard – SAS vs GSW – $8,000 – As previously mentioned, the Spurs have a chance to make history as the first team to go 41-0 on their home court. The only thing standing in their way is a team on pace to break the all-time single season win total. This should be a phenomenal game and a potential preview of the Western Conference championship series.
Trevor Ariza – HOU vs LAL – $5,800 – Ariza continues to play heavy minutes and when his shot is falling he can produce 40+ fantasy points. In this matchup he should have a relatively reliable floor of around 25ish DraftKings fantasy points with room for upside.
Thomas Robinson – BKN at IND – $6,000 – Robinson has been fantasy gold, and his price has still not caught up with his production now that he is getting heavy minutes with Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young shut down for the season. This is not going to be an easy matchup, but I have confidence that T-Rob will continue to produce.
Jabari Parker – MIL at PHI – $6,200 – Another tournament play, as the youngster has major upside in this matchup and access to 40+ fantasy points. However, he also could “dud” with a sub-25 DraftKing point game because of his youthful inexperience.
Myles Turner – IND vs BKN – $4,000 – Turner has had a fine rookie campaign and he has put up 20+ in four of his last five games, which is a steal at this price point. Regardless of his starting status, he should see 26-28 minutes in a favorable matchup against the Brooklyn understudies. On the other side of the court, look to Chris McCullough – $3,300 as an extreme discount option. He has been seeing regular minutes and even moved into the starting lineup as the Nets continue to look at their youngsters for long stretches as the season winds down.
Hassan Whiteside – MIA vs ORL – $8,700 – Whiteside gets the slight edge for his upside and being at home over Nikola Vucevic – $7,600 in this rematch of Friday’s tilt. Both posted 40+ DraftKings fantasy points, and we should see more of the same today. Vucevic is a fine consolation prize if you need the $1,100 savings for elsewhere on your roster.
Dwight Howard – HOU vs LAL – $6,000 – It is hard to believe that Howard will be his usual lackadaisical self in the final matchup with his frenemy Kobe Bryant. Tournament selection only, because he could bust, but this is a great matchup in a must win game on national television.
Ian Mahinmi – IND vs BKN – $4,500 – Never exciting, but always dependable, Mahinmi is a fine discount option if you need to save at the pivot position.
Rudy Gobert – UTA at DEN – $5,300 – The Jazz need to win to stay ahead of the Rockets for the last Western Conference playoff spot. This is a fine matchup for Gobert who should destroy the Denver frontcourt. The downside, however, is that he may only take three shots which severely curbs his upside. Tournaments only.