Tonight’s “main” slate will focus on the seven games tipping off at 6 pm ET. This will be the last regular season NBA game set without heavy competition from MLB, so enjoy!
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Goran Dragic – MIA vs DEN – $7,700 – At this point in the season it is very important to keep an eye on playoff standings to help determine how focused teams may be. In the case of the Washington Wizards visiting the Golden State Warriors tonight, the home town heroes are current double digit home favorites. This could be a game where both John Wall – $9,800 and Stephen Curry – $9,600 see limited minutes if any in the fourth quarter if this game is out of hand and there is even a slight chance one ends up being a “late scratch” for rest purposes.
In Miami we have Denver coming into town with a slim chance of claiming the final playoff berth in the Western Conference and at the same time Miami is trying to hang on to the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. In what should be a closer game and one that is a nice matchup for The Dragon, Dragic is the player I am most interested in at point guard today.
Dennis Schroder – ATL at BKN – $7,400 – There are six teams in the Eastern Conference within 4.5 games of the last three playoff spots, including Atlanta. Both teams are coming off a back-to-back having played on Saturday night, which means we could see a few Brooklyn players getting a day off. Targeting the Nets is one of the best situations at nearly every offensive position this season and that certainly is not going to change on Sunday.
Other Options – Kyrie Irving ($7,900), John Wall ($9,800), Stephen Curry ($9,600)
Cory Joseph – TOR vs PHI – $5,400 – With Kyle Lowry still on the shelf and the Raptors tied with the Wizards for the three seed in the East, we should see a lot of minutes from CoJo as Toronto needs to clamp down on this Philly team that has been quite frisky over the last couple weeks, even though they are playing short-handed.
Other Options – Jamal Murray ($3,800)
James Harden – HOU at PHO – $12,500 – Tournaments only since the Rockets are coming in as double-digit road favorites against the Suns who played in Portland last night. Houston is close to being locked into the three seed in the Western Conference, so we could see James Harden and his sore wrist get an easy evening if Phoenix does not rise to the challenge.
EDITOR’S NOTE: James Harden is DOUBTFUL with flu-like symptoms.
Other Options – Devin Booker ($7,800), Jimmy Butler ($9,700)
Lou Williams – HOU at PHO – $5,800 – Sweet Lou could see extra blowout run in this game with the Rockets looking to take it easy with James Harden and Patrick Beverley who are both dealing with nagging injuries.
Jamal Murray – DEN at MIA – $3,800 – With Jameer Nelson (calf strain) questionable, there is a good chance that Murray draws the start against the Heat in Miami tonight and at the very least he should see 30ish minutes even if he is coming off the bench. That is a steal for the rookie from the University of Kentucky.
Other Options – Tim Hardaway, Jr. ($6,100)
LeBron James – CLE vs IND – $10,000 – Cleveland is a mess right now and they are half a game behind Boston in the Eastern Conference. They need to get their swagger back and this is going to be up to King James to get the house back in order.
T.J. Warren – PHO vs HOU – $7,100 – Warren continues to see heavy minutes as Phoenix is “taking a look at their younger players” which is not tanking at all (yeah, right). We can pencil him in for 35-38 minutes and at nearly a fantasy point per minute, so this is a good matchup to roll with Warren.
Other Options – Jimmy Butler ($9,700)
P.J. Tucker – TOR vs PHI – $4,000 – While Tucker has a lot of his value tied up in steals, this is the type of matchup where the opportunity to create turnovers will exist. Heck, he also could get lucky with a couple shots and actually reach double digits in the scoring column which is something he has not done since before the All-Star Break, back when he was still with Phoenix.
Other Options – Matt Barnes ($3,700)
DeMarcus Cousins – NOP vs CHI – $10,200 – It looks like Cousins and teammate Anthony Davis – $9,900 are starting to figure things out and either or both are in play against the Chicago Bulls who are on a back-to-back tonight and not equipped to deal with a frontcourt player of this caliber, let alone a pair of them.
Dario Saric – PHI at TOR – $7,100 – Dario is laying strong claim to the Rookie of the Year hardware and this is a very fair price point at which we can employ his services.
Other Options – T.J. Warren ($7,100)
Serge Ibaka – TOR vs PHI – $6,100 – Taking frontcourt players against the depleted ‘Sixers has been a lucrative move over the last month and with Ibaka seeing minutes at both the four and five slots, he will be well positioned to take advantage of this situation.
Other Options – Marquese Chriss ($5,400), Ersan Ilyasova ($5,900)
Nikola Jokic – DEN at MIA – $9,400 – The Joker is a continual triple-double threat in any matchup which is amazing for a big man, particularly when we consider coach Mike Malone had him coming off the bench for 14 games in November and December. As previously mentioned, this is a must win game for the Nuggets and we can expect a full effort from Jokic.
Hassan Whiteside – MIA vs DEN – $7,600 – This came has the potential to be a sneaky free-wheeling affair in which Whiteside could be a threat for one of his MONSTER double-double performances.
Other Options – DeMarcus Cousins ($10,200), Anthony Davis ($9,900)
Jonas Valanciunas – TOR vs PHI – $5,900 – With back to back trips to the 40 fantasy point plateau and averaging a tick shy of 34 DraftKings points in three previous meetings with Philly this season, JoVal is firmly in play as a discounted pivot man.
Clint Capela – HOU at PHO – $5,600 – These are two of the highest paced squads in the league and Capela should be in his element against the overmatched Phoenix frontcourt.
Other Options – Serge Ibaka ($6,100)
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