Today’s NBA targets breakdown takes a look at tonight’s games, Saturday December 20th and pinpoints some studs and sleepers you might want to target at each position.
POINT GUARD TARGETS
Ty Lawson vs. IND ($9,500) – Lawson has the best matchup out of all the point guards in tonight’s games. He will face the Pacers that give up 41.7 fantasy points per game. In their last five games, they’ve actually surrendered 45.2 fantasy points per game. Lawson has scored more than 40 fantasy points in five of his last 10 games. He shouldn’t have trouble finding success against C.J. Watson tonight who could be playing under the weather.
Other Studs: Chris Paul $10,100, Jrue Holiday $8800, and Kemba Walker $8300.
Cory Joseph at DAL ($4,900) – Joseph has done a great job filling in for Tony Parker at the point guard position. Parker will sit out once again as he’s nursing a hamstring injury. Joseph has a good matchup against the Mavericks who are giving up 45.8 fantasy points per game to opposing point guards over the last ten games. He has scored more than 20 fantasy points in the last six games. For $4900, you can’t ask for much more. He’s a good option if you’re looking for a more economical point guard tonight.
Other Values: Patrick Beverly $5,900, Dennis Schroder $5500, and C.J. Watson $5,000
SHOOTING GUARD TARGETS
James Harden vs. ATL ($11,600) – If you’re looking to pay up for a shooting guard, Harden is your best bet. The Hawks are allowing 36.1 fantasy points per game to opposing shooting guards. Not to mention, Harden has been on fire as of late. He has scored more than 55 fantasy points in four of the last five games. He’s scored more than 20 real points in the last six games. It’ll be tough for the Hawks to contain him. He should have his way against Kyle Korver tonight, and put on a show.
Other Studs: Monta Ellis $7800 and Danny Green $6100
Rodney Stuckey at DEN ($5,600) – In the last five games, Stuckey has averaged 31.3 minutes and 28.6 fantasy points per game. He has scored more than 20 fantasy points in seven of his last eight games. He’s been the Pacers best scoring option. Another thing he has going for him tonight is the matchup. The Nuggets allow the seventh most fantasy points per game to opposing shooting guards (37.4). If you take all of that into consideration, you’ll conclude that this is a good bang for your buck.
Other Values: Giannis Antekounmpo $5600, Wesley Matthews $5,400, and Kyle Korver $5200
SMALL FORWARD TARGETS
Gordon Hayward at CHA ($7,700) – He is the most expensive small forward of tonight’s games, but it’s only $7700. In the last two games, Hayward has scored 20 or more real points. The Bobcats defend well against small forwards, but in their last 10 games, they’ve allowed 36.4 fantasy points per games to small forwards. Hayward has score more than 25 fantasy points in each of the last 10 games. He should continue to produce quality numbers tonight.
Other Studs: Chandler Parson $6,800 and Trevor Ariza $6,400
Donatas Motiejunas vs. ATL ($5,400) – Even with Dwight Howard back in the lineup, Motiejunas has played well. He has scored more than 20 fantasy points in three of the last four games. He’s also played more than 30 minutes in three of the last four games. The Hawks have been playing better defense as of late, but they are still giving up 38.8 fantasy points per game to opposing small forwards over the last five games. Motiejunas has a pretty high floor so long as he gets the minutes. If you don’t want to pay up at this position, he’s a solid and affordable option.
Other values: Khris Middleton $5,500, C.J. Miles $4,600, and Solomon Hill $4000
POWER FORWARD TARGETS
Anthony Davis vs. POR ($11,800) – If there’s anyone to pay up for any given day, its Davis. He is a beast. In three of his last four games he has scored more than 50 fantasy points, and 30 real points. He’s one of the more consistent players there is. Portland is the best defending against power forwards, but I think it’s safe to say that Davis is matchup proof.
Other Studs: Blake Griffin $11,000, LaMarcus Aldridge $10,800, and Paul Milsap $8,400
David West at DEN ($6,200) – West is one of my favorite plays of tonight’s game. The price is right, the matchup is good, and he’s been very consistent for most of the season. In the last four games, West has scored more fantasy points than his yearly average in each of the games. He’s also coming off a double-double, which is something that’s quite possible to do again tonight. The Nuggets allow 39.2 fantasy points per game to opposing power forwards, but in their last 10 games, they’ve given up an average of 41.7 fantasy points per game. Don’t hesitate to play West.
Other Values: Boris Diaw $5,100, Kenneth Faried $5,200, and Cody Zeller $4,700
DeAndre Jordan vs. MIL ($8,600) – The Clippers take on the Bucks who have struggled immensely against Centers in the last five games. They’ve yielded 52.1 fantasy points per game to centers in those games. This is also the highest over/under of the evening, so there’s a good chance this will be a high scoring game. Jordan has scored more than his season average of 33.5 fantasy points per game in four consecutive games. I wouldn’t be surprised if he does it again tonight.
Other Studs: Dwight Howard $9200, Al Jefferson $8700, and Al Horford $7,200
Omer Asik vs. POR ($5,700) – Asik doesn’t do much offensively, but he grabs boards and blocks shots. Every now and then he’ll give you a double-double, and there’s a good chance he does so this evening. Tonight the Blazers will be without Robin Lopez, and will turn to Joel Freeland. Asik should have no trouble under the rim against Freeland, and could find some success posting up against him. Asik has scored more than 22 fantasy points in eight of the last 10 games. He’s a solid option if you’re taking the cheap route at the center position.
Other values: Roy Hibbert $7,000, Enes Kanter $6,900, and Joel Freeland $3,000