We have a nice six game slate tipping off tonight at 7:00 PM EST. There are a number of games that are projected to be high scoring, so it should be an entertaining night of basketball. Let’s get right to it!
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Stephen Curry – GSW vs POR – $8,500 – Now that Curry’s price tag has settled in the mid-$8,000s, I think he can be considered as a viable option in all formats. While the Warriors are double digit favorites in this game, the Trailblazers have the offense to keep this close into the fourth quarter which is what we want. With the porous Portland backcourt, Curry should be able to produce 40+ DraftKings points in his usual 32-34 minutes of action.
Kemba Walker – CHA at ATL – $7,100 – Walker (personal) was absent from Friday night’s game against the Celtics, but he is on track to start tonight’s game in Atlanta. Targeting point guards going against the Hawks has been a viable strategy all season, and in the first meeting between these two teams, Kemba rolled his way to 40.8 DraftKings points with 21 points, five rebounds, six assists, two steals and two made three-pointers which are worth a half point bonus in the DraftKings scoring system. That is a reasonable projection for this matchup as well.
Other Options – Russell Westbrook ($12,700), Damian Lillard (9,100)
Brandon Jennings – NYK at DEN – $5,500 – With Derrick Rose dealing with a back injury and currently listed as a game-time-decision, we can look to Jennings as a discounted point guard option regardless of Rose’s status. While it is usually a rollercoaster, Jennings typically ends up with 20-25 DraftKings points each game, and he has 30+ DKPT upside in this matchup.
Other Options – Ricky Rubio ($5,000), Patrick Beverley ($5,200)
James Harden – HOU at MIN – $11,600 – Harden’s near triple double average on the season (27.7ppg, 8.0rpg, 11.8apg) seems to get lost in the wake of the Russell Westbrook experience. Do not be fooled, I think he is a phenomenal play in his own right, particularly when factoring the usual 8-12% discount in salaries. The Beard is currently leading the league with his 11.8 assists per game, and he is tied for fifth in the scoring title. The Minnesota Timberwolves can be pesky on defense at times, but Harden is matchup proof.
Zach LaVine – MIN vs HOU – $6,700 – Staying in the same game, we can look to Zach LaVine who should thrive in this freewheelin’ affair. His price tag is at an all-time high for the season, but he has definitely earned it with 30+ DraftKings points in six of his last seven games and hitting 40+ DKFP in four of his last ten.
Other Options – Klay Thompson ($6,700)
Gary Harris – DEN vs NYK – $4,700 – After missing the better part of the last month, Harris returned to action on Thursday night with a strong showing, posting 18 points, four rebounds, six assists and three combined blocks/steals – narrowly missing a forty burger by half a point. Will Barton is usually more popular, but over the last season and a half, Harris has consistently matched Barton’s production from a price perspective. I think is a fine option in all formats tonight.
Other Options – Tim Hardaway Jr. ($4,000), Andre Roberson ($4,100)
Paul George – IND at DET – $7,900 – While he has surpassed 37 DraftKings points just once in his last five games, this salary is just too good to pass up in my opinion. In his last two outings against the Pistons, he has produced 46 and 56 DraftKings points, so there is tremendous upside potential with PG13 on Saturday night.
Other Options – LeBron James ($9,800), Kevin Durant ($9,400)
Danilo Gallinari – DEN vs NYK – $5,600 – Gallinari is a steady 25 DraftKings points per outing player, but when his shot is falling, he has 40+ DKPT upside. This is a matchup that suits his playing style against Carmelo Anthony who does not expend a lot of energy on defense.
Evan Turner – POR at GSW – $4,800 – While it’s always tough to choose bench players, Evan Turner has a steady 23-26 minutes carved out in the rotation. He has the ability to play multiple positions and also act as the facilitator when Damian Lillard and/or C.J. McCollum are getting a break on the bench. There should be plenty of fantasy goodness in this game with a projected 232 point total.
Other Options – Sam Dekker ($3,900), Andre Roberson ($4,100)
Karl-Anthony Towns – MIN vs HOU – $8,700 – The Houston Rockets are just not equipped to deal with a player of Town’s caliber in the paint. However, even with his reasonable price tag and steady 20/10 average for the season, this is a tournament recommendation only.
Kevin Love – CLE vs LAL – $8,000 – The Cavaliers saw their five game winning streak halted in Memphis on Wednesday when they turned the offense over to the understudies resting most of their starters. That means Love will have had four days off, and he should be fresh as a daisy in this matchup. One other interesting thing to keep an eye on is that Cleveland has sat point guard Kyrie Irving in their last two games. There is no word of an injury, but it does seem odd and it is worth noting since if he is out, both Kevin Love and LeBron James become outstanding, albeit trendy options.
Other Options – Kristaps Porzingis ($7,500)
Jon Leuer – DET vs IND – $4,200 – Leuer has carved out a nice role for himself this season as the newest member of Stan Van Gundy’s rotation. He has the occasional dud which keeps his price point in check, but he does have upside as evidenced by his 30+ DraftKings points in his last two outings. Now that is buoyed by shooting 16 of 21 from the field in those two games, but Leuer generally plays within his means and that keeps him in the mix as a solid foundation play for daily fantasy rosters.
Other Options – Marvin Williams ($4,000)
Draymond Green – GSW vs POR – $7,800 – In the last meeting between these two teams, Draymond Green compiled an even 40 DraftKings points despite only taking three shots from the field. There will be plenty of opportunity for him in this matchup, and if he takes a couple more shots, he could flirt with the fifty fantasy point plateau.
Other Options – Karl-Anthony Towns ($8,700), Kevin Love ($8,000)
Dwight Howard – ATL vs CHA – $7,000 – When he is motivated, Howard is still a phenomenal basketball player. And while he cannot bring this level of intensity every night anymore, this is a prime matchup against the Hornets who are lacking strong interior defense.
Myles Turner – IND at DET – $6,400 – This is more about the matchup with Andre Drummond, who gets too much credit as a defensive stopper. Yes, he has excellent shot blocking skills, but he is constantly out of position, and if Turner is able to stay within his lane, he could easily be in the mix for forty fantasy points tonight.
Other Options – Joakim Noah ($3,900), Guillermo Hernangomez ($3,100), JaVale McGee ($3,700)
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