In deference to the NFL, it seems that the NBA is giving most teams Sunday off. There is still an appealing four game set that is tipping off at 6:00pm ET, so today’s targets will draw from that pool.
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Chris Paul – LAC vs IND – $8,500 – After a six game road trip where the Clippers broke even, they did finish on a positive note winning their last two, including a 19 point victory in Cleveland against the defending champs. Those winning ways should carry into Sunday night when they host the Pacers who crushed LA 91-70 last Sunday in Indianapolis. CP3 makes for an excellent pivot away from Russell Westbrook – OKC vs NOP – $12,800 – with the $4,300 savings really helping to make a much more balanced roster.
Other Options – Russell Westbrook ($12,800), Derrick Rose ($6,500)
D.J. Augustin – ORL at DET – $4,100 – As long as Augustin continues to start for the Magic, he is a solid discount dandy, though his upside is probably right around 20 DraftKings points.
Austin Rivers – LAC vs IND – $3,300 – With the Clippers nearly double digit favorites, there is a reasonable chance they can turn over the entire fourth quarter to their understudies which would place Doc’s kid squarely in play as an extreme punt option.
Other Options – Ish Smith ($5,400), Brandon Jennings – ($4,200)
Victor Oladipo – OKC vs NOP – $6,700 – After a sluggish start to the season, Victor Oladipo is really finding his stride with his new team. He is a nice tournament play in this matchup against the Pelicans which should not have an overabundance of defense and the former Orlando Magic stalwart has tallied 40+ DraftKings points in four of his last nine games.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – DET vs ORL – $5,600 – Everything is coming together for KCP over his last seven games and he has put up 33+ DraftKings points in six of them. Along the way he is averaging 33.3mpg, 20.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.6apg and 1.4 combined blocks/steals. He has a solid floor with his steady minutes and ability to contribute across all categories.
Other Options – Evan Fournier ($5,700)
Justin Holiday – NYK vs SAC – $3,900 – The former University of Washington star was inserted in the starting lineup for the ailing Courtney Lee. If he has that opportunity again on Sunday, he is a solid value option.
Other Options – Jamal Crawford ($4,000)
Carmelo Anthony – NYK vs SAC – $7,600 – We have seen more and more that the Knicks are turning to Kristaps Porzingis as their featured offensive player, however, he has a tough matchup against DeMarcus Cousins and this looks like a good spot for ‘Melo to earn his stripes with a 40+ DraftKings point outing.
Other Options – Tobias Harris ($6,100)
Glenn Robinson III – IND at LAC – $5,000 – If Robinson continues to start, he is a viable option for a very reasonable price point. The only downside is that he really seems to have about a 25 DraftKings point cap on his production, but the third year player has been a solid contributor with the Pacers missing so many key parts over the last ten days. Remember to check on the Pacers injury situation before game start.
Andre Roberson – OKC vs NOP – $4,400 – Roberson can be very hit or miss and he is very hard to trust, however, with just four games today, we do not have a plethora of value options at the small forward position. He has been reasonably steady with 18+ DraftKings points in seven of his last nine games, but the threat of a single digit performance casts a long shadow.
Other Options – Aaron Gordon ($4,300)
Anthony Davis – NOP at OKC – $11,200 – Okay, here is where things get interesting with our decisions. The Brow is fairly priced, but he does have 60 DraftKings point upside in this matchup. The extra $1,600 in savings when compared to Russell Westbrook does make a difference with the upgrades it affords at other positions.
Blake Griffin – LAC vs IND – $8,300 – The Blake Show is a solid tournament option in this matchup as it is hard to see him producing less than 30 DraftKings points and we know he has 50 fantasy point upside. He should be in the mix for a double double against the depleted Pacers frontcourt.
Other Options – Myles Turner ($7,000)
Marreese Speights – LAC vs IND – $3,700 – It is always scary trusting Speights because he is only averaging 15 minutes per game, however, he has incredible usage when he is on the court and he is averaging nearly 1.2 DraftKings points per minute. This is a tournament only play, but the former Florida Gator does have 30 fantasy point upside when everything goes his way.
Other Options – Jon Leuer ($4,600)
DeMarcus Cousins – SAC at NYK – $10,900 – While he is less likely to leave mid-game with an injury a la Anthony Davis, the looming threat of a technical ejection is always around DeMarcus Cousins. He has been on pretty good behavior this season and this is a nice matchup against the New York frontcourt who will likely have Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O’Quinn, Guillermo Hernangozmez and Joakim Noah (if healthy) take turns at trying to slow him down.
Myles Turner – IND at LAC – $7,000 – This is a solid matchup for Turner and we saw him hit the forty fantasy point plateau last Sunday in this same matchup with 17 points and 12 rebounds. He is a decent play in all formats
Other Options – Andre Drummond ($7,400), Nikola Vucevic ($6.300)
Al Jefferson – IND at LAC – $3,600 – This is an incredibly risky play because we have seen Jefferson completely disappear in games and frankly, I would feel a little better “trusting” Marreese Speights. However, when he gets 20 minutes, as he has in each of the last three games, he can produce 20ish DraftKings points. Heck, when these two teams squared off last weekend he managed 16 points and 8 rebounds. He is in the mix if both C.J Miles and Paul George are out of action.
Other Options – Marreese Speights ($3,700), Kyle O’Quinn ($4,300)
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