A very light night in the NBA on Monday as there are only 3 games going but there are some opportunities for some intriguing teams playing including two of the league’s best teams – the Warriors and the Spurs playing separately.
Stephen Curry ($10,500) – Curry has come back strong after his shin & thigh injuries last week, averaging 27 points per game over his last 4 games. He is coming off of a 68 point DK night on Saturday night & he gets to go up against Goran Dragic, an average defender at best. Curry is good in all formats assuming this game stays relatively close.
John Wall ($9,400) – Wall has a tremendous night in this match up against Chicago & Derrick Rose. At this point in his career, Wall is much quicker than Rose & should get the best of this match up. Look for the Bulls to possibly switch & make it a bit tougher for Wall by putting Jimmy Butler on him. 2 of his last 3 games, Wall has double-digit assists & over 20 points. He is a bit of a risk with his 7 turnovers each game in the last 3, but his defense & passing will make up for his propensity to turn the ball over. If you would rather spend slightly less than Curry on Monday, Wall is a tremendous pivot who might provide better value.
Tony Parker ($5,200) – Parker is a safe, solid option in a cash game on Monday night. He is averaging 25 DK points per game & in real points, he is just solid with his 12-15 points and will always be able to get the ball around the court to the playmakers with his 6 assists. Going up against Shane Larkin from Brooklyn should be a great matchup as the Nets are in disarray right now & who knows how the team will respond going forward.
Other Options – Derrick Rose ($6,000)
Jimmy Butler ($8,300) – Butler is the clear best player in the shooting guard group on Monday. He fills the stats across the board & he will definitely have the advantage against anyone on the Wizards not named John Wall. Butler has only been below 37 DK points once in the last 10 games – in that game, he had 24 points, still not a terrible night. With so few good shooting guards going on Monday, feel good about playing Butler in either a cash or tournament game.
Klay Thompson ($8,100) – Thompson has been playing absolutely on fire over the last 10 games, as he has a floor of 25 9 out of those 10. His last game was a 30 DK point effort, but that was coming off of a back-to-back, nothing to worry about. Whenever Steph Curry is healthy & on the court, its always a great idea to play Thompson, simply due to the fact that he is going to be many wide-open 3-point attempts – and will knock down many of them. Look at Thompson for cash games.
Garrett Temple – ($4,500) Temple is getting major playing time right now for the Wizards with the injury to Bradley Beal. Even though he may have to deal with Jimmy Butler all night, which could prove difficult, his ownership could be a bit lower than other SGs who might be scared off because of that. Look for Temple to get a solid 20-25 DK points, which should have him hit value easily. Good cash game pick.
Manu Ginobili ($4,200) – Ginobili has been a model of consistency as he has gotten older. He knows how to figure out what kind of game he is going to have that night & he adapts well to what the defense is giving him, whether its a good shooting night or a night when he is going to have to be more of a point guard than shooting guard.
Other Options – Dwyane Wade ($6,600), Gerald Green ($4,100)
Kawhi Leonard ($8,400) – Leonard is the only stud player worth paying any real amount of salary for on Monday night. Leonard is averaging just about 40 DK points per game as he’s blossomed into his role as the primary offensive weapon in this high-powered Spurs offense. On defense, Leonard may as well have the night off, as he should have no problem guarding an aging Joe Johnson. The biggest risk here is the blowout potential which might lead to a deeper rotation for Coach Pop and less minutes for Leonard.
Harrison Barnes ($5,400) – Outside of Kawhi Leonard, there aren’t any other players I truly like at SF on Monday night. Barnes is the one other player who could take advantage of a possible positive matchup against an older Luol Deng, who is still a great defender in his own right. Barnes is getting himself in shape after a bad ankle injury where he missed 16 games. He is still an active player in that he gets teammates involved, plays solid defense & can fill up the stat sheets at times.
Other Options: Otto Porter ($6,300), Joe Johnson ($4,700), Jared Dudley ($4,400)
Draymond Green ($10,000) – Outside of Curry & Thompson, Green is the absolute most important player on the Warriors’ squad. Green’s game does not factor into a specific gameplan & is a guy who is going to give you maximum production each night. In the last 10 games, his floor is 31 & his ceiling is 86. Yes, 86. Green isn’t going to hit 86 often, but he is always a guy who will be in contention for a big night, especially when the defense has to watch Curry & Klay all night. Green is a must-play in any format.
Chris Bosh ($7,800) Bosh has been an amazing comeback story this year after his injury last year that kept him out for a long period of time. Bosh has been the dominant scorer for the Heat, with a ceiling of 58 & a floor of 31. Bosh vs Green is a big-time matchup on Monday night & look for Bosh to not so much get the best of Green, but be able to get Green into some foul trouble by going to the basket or making Green come to the perimeter to guard him. You can’t go wrong with playing either guy, but Bosh is a great option to give you great production & help you get another strong player on your roster.
Nikola Mirotic ($5,700) Mirotic has been a great player for the Bulls this season, shooting great from 3 point range & has become a great rebounder for the Bulls, taking over some of the dirty work from Joakim Noah, who has been injured. Mirotic is a great pick for a tournament play against Washington, one of the worst defensive teams in the league. While Washington doesn’t play great defense, they do have the ability to get the ball up & down the court quickly, which should lead to transition shots for Mirotic.
Other Options – LaMarcus Aldridge ($6,800), Taj Gibson ($5,900)
Pau Gasol – ($8,200) – Gasol is having another steady season for the Bulls, averaging 16 points & 10 rebounds per game. Gasol is the #2 scoring option for the Bulls outside of Jimmy Butler & should get plenty for offensive opportunities against the Wizards. Marcin Gortat is a good defender, but Gasol will do his best to draw Gortat out to the perimeter for defense, which could be a major advantage for Gasol. Gasol is a good play in cash games, especially with Joakim Noah questionable.
Hassan Whiteside ($7,000) – After two bad games against New York & Phoenix, Whiteside got it back together against Utah, having a double-double. Whiteside should be able to have a monster game against Golden State, given that the one area where the Warriors are a bit weak is at the center position as Whiteside is far more athletic than Andrew Bogut & Festus Ezeli. Not big on many players on Miami having big fantasy nights, but Whiteside is the one player who could be strong in a tournament & can definitely break his ceiling of his last 10 games with 45.
Tim Duncan ($5,300) – Timmy D is in this position simply because there aren’t many other options on this slate. Keep your eye on the lineups to make sure Duncan is playing as Pop likes to rest his older stars, including Duncan. If he is playing, he has been very consistent in his limited time on the court. He has over 30 DK points in 2 of his last 3 games & is playing much smarter as he gets older. He will be good for around 20-25 DK points nightly & against Brooklyn, it won’t be any different. Duncan is a good play in a tournament as he could surprise you with a 30-35 point night.
Other Options – Marcin Gortat ($6,700)
Editor’s Note – Marcin Gortat is questionable for tonight’s game. Be sure to check the injury news closer to tip-off.