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Friday’s nine-game NBA slate has plenty to offer, and is highlighted by the second massive game of Golden State’s week, when they travel to Houston to take on the third-place Rockets. Here are a few players to consider for your rosters, from every position and price range.
Giannis Antetokounmpo @ ORL ($10,600) – Giannis has now scored 30+ points in two of their last three games, averaging just over 20 shot attempts per game over that three game stretch, to go along with six free throw attempts. With the strength of the Magic up front, this could be a game where the Bucks need to rely on Giannis for scoring and rebounding, making him a great candidate for a double-double with a high point total.
Kemba Walker vs. TOR ($8,000) – The only other time these two teams met this season, the Raptors held onto a two-point victory, but Kemba Walker is what made the game tight. He had 40 points on 12-for-19 shooting, including seven threes, and also chipped in with ten rebounds and seven assists. You might not expect that level of production again tonight, but you don’t need that much production to get value at this price.
Other Options – Stephen Curry ($8,700), Damian Lillard ($8,500), Kyle Lowry ($8,300)
Malcolm Brogdon @ ORL ($5,700) – He had scored in double digits in ten straight prior to Wednesday, and on Wednesday he managed to still get you 30 fantasy points by virtue of his eight rebounds and eight assists. Most importantly, he was out there for 35 minutes, which allowed him the opportunity to create fantasy value in so many different categories, something which should continue for another night.
Other Options – T.J. McConnell ($5,200)
James Harden vs. GS ($12,200) – The last game these two teams played is a little deceiving, because it went to 2OT, but Harden had 29 points, 15 boards and 13 assists in 46 minutes to get Houston the win. The Warriors are going to be looking to respond to that game here tonight, which is going to mean the Rockets need to have a huge scoring game from Harden to keep up. He always is a threat for a triple-double, so he’s fantasy relevant no matter the matchup.
C.J. McCollum @ PHI ($7,300) – The Philly defense has been a bit better lately, but it has really improved through the middle, which would have a bigger impact on guards who look to do some damage with their penetration and scoring in the lane. McCollum can do that, but it’s much more likely that you’ll see Lillard trying to get in the middle to get the offense kickstarted, which could lead to open looks from the outside for his backcourt running mate.
Other Options – Jimmy Butler ($8,900), DeMar DeRozan ($8,200)
Eric Gordon vs. GS ($5,600) – This should be a great game, and it should have plenty of fast-paced play and lots of scoring, all of which plays into what Gordon has been doing this season. He’s been taking more than nine three-point shots per game all season long, and he’ll need to do it again tonight. He should be able to get plenty of of clean looks in transition in this matchup.
Other Options – Kent Bazemore ($4,500)
Kevin Durant @ HOU ($10,500) – He is coming off a huge 40-point game against the Thunder, but he is also coming off a stretch of seven games now with over 40 fantasy points (and over 50 in four of those). And, he is doing it even while the Warriors are running fewer iso plays for him. As he has been bumping up his fantasy average, you’ve also seen Steph Curry start to average more than two additional assists per game. All of this tells me this team is finally starting to actually incorporate Durant into the lethal system they’ve been running for the last few years, which should terrify the rest of the league.
Paul George @ LAL ($7,800) – The Pacers just aren’t good enough for him to have huge upside, but he is by far their best option, which makes him a very practical cash-game option. He has four games in their last five with between 31-38 fantasy points, which is just about exactly what you should expect for him tonight. His value lies almost entirely in his predictability, taking between 12-20 shots while getting between 3-6 rebounds.
Other Options – Gordon Hayward ($7,600), Jabari Parker ($6,900)
Aaron Gordon vs. MIL ($5,400) – I liked him on Wednesday, and he responded with 14 rebounds, 8 rebounds and 4 assists, for 32.0 fantasy points. At this price, that is production you’d be happy with in any kind of contest. He has been playing almost six minutes more per game over the past couple of weeks, and he certainly hasn’t done anything to make the Orlando staff reverse that trend. With another plus matchup, he should continue to provide value at this price tonight.
Other Options – Dario Saric ($4,300), Terrence Ross ($3,800)
Paul Millsap vs. CHI ($7,500) – Atlanta is going to have to rely on their frontcourt to hang with Chicago in this one, and Millsap should be able to take advantage of the matchup enough to make that a realistic possibility. He’s averaging 38.7 DKFP this season, and I think he can exceed that number tonight.
Joel Embiid vs. POR ($8,400) – The fact that he is so consistently over 40 fantasy points while never getting to play even 30 minutes a night is obviously impressive, and also makes him one of the best cash game options in my opinion. His price is suppressed because of the minutes restriction, but he’s still been consistently hitting over 40 DKFP.
Other Options –Anthony Davis vs. BKN ($11,400), DeMarcus Cousins ($10,200)
Ersan Ilyasova vs. POR ($5,300) – The Sixers are all of a sudden feeling a lot more relevant, in fantasy and in real life, and Ilyasova is actually a big part of that. His 15 points per game is a career high, and doing it while shooting 45% from the floor is helping the Sixers play efficiently on offense, while giving him a nice floor from a fantasy perspective. I think he has a floor of 20 fantasy points, with 30-35 point upside, making him a very comfortable cash game option for me at this price.
Other Options – Derrick Favors ($5,200)
Rudy Gobert @ DAL ($7,100) – Dallas is not a great matchup for a big man on paper, in large part because of their ability to slow down a game and limit volume. But the Jazz are the one team in the league even better at that, so that type of game is already built into Gobert’s price. He has been averaging 13 and 15 for the last two weeks, and I think he should be able to approach those averages again tonight.
Dwight Howard vs. CHI ($6,900) – He missed a game for rest earlier in the week, and then returned and only played 21 minutes. Tonight, we should see him get back to playing his average of just about 30 minutes in a matchup with Chicago where his skill set will be important. He seems like an obvious candidate for a double-double tonight, making him a great cash game option with enough upside to be considered in any format.
Other Options – Marc Gasol ($7,200), Myles Turner ($6,900)
Montrezl Harrell vs. GS ($4,900)- Clint Capela was back on the court this week, but played a total of just 20 minutes Tuesday and Wednesday night combined, while Harrell was scoring in double digits for the third and fourth times in a row. With 30+ fantasy points in four of his last seven, he is providing plenty of upside at this price.
Other Options – Jonas Valanciunas ($5,700), Nerlens Noel ($4,500)
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