Happy Sunday FUNDAY! There are several early NBA games spread throughout the day, but this article will focus on the four game set tipping off at 8:00pm ET. With just three players above $9,500, this should be a fun slate. Let’s jump right in.
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Stephen Curry – GSW at SAC – $9,000 – I’m considering Steph for tournaments only, but he’s reminded us all why he is the reigning two-time MVP with his performance on Friday night against Memphis, even though the ‘Dubs lost in overtime. This marks the second game in a row where Curry tallied 50+ DraftKings points, and we have to imagine the Warriors are going to want to prove a point on Sunday.
Kyrie Irving – CLE at PHO – $8,200 – This is a lofty price point for Irving, but he has posted 60+ DraftKings points in three of his last five games. Generally he performs at a higher level when one of the Cavs Big Three is sitting, but on this thin four game slate, we need to get as much talent in our lineups as possible.
Other Options – Mike Conley ($6,700), Eric Bledsoe ($6,900)
Ty Lawson – SAC vs GSW – $4,200 – Lawson is clearly one of the three or four most talented players in Coach Dave Joerger’s offense, and Joerger has acknowledged as much by moving him into the starting rotation alongside PG Darren Collison with SG Ben McLemore moving to the bench. If this trend continues, this is a bonus as Lawson’s price is about $1,000 too low with his new opportunity.
Other Options – Jordan Clarkson ($4,300)
Klay Thompson – GSW at SAC – $6,400 – Let’s not forget that the Sacramento Kings have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing shooting guards over the last three seasons. And we must remember the fact that Thompson set an NBA record with 37 points in a single quarter against them two years ago.
Other Options – Devin Booker ($6,200)
Brandon Knight – PHO vs CLE – $3,900 – Knight has been mercurial this season with his results, and prior to his solid 26 minutes 25 DraftKings point performance against the Mavericks in Dallas on Friday, he had three straight games of single digit minutes while dealing with a sore wrist that was clearly affecting his shot (5 for 14 from the field in that stretch with just one three-point shot and one free throw attempted). Another play for tournaments only for me, but we have to like the matchup against the Cleveland backcourt which is their one defensive vulnerability.
Other Options – Jordan Clarkson ($4,300), Rodney Hood ($4,300), Nick Young ($4,400)
LeBron James – CLE at PHO – $10,200 – This is the first game in a three of four day set for Cleveland on a six game road trip, so at some point we can expect them to “rest” one of the Big Three since they have been strategically doing so all season. Be wary and look for opportunities because it could conceivably happen in this matchup with upcoming games in Utah, Portland, Sacramento and then the crown jewel in Golden State a week from tomorrow where we know everyone will be playing.
Kevin Durant – GSW at SAC – $9,700 – As mentioned in the Stephen Curry recommendation, this feels like a “leave no doubt” game after Golden State allowed the Grizzlies to erase a 24 point deficit and eventually succumbing to Memphis in overtime on their Oracle Arena home court. As long as the Kings can keep it frisky for 2.5-3 quarters, the main Warriors will be out on the court doing battle.
Other Options – Gordon Hayward ($7,100), Evan Fournier ($6,300)
Brandon Ingram – LAL vs ORL – $4,000 – It is always an adventure when rostering the second overall selection of the most recent NBA Draft; however, as long as he is around this price point and starting, I think he is a viable option in all formats, particularly on this short, four game slate.
Other Options – Matt Barnes ($3,900), Luol Deng ($4,800)
Draymond Green – GSW at SAC – $7,500 – Speaking of Green, in his last two meetings with DeMarcus Cousins he has produced 44.5 DKPTs in 31.2 minutes and 50.8 DKPTs in 34.0 minutes. Enjoy!
Other Options – Kevin Love ($8,000)
Channing Frye – CLE at PHO – $4,000 – This is a homecoming of sorts for Channing Frye as he played his college ball for four years with the Arizona Wildcats and also had four seasons with the Phoenix Suns. He is quite the marksman with a 39.0% career rate from beyond the arc. However, he has really stepped it up this season with a 45.9% from downtown, courtesy of LeBron James and Kyrie Irving passes, which makes the acquisition of Kyle Korver even more intriguing (though Korver is most likely to fill the J.R. Smith void).
Other Options – Aaron Gordon ($5,600), Derrick Favors ($4,900)
DeMarcus Cousins – SAC vs GSW – $10,800 – As one of two players in five figure-land tonight and qualifying as a PF/C, it will make sense if Cousins is the most popular top-shelf option this evening. In three of his last four skirmishes with the Warriors, he has topped 49.8 DKFP, with the lone outlier a 12 minute outing where he was plagued by foul trouble prior to being ejected from the game for arguing with the referees. Sadly, this is the risk one assumes when dancing with Boogie.
Other Options – Kevin Love ($8,000), Draymond Green ($7,500), Julius Randle ($7,000)
Serge Ibaka – ORL at LAL – $6,700 – This is a dream matchup for Ibaka who should be able to float around on defense getting some weak side blocks. In the first meeting between these two teams this season, Ibaka rejected five shot attempts and tallied a double double on his way to 51.3 DraftKings points. Teammate Nikola Vucevic – $6,800 also makes for a fine differentiation play as I think most gamers will shy away from his ever creeping price tag and the fact that he comes off the bench.
Other Options – Bismack Biyombo ($3,500), Derrick Favors ($4,900), Tristian Thompson ($5,000)
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