Greetings Gamers! We have a rousing ten game NBA schedule for our gaming pleasure today with one early game tipping off at 6:00pm ET between the Indiana Pacers and the Brooklyn Nets and then the main set at the usual 7:00pm ET start time. Additionally DraftKings has a three game “turbo” slate at 8:00pm ET and a two game “late” slate at 10:00pm ET for the night owls.
Damian Lillard – POR vs PHI – $9,300 – As I have mentioned previously with Lillard, he is looking a little gassed, which makes complete sense as he is carrying the Trail Blazers right now as the only remaining member of last season’s starting five. Portland is in the mix with five other teams for the remaining two Western Conference playoff berths so he should continue to see all the floor time he can handle. Over their last ten games, Philadelphia is allowing the most fantasy points in the league to opposing facilitators making Lillard a fine option Saturday night.
Isaiah Thomas – BOS at PHO – $7,700 – While last season seems like a lifetime ago, dusting off the cobwebs of time, I do remember that IT2 had a brief half season stint with the Suns before Phoenix decided to reshuffle the deck moving Thomas and Goran Dragic in separate deals and hitching their wagon to Eric Bledsoe and acquiring Brandon Knight. My how things have changed in the desert. This is all a really long way of saying REVENGE and also a great matchup for the former University of Washington star against his former team who is really struggling against opposing backcourts.
Patty Mills – SAS at OKC – $3,500 – Mills got the night off Friday along with Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green. In their absence, Tony Parker and Tim Duncan led the Spurs to a victory against Memphis and will now get the next two games off as their reward. This should open up a ton of minutes for Mills as Coach Greg Popovich will turn to him as the main man running the offense for the next two contests. At this bargain price point it will be difficult for Mills to disappoint his supporters.
C.J. McCollum – POR vs PHI – $6,900 – It should not be a surprise to learn that the 76ers have been in the bottom third of the league against opposing two-guards from a fantasy perspective this season. Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum are the ENTIRE offense for Portland right now. With his low price tag, it is going to be hard to pass on McCollum who possesses a relatively safe 25 fantasy point floor with the ability to light things up and reach the forty fantasy point plateau with regularity.
Evan Turner – BOS at PHO – $5,700 – With the Suns in meltdown mode and the Celtics having a great chance to secure home court advantage throughout the playoffs, this is a fine time to load up on their players. Jae Crowder is going to miss a couple more games which all but assures Turner of 30+ minutes in an outstanding matchup where he should contribute across the board and have a very productive daily fantasy game.
Kevin Durant – OKC vs SAS – $9,800 – While the Thunder have clinched a playoff spot, the issue of home court advantage is still undecided. Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard seem to bring the best out of each other and this is an important game for Oklahoma City as they need to keep banking wins. Durant last played on Thursday and his next game is on Monday, so he should be looking to leave it all out on the court tonight.
LeBron James – CLE at NYK – $9,400 – In his last five meetings with the Knicks, King James has scored at least 39.8 DraftKings points. The Cavs are a team in disarray which is a very odd thing to say considering they have the best record in the Eastern Conference. This is an important game for Cleveland and as long as LeBron takes the court, he should shine under the bright lights of Madison Square Garden tonight. With Kyrie Irving already out, look for King James to have a big game.
Maurice Harkless – POR vs PHI – $3,200 – Harkless is in line for his third start with Noah Vonleh shifted back to the bench after returning from his recent ankle injury. Portland has been playing small-ball with Meyers Leonard out and while it has not benefited them in the win column, it is what their roster is best suited for at this time. Let the other average gamers chase after Mike Dunleavy ($3,100) and Kyle Anderson ($3,300) because Harkless is the player the savvy gamers will be looking to as a discount option on Saturday.
Derrick Favors – UTA at MIN – $6,900 – The game log watchers will shy away from Favors after his 12 fantasy point dud against the Thunder, but Serge Ibaka always seems to have D-Fav’s number so that should not be too concerning. The Jazz are tied for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference so the rest of the season is going to be an all-hands-on-deck affair. Statistically, Favors is having the best season of his six year career which plays right into our hands as daily fantasy gamers. His current fantasy salary is at one of the lowest levels we have seen in the last two seasons and now is the time to arbitrage that value. This is the third game in four nights for the Jazz however they had Friday night off and Favors only played 22 minutes on Thursday in Oklahoma City.
Myles Turner – IND at BKN – $5,100 – EARLY – Turner celebrated his birthday in style on Thursday against the Pelicans with 24 points, 16 rebounds, 3 blocks and an assist on his way to 51.5 DraftKings points. There are whispers that Brooklyn may be tanking shutting down Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young for the remainder of the season. This is very odd since the Nets do not have a pick in the upcoming draft, owing theirs to the Boston Celtics. Regardless of their status, this is an excellent spot to employ the services of Turner who should be able to operate at will in the paint tonight.
Thomas Robinson and Willie Reed – BKN vs IND – $3,000 – EARLY – In the event Brooklyn does decide to take a look at their youngsters tonight or in the very near future, you will want to roll with Robinson and Reed who posted 53.3 and 36.5 fantasy points respectively against Minnesota the last time both Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young got a night off.
David West – SAS at OKC – $3,300 – Both West and teammate Boris Diaw ($3,100) are options on Saturday with Tim Duncan and Tony Parker getting the night off. A slight nod goes to West who will likely start, however, it is Diaw that generally has the higher upside with his ability to contribute across the box score.
Andre Drummond – DET vs ATL – $7,700 – This is the third game in four nights for the Pistons, so we could see some tired legs, however, in the previous three meetings between these two squads, Drummond has tallied 35.5mpg, 20.3ppg, 16.3rpg, 1.7apg and 2.7 combined blocks/steals for a 49.1 DraftKings point average. Karl-Anthony Towns ($8,000) played 48 minutes in a thrilling double overtime win against the Wizards in Washington last night so I am going to let other gamers take the risk on him, while I roll with Drummond.
Alexis Ajinca – NO vs TOR – $3,500 – Surprisingly, Ajinca had an outstanding game against the Pacers on Thursday with 35.8 DraftKings points in the absence of Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson. With those two out again on Saturday both Omer Asik ($4,300) and Ajinca are decent discount dandies.
Jonas Valanciunas – TOR at NO – $4,900 – In the second game back from his hand injury, Big Val did not miss a beat against the Rockets on Friday as he rolled his way to 49.0 DraftKings points against Dwight Howard with 16 points, 18 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks and a steal. Though this is a back-to-back, he should easily pay off this low price point against the depleted Pelicans.