We have a rare split slate for the NBA on Sunday, this article will focus on the five games tipping off at 6 pm ET. There is a second three-game set at 8 pm ET which should have some interesting decision points for us. Let’s see what the daily fantasy NBA puzzle has given us for our Sunday Fun Day (err, evening) gaming pleasure!
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Damian Lillard – POR at LAL – $9,500 – Lillard gets a price bump from Saturday, but he is still the premium option despite this being the third game in four days for the Trailblazers. Portland is back in Rip City on Tuesday against the Denver Nuggets and since they are still in the mix for the final playoff berth in the Western Conference, we can expect a “kitchen sink” game from their key cogs.
Isaiah Thomas – BOS vs MIA – $8,400 – This is definitely a winnable game at home for the Celtics and they are in the mix to earn the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs with the Cavs looking a little sketchy. While the reigning champions may not be too worried about having one team ahead of them in the standings, we know that Boston wants this victory to stay ahead of the Wizards so it is a “double bonus” situation for the Celts. On this five-game set, the former University of Washington star may get lost in the mix, which puts him firmly in play for tournaments.
Goran Dragic – MIA at BOS – $8,000 – Staying in the same game, we have The Dragon who has tallied 52.3 DraftKings points in 37.2 minutes per game in the two previous tilts. This should be a hard-fought battle and Dragic is an intriguing option to pair with Isaiah Thomas in the hopes of a back-and-forth affair.
Other Options – Mike Conley ($7,700), Stephen Curry ($9,100)
T.J. McConnell – PHI at IND – $5,200 – The Pacers do not have the most stout defense against opposing point guards, so we can look to the under-the-radar McConnell in all formats Sunday.
Other Options – Jameer Nelson ($4,900), Jamal Murray ($4,000)
D’Angelo Russell – LAL vs POR – $7,000 – Russell is no longer at a discount now that he is getting some serious minutes (40,36, 41 in his last three games) along with Jordan Clarkson – $6,400 so he makes for an intriguing option in all formats with his newfound eligibility at SG.
Other Options – C.J. McCollum ($7,400), Klay Thompson ($7,200)
Nik Stauskas – PHI at IND – $4,100 – “Sauce Castillo” has been all over the map with his performances, but the minutes are there. When he gets off double digit field goal attempts, he is GOLD and that makes him a great tourney option.
Monta Ellis – IND vs PHI – $4,000 – With Glenn Robinson III out for a couple weeks, we have to consider Ellis in play going forward. Rodney Stuckey seems to be in the doghouse and we know that ninth year “brittle” veteran Aaron Brooks is an in-game injury risk, particularly with his newfound minutes. That leaves C.J. Miles – $3,800 who is an equally vulnerable veteran and Ellis to share minutes as the Pacers attempt to stay on top of the dogpile in the Eastern Conference
Other Options – Jamal Murray ($4,000)
Paul George – IND vs PHI – $8,700 – Yes, we have all had our hopes and dreams crushed by PG13 more than once this season. However, we do have to take note that he has really picked things up of late topping the 50 fantasy point plateau in three of his last five appearances. With the Pacers in the seven squad scrum battling for the final four Eastern Conference playoff berths, we can talk ourselves into “trusting” George once more in this matchup against the ‘Sixers.
Other Options – Wilson Chandler ($6,400), Danilo Gallinari ($6,100), Will Barton ($5,800)
Solomon Hill – NOP at DEN – $4,400 – There is seemingly a cast of thousands in the small forward bargain bin, but not one is leaping off the page. Hill has been getting a boatload of minutes lately and he is as likely as anyone else here to “return value” at his current price tag.
Other Options – Larry Nance Jr ($3,900), C.J. Miles ($3,800)
Anthony Davis – NOP at DEN – $10,000 – with teammate DeMarcus Cousins – $10,100 dealing with a sprained ankle, there is a chance that this is going to be a game where we want to roster The Brow. If Cousins is available, both of these bigs are in play against the Nuggets in what should be a wildly exciting game to watch.
Dario Saric – PHI at IND – $7,500 – This is a fine matchup for the Rookie of the Year frontrunner who continues to impress while flying under the DraftKings radar.
Julius Randle – LAL vs POR – $7,100 – The Lakers had Saturday night off while the Trailblazers hosted the Minnesota Timberwolves. Though he has not had eye-popping numbers in the three previous tilts between these teams, Randle is a fine option on Sunday and he should be able to flirt with a double-double with 40 DKPT upside.
Other Options – Draymond Green ($7,800)
JaMychal Green – MEM at GSW – $3,900 – This is an “all hands on deck” game for the Grizzlies who are hanging on to the seventh seed in the Western Conference. In three previous matchups with the Warriors this season, Green has posted 18.8 DraftKings points per game which is just a touch below his season average and fair production for his discounted price point.
Other Options – Mason Plumlee – DEN vs NOP – $5,000
Nikola Jokic – DEN vs NOP – $9,800 – The Joker last faced the Pelicans on Opening Night. My how things have changed since then. Forget past game logs and hope they serve as a deterrent for the masses on Sunday.
Other Options – Anthony Davis ($10,000), Hassan Whiteside ($8,200), Jusuf Nurkic ($7,700)
Al Horford – BOS vs MIA – $6,900 – Horford has been a solid producer in his last four meetings with Hassan Whiteside (two with Atlanta last season and two this year with the Celtics). Most gamers are under the impression that Whiteside is a lock-down defender, which really couldn’t be farther from the truth. Big Al is squarely in play as a tournament option and Boston should be on a mission now that they are just a half a game behind the Cavaliers for the best record in the Eastern Conference.
Myles Turner – IND vs PHI – $6,400 – Opposing centers have decimated the ‘Sixers front court for the last month now that Joel Embiid is on the shelf. It seems that this has gone unnoticed by casual players and it is something we can continue to use to our advantage in all formats on Sunday even with Turner at his highest price point in weeks.
Other Options – Kelly Olynyk ($4,200), Zaza Pachulia ($4,000)
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