WATCH: HE’S ON FIRE – STEPHEN CURRY
It’s a small three-game slate on Thursday night, but we’ve still got some exciting targets and values to dive into — particularly the Warriors playing their first game without Kevin Durant. Let’s dive in!
Russell Westbrook @ POR ($13,300) – When Westbrook’s on the slate he’s automatically the stud, but he’s been particularly dominant of late. It’s now been four consecutive games with 73+ DKFP for Russ, which you may notice has jacked his price tag up to $13,300. Normally I’d say time to fade, but with just three games tonight you can likely afford to pay up for him.
Other Options – Stephen Curry ($10,000)
Rajon Rondo vs. GSW ($5,300) – The Bulls are kind of a mess at PG, but Rondo’s been the best thing going for them lately. He’s exceeded value in four straight games, including 37.5 DKFP in just 24 minutes Tuesday against the Nuggets. Assuming he sees around 25 minutes in a rapid paced game against the Warriors, Rondo should have another chance at a solid game. Shaun Livingston (listed below) is also in an awesome spot with KD out. He played 24 minutes and scored 25.25 DKFP on Tuesday.
Other Options – Shaun Livingston ($3,200)
Klay Thompson @ CHI ($7,200) – The forgotten man in Golden State is going to have an opportunity to make plenty of noise with Durant sidelined. A lot of the attention will be on Curry, and rightfully so, but the other Splash Brother is undoubtably going to have to step up his contributions. Look for Klay to see his usage rise quite a bit for however long KD remains sidelined.
Other Options – C.J. McCollum ($7,300)
Doug McDermott @ POR ($3,300) – McDermott has seen his minutes rise in each game he’s played as a member of the Thunder, and with that has come much more opportunity. Clearly McDermott has grown comfortable with his new team, playing 25 minutes last game against the Jazz and shooting the lights out from downtown. His 25.75 DKFP are a good indication of what he’s capable of with Victor Oladipo sidelined. Like a lot of nice value options tonight, McDermott is also SG/SF eligible.
Other Options – Alex Abrines ($3,600), Marco Belinelli ($3,400), Patrick McCaw ($3,000)
Jimmy Butler vs. GSW ($8,900) – Butler hasn’t been shooting well lately, but he’s still managed to exceed value in two of his last three games. A brutal performance against the Nuggets brought Butler’s salary down for tonight’s slate, making him an even more attractive play. As was the case with Rondo, the pace of play in this one should only help Jimmy Buckets.
Andre Iguodala @ CHI ($4,900) – With Butler the lone SF stud and so many nice value options, it definitely feels like a night to target cheaper options at SF. Iggy will remain a bench player for the Warriors, but he should be playing a much larger role now in Durant-less crunch time games. If you want even more value, Patrick McCaw is SG/SF eligible, costs the bare minimum, and is even expected to start for the Warriors. Check out the slew of value below.
Other Options – Maurice Harkless ($4,800), Marco Belinelli ($3,400), Patrick McCaw ($3,000)
Frank Kaminsky @ PHO ($7,200) – Kaminsky has been a beast lately for the Hornets. Over his last seven games he’s now averaging nearly 40 DKFP in 36 minutes per game. His salary has been on the rise, but on a small slate against a team like the Suns, it feels like he’s worth paying for. His dual position eligibility is helpful too.
Other Options – Draymond Green ($8,000)
Marvin Williams @ PHO ($4,900) – I’m not worried about doubling-up on Hornets here. Kaminsky is really starting at center, which has left Williams with a ton of minutes at PF. Marvin has played at least 34 minutes in his last five games (including 39+ on three occasions). He dropped 32 DKFP on the Lakers in his last game, making him a really nice value at under $5k.
Other Options – Marquese Chriss ($4,200)
Jusuf Nurkic vs. OKC ($5,600) – With Kaminsky and Draymond (the only two more expensive centers) both already mentioned and PF eligible, Nurkic is the stud center by default. That doesn’t mean he’s not a solid option, though. He’s carved out a much more involved role with the Blazers since being traded, scoring 30+ DKFP in three of his four games with the team. The OKC matchup isn’t ideal, but it’s also not a deal breaker for me.
Other Options – Enes Kanter ($5,200)
Zaza Pachulia @ CHI ($4,300) – Zaza’s finally cracked the $4k mark, but he should still remain a great value play. He’s only dipped under 20 DKFP twice in his last 10 games, so the floor on Pachulia is very high given his price.
Other Options – Alex Len ($4,000)
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