A nice 7-game NBA slate for this Monday night, with some of the best players in the league playing in some interesting matchups. Let’s get started with the NBA targets.
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Russell Westbrook – OKC ($12,300) – It is as simple as this – anytime Russell Westbrook is on the court, he is a stud & absolutely worth paying the big money for. He deserves to be the franchise player each & every night. He is on the back end of a back-to-back tonight, but when your floor is 48 & you have over 65 DK points the last three games, you are going to be the cornerstone of my team that night. He will be going against the combination of Trey Burke & Raul Neto for the Jazz. This could easily be an 80-point night.
Brandon Knight – PHO ($8,200) – Brandon Knight is a great second option if you don’t want to spend the big money on Westy or if you want to have the main stars of your team be both of these great point guards. Knight has been on a tear lately, going over 65 DK points 2 of the last 3 games & with an aging Tony Parker guarding him, Knight should not have a problem surpassing value. At $8,200, he is definitely worth the money, even if you don’t get the massively gaudy numbers that Westy will put up.
Other Options – Reggie Jackson – DET ($7,600), Rajon Rondo – SAC ($9,000), Ricky Rubio ($7,100)
Elfrid Payton – ORL ($6,200) – Payton will have a bit of an easy matchup going against Matthew Dellavedova from the Cavs on Monday as Mo Williams is not expected to play to recover from a right ankle inflammation. While Delly is a scrappy player, I am not sold on the idea that he can stay with a skilled point guard like Payton for 4 quarters. In spurts, yes, but Payton will get his offensive opportunities, both shooting & passing-wise, and should be a safe value pick here.
Goran Dragic – MIA ($5,200) – I am not a fan of Dragic’s game since he left Phoenix last year. He looks like he is struggling to find his footing in the Miami Heat offense. However, the Knicks one main weakness right now is the point-guard position. At $5,200, Dragic is a good value pick to put hope in that he will have a bounce back game & get out of the funk he has been in over the course of the season.
Other Options – T.J McConnell – PHI ($5,200), Tony Parker – SA ($4,900), Matthew Dellavedova – CLE ($4,500)
Eric Bledsoe – PHO ($8,400) – This is a selection purely based on volume of opportunities. Most likely, the Spurs will put Danny Green or Kawhi Leonard on Bledsoe most of the night, but will have to probably play man-to-man defense to account for Brandon Knight & his offensive ability. Knight is a bit more dangerous with the ball in his hands & is almost at the point where he can command a double-team, which should allow Bledsoe to have open shots & drive the ball to the basket consistently. With averaging 40 DK points a game, Bledsoe & Knight could play together in your lineup to make a lethal combination in cash games & tournaments.
Andrew Wiggins – MIN ($6,900) – The Sixers are in lottery mode – yet again – which means Wiggins should have a field day. He is having a strong season with the young T’Wolves & with attention on Karl-Anthony Towns, Wiggins gets opportunities to show off his skills in a big way. Neither Nik Stauskas or Isaiah Canaan have the size or strength to guard Wiggins consistently, which should lead to easily hitting value.
Other Options – Victor Oladipo – ORL ($7,000), Dwyane Wade – MIA ($6,800)
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – DET ($5,100) – Caldwell-Pope is a great value pick here because of the amount of minutes he will receive. The Pistons are thin in the backcourt with Jodie Meeks being out for a bit, so Caldwell-Pope will get opportunities to be involved in the offense & stuff stats in a variety of areas, despite his inconsistent points output this season.
Manu Ginobili – SA ($4,300) – Ginobili has been extremely consistent this year for the Spurs, despite all of the new talent on the roster. He has been averaging around 25 DK points per game & has made the most of his minutes. Ginobili is the type of player that is not affected by a team’s defense, as he has that strong European game that many players can’t guard consistently. With all of the Spurs weapons that the Suns will have to neutralize, look for Ginobili to have open opportunities to shoot & drive, especially late in the game if the Suns get fatigued with trying to run & guard his style of play.
Other Options – J.R. Smith – CLE ($4,800)
LeBron James – CLE ($10,100) – LeBron is another one of those players that no matter the opponent, he will get his numbers & will always be somewhere around the 45-50 mark as a floor. Keep an eye on the line for this game though, as if it becomes a big blowout for the Cavs, you will see James resting quite a bit to keep him preserved for the playoff run.
Kawhi Leonard – SA ($8,200) – Kawhi Leonard is having a strong season on the offensive end of the floor & is being more aggressive in looking for his shot. If LaMarcus Aldridge is limited tomorrow, look for Leonard to have even more minutes than he already has & he has a favorable matchup against the Suns & P.J. Tucker. He should be good for 35-40 DK points with his scoring & his ability to stuff stats across the board.
Other Options – Carmelo Anthony – NY ($8,500), Nicolas Batum – CHA ($7,200)
Tobias Harris – ORL ($6,300) – Harris goes under the radar because he plays in Orlando, but at $6,300, he is a great fantasy option. He fills stats very well & has the ability to have big scoring nights. He may be guarded by LeBron much of the night, but if the Cavs do switch off & Orlando can take advantage of mismatches, Harris can be a great offensive weapon.
Marcus Morris – DET ($6,200) – Morris has been incredibly consistent this season, pretty much guaranteeing 15 & 9 each night. He has been good filling the stats & with all of the focus on Reggie Jackson & Andre Drummond, Morris has a chance to crash the boards & be a force in the paint. He matches up well against Greek freak in Milwaukee so he should get opportunities to get those 30-35 DK points.
Other Options – Gordon Hayward – UTA ($6,200), Jerami Grant – PHI ($4,400), Aaron Gordon – ORL ($4,000)
DeMarcus Cousins – SAC ($10,300) – Cousins is a monster scoring & rebounding this year & a matchup against a weak Charlotte frontcourt should not be a problem. Look for Cousins to go for his usual 50-55 points in this one. It also helps that the entire offense somehow goes through the man they call “Boogie.”
Kristaps Porzingis – NY ($6,700) – Yep, I am all about the Porzingis bandwagon. He is a big man that can actually do it all & for his size & height, is very agile. The Knicks are putting more faith each night in Porzingis & he is absolutely a stud now, especially since he is the #2 option next to Carmelo. Chris Bosh & Luol Deng are strong defenders, but Porzingis has better length than Bosh & Deng, plus in man-to-man, I like Porzingis’ chances to fill up the stats, even from shooting outside.
Other Options- Kevin Love – CLE ($8,200), Chris Bosh – MIA ($7,700)
Serge Ibaka – OKC ($6,700) – Ibaka is always a great value pick for a team because of his defense, particularly his rebounding & shot blocking. He has been receiving more offensive looks lately because of the loss of Durant in the lineup, but Ibaka will not put up mind-blowing stats. He is a steady option in cash games & should have a great matchup against Utah’s Derrick Favors.
Tristan Thompson – CLE ($5,300) – Thompson is the king of value plays recently. His rebounding is back to where it was last season when he was an absolute beast on the boards. He has 16 & 11 rebounds respectively the last two games & if he gets into the 15 point range, that’s a bonus. Even though he comes off the bench, its not out of the realm of possibility that Thompson can get a 40 point DK game so definitely think about using him in tournaments.
Other Options – Nerlens Noel – PHI ($6,100), Ersan Ilyasova – DET ($4,300), Trevor Booker – UTAH ($3,200)
Andre Drummond – DET ($9,700) – Andre Drummond is the most dominant center in the NBA. Hands Down. Milwaukee doesn’t have a single player that can come close to matching up against him or keep him off the boards. Plus, he will be going against old teammate Greg Monroe. Look for Drummond to have a monster night in cash games & tournaments. This could be a 60-point effort & is definitely worth the $9,700.
Hassan Whiteside – MIA ($8,400) – Whiteside has followed up his strong rookie campaign with an even better second season dominating the middle for the Heat. His points & rebounds are impressive but Whiteside’s value comes in the blocks department. In his last 3 games, he is averaging 7 blocks per game. The Knicks tend to be a jump shooting team for the most part, but don’t be surprised if Whiteside eats a few of Robin Lopez’s & Porzingis’ shots. At $8,400, he is a little easier on the salary cap than Drummond & because of the weak matchup Drummond has, may be low-owned for tournaments.
Other Options – Greg Monroe – MIL ($7,200), Karl-Anthony Towns – MIN ($7,200), Nikola Vucevic – ORL ($7,000)
Tim Duncan – SA ($6,300) – Tim Duncan has defied age & has been consistent this year for the Spurs. Duncan is averaging 30 DK points per game & is being a strong stats machine across the board. Duncan had an off-game against New Orleans with only 13 DK points, but came back strong with a 40 point effort, which is more of the norm than the exception. He may get more minutes if Aldridge isn’t fully healthy.
Enes Kanter – OKC ($5,300) – Kanter has been a strong force in the middle for the Thunder, even with splitting time with Steven Adams, another productive center. Kanter will score a bit, but mostly, his job is defense & to rebound any Westbrook misses, both of which he has done well this year. He has been playing close to 30 minutes the last 2 games & look for that – as well as his production – to continue.
Other Options – Rudy Gobert – UTAH ($6,500), Al Jefferson – CHA ($6,400), Tyson Chandler – PHO ($4,900)