We had an average DFS night yesterday, with our top picks going 50/50; some performed well, some underperformed, but we still did our job of identifying the right matchups. Today’s 6-game main slate is another opportunity to make cash and we have to take advantage! What a better way to start off the month than with the right foot? Here is your daily breakdown:
Golden State Warriors at Detroit Pistons +4.5: Total 227.5
Stephen Curry is expected to make his long-awaited return to the Golden State Warriors’ lineup after being held out for 11 consecutive contests with a groin injury. Curry ($9,000) appears to be 100% again, and while some may err on the side of caution, I say fire him up. This kind of kills whatever value Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson held at their current price range, as the true MVP is back. Draymond Green is still out, however, and Jonas Jerebko ($4,100) has provided some nice numbers in his absence. From the Pistons, I will only have Andre Drummond ($9,400), who should kill the Warriors inside with scoring and rebounding, and perhaps Reggie Bullock ($3,800) as an end-of-bench scorer.
TOP PICK: Andre Drummond. Wardell Stephen Curry II is making his return, but Drummond is still the safer play. The Warriors do not really have a center that can beat, or even contain him on the glass and inside the paint.
Brooklyn Nets at Washington Wizards -5.5: Total 226
The Nets suffered a heart-breaking loss at home last night, where questionable officiating shattered Brooklyn. This is the game you want to stack tonight, as injuries open up opportunities on both sides. From the Wizards, it is Jeff Green ($3,900) who entered the starting lineup in Otto Porter Jr.’s absence last night due to personal reasons; while it remains unclear if Porter will be back for this game, Dwight Howard is out for a couple of months and Green should get good minutes as a small ball center. Similar to him, I have both Markieff Morris ($5,700) and Kelly Oube Jr. ($4,500) in my plans tonight, as they are two useful wings who can contribute across different categories. And how could I leave out Bradley Beal ($8,000), a man who needs just a tiny window of daylight to make you pay with his jump shot. The Wizards lack any actual rotation center, so Jarrett Allen ($5,400) and Ed Davis ($3,400) should make easy work of them in the interior. With Joe Harris expected to sit out once again, look for Spencer Dinwiddie ($6,300) to pick up another start and for Allen Crabbe ($3,700) to get some extra open looks.
TOP PICK: Jarrett Allen. There is no reason for him not to dominate against the mediocre centers the Wizards have, so he should be owned everywhere tonight.
Toronto Raptors at Cleveland Cavaliers +13: Total 217
Do I need to say anything about this game? The Raptors are not playing any games and they will look to destroy the Cavs from the get-go.
TOP PICK: Nobody.
Chicago Bulls at Houston Rockets -: Total TBD
If the Rockets blew out the Spurs last night, what do you think they will do to the Bulls? There is imminent blowout danger in this one, though you may want to check the injury report before calling this one off. Chris Paul could probably get the night off for rest, so James Harden would become an immediate value mine. Other than him, you may want to give Clint Capela ($7,800) a look, as he always gets the job done. Maybe adding a bench piece like Gerald Green or Danuel House could be worth it if the game is over early.
TOP PICK: Nobody.
Boston Celtics at Minnesota Timberwolves -2: Total 212.5
You know how we do with Celtics games, so I’m outta here.
TOP PICK: Nobody.
Indiana Pacers at Sacramento Kings -: Total TBD
Victor Oladipo is listed as “out indefinitely” and his teammates will continue reaping the benefits of extended playing time. Cory Joseph ($4,400) and Doug McDermott ($3,500) have benefitted the most from his All-Star buddy sitting out, so look for this trend to continue. Domantas Sabonis, the other All-Star caliber player Indiana has, is also questionable. He has been a monster in Oladipo’s absence and it would not be surprising to see him sitting tonight, in which case Kyle O’Quinn ($3,100) should pick up some well-deserved extra minutes. From the Kings, it’s the battle of the Bogdanovic’s and I expect Bogdan ($5,500) to get the upper hand in this one. De’Aaron Fox ($6,900) bounced back with a nice game against a Clippers team that has great backcourt defense, so the Pacers should not offer too much resistance. Finally, Willie Cauley-Stein ($6,000) also enjoyed his own bounce-back game and I expect him to have another good one against what could be a short-handed big man rotation.
TOP PICK: De’Aaron Fox. With All-NBA defender Victor Oladipo out of the equation, this is Fox’s game to take or leave. With how good he has performed to start the season, it is safe to assume the former is more probable than the latter.
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