Fortunately for us DFS owners, there are quite a bunch of options to consider from tonight’s 4-game slate. It features a couple of good teams, some blowout looks, and average pace in every game. Here is your daily breakdown:
San Antonio Spurs at Houston Rockets -11.5: Total 210.5
I cannot believe the Spurs transition to true underdogs. Injuries have played an important role in this, but so has age. Thankfully, Coach Popovich is making transitions to younger guys, which will be the top Spurs plays tonight. Guys like Kyle Anderson ($5,500) and Davis Bertans ($4,200) will get increased touches with LaMarcus Aldridge out. Veteran Rudy Gay ($4,700) has proven he still has enough left in the tank to be a viable DFS option. But at the end of the day, we all know it is the Rockets who will dominate. James Harden is dealing with some knee issues and missed last night’s game. All signs point to him playing tonight, but I am hesitant to play him because Houston has a chance to hold a big lead early and the coaching staff will most probably try to hold Harden’s minutes as low as possible. Chris Paul ($7,700) is the safer play in either outcome, and he plays better at home. Clint Capela ($6,400) will see a lot of old bodies and should dominate. Trevor Ariza ($4,700) could not buy a shot last game, but games like this one are rare for him and he should bounce back; Eric Gordon ($5,200) should also see more than enough minutes to hit value. Finally, P.J. Tucker ($3,500) could get Ryan Anderson’s starting spot with the latter sitting out due to hip issues.
TOP PICK: Chris Paul. His price is good, he plays better at home, and he should pick up his game in case James Harden is not at his best.
Milwaukee Bucks at Memphis Grizzlies +7.5: Total 205
I think this one is fairly easy: the Bucks should be able to exploit all the backcourt holes that injuries left on the Grizzlies and Memphis should take advantage of the Bucks’ weakest position. Eric Bledsoe ($6,800) and Khris Middleton ($6,900) are both under $7K and face the Memphis Herd backcourt (sorry, I love making G-League jokes with Grizzlies players). Giannis Antetokounmpo ($10,800) continues delivering all sorts of crazy stat lines on a night-to-night basis. John Henson or his backups are not terrible, but Marc Gasol ($7,500) still has an advantage over any of them. Kobi Simmons ($3,900) is far from impressive, but his production is quite fair relative to his salary; take a look at his numbers because he could help as a cheap fill-in.
TOP PICK: Eric Bledsoe. He is $500 cheaper than last game and has an excellent matchup. This game should be All-Bucks, as the Grizzlies cannot help themselves with this bad of a team.
Sacramento Kings at Oklahoma City Thunder -12.5: Total 211
This looks like a good game to stack Thunder players. Russell Westbrook ($11,600) is the first name that pops into most people’s heads, and he chases his triple-doubles with much more ease against bad teams. I want to say Paul George, but he has come up short from hitting value in each of his last five games; not by much, but still no value. Carmelo Anthony ($5,900), a name you do not often see here, looks like a better play; he’s exceeded value in his three previous games against the Kings. Jerian Grant ($3,800) and, more recently, Corey Brewer ($3,700) have emerged as vital players off the Thunder’s bench. With Steven Adams questionable for this game, Pattrick Patterson ($3,300) could get his starting spot. Adams sitting is great news for Willie Cauley-Stein ($6,200), who has shown flashes of greatness in recent memory. Finally, Buddy Hield ($5,100) will look to take advantage from OKC’s lackluster backcourt defense since Andre Roberson’s season ended.
TOP PICK: Willie Cauley-Stein. I genuinely expect Adams to miss this game, which will open a huge window for the Kings’ center. Yet another blowout with average pace looks tonight.
Miami Heat at Portland Trail Blazers -6.5: Total 209.5
In comparison to the other games, this one has fewer options from my perspective. We cannot ignore the insane things that Damian Lillard ($9,300) is doing these last couple of weeks. CJ McCollum ($6,600) has had to sit and watch his All-Star teammate do his thing during this period, but he has not been too bad; he is usable for this price. Jusuf Nurkic ($5,600) will look to capitalize on Hassan Whiteside sitting out tonight. Bam Adebayo ($3,800) will also look to take advantage of Whiteside sitting, as he started in his place two days ago against the Wizards. Wayne Ellington ($4,000) should get more minutes in the wake of Dwyane Wade’s hamstring injury last Saturday. Ed Davis ($4,500) has been a big surprise for a lot of people. He went from almost being traded away to becoming a key piece in the Blazers’ bench.
TOP PICK: CJ McCollum. Not that I see Lillard having an off night, but CJ lit up the Heat in their only other game this season. I do not think the Heat will be able to break the Blazers’ 9-game winning streak, but I am sure they are not leaving Oregon without a fight.
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