It was another good DFS night, with DeMar DeRozan being the only real disappointment but Rudy Gobert hitting 7.6x value. We are back with a much smaller 3-game slate, and even when we have a tiny-sized player pool, we have to make the best out of it. Are you ready to make some profit? Here is your daily breakdown:
Golden State Warriors at Toronto Raptors -9: Total 225.5
Injuries to Stephen Curry and Draymond Green stole a chance for a possible NBA Finals preview as the defending champions go across the border to visit the Raptors. We might not see another superb Kevin Durant performance mainly due to the fact that Toronto is a great defensive team and he will be matched up against Kawhi Leonard. I do not plan on spending big in this game to avoid risks. However, I do plan on abusing the Warriors’ thin big men rotation and have both Pascal Siakam ($6,100) and Serge Ibaka ($5,500) in my lineups tonight. Danny Green ($4,100) should get plenty of open looks from three as the Warriors try to stop Toronto from scoring inside. The only Golden State players worth a try are the cheaper Jonas Jerebko ($3,900) or Shaun Livingston ($3,000).
TOP PICK: Pascal Siakam. I expect him to dominate inside on both ends, as the Warriors currently lack the personnel to battle with the Raptors on the interior.
Indiana Pacers at Los Angeles Lakers -4.5: Total 218.5
Victor Oladipo does not appear ready to come back, and his frontcourt mates have really picked it up in his absence. As a result, the prices for both Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner are sky-high right now, and I am not willing to overpay. Instead, I will look for Cory Joseph ($4,400) and Darren Collison ($4,700), who are working as a nice one-two punch providing a good dose of points and assists on a nightly basis. From the Lakers, Lonzo Ball is listed as questionable and it is likely he will miss tonight’s game. If he is ruled out, LeBron James ($10,700) becomes an immediate threat, as he will most likely become the top ball-handler and add a ton of assists to his usually high scoring and rebounding numbers. Brandon Ingram ($5,800) should also have the ball in his hands more often and find better shots. JaVale McGee ($5,100) has become one of the league’s elite shot-blockers despite playing limited minutes. He is a nice addition at this price and should get enough minutes as L.A. needs to contain the red-hot Sabonis and Turner.
TOP PICK: LeBron James. He disappointed in the Lakers’ last game as his night was cut short by an early blowout, but he should bounce back in this one with a strong performance.
Los Angeles Clippers at Sacramento Kings +2.5: Total 235
This is the stack of the night, as this should be a very fun California matchup in Sacramento. From the Clippers, you want the rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander ($4,900) and Avery Bradley ($3,900), who can get it done on both ends of the floor for a great price. Also, Tobias Harris ($8,200), Montrezl Harrell ($7,600), and Danilo Gallinari ($6,500) are all great options; I felt hesitant to draft them at first looking at their increased prices, but Vegas expects this one to be fast-paced and that heavily favors us owners. From the Kings, Marvin Bagley III ($5,300) has been getting extra minutes and should continue to capitalize tonight, Bogdan Bogdanovic (5,200) appears to be back at full strength, and Iman Shumpert ($3,600) plays as a nice off-the-bench scoring threat for cheap.
TOP PICK: Danilo Gallinari. It is almost like we forgot this dude can straight up ball, as he reminded us in his last game against the Suns. He is available for a nice price and should continue being a very reliable source for points and rebounds in the future.
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