Welcome back to another edition of ResearchFantasy’s NBA Breakdown. Tonight, we get a 9 game slate on basketball. This is an excellent sized slate, and with plenty of big tournaments tonight, things should certainly get interesting.
Checking out the Vegas lines, we have 2 games under 200: NO/SA and NY/DAL. Four games are under 210: ATL/TOR, DEN/MEM, GS/UTA and MIA/LAL. 3 games are under 220: PHO/MIL, LAC/MIN and WAS/SAC. No games are over 220. There are definitely some blowout concerns here. The MIA/LAL is a possible blowout, but I think those players can still reach value in most cases. San Antonio is a 20 point favorite over New Orleans at home, and there is just no way I can trust playing Spurs. I really hope Pop sits the entire starting five tonight.
On to my favorites!
John Wall – Wall did not have the game that many, myself included, thought he would have last night against Golden State. It probably didn’t kill you if you played him, but still, we expected more. Tonight, he gets a bad Kings team, and as long as he is able to find his shooting rhythm, he should be in for a big night.
Jeff Teague – Teague has been playing great basketball for the past few weeks, and that is why he lands on our list tonight. He has both a decent floor and ceiling, and especially in cash games, that is what we are looking for.
JJ Barea/Raymond Felton – The price has come up on both of these guys, but you would have to imagine they should be able to pay it off tonight. They are still playing for a playoff spot, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they exceeded value. In fact, I don’t blame you if you play both of them in your lineup.
Devin Booker – Booker has just become a cash game stud at this point, stringing together impressive performance after impressive performance. The matchup isn’t the best against the Bucks, but he is kind of matchup proof at the moment due to his minutes and usage.
Dwyane Wade – I like this more if Dragic is out than in, but still, it’s the Lakers. Wade had a great outing against Brooklyn on Monday, and I have no doubt he could replicate the effort again tonight. I’ll still be on him if Dragic plays, but he is the starting point of my lineups if Dragic is out.
Jamal Crawford – I really do not like this position a lot tonight, but I love the matchup for both Crawford and Redick. I don’t know why, but something tells me that tonight could be a big time Crawford performance. His price is appealing and will find himself in a few of my lineups tonight.
Giannis Antetokounmpo – The Greek Freak is a main target of mine tonight. He should have his way with Phoenix, and there will be no one at any position who can possibly stop him. I think we could see a nice 60 point game here.
Otto Porter – Porter is still a little bit unstable for my liking, but ultimately it is the Kings, and everyone is in play against the Kings. His salary is fair, and he should be able to hit value relative easily.
Justin Anderson – Anderson is going to get another start tonight, and he is cheap. Not only is he cheap, but he is getting minutes and producing with them. I don’t think he is a candidate to put up 40 points or anything, but 20 points is well within reason.
Paul Millsap – Millsap has been playing some really good ball lately, and though the Raptors are a team I dislike targeting, I think Millsap is a great play tonight. For the Hawks, it is all about position in the playoffs, and they are going to go for the highest seed they can get. They won’t stop just because they are in.
Zach Randolph – Randolph is currently questionable, he is sounds like he plans on playing. Provided he does, he makes a great play against a Denver frontcourt that coughs up points to big men. He could have a dominant game if he plays tonight, so you should have him on your radar.
John Henson – Don’t tell anyone, but John Henson has been playing amazing basketball. The matchup isn’t scary against Phoenix, and with his price being so low, he is a great candidate to exceed value tonight in a positive matchup.
Hassan Whiteside – Do we really need to go into much detail? Whiteside vs. Randle, Hibbert, Sacre, Bass… yeah, I’m going to buy all day, no questions asked. I like him to be a top scorer tonight and a guy I want in my cash games.
Robin Lopez – Lopez had a few unfortunate outings over the last few games, but he gets the benefit of likely having no Porzingis. Additionally, he’s going to be up against Dwight Powell. While Powell is a decent player, Lopez should be able to have his way with him.
Tim Duncan – Why Pop would play any of his starting five against a team full of D-League candidates is beyond me. However, he appears to be content with doing this. Duncan is priced really fairly, and if he can get 25 minutes, should be able to put together 25-30 fantasy points.
Good luck to everyone! Let’s all win some cash!