Welcome back to another edition of ResearchFantasy’s NBA Breakdown. Tonight, we get a 11game slate on basketball. That is a great amount for Tuesday nights, so I am very excited.
Checking out the Vegas lines, we have one game under 200: SA/UTA. Seven games come in under 210: CHA/TOR, CHI/MEM, DET/MIA, CLE/MIL, NO/PHI, PHO/ATL and LAL/LAC. One games is under 220: OKC/DEN. Two games are over 220: POR/SAC and MIN/GS. As far as blowouts go, PHO/ATL, CLE/MIL, OKC/DEN, MIN/GS and LAL/LAC could all be blowouts. That will make picking players very interesting.
On to my favorites!
Russell Westbrook – As long as Westbrook isn’t sitting, he will be played. The matchup is great, and Westbrook does not need 4 quarters to hit value. I would like for it to be a more competitive matchup, but I am still willing to run Westy out tonight.
Jeff Teague – This is another game that is probably going to be a blowout, but if it isn’t, Teague should be in for a huge night. Teague showed his upside last time out against the Cavs [though it did go to overtime]. He should be a good bet to cross the 30 point mark regardless tonight.
Tim Frazier – I liked basically free Tim Frazier better, but the matchup is nice tonight, and he is coming off two big fantasy performances. Even over the 5k mark, if he touches his average of the last several games, he will still make for great value.
Klay Thompson –I like both of the Splash Brothers tonight, but I’m looking for Klay to be the one that exceeds value tonight. Minnesota does not play defense, so Klay should have plenty of opportunities tonight to torch the Wolves.
Jamal Crawford – I want to get some exposure to the Lakers/Clippers game, and I think Crawford is a great way to do so. He should see his normal allotments of minutes, and there is no way the Lakers should be able to stop him tonight.
Norman Powell – Powell has been one consistent basketball player, and he should be able to get his normal 20 points in this matchup. He is a great guy for cash games as his upside is not really big but his floor appears safe.
LeBron James – Down the stretch, I expect LeBron to just be a monster to round this team into form headed into the playoffs. He is one guy I really want to have on my roster tonight, as the Cavs don’t typically play well on the road and should see four quarters.
Marcus Morris– Morris has been very consistent over the past ten games. Miami has problems guarding this position, and I expect Morris to take full advantage of that. This game should stay close and I like Morris to eclipse 30 points tonight.
Jordan Hamilton – April basketball. It means rostering Tim Frazier and Jordan Hamilton. He is hitting value right now, and has a good price. The 76ers are the 76ers and they will continue to give up fantasy points like crazy.
Draymond Green – Draymond is a man possessed right now, and no one on this Wolves team is going to come close to shutting him down. He should be a good bet to hit the 40 mark, and there is definitely a situation where he goes over 50.
Zach Randolph – I don’t necessarily think Randolph has huge upside, but I think he is a fair bet to hit the 30 point mark. The matchup against Chicago is a good one for him, and he should be able to put up a nice score tonight.
Jerami Grant – Grant is in a good position with Noel doubtful against a poor New Orleans team. He will likely see more minutes than either Landry or Brand, so he should be the one you look to plug into your lineups.
DeMarcus Cousins – Cousins is only going to play at home to round the year out, which means you need to take advantage of him while you can. The Portland frontcourt will not come close to stopping him, and he should have a dominant night tonight.
Tyson Chandler – Chandler has been playing good ball lately, and gets an ideal matchup against an Atlanta team that doesn’t defend the paint well. He should be a good bet for a double-double, with mid-thirties upside if things go his way.
Steven Adams – It is generally a good strategy to play big men against Denver, and tonight will be no different. Adams typically gets more minutes than Kanter, and his price is low. His ceiling may not be very high, but his floor is good.
Good luck to everyone! Let’s all win some cash!