I’m loading up on Spurs tonight against the woeful Cavaliers defense. Cleveland has allowed the most points to opponents since the All Star Break. The last four have been “All-Star Game Level Defense”, surrendering 127, 105, 126 and 120 points to the Wizards, Hornets, Nuggets and Lakers respectively. There’s plenty of great options for the Spurs, but I’ll point out Patty Mills. The Spurs guard has played at least 20 minutes in nine of ten. He’s averaging 23 DraftKings PPG in his last four, which would be worth nearly 6x value tonight. He’s got the ability to dish out assists and knock down threes.
Buddy Hield will always been known as the guy who was traded for DeMarcus Cousins, but his fantasy owners have been thrilled with his play recently. Over his last three, he’s averaged 37.75 DraftKings PPG including 47 points against Golden State on Friday night. Since joining the Kings, he’s taken 10.8 shots per game but has launched 14 per game over his last four.
A few injuries to keep an eye on at the SF position. Carmelo Anthony missed Saturday’s game against the Spurs allowing plenty of opportunity for his teammates. The biggest beneficiaries were Derrick Rose who launched 22 shots and Wily Hernangomez who scored 24 points on 16 shots. Either with all that production, it was Mindaugas Kuzminskas who started and played 36 minutes, scoring 19 real points. If Melo sits, there’s plenty of usage to go around.
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Anthony Davis went ham for 31 and 15 last night, but I am pumping the brakes on him tonight. That game was against the Nuggets with DeMarcus Cousins out. If Boogie comes back tonight, that should cut into AD’s usage rate. Additionally, playing against the Jazz has been brutal for AD owners this season. In two meetings, Davis has only averaged 41.3 DraftKings PPG against Utah. I am going to be VERY cautious with Davis tonight.
It’s all about Rudy Gobert who is averaging 52.7 DK PPG over his last five. Always a monster on the boards and blocking shots, he’s been an offensive force for the Jazz this week. I don’t think I need to say much here, but remember that Gobert is averaging 43.8 DK PPG in two meetings with New Orleans this season.