Steph Curry ($10,900) is the cash game staple for tonight. No one can fill it up like this guy. Another massive 41-8-6 line last night in only three quarters. He gets another excellent matchup tonight against SAC with an enormous 220 O/U. With question marks surrounding Cousins and Anthony Davis, along with LeBron in a “poor” matchup, Curry is going to be massively owned in GPPs. I will certainly sprinkle him since there’s a high probability that he’s the leading scorer at the end of the night, but the contrarian play would be to fade.
I love Damian Lillard ($9,100) as a nice pivot from Curry. The Trailblazers and Lakers are the only two teams in the league who haven’t played since Tuesday night. Both should come in well-rested which is a nice benefit to Lillard who eats monster minutes for POR. He’s flirted with triple-doubles in each of his last two games, including a massive 30-13-6 line against these very Lakers just six days ago. The Lakers are miserable against PGs, allowing the fifth most DraftKings points to the position.
Keep a close eye on the Utah Jazz injury report. If Trey Burke sits, that would make Raul Neto ($3,000) the only point guard on the roster for the Jazz. Whoever plays PG for the Jazz is going to be receiving a few big boosts. The positional boost is sublime, as the Pellies are dead last versus PGs. Also, the Jazz get a nice uptick from Vegas today as this game is slated at a 199 O/U, which is significantly higher than UTA’s average line of 190.32. Neto doesn’t do anything elite, but he’s min-priced and could get all the minutes he can handle. He posted a 10-6-3 (steals) line on Wednesday night, earning him 26.25 DraftKings points.
I am nervous even typing this, but I sort of like Kobe Bryant ($6,100) tonight! Let’s not pull any punches here, the Lakers are much worse as a team when Kobe plays, but this guy is still firing shots at a prolific rate, keeping him fantasy relevant. He’s averaging 27.8 DraftKings points this season, but has gone for 33+ in two of his last four. Three consecutive days off should be nice for the aging Bryant. If you want to play the narrative game, it would be that Kobe goes off tonight after going 1-14 on Tuesday and hearing how washed up he is.
Will Barton ($5,600) could earn a big boost in minutes and usage tonight. Barton already plays nearly 30 minutes a night, but his teammate Gary Harris is the team’s starter. Harris is dealing with concussion like symptoms and might have to sit this one out. If that happens, expect Barton to receive a ton of run in an excellent matchup. Barton has flashed plenty of upside this season and while he is volatile, few players in this price range can outscore Barton when he’s hot.
I love LeBron James ($9,600) as a GPP play tonight. He’s going to be under-owned since BRK is the “best” against the SF position. If you look at the points allowed chart, you’ll notice that stat is a little deceptive. The Nets just haven’t played against a lot of teams with decent SFs. Plus, it’s LeBron. He’s completely matchup proof. We get a small discount on The King from his price yesterday as well.
Take a good look at Draymond Green ($7,400) tonight. It was interesting that he still played 33 minutes in the blowout last night, which is a great sign considering there might be a similar result for the Warriors today. Draymond has two triple doubles in his last seven games and can fill up the stat-sheet in every way. I like him even more if Demarcus Cousins sits this game out, as there would be less resistance on the boards for Green.
Speaking of Cousins, if he doesn’t go, you should have plenty of exposure to Kosta Koufos ($4,800). Koufos has earned 27.75, 31.25 and 36.75 DraftKings points in his last three. He’s an active rebounder, with a decent scoring touch. He needs only 28.8 DraftKings points to reach full 6x value tonight, which is certainly in his range.
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