The Philadelphia 76ers have been very cautious with their big men Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor this year, keeping them on a minutes restriction and not allowing them to play in back to back games. With the Sixers on the front end of a home and away, they will likely stick to the script by playing Embiid at home Wednesday and Okafor on Thursday. If so, count me in on Embiid, who had 11 pts and 12 rebs in 14 minutes vs. Gortat. Even though that was a meaningless game for Gortat and I expect a better battle, Embiid has only gotten better in the last month.
Update: The Sixers did not stick to the course and opted to rest Embiid tonight and Okafor tomorrow. Somewhere, Marcin Gortat smiles.
The Denver Nuggets currently allow the most DK Fantasy Points to opposing PG’s than any other team in the league (Suns are second worst). The margin between the Nuggets and the Warriors, who allow the 4th most DK points to PG’s, is 5 points, twice as much as the gap for any other position and team. That’s enough for me to take a shot on Eric Bledsoe at $6,900. I expect his ownership to be fairly low after a poor shooting night vs. the Nets, followed by lower minutes than usual in a blowout loss against Golden State. He can really fill up a stat sheet so the potential of a big night is there if the shot is dropping.
With a completely star studded night, you may be looking for a few punt plays to fill out a “stars and scrubs” roster. If that is the case, keep your eye out for Dwight Howard‘s status. He was banged up last night and did not return to the game due to a left quad contusion. If he doesn’t play, that opens up some more minutes for Mike Muscala. He has averaged 19.5 DK points per game this year and can get you some 3’s from the center position as well.
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I don’t usually like to talk about how great the best players in the world are, we all know already, but what James Harden and Russell Westbrook are doing is epic. This will be a high scoring affair that will feature two ball dominant point guards playing the best basketball of their career. Harden has actually scored better on the road than at home this year and has scored 60 or more DK points in 6 of his last 7 games, only scoring 58.75 in a 27 point victory last game. Meanwhile, Russ is averaging 35 pts, 12 rebs, and 10 assists in his last 4 games. The Rockets actually allow the 6th fewest points to opposing PG’s, while the Thunder allow the 7th most.
If you can pick one over the other, go for it, otherwise just sit back and enjoy the show.
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