The Blizzard of 2015 has postponed tonight’s game between the Kings and Knicks. If you entered a lineup before noon, make sure you didn’t use DeMarcus Cousins or Rudy Gay. That leaves six NBA games to choose from tonight at DraftKings, with most contests closing at 7:30 ET, plus Late offerings at 9:00 that span only the final two games.
Willis Reed moments are extremely rare during the regular season. LaMarcus Aldridge $9500 played with a torn thumb ligament, leading the Blazers to an important win. Hoping to avoid surgery, he is a brave man. Nicolas Batum $5300 (wrist) is questionable, making Wesley Matthews $6100 and Damian Lillard $9300 quite valuable as long as LMA can tolerate the pain. Even banged up, the Blazers should beat the Nets, though it may not be the most artistic game.
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Denver likes a fast pace and the Clippers will be happy to comply. Chris Paul $9600, Blake Griffin $9800 and DeAndre Jordan $7800 warmed up for this last night with a 20-point romp in Phoenix, while the Nuggets lost an overtime thriller at home. Although Ty Lawson $8800 and Wilson Chandler $5600 were outstanding, this is a brutal back-to-back against a superior team. J.J. Redick $4300 is in a groove — 17-28 from deep over five games.
Dante Exum $3500 has won the starting job in Utah, and Trey Burke $5100 seems content as a productive sixth man. Gordon Hayward $7800 has scored 24 points in both games since Quin Snyder made the change. Enes Kanter $6500 is holding off Rudy Gobert $6300 for now, and Derrick Favors $7400 should be ready for a big game. Even Joe Ingles $3500 hit four 3-pointers in Saturday’s 35-point rout of the Nets. The Celtics have won two of four on this difficult trip, each by a single point, over the Nuggets without Lawson and the Blazers without LMA. Last night’s narrow loss to Golden State was more than respectable; a fourth game in five nights puts them at a disadvantage. Jared Sullinger $6600 started at C with Evan Turner $5300 at PG; that combo is Boston’s only hope.
On January 16, Anthony Davis $11000 didn’t play and Nerlens Noel $5000 led the 76ers to a 15-point win. Things will be different tonight in New Orleans. However, the Pelicans are tired from an exciting victory over Dallas and we don’t expect a huge score. AD and Tyreke Evans $8200 got some help rom Ryan Anderson $5500 last night (18 PTS, 5 REB) and Quincy Pondexter $3000 played a lively 29 minutes off the bench.
I liked Nikola Vucevic $8800 and Victor Oladipo $6800 a lot on Sunday, a lot less in a back-to-back against much better defenders. Jeff Green $5000 complements Marc Gasol $8400 and Zach Randolph $8100 well; all three are playable. Mike Conley $7100 has not been himself since returning from injury.
Thaddeus Young $6000, Gorgui Dieng $7000 and Nikola Pekovic $4600 are the only Timberwolves to consider against Russell Westbrook $10300 and Kevin Durant $10700. Coming off a tough loss in Cleveland, the Thunder may rest their superstars as much as possible; Reggie Jackson $4400 and Anthony Morrow $3300 will be fresh and Kendrick Perkins $3000 will play big minutes.
|PG||Chris Paul $9600||Mike Conley $7100||Dante Exum $3500|
|SG||Tyreke Evans $8200||Evan Turner $5300||Quincy Pondexter $3000|
|SF||Kevin Durant $10700||Gordon Hayward $7800||Joe Ingles $3500|
|PF||Anthony Davis $11000||Jared Sullinger $6600||Brandon Bass $4400|
|C||Marc Gasol $8400||DeAndre Jordan $7800||Tyler Zeller $3600|
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