All-Day NBA contests at DraftKings close at 3:30 Eastern when the Clippers host Toronto. Jonas Valanciunas (hand) is out, so Bismack Biyombo $3800 will probably start against DeAndre Jordan $7300 and the gap between Blake Griffin $9500 and Luis Scola $4500 at PF is just as wide.
For the next few weeks, Patrick Patterson $3500 and James Johnson $3100 will become more important as the Raptors are forced to go small. DeMarre Carroll $5700 will play some PF because Cory Joseph $4000 will run with the starters. I’ll pass today, but there will be future DFS bargains.
Our focus is on evening contests that close at 6:00, spanning the other five games. The Celtics are hot, the Nets are not. In the opener of this home-and-home on Friday, Boston led 66-42 at halftime. Isaiah Thomas $7400 and Jae Crowder $5600 led the starters; Avery Bradley $5300 was brilliant off the bench for a third straight game.
On their home court after that embarrassment, Brook Lopez $7500 and Thaddeus Young $6900 will be better. It’s hard to imagine Jarrett Jack $6200 and Joe Johnson $5200 being any worse. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson $3600 might be the best value of all. In daily fantasy we don’t care who wins, rooting only for high scores and overtime.
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There are three superstars to consider. Russell Westbrook $12300 flirts with a triple-double most nights and a “questionable” Kevin Durant $9800 (hamstring) seems doubtful, so Enes Kanter $5100 remains playable for the Thunder. Dallas is deeper, with Dirk Nowitzki $6300, Zaza Pachulia $5500 and Deron Williams $5500 all attractively priced.
Fantasy game of the night sees MVP Stephen Curry $10900 taking rookie Emmanuel Mudiay $5900 to school. Draymond Green $7400 can slow down Danilo Gallinari $6500 and the Warriors should make it 15 in a row. Klay Thompson $6100 is also coming around. For the overmatched Nuggets, Will Barton $5600 and Nikola Jokic $3600 might spark the second unit.
Anthony Davis $10700 was in beast mode on Friday (20 PTS, 18 REB, 3 AST, 2 BLK) and Ryan Anderson $6400 has found his stroke with ten 3-pointers in two games. The Pelicans may be loaded up front but the Suns’ guards are on fire, with Brandon Knight $7900 scoring 30+ every other game.
The nightcap has little relevance in the standings but the Blazers are the better team, with reasonable salaries. Damian Lillard $8700 and C.J. McCollum $6500 have great matchups. Al-Farouq Aminu $6200 is underrated and it will be no surprise if Mason Plumlee $5500 outplays Roy Hibbert $4900. For the Lakers, Julius Randle $5800 might be the safest play and D’Angelo Russell $4300 is improving.
Position-wise, either key on Davis and your choice of Westbrook and Curry, or use both PG. Eric Bledsoe $8400 is the premium SG but we need to save at both wing spots. Aminu is my choice at SF, though Mirza Teletovic $3000 has shot his way into the Suns rotation at a rock-bottom price. Let’s use both. Lopez is the #1 center but again we must compromise in order to afford two of the three 5-digit salaries.
|PG||Russell Westbrook $12300||Stephen Curry $10900||Deron Williams $5500|
|SG||Eric Bledsoe $8400||Avery Bradley $5000||R. Hollis-Jefferson $3600|
|SF||Danilo Gallinari $6500||Al-Farouq Aminu $6200||Mirza Teletovic $3000|
|PF||Anthony Davis $10700||Ryan Anderson $6400||Julius Randle $5800|
|C||Brook Lopez $7500||Mason Plumlee $5500||Enes Kanter $5100|
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