An 11-game Monday slate is capped by the 28-1 Warriors hosting Sacramento. Stephen Curry $10700, Draymond Green $9300, Klay Thompson $7300 and Andrew Bogut $4200 are extremely well rested — just two games in nine days — while the Kings somehow lost at home last night to the short-handed Blazers.
Off an embarrassing 29-point defeat in Portland, the Cavaliers will regroup against the rapidly-setting Suns, who have shaken up the coaching staff and are without Eric Bledsoe (knee) indefinitely. Brandon Knight $7600 will be up against Kyrie Irving $6500 and Phoenix has nobody capable of stopping LeBron James $9800.
Another huge loss to injury is Blake Griffin (quad) which means more FG attempts for Chris Paul $9000, DeAndre Jordan $7200 and J.J. Redick $5100. Washington is trying to replace Bradley Beal (leg) with Garrett Temple $4900 and Ramon Sessions $4200, so Redick could be the best value.
The most lucrative contests at DraftKings close at 7:00 Eastern and include the entire slate. There are also Turbo pools at 8:00 and Late events at 9:00 that span just three games each.
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The 76ers visiting Utah might be insignificant in real life, but it’s full of DFS angles. Ish Smith $4800 is back in Philly and new assistant coach Mike D’Antoni makes any point guard better. Jahlil Okafor $6300 (knee) is doubtful and Nerlens Noel $5600 rose to the challenge in Phoenix. PG-eligible Isaiah Canaan $4200, now the starting SG, scored 22 points in the Sixers’ first road win of the year.
Rudy Gobert (knee) remains out indefinitely and Derrick Favors $7400 (back) is questionable for the Jazz, who also lost Alec Burks (broken leg) on Saturday. Gordon Hayward $7200 and Rodney Hood $4700 are the only scorers left. Raul Neto $3200 and Joe Ingles $3200 suddenly matter, and if Favors can’t go, Trevor Booker $4300 and Jeff Withey $3300 are the best big men.
New Orleans at Orlando will be fun. Anthony Davis $10500 is always the top-rated PF and I’m not sure how the Magic can stop him. However, Nikola Vucevic $7400 is averaging 23 points and nine boards over his last five, and the Pelicans are 29th defensively.
The injury bug also bit Dallas with Deron Williams $6300 (hamstring) still questionable; J.J. Barea $5000 has been superb in two spot starts. Coming on strong is Chandler Parsons $5200, whose minutes are way up and whose salary will soon follow. Khris Middleton $6100 is in a groove and Greg Monroe $6700 will try to muscle up against Zaza Pachulia $5600, but the Mavs are the better team.
My hometown Raptors face a difficult test in Chicago. Kyle Lowry $8300 can attack Derrick Rose $6000 and DeMarre Carroll $5300 will try to keep Jimmy Butler $7500 from taking over. However, Pau Gasol $7600 will be a load for Bismack Biyombo $5500 and Jonas Valanciunas $5600, who won’t be 100% after missing 16 games with a broken hand. Nikola Mirotic $5100 snapped out of a long slump with 23 points on Saturday and Taj Gibson $5300 might neutralize Luis Scola $5100.
Once again, there aren’t enough ultra-cheap guys with upside to couple with the expensive superstars. My sample lineup starts with Davis, Vucevic and Hayward, leaving just enough cap room for five potential bargains in the $4200-5600 range.
|PG||Stephen Curry $10700||Ish Smith $4800||Isaiah Canaan $4200|
|SG||Klay Thompson $7300||Khris Middleton $6100||J.J. Redick $5100|
|SF||LeBron James $9800||Gordon Hayward $7200||Chandler Parsons $5200|
|PF||Anthony Davis $10500||Nerlens Noel $5600||Trevor Booker $4300|
|C||Pau Gasol $7600||Nikola Vucevic $7400||Andrew Bogut $4200|
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