Without Draymond Green $10000 (rest) and despite 38 points from Stephen Curry $10600, the Golden State Warriors lost for only the third time this season. Tonight at home against the Lakers, Green remains questionable, with veterans Andre Iguodala $5000 and Shaun Livingston $3900 also candidates to rest.
A six-game NBA slate begins at the unusual time of 3:00 Eastern, when the Magic play a “home” game in London, England. That one is included only in All-Day contests at DraftKings. European big men Nikola Vucevic $7100 and Jonas Valanciunas $5900 are both sharp, but the Raptors’ backcourt of Kyle Lowry $8500 and DeMar DeRozan $7900 should make the difference.
Game of the night has the Cavaliers in San Antonio. All eyes will be on Kawhi Leonard $8100 and LeBron James $9700, while the battle between LaMarcus Aldridge $6900 and Kevin Love $7000 is also fascinating. Kyrie Irving $6800 came up big (22 PTS, 9 AST) in Tuesday’s overtime win — the eighth in a row for Cleveland — but Tony Parker $5100 should never be dismissed. Tristan Thompson $4900 was quiet in Dallas, while Timofey Mozgov $3400 played his best game of 2016. You never know who will get hot for the Spurs; veterans Manu Ginobili $4400 and Boris Diaw $4000 could be prominent off the bench.
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Pau Gasol (rest) is out and the unhappy Joakim Noah $5100 will presumably start again as the Bulls visit Philadelphia. Jimmy Butler $8800 (ankle) is probable, but Derrick Rose $5800 (knee) is questionable. Nikola Mirotic $5900 is coming around again and will be needed. The Sixers are much more dangerous since Ish Smith $7000 took over at PG, while Jahlil Okafor $6100 and Nerlens Noel $6700 are figuring out how to co-exist. With Jerami Grant $4300 (calf) doubtful, Robert Covington $4400 could get extra run.
In a back-to-back after both teams lost, Utah hosts the Kings. DeMarcus Cousins $10300 and Rajon Rondo $8600 didn’t get much help last night, while Gordon Hayward $7200 and Rodney Hood $5900 led the offensively-challenged Jazz.
Mike Conley $6200 (Achilles) is more questionable than Matt Barnes $5400 (thumb) as Memphis continues to juggle the rotation. Mario Chalmers $6300 has been starting, with the key Grizzlies still Marc Gasol $7400 and Zach Randolph $6600. The Pistons usually rely on Andre Drummond $8700 and Reggie Jackson $7100 but Kentavious Caldwell-Pope $5700 has scored 20+ in three of his last four.
The nightcap should be the highest-scoring game by a wide margin, even if Kobe Bryant $6000 (Achilles) can’t play. Lou Williams $6500 and Jordan Clarkson $5900 would get more shots in that scenario and if D’Angelo Russell $4800 (ankle) is fully recovered, the price is right. However, if the Lakers aren’t competitive, the Warriors won’t have to ride Curry and Klay Thompson $8200 as hard. Andrew Bogut $4700 played 32 minutes last night and none of the other bigs were effective, so Harrison Barnes $5400 may see some time at PF while Green (if he plays) mans center.
Nothing against the highest-priced studs at each position, it’s just that stars-and-scrubs works better when the ultra-cheap guys have more upside. I’m using seven players between $5400 and $8200 in a balanced lineup. Stay on top of relevant news that will change player values. For example, if Green is a confirmed starter, I might replace Thompson and Barnes.
|PG||Stephen Curry $10600||Ish Smith $7000||Tony Parker $5100|
|SG||Jimmy Butler $8800||Klay Thompson $8200||K. Caldwell-Pope $5700|
|SF||LeBron James $9700||Kawhi Leonard $8100||Harrison Barnes $5400|
|PF||DeMarcus Cousins $10300||LaMarcus Aldridge $6900||Nikola Mirotic $5900|
|C||Andre Drummond $8700||Marc Gasol $7400||Timofey Mozgov $3400|
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