Congratulations to all who paired Damian Lillard (51 points) with DeMarcus Cousins in (37 points, 20 rebounds) in DFS contests on Friday. They combined for 152 FPTS at DraftKings; how you spent $5000 each on the other six positions made the difference between winning a little or a lot.
Stephen Curry $10800 and the Warriors came out flat in Portland and got trounced; the third quarter was embarrassing. Tonight they regroup against Chris Paul $9400 and DeAndre Jordan $7400. The Clippers added Jeff Green $5500, but it remains to be seen how quickly he becomes a major factor. CP3 and Steph can both put up huge numbers, with Draymond Green $9000 and Klay Thompson $7600 expected to dial up the intensity and Andrew Bogut $4400 a much bigger factor.
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Miami winning in Atlanta without three stars was a huge surprise. Presumably fresh and motivated, Hassan Whiteside $7200 returns from his suspension tonight and will be prominent as long as Chris Bosh (calf) is sidelined. With Dwyane Wade (knee) scratched, Luol Deng $5000 was brilliant (30 PTS, 1 REB in 38 MIN) and Goran Dragic $5700 double-doubled. Gerald Green $3800 and Justice Winslow $4300 were also profitable to own. I touted Amare Stoudemire $4200 instead of Josh McRoberts $3000 (19 PTS, 10 AST, 6 REB in 30 MIN) who could surprise again.
A rare back-to-back-to-back for the Wizards has gone perfectly so far at home. They beat the Jazz by 14 on Thursday and the Pistons by 12 last night. Obviously this one is the toughest test yet. Markieff Morris $6200 joined his new team in time for 22 minutes off the bench; he may have the freshest legs. John Wall $9300, Marcin Gortat $6400 and Bradley Beal $6500 can be forgiven if fatigue sets in.
I liked Karl-Anthony Towns $8500, Gorgui Dieng $6700 and Andrew Wiggins $6300 in Memphis but didn’t expect Zach LaVine $5300 to be so good or Ricky Rubio $6100 to be so bad. Tonight on short rest for both clubs, the young Timberwolves host the Knicks. In Brooklyn, Carmelo Anthony $8600 and Kristaps Porzingis $7300 couldn’t prevent a seventh straight loss. It could be one-sided, as the New York guards are no match.
Al Horford $6600 was relatively quiet and Paul Millsap $7800 played only 28 minutes as the Hawks presumably were a bit overconfident. Jeff Teague $6000 and Kyle Korver $4200 were sharp in defeat and match up well against Milwaukee. Dennis Schroder $4800 and Mike Scott $3000 were DFS bargains off the bench. Jason Kidd used a tight rotation with Khris Middleton $7200, Giannis Antetokounmpo $7000 and Jabari Parker $5400 all playing 39+ minutes in last night’s home loss.
Even in a four-game NBA slate, there are many different plays to daily fantasy success. I’m keying on Whiteside and stacking the rest of the Heat’s temporary lineup. That leaves enough to afford All-Stars at PG and PF.
|PG||Stephen Curry $10800||Chris Paul $9400||Goran Dragic $5700|
|SG||Klay Thompson $7600||Zach LaVine $5300||Gerald Green $3800|
|SF||Carmelo Anthony $8600||Luol Deng $5000||Justice Winslow $4300|
|PF||Draymond Green $9000||Gorgui Dieng $6700||Jabari Parker $5400|
|C||Karl-Anthony Towns $8500||Hassan Whiteside $7200||Andrew Bogut $4400|
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