What a fantastic game tonight, as the Road Warriors are in Oklahoma City. Russell Westbrook $11000 and Stephen Curry $10700 are capable of anything. Both took a back seat to Kevin Durant $10100, who had 40 points and 14 rebounds (in a losing cause) when they met three weeks ago.
Of the other seven games, one doesn’t count in our featured DFS contest. If you’re entering All-Day leagues, that 3:00 Eastern start sees red-hot Hassan Whiteside $7900 and the Heat visiting Boston. Isaiah Thomas $7400, Jared Sullinger $5900 and Jae Crowder $6300 are consistent, but Amir Johnson $4000 broke out of a slump last game and the Celtics have won nine in a row at home using a variety of weapons.
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Anthony Davis $10000 and Karl-Anthony Towns $8600 are both amazing, and priced accordingly. Gorgui Dieng $6800 gives Minnesota an edge up front, while Andrew Wiggins $6300 will be tough to contain. Jrue Holiday $7700 and Ryan Anderson $5600 are the only other Pelicans scorers. Eric Gordon $4600 (finger) will be back after missing 16 games, which might cool off Norris Cole $5100.
Having just won in Cleveland, the Pistons can win in Milwaukee. Tobias Harris $6400 has joined Andre Drummond $8200 and Reggie Jackson $6800 as a potent trio. Jason Kidd brings his best center Greg Monroe $7200 and best PG Michael Carter-Williams $5500 off the bench, so the first unit is comprised of Giannis Antetokounmpo $7700, Khris Middleton $7100, Jabari Parker $6500 and two placeholders.
The ultra-efficient Spurs are 7-1 on this road trip, doing it with defense. Tonight in Houston, they should cope with James Harden $10200 and Dwight Howard $7200, wearing down the Rockets with depth and versatility. Kawhi Leonard $7800, Tony Parker $5300 and LaMarcus Aldridge $6700 are consistently great, while Tim Duncan $4800 double-doubled on Thursday against the Jazz.
Portland visits the Bulls at an opportune time. Without Derrick Rose $7300 (hamstring) and with Pau Gasol $8500 (illness) at less than 100%, they lost by 15 in Atlanta last night. Taj Gibson $5100 and Doug McDermott $4000 played well enough to consider again. I always like Damian Lillard $9600, C.J. McCollum $7500, Mason Plumlee $5000 and Al-Farouq Aminu $4900 at those prices, especially this evening.
Brooklyn at Utah will not be pretty. The Nets waiving Joe Johnson does give Bojan Bogdanovic $3900 and Markel Brown $3400 an opportunity and their salaries have yet to adjust. Brook Lopez $7500 and Thaddeus Young $6900 face a tough test against Derrick Favors $7500 and Rudy Gobert $6200. The Stifle Tower is in a three-game slump but Gordon Hayward $7000 and Rodney Hood $6100 have excellent matchups. New Jazz PG Shelvin Mack $4500 was rattled by the San Antonio defense but should bounce back against Donald Sloan $4900.
The Grizzlies toyed with the Lakers again last night and should have plenty left to beat Phoenix. If you had P.J. Hairston $3300 and Vince Carter $3700, congratulations. It also appears that the change of scenery has been great for Lance Stephenson $3600. The more logical plays are Mike Conley $7300 and Zach Randolph $7000, but only if the Suns — who have lost 13 straight — put up a fight.
|PG||Russell Westbrook $11000||Damian Lillard $9600||Shelvin Mack $4500|
|SG||James Harden $10200||Andrew Wiggins $6300||Bojan Bogdanovic $3900|
|SF||Kevin Durant $10100||Kawhi Leonard $7800||Doug McDermott $4000|
|PF||Anthony Davis $10000||Derrick Favors $7500||Ryan Anderson $5600|
|C||Karl-Anthony Towns $8600||Andre Drummond $8200||Tim Duncan $4800|
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