Sunday’s NBA action begins early. At 3:30 Eastern, Russell Westbrook $10800 and Kevin Durant $10400 lead the Thunder into Milwaukee. On December 29 in OKC, the Bucks scored 123 points but lost by eight.
We don’t care who wins in DFS; we like high-scoring battles. Giannis Antetokounmpo $8100 and Khris Middleton $7500 are worth considering in this one. O.J. Mayo $3700, Jabari Parker $6500, Greg Monroe $6300 and Serge Ibaka $5900 are also good value.
The Warriors will beat the Lakers even if Stephen Curry $10600 (ankle) rests for tomorrow night’s home game. Draymond Green $8500, Klay Thompson $7500, Harrison Barnes $5100 and Shaun Livingston $3900 are all playable if the MVP sits out. Kobe Bryant $5300 (shoulder) and Jordan Clarkson $5700 (knee) are questionable; L.A. managed just 77 points on Friday without them as D’Angelo Russell $6500 had a rough night. Julius Randle $6100 and Brandon Bass $3600 are the safest options.
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Raptors fans are excited about Kyle Lowry $8800 and DeMar DeRozan $7600 taking on James Harden $10500, whose 36 points were not enough last night in Chicago. Dwight Howard $7900 vs. Jonas Valanciunas $5100 is a good test for the youngster. Corey Brewer $3600 and Trevor Ariza $6000 are the other Rockets to consider. Toronto rookie Norman Powell $3000, effective in a surprise start on Friday, could be a factor until DeMarre Carroll (knee) returns.
The injury-plagued Sixers are completely overmatched in Miami. Hassan Whiteside $8400 had 19 points and 19 rebounds on Friday in Philadelphia and Goran Dragic $7000 is in peak form. Dwyane Wade $7200 and Luol Deng $5900 are also affordable, while Amare Stoudemire $3700 and Josh Richardson $3600 often pay their way. Ish Smith $6400, Robert Covington $5700, Jerami Grant $5100 and Hollis Thompson $3600 will try to keep it respectable.
I gave the Suns no chance in Orlando on Friday and they won by 18, with Alex Len $6100 scoring a career-high 31 and Devin Booker $4800 staying hot. That followed 17 straight road losses, so they are extreme underdogs in Memphis. Zach Randolph $6500 and Mike Conley $6700 lead the Grizzlies, with Chris Andersen $3300 now starting at center. Mario Chalmers $4300 and Lance Stephenson $4000 are playing very well off the bench.
Dallas should beat Denver and the score could be high. Chandler Parsons $6800, Dirk Nowitzki $6200 and Deron Williams $5600 will play more minutes if the Nuggets keep it close. David Lee $4600 has become a featured bench player. Emmanuel Mudiay $5700, Kenneth Faried $6000, Gary Harris $4700 and Nikola Jokic $5800 all played well in Friday’s loss to the Nets in overtime.
The way the Pistons played in New York last night, especially Reggie Jackson $6600, they are in trouble against Damian Lillard $9200 and the Blazers. C.J. McCollum $6900 and Gerald Henderson $3600 are playable but the bigs are inconsistent. Andre Drummond $7700 and Tobias Harris $6200 are the best bets for Detroit.
With much respect for all four superstars and their well-deserved 5-digit salaries, we’re aiming for balance today in the sample lineup. Building around Lowry, Whiteside and three solid midrange guys leaves enough to get bargains with upside.
|PG||Russell Westbrook $10800||Kyle Lowry $8800||Mario Chalmers $4300|
|SG||James Harden $10500||C.J. McCollum $6900||Gerald Henderson $3600|
|SF||Kevin Durant $10400||Chandler Parsons $6800||Lance Stephenson $4000|
|PF||Draymond Green $8500||Zach Randolph $6500||David Lee $4600|
|C||Hassan Whiteside $8400||Alex Len $6100||Chris Andersen $3300|
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