There’s a 10-game slate in the NBA tonight, although the 6:00 ET start (Indiana at Brooklyn) doesn’t count in the most lucrative daily contests at DraftKings. The final three weeks is unpredictable in basketball, due to rest, injuries, auditions and varying degrees of motivation. But we’ll keep trying.
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Getting back to hoops the Spurs will rest LaMarcus Aldridge, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker, with Kawhi Leonard (quad) still out. Russell Westbrook $10200 and Kevin Durant $9800 are unlikely to show any mercy against the “B” team. Even in a blowout loss, Patty Mills $3500, David West $3300 and Boris Diaw $3100 should be bargains; Kyle Anderson $3000 disappointed last night and Boban Marjanovic $3000 barely played, but both could be prominent.
The late games figure to be be high-scoring. Portland hosts the 76ers, with Damian Lillard $9300 and C.J. McCollum $6900 unstoppable and Ed Davis $3900 playing like a Boss. Garbage time is a possibility.
Devin Booker $6400 had 26 points last night as the Suns were blown out by 22 in Sacramento. John Jenkins $3000 was a surprise starter. Even if they play better at home tonight, they’re no match for Boston. Isaiah Thomas $7700 will shred his former team, while Evan Turner $5700, Avery Bradley $5200, Amir Johnson $4500 and Jared Sullinger $5200 are all decent value picks.
Jimmy Butler $7300 and Derrick Rose $6000 lead the Bulls into Orlando with Pau Gasol $7500 (knee) questionable. Butler will be in refuse-to-lose mode as Chicago is currently two games back of a playoff spot.
The matchup of LeBron James $9400 and Carmelo Anthony $8100 should be entertaining and there aren’t many bargain-bin standouts at SF. If this is played as a “friendly” (to use a soccer term) Melo is solid value, and there’s no reason for the Cavs to overwork anyone.
Maybe Marcus Morris $5200 or Tobias Harris $6000 will stay hot but Detroit has a tough battle ahead with Paul Millsap $7600 and the visiting Hawks. Andre Drummond $7700 vs. Al Horford $6700 could be win-win in DFS.
Today’s sample lineup consists of a first choice at three positions, a couple of midrange stars and three bargains. It’s more balanced than yesterday, and I hope more productive, as my “scrubs” were disappointing on Friday.
|PG||Russell Westbrook $10200||Isaiah Thomas $7700||Patty Mills $3500|
|SG||Jimmy Butler $7300||Evan Turner $5700||Avery Bradley $5200|
|SF||LeBron James $9400||Carmelo Anthony $8100||Kyle Anderson $3000|
|PF||Paul Millsap $7600||Amir Johnson $4500||David West $3300|
|C||Andre Drummond $7600||Al Horford $6700||Boban Marjanovic $3000|
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