The superstars will be out on Thursday night. In daily hoops we don’t care who wins, the ‘perfect’ game is fast-paced, with overtime. Or triple OT, like the masterpiece last night between the Grizzlies and Spurs.
It was a triumph of Grizzlies basketball. Marc Gasol $8700 was brilliant and they held the Warriors — who had won 16 in a row — to 41% shooting. Mike Conley $7900 and Zach Randolph $7400 did what they do, but it was the bench, led by Vince Carter $3000 with 16 points, that helped seal the deal with a tremendous second quarter.
Will Anthony Davis $11400 return? It’s the critical question for Tuesday night. A chest contusion caused him to leave Friday’s game early and take Sunday off. His official status is questionable; stay on top of breaking news.
Monday features eight NBA games, all included in 7:00 contests at DraftKings. They also offer Late-only play, spanning just two games at 10:00 Eastern. My lineups will look similar in both — as many Clippers as I can afford.
The Warriors made is 15 straight yesterday and are better than the Pelicans, though win #16 won’t be easy if Anthony Davis $11300 (chest) plays. Nothing is broken, so it’s about pain tolerance. Stephen Curry $10800 (29 PTS, 8 AST) was particularly sharp in Dallas, with his biggest DK fantasy number in nine games.
The Knicks finally won! The lowly Pistons defeated a team from the West! Perhaps responding to being called out as “soft” by Kobe Bryant, the Lakers beat the Spurs in overtime, and the Hornets fully extended the Grizzlies before falling in double OT.
There’s MVP, and there’s fantasy MVP. James Harden made a strong statement for both last night. LeBron James $11300 (knee) didn’t play in a loss to the Thunder and is questionable tonight in New Orleans. Anthony Davis $11200 had three sub-par games — for him — before jamming his toe on Wednesday near the end of a big win over Dallas.
There are only two NBA games on Thursday, one of them a showcase for superstars. Daily fantasy contests begin with a critical decision at SF: LeBron James $11800, Kevin Durant $10500 — or neither.