At last, real NBA basketball. After weeks of uncertainty in daily fantasy — who would start, who would rest, which teams cared — we have a quadruple-header with predictable rotations and maximum effort.
There is a reason why I always wait until the 82nd game of the season is in the books before deciding on my postseason awards choices. Three words: What’s the hurry? This is a lesson I learned way back in 1999 when I was covering a late regular-season game at the Alamodome during the lockout-shortened 50-game season. There were still three of four games left, and I was sitting alongside a veteran reporter from USA Today and asked him which way he
Russell Westbrook $12000 and Anthony Davis $11000 can’t afford to rest on the final night of the regular season. One of them is going to the playoffs, the other will not. The Thunder should take care of business in Minnesota, but they also need the Pelicans to lose.
Every time he steps on the court, Russell Westbrook $11800 creates the most important decision in daily fantasy. Yesterday in a losing cause, he scored 54 points and an amazing 80.8 FPTS at DraftKings, but he may not play in tonight’s must-win.
The standings play a large part in our handicapping tonight. Miami’s loss at home (and their injury plague) leaves the other three contenders for the final two playoff Eastern Conference spots in much better shape.
A 13-game slate means plenty of choices in daily NBA contests at DraftKings. Of the four players with 5-digit salaries, James Harden $11000 is probably the safest play, as he leads the Rockets into San Antonio.
Some of us are very much alive in two-day contests at DraftKings that conclude with two of tonight’s six NBA games. We looked ahead at the “demolition derby” between the Hornets and Heat in yesterday’s Spin; it sounds like Bismack Biyombo $4600 will play with a mask for his broken nose and we just don’t know about Al Jefferson $6500 (knee.)
It’s a busy Saturday night in the NBA and while a few of the ten games are meaningful in real life, others are like preseason exhibitions, where anything might happen. We are always shopping for unexpected DFS values, especially at this time of year.