Tonight’s NBA main slate is a three-game offering, and all three are rather unappealing contests if we’re being honest.
The 76ers-Raptors game has a spread of 12 points (Raptors favored, obviously), the Jazz-Thunder contest has a spread of nine points (Thunder are favored) and the Grizzlies-Heat showdown is projected to be the lowest scoring game of the night.
So who’s ready for some DFS?!
You know what they say: lemons, meet lemonade. We’ll try our best to turn this sour slate into something sweet. First, today’s news and notes:
- Tony Wroten will rest, giving T.J. McConnell the start at point guard for the 76ers. You cannot trust this situation.
- Lucas Nogueira (ankle) is a game-time decision. He has some deep sleeper appeal against the 76ers.
- Tyler Johnson (shoulder) and Josh McRoberts (rest) are questionable against the Grizzlies. Gerald Green could be interesting if Johnson sits.
Make sure to check the news up until tip:
BUILDING BLOCKS – Studs and Must-Have Values to Build Your Core Lineup
Russell Westbrook, PG, OKC ($10,300): On a short slate this is a no-brainer. His floor is easily the highest of any stud available, and his ceiling is unparalleled. With a couple of value plays on the board, fitting him into a balanced lineup isn’t all that hard for me today.
Terrence Ross, SG, TOR ($3,800): Speaking of those value plays, Ross is my favorite tonight despite a poor showing last time out. Ross will actually be playing small forward, a position that the 76ers have not defended well, and I’m willing to gamble on his inconsistent play in what projects to be a blowout.
More studs to consider: Kevin Durant, SF, OKC ($10,000) – Derrick Favors, PF, UTA ($7,900) – Marc Gasol, C, MEM ($7,300)
BARGAINS – Complementary Players and Punt Plays
Cory Joseph, PG, TOR ($4,300): The value plays tonight are mostly going to be the prominent Toronto bench players, and Joseph is the biggest of all of them. He routinely plays 30+ minutes, and he could see an uptick in offensive responsibility if this game gets out of hand.
Mike Conley, PG, MEM ($6,200): After Westbrook, Conley is probably the only guy I’d trust for cash games outside of the value tier. It’s not a pretty play, but Conley usually does enough not to kill your lineup when he’s priced in this area.
Rodney Hood, SG, UTA ($4,400): Hood usually plays 30+ minutes and the matchup against the Thunder should have a higher pace to it. That makes him an interesting play at only $4.4K, as we’ve seen his upside at around 30 DraftKings points.
Gordon Hayward, SF, UTA ($7,400): Hayward continues to play at an elite level, and I don’t see anything changing in this matchup. He’s a fantastic play on this short slate going into a matchup that projects to be one of the more competitive contests.
Luol Deng, SF, MIA ($4,100): If you want to punt small forward, there isn’t much to be found. The closest thing to a punt you’ll find is Deng, who should see around 30 minutes at a bargain bin price.
Patrick Patterson, PF, TOR ($3,800): You could go Luis Scola, but Patterson should see plenty of time in this game, especially if goes south for the 76ers.
Jahlil Okafor, C, PHI ($6,400): Marc Gasol is the more reliable option, but I like the discount on Okafor, who’s nearly $1K cheaper. He should see his touches in this one, making him a nice value on this short slate.
LOTTERY TICKETS – 5 Tournaments Options
Kyle Lowry, PG, TOR ($8,800): If this game stays competitive, I think Lowry becomes the premier tournament option. I can’t play him in cash because of the likelihood of a blowout, though.
Dwyane Wade, SG, MIA ($7,000): Wade is going to play in a slow-paced game, and should see plenty of Tony Allen. That makes him a good contrarian play, because Wade can still play at an elite-level in stretches, and if it happens tonight he should provide some GPP value.
Matt Barnes, SF, MEM ($4,300): Barnes has been playing well lately – two straight 20+ DraftKings points games – and is a nice way to save money at a top-heavy position for tournaments.
Zach Randolph, PF, MEM ($6,400): I like Bosh for tournaments too, but I think Randolph has upside if this game is the slowed down post-heavy game it appears to be. At $6,400 he’s a nice mid-tier option for GPPs.
Hassan Whiteside, C, MIA ($6,700): The thinking here is that Whiteside will see extended time to check Marc Gasol. If that’s correct, he should easily pay back his $6.7K salary with upside for a ton more. I love him for tournaments tonight.
BUYER’S REMORSE – Reasons for Skepticism
Goran Dragic, PG, MIA ($5,100): The Heat’s style just doesn’t suit Dragic from a fantasy production perspective. It’s going to be hard for me to trust him as long as they play as slow as they do.
Isaiah Canaan, PG, PHI ($4,800): The Raptors aren’t great at defending shooting guards, but Canaan has been struggling mightily. No thanks.