Daily Fantasy Basketball Notes 4/3

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Well, it’s an extremely light two game schedule tonight in the NBA. Most of the daily focus will be on baseball, but if you didn’t notice the San Antonio Spurs have won 19 games in a row (trivia: when was the last time SA lost and to whom). Tonight, that streak will be tested greatly as the Spurs travel to OKC to take on Kevin Durant and the Thunder. Oklahoma City has been San Antonio’s kyptonite this season, as the Spurs are 0-3 vs OKC.   The other game on the schedule is another good one as the Mavericks, who are fighting for a playoff spot, head to LA to take on the Clippers.

Fantasy wise, it is always tough to trust Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich.  You never know who he may sit on any given night, especially the second half of back to backs.  Tim Duncan only played 20 minutes last night and Tony Parker played 28, so one would imagine that all hands are on deck for San Antonio, but double check to be sure.

Price wise, on such a small slate, it could be difficult to find much value on the lower priced guys.  I’m looking at a lineup sans the big high priced superstar.  It’s tough to spend over 20% of your cap on Kevin Durant tonight and field a decent roster.

Note: My player salary’s come from DraftStreet (DS)

HIGH STAKES:

DeAndre Jordan, LAC ($16,267)- KD, CP3, Blake all are more money and bigger scorers, but Jordan is really the only option at the center position tonight, so I think you need to spend some cap space on him.  You can roll the dice with cheaper, more inconsistent centers like Samuel Dalembert or Tiago Splitter, but I’d rather stick with Jordan and his pretty consistent 30+ DS points

MIDDLE OF THE ROAD:

Kawhi Leonard, SA ($13,458)- Leonard has really turned his game up the last few weeks, and it is no coincidence it has coincided with the Spurs winning streak.  His last 10 games has produced averages of 14 points, 6.5 boards, 2.5 assists with 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks per game.

Monta Ellis, DAL ($14,772)- Ellis can be maddeningly inconsistent to use in DFS, but I’m taking a shot this evening.  His FG% has been horrible vs LAC this year (36%), leading to his 12.7 PPG vs. the Clips.  He’s overcome those scoring numbers by chipping in with 4 boards, almost 10 assists and 2.7 steals.  An increase in his shots made could lead to a big DFS night.

Other to consider: Serge Ibaka ($13,634)

CHEAPSKATES:

Tony Parker, SA ($10,938)- Normally I like to go less than 10% of the cap on my “cheapies” but just cause of the nature of the 2 game night, I’ll throw Parker in this category, plus the value seems on the cheap side tonight.   He seems to have gotten over a rough patch by putting together 24.25 and 26.75 DS games the last two times out.   He’s averaging better than 25 points and 6 assists per game in the teams three meetings with OKC.

Other cheapies to consider if you need the cap space: Boris Diaw ($8,708), Caron Butler ($8,602), Shawn Marion ($9,992)

Good luck tonight in all your DFS endeavors, whether you choose to play the 2 game NBA slate and your baseball action.

Any comments or questions, hit me up on twitter (@bsteinhause)

Trivia answer:  San Antonio last loss was at Phoenix on February 21st.

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