Nine games on the slate tonight. I’m a little late at getting at it today so let’s get right into the information. All prices are based on my favorite daily site (Draftkings). Here are the guys I will have in my lineup tonight and ones I will be throwing out from my list of possibilities:
Players I Love:
Luol Deng – $6,800 – If you watched the Cleveland/Philadelphia double OT game the other night, you realized Cleveland just cannot guard the wing. Both Evan Turner and Thad Young went for 30+ points and it wasn’t just production in OT. All it took was this Cavalier defense to get O.J. Mayo going earlier in the week to the tune of 28 points. Deng is coming off of a game where the Bulls spent about a four minute stretch trying to seal off a triple-double for him (19 PTS, 11 REB, 9 AST, 5 STL). Continue to ride his hot hand through this excellent match up for him.
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Enes Kanter – $6,200 – Kanter squares off against a Denver team that is horrific at guarding big men. News came out this weekend that JaVale McGee will be out indefinitely with a fractured tibula. McGee isn’t a great on-ball defender but his athletic ability adjusts plenty of shots. Without him, J.J. Hickson and Anthony Randolph will man the middle for Denver. Timofey Mozgov also may carve out some minutes. None of these guys are really talented defenders so basically Denver’s bad post defense gets better. Kanter is Utah’s best scorer in that aspect. You know what to do.
Jimmy Butler – $6,100 – Like I said, Cleveland can’t guard the wing. Here is the scoring output for opposing SG’s in the last five games against them: 31, 22 (both Evan Turner), 28 (O.J. Mayo), 23 (Kevin Martin) and 21 (Paul George). Okay fine, Turner can play the 2 or the 3 but you get the picture. Teams have an absolute field day against Cleveland. I have no problem stacking two Bulls today especially with the cheap costs, so you know what, that’s exactly what I’m going to do. In tune, I will be able to fit an almost $11,000 Kevin Love into my lineup. Can’t argue with that.
Players I Won’t Use:
Anyone in the Memphis/Indiana Game – When two of the NBA’s best defenses face off on a day with plenty of games, I always avoid. I’m fine with watching these players go off in other people’s lineups if that’s what is meant to be. Considering this game is the lowest over/under (182) of the night by five points, I have no problem watching this game from afar.
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