Happy Friday Hoop Heads! I hope that everyone had a great holiday season. The New Year is right around the corner, but we are in full swing for daily play. As fellow FakeRoundball writer Ricky said yesterday, lets keep riding that wave of good vibes and get straight into fantasy advice. Nine games are on the schedule tonight, so allons-y with the picks:
Anthony Davis vs Nuggets – I haven’t been able to express my excitement about my guy coming back much sooner than expected from injury. Christmas came early, not only for me as a Pelicans fan, but for everyone in the fantasy basketball world. Tonight the Brow gets a great matchup against the Nuggets at home. Denver has been playing solid against big men, but Davis is a talent that can’t be denied. Start him tonight with confidence and watch him outplay his value.
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Bradley Beal vs Timberwolves – Beal is coming off a bad shooting night where he failed to put up double digit points for only the second time this season. Minnesota has been one of the worst teams against the backcourt lately, so this game sets up perfectly for a great night for Beal. He should get a ton of looks as the Wolves will be looking to slow down John Wall tonight, which means BB should get a ton of open looks.
LeBron James vs Kings – Any night where it is solely the LBJ show, it’s hard to pass on him in daily play. The Kings are far from a good defensive team. In fact, they allow the second most points of any team in the league, except for Philly. I know his price will be high, but I am confidently starting LeBron and a seventy point night is not out of the question.
Giannis Antetokounmpo vs Nets – As someone who was a believer in the young Greek, he has been more of a Greek tragedy fantasy wise. I’ve been burned by him too many times before I can confidently start him again. Brooklyn hasn’t been great against guards, but I need another solid night from Giannis before I can confidently start him again. The matchup is there for him to succeed, but with Larry Sanders coming off the bench, his production may take an even greater decline.
Josh Smith vs Magic – I went a couple articles without hating on the Pistons, but I have to break that streak tonight. Orlando has quietly been a solid defensive team this past month, and Smith has a high price tag for someone who hasn’t had more than eight rebounds in the past ten games. Smith should put up the points you would hope, but relying on much more is too big of a risk for his value.
Kevin Durant vs Bobcats – I hate to be the one to admit it, but no Russell Westbrook is not necessarily a great thing for KD. Just look at last year’s playoffs to see how Durant faired against good defensive teams. They take him out the game and make the rest of the team beat them. The potential is there for KD to explode with a huge night, but Charlotte’s defense is too good to go against. Add that to the spotty bench play of the Thunder, so the price tag versus the reward is too high for me in daily play.
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