My dad is a police officer in New Orleans and always shares me with different stories from his life on the streets. Apparently, there was a little old lady that was shot on a traffic stop that was causing a lot of controversy on Tuesday. From what he told me, she was pulled over for speeding in a school zone when things went very badly . She was smoking a cigarette when the officer approached her car and she attempted to toss it out, but a spark landed on the sleeve of her wool sweater. This instantly caught on fire and she jumped out the car waving her arms around. That’s when the cop drew his weapon and shot her multiple times. When later asked why he shot her, the cop responded, “She was waving her firearm at me.”
I wasn’t able to tell that joke on April fools, so I figured I would get it in today. Speaking of catching fire, it’s a hot night for daily play tonight with 14 games on the books. Nine of the games are over the 200 point mark, so no need to worry about limited choices when rostering your team tonight. I have been on a hot streak lately with my starts and sits, so let’s keep that going to close out the last couple weeks of the NBA season. All of my prices are according to DraftKings. As always, good luck and allons-y with the picks:
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Tyreke Evans ($7,600) vs the Jazz – Reke has been averaging a hair short of 40 fantasy points over his last ten games. He has been the one consistent, healthy player the Pels have had most of the season. With Anthony Davis banged up going into tonight’s game, it is unclear if he will be playing. Even if he does play, this is the same Jazz team that Evans put up close to 60 fantasy point last time they met. Evans should be the guy the Pels lean on most tonight to run their offense, and should in turn maks for a solid fantasy play for his value.
Dirk Nowitzki ($8,200) vs the Lakers – Dirk is finally starting to get it going right when the Mavs need him to the most to make a playoff push. He has averaged a hair short 50 fantasy points a night over his last five. He gets a bad, banged up Lakers team tonight that have given up 100+ points every game since February 11th. To me, it’s one of the few nights all season that I feel comfortable starting Dirk. I will always pay the price for a hot shooter when going up against a terrible defense.
DeMarcus Cousins ($9,600) vs the Warriors – It’s such a high price for any player not named Durant, but Boogie has been a one-man wrecking crew lately. Eight out of his last ten games have resulted in a double-double for Boogie. It’s hard to see that trend not continuing with Bogut and Lee both injured and possibly out for tonight’s game. It’s hard not to like the matchup of him versus Jermaine O’Neal or Marreese Speights on any given night. Even if they do play, it’s hard to not see Boogie primed to explode for another big night with Golden State’s defense in the bottom half of the league at defending the paint.
LeBron James ($10,300) vs the Timberwolves – I was torn about adding James to my plays tonight, but any night that Dwayne Wade doesn’t play, it’s hard to pass on the King. Wade is expected to be out, as well as Oden incase anyone was wondering, so James will be the go to guy tonight for the Heat. It’s not like Kevin Love and company are a scary defense either. Like I mentioned about Boogie, it’s hard to pay this price for anyone not named Durant, but any LeBron can put up a 60+ night on any given night. Tonight is one night when LeBron has as high of a ceiling as anyone on a NBA court.
Brandon Knight ($6,500) vs the Bulls – Knight is the only Buck that is rosterable in my opinion, and even that is a stretch for daily leagues. His price isn’t terrible but it’s not something you would want to pay for a player on the worst team in the league. BK doesn’t help his case tonight when he plays one of the best defensive teams in the league in Chicago. In fact, no team has been better at defending the guard position the past two weeks except for the Heat. I don’t see any reason to have Knight on your team tonight with so much better value available tonight all over the league.
Michael Carter-Williams ($8,000) vs the Celtics – MCW has had his fair share of rookie ups and downs, but he has really shown that he is the future of the Sixers and their future is much brighter with him in it. Now, this may seem like a dust bowl to most fans since both teams have less than 40 wins combined between the two of them, but to me it should be a fun one to watch. Only problem for MCW is that he gets one of the best sets on-ball defending guards in Rondo and Bradley. Not that Philly has much offense anyway, but I would look elsewhere to invest $8,000 of my roster.
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Kenneth Faried ($7,600) vs the Grizzlies – The Manimal is one of those players that is a much better player in reality than in fantasy. With the way he has been playing lately, it’s hard to believe that six out of his last ten games have resulted in less than 40 point fantasy nights. A 60+ point night last game against the Pelicans certainly helps, but don’t expect the same kind of production against the Grizz. Seriously, they are the best team in the paint and it’s not even close. Memphis has played themselves into the playoffs solely on their defense. Plus, Faried doesn’t have an outside jump shot either to help his game. With that kind of lockdown defense, the Maninmal is going to have a tough night tonight.