We have a very nice seven-game slate tonight for our FanDuel contests, which is headlined by the huge game between the Thunder and Warriors. That game has a total of 233 points according to the NBA odds, so it’s a fantasy gold mine and one to definitely target. On the flipside, we also know that the game will be heavily targeted and can use that to our advantage in tournaments by finding lesser-owned options in good matchups.
Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors, $11,100 & Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder, $11,000 - We get a great matchup with the Warriors and Thunder tonight, and I think there are two ways to approach PG tonight: The first is to just grab both Curry and Westbrook in a game that features a total of 233 points. They each put up 51 FD points in the first meeting between the two, so you’re basically locking in a floor of 100 points at the position. Neither PG has played great defense this year, so I would expect plenty of fireworks.
Shelvin Mack, Utah Jazz, $3,700 - The second option is to grab one of Curry and Westbrook and then punt the other PG spot to spend up at Small Forward and/or Center. Mack has grabbed the starting PG gig in Utah and is averaging over 20 FD PPG, which is all we need at his salary. The matchup is certainly there against a very poor Brooklyn defense.
Danny Green, San Antonio Spurs, $4,400 - I don’t mind a guy like Klay Thompson, but I’m looking to save at SG, as I really like the other positions today. Green provides big savings and has seen a minutes bump with Manu Ginobili out. The Rockets are terrible defensively, and Green has torched them in their last two meetings averaging 18 PPG, five rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Zach LaVine, Minnesota Timberwolves, $4,900 - Sticking with the cheap SG theme, LaVine draws an up-tempo matchup with the Pelicans in a game with a total of 217 points. He may not start as he’s been alternating with Tayshaun Prince, but he’s played solid minutes regardless. He’s averaging 32 MPG over his past five games and is consistently producing 20 to 25 FD points.
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder, $10,400 - He’s the third star to get exposure to in this game, and each of Curry, Westbrook and Durant look to be in great spots. The Thunder should be amped up for this one, and Durant smoked the Warriors earlier this year with 65 FD points.
Tobias Harris, Detroit Pistons, $5,900 - I also really like Kawhi Leonard, but Harris offers solid savings, and guys like Durant, Westbrook, and Curry are expensive. The Pistons are very thin at SF and PF, so we can lock Harris into 35+ minutes tonight. The Bucks are 23rd in DVP against PF this season and Harris is averaging just over 30 FD PPG in his last three games.
Also Consider - Kawhi Leonard
Jabari Parker, Milwaukee Bucks, $5,700 - Jabari has been a great target recently as he’s topped 30 FD points in five straight games. The reason for the increased production is that he’s seen a big minutes spike - averaging over 41 MPG in his last five games. The Pistons weakest spot on defense has been PF, and Parker is a great mid-range option to fit the higher-priced options.
Gorgui Dieng, Minnesota Timberwolves, $6,500 - Draymond Green is very much in play, but there is some solid value at PF today. Gorgui makes for a great cash game option as he’s offering great minute security. He’s routinely playing upwards of 40 minutes and has topped 29 FD points in eight of his last ten games.
Brandan Wright, Memphis Grizzlies, $3,700 - I love Andre Drummond and Karl-Anthony Towns tonight and will have tournament exposure to both, but I wanted to provide a value option as well. Wright stepped into the starting lineup last night, but played just 18 minutes as the game got out of hand. He’s still working his way back into full shape, but he should play right around 20 minutes against a very bad Phoenix defense. In his last two games he’s averaging 20 minutes and 22 FD PPG, but both did come against the Lakers. On the bright side, the Suns are also a terrific matchup.