Tonight we have a smaller six-game slate, though there are still a lot of good options to choose from. We have multiple games with high- mplied totals and a few teams that will see huge bumps in pace. I love smaller slates like this, as I think we can take advantage of the edge for tournaments.
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Kyrie Irving @ Denver Nuggets
Irving’s upside hasn’t been there a ton this season, but I love his upside in this matchup tonight against the Nuggets. They are 27th in defensive efficiency against point guards this season, and they’re allowing the fourth-most fantasy points per game to opposing PGs as well. In the first meeting this season, Irving went for 33 actual points and finished with over 50 fantasy points. Kyrie has gone for at least 40 fantasy points in four straight games, and he has at least 30 actual points in three of those games. This is a great spot for him, especially since he could see extra minutes with Marcus Smart out tonight.
Tyreke Evans vs. Phoenix Suns
It’s always tough to write an article before we have a lot of injury news, but after practicing on Sunday, I think there’s a good chance Evans returns tonight. It’s risky to play him, but he was sick, not hurt. For what it's worth, if he ends up sitting again tonight, Mario Chalmers becomes one of the best value plays on the slate. Evans draws a great matchup against the Suns. The Grizzlies' implied team total is 7.3 points higher than their season average, and they receive the second-highest pace bump on the slate. I love to target Evans in pace-up games, as he’s gone for at least 35 fantasy points in three of his last five pace-up games.
Dillon Brooks vs. Phoenix Suns
Sticking to the Memphis theme of this article, I like this spot a lot for Dillon Brooks tonight. He’s a tough guy to roster, considering he needs a good shooting night in order to have a positive fantasy night. That said, with Parsons, Ennis, and Green already ruled out, he should play 30+ minutes again tonight. The Suns are allowing 41.58 fantasy points per game to opposing small forwards over the last month. Brooks needs around 25 fantasy points to hit value here, but just know that he could end up with anywhere from 15 to 35 in this spot. I like the pace-up spot, and this implied team total really stands out to me on a six-game slate.
John Henson vs. Philadelphia 76ers
With Henson listed as a power forward on FanDuel, this is a great spot to take advantage of him. These two teams just played on the 20th, but that was before the firing of Jason Kidd. Since Joe Prunty has taken over, Henson has seen an increase in minutes and production. In those three games, he’s averaging 29.76 fantasy points, and he’s played at least 27 minutes in each of those games. It’s starting to look like Henson has a solid role with the new coach, and I want to jump on that before people realize it. The Bucks also receive the highest pace bump on the slate tonight.
Dwight Howard @ Indiana Pacers
I think people will be scared off the price for Dwight tonight, but he’s playing great basketball right now. He has at least 15 rebounds in eight straight games and a double-double in 10 of the last 11 games. He’s scored at least 50 fantasy points in four straight games, and he draws another great matchup tonight. The Pacers rank 28th in defensive efficiency against centers this season, and they’re allowing the second-most fantasy points per game to the position too. They’re also allowing 16.29 rebounds per game to opposing centers, which is the fourth most in the NBA. Let people be scared off Dwight for the price, but I’m going right back to the well tonight.