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Tourney Targets: Friday

by Peter “DraftCheat” Christensen
Updated On: December 3, 2018, 6:02 pm ET

Tonight is the last Friday of the NBA regular season, and some teams still have plenty to play for, while others are just seeing what they’ve got in their younger talent. There’s still plenty of time to take down a big prize on FanDuel, so here are some tournament plays to help you in those big contests tonight.

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Point Guard

Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder, $12300
Everything is coming up roses for Westbrook today. He played limited minutes in his last game in a blowout loss to the Spurs, which should give him relatively fresh legs tonight. The Thunder are tied for the final playoff spot in the West, meaning Westbrook will be on the floor as much as possible in a must-win game. And Westbrook is the most explosive player in by far the highest O/U game of the night at 218.

Zach LaVine, Minnesota Timberwolves, $6100
Elfrid Payton, Jordan Clarkson, and Ramon Sessions are all in play tonight, but I think LaVine offers the best combination of high floor, high ceiling at his price point. He’s been getting 40 minutes a night and has an excellent matchup vs. the Lakers in a game with a 205.5 O/U.

Shooting Guard

Kevin Martin, Minnesota Timberwolves, $6000
Martin has the kind of upside that can help you win a GPP. Over his past six games, he has been getting about 35 minutes of playing time and has averaged almost 22 shots a game during that span. The Lakers are one of the worst teams in the league at defending the three, allowing opponents to shoot 38.8% from 20-24 feet.

Anthony Morrow, Oklahoma City Thunder, $4400  
Morrow goes up against the Kings, who are one of the worst teams in the league at defending the three-point line. A dominating, penetrating presence like Westbrook should open the door for 6-10 three-point attempts for Morrow. Some players may be off of Morrow after his recent poor performance against the Spurs, but he has 30+ upside in a high paced game.

Small Forward

Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs, $8500
Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs took on the Rockets last game and Kawhi put up 20 points in 35 minutes of playing time, and had 32.6 FPs in total. However, he only grabbed three rebounds and had two assists. I fully expect Leonard to have another 20 point game, as he has hit 20 points in six of his last seven games, but don’t see him having such a paltry rebounding total. I would fully expect him to have 7 or 8 rebounds, and approach value at a relatively weak SF position today for DFS.

Omri Casspi, Sacramento Kings, $4500
Casspi's value receives a significant boost with DeMarcus Cousins ruled out for tonight's game and Rudy Gay questionable with a recurring head injury. Casspi played 31 minutes last game even with Gay on the court, and should see even more if Gay is unable to go. The last game in which both Cousins and Gay missed, Casspi had 20 FGA's.

Power Forward

Jason Thompson, Sacramento Kings, $4700
Thompson is about the only King with any chance of guarding Enes Kanter, making it likely that he sees another 30+ minutes of playing time. There will be a ton of possessions and shots in this game as both teams will look to run, and Thompson should have plenty of opportunities to pick up defensive rebounds and offensive put-backs.

Marvin Williams, Charlotte Hornets, $5000
I’m happy to see that Marvin struggled a bit last game, as some players may be off him. Paul Millsap is sitting for the Hawks, and Mike Muscala is likely to see another start. Muscala will not be able to defend Williams at the three-point line, and if he tries, Williams will be able to take him off the dribble. Cody Zeller and Al Jefferson have already been ruled out, making Williams one of a handful of healthy Hornets in the frontcourt.


Enes Kanter, Oklahoma City Thunder, $7400
The Kings are one of the worst teams at protecting the rim, averaging only 3.9 blocks a game on the season. They are without their biggest player, DeMarcus Cousins, and have no one with the overall size to match up with Kanter. The Thunder are in a must-win game, and Kanter will be on the court as much as possible.

Peter “DraftCheat” Christensen
Peter “DraftCheat” Christensen excelled at Daily Fantasy to the point he was able to quit his day job and play Daily Fantasy full time. DraftCheat is ranked No. 10 in the Overall Rankings and recently qualified for the FanDuel MLB Finals in Las Vegas. He can be found on Twitter @DraftCheat.