We have a decent eight-game slate on tap tonight in the NBA.
There are quite a few injury situations that we need to monitor throughout the day. It appears that the Miami Heat as a whole are questionable to play against the Celtics, as Luol Deng, Hassan Whiteside, and Goran Dragic are all game-time decisions.
Here are my top FanDuel cash game picks for Monday night.
Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers (Salary: $10700, FPPG: 41.1, MPG: 35, Usage Rate: 23.2)
Blake Griffin is still without a timetable to return, which means Paul will continue to carry the load offensively for the Clippers. He has been tremendous over his last seven games, averaging 25 points, 4 rebounds, and 12 assists per game. He draws a favorable matchup against the Timberwolves, who have allowed the second-most points per game to their opponents this season. Paul should excel in one of the highest scoring games on tonight’s schedule, assuming his knee checks out and he’s active.
Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics (Salary: $5000, FPPG: 17.9, MPG: 26, Usage Rate: 15.2)
Avery Bradley isn’t expected to return to the lineup until Thursday, which means Smart will continue to see extended action for the Celtics. He has played at least 34 minutes and he’s scored at least 22 fantasy points in each of his last two games. His price on FanDuel is very playable, as he only needs 25 fantasy points to meet value expectations. He is certainly capable of topping that mark against the Heat, who have struggled against point guards in recent weeks.
Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat (Salary: $7700, FPPG: 33.1, MPG: 32, Usage Rate: 33.9)
Wade has been dealing with a few nagging injuries, but he’s not listed on the injury report for tonight’s game against the Celtics. He should be in the lineup and should be the primary playmaker in the offense, especially if Goran Dragic is unable to play. Wade has scored at least 25 fantasy points in each of his last four games. Wade also sees a small boost with Avery Bradley out, as he is the Celtics’ best perimeter defender.
J.J. Redick, Los Angeles Clippers (Salary: $4800, FPPG: 19.7, MPG: 30, Usage Rate: 19.8)
Jamal Crawford is out for the foreseeable future, which means Redick will continue to log heavy minutes for the Clippers. Over his last five games, Redick has averaged 25 fantasy points in 39 minutes per contest. If he continues to see close to 40 minutes every night, he will continue to be one of the top value plays at the shooting guard position. Redick draws a favorable matchup against the Timberwolves, who have been awful defensively this season.
Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota T-Wolves (Salary: $6800, FPPG: 25.5, MPG: 35, Usage Rate: 21.8)
In cash games, we like to target players that are predictable. Wiggins is very predictable at this point in the season. He is going to play close to 40 minutes every night and he’s going to have a fairly high usage rate in the Timberwolves’ offense. Both of which are great to see from a fantasy standpoint. Wiggins has scored at least 32 fantasy points in three of his last four games and he draws a favorable matchup against the Clippers, who have struggled against talented wing players.
Danilo Gallinari, Denver Nuggets (Salary: $5400, FPPG: 16.7, MPG: 22, Usage Rate: 21.1)
Gallinari should be one of the most popular plays at small forward tonight on FanDuel. His minutes and production are both trending in the right direction and he’s still priced at a very affordable $5,400. Over his last eight games, he has averaged 32 fantasy points in 27 minutes per contest. The Nuggets are playing much better since firing Brian Shaw, and they should continue that improved play tonight against the Knicks.
Kenneth Faried, Denver Nuggets (Salary: $6200, FPPG: 25.2, MPG: 27, Usage Rate: 19.2)
In the four games with interim head coach Melvin Hunt at the helm, Faried has averaged 34 fantasy points per contest. We’ve been waiting for Faried to break out of his funk the entire season and it appears that he has finally done so. As much as it pains me to say it, Faried is a very strong play tonight, even in cash games. The Knicks’ frontcourt is very beatable and Faried’s confidence has to be flying high right now.
Andrea Bargnani, New York Knicks (Salary: $5600, FPPG: 21.3, MPG: 24, Usage Rate: 24.7)
Bargnani’s price has come up on FanDuel, but it still doesn’t match his recent level of production. If you throw out his game against the Kings (he only played 18 minutes in a blowout), Bargnani has averaged 33 fantasy points per game over his last five. He draws a premier matchup against a Nuggets frontcourt that has struggled to contain opposing big men since the dawn of man.
Marcin Gortat, Washington Wizards (Salary: $6400, FPPG: 26.1, MPG: 30, Usage Rate: 17.7)
For a few months there, Gortat wasn’t living up to his nickname. Instead of the “Polish Hammer,” he was playing more like the “Polish Sausage.” He has broken out of his slump recently though, averaging 33.5 fantasy points per game over his last eight. He has played at least 32 minutes in each of his last five games and should log heavy minutes tonight against Al Jefferson and the Hornets.