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    Daily Fantasy Basketball Plays for 01/02/2014

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    The second day of the New Year brings us an unusually large Thursday night card that has nine games on tap, highlighted by the Golden State Warriors heading to “South Beach” for a match-up with the two-time defending NBA Champion the Miami Heat.

    Looking over today’s card I noticed there are two games on the schedule that have double-digit spreads, possibility of a third game being added once the Knicks and Spurs line comes out.

    Today I am going to head back to fanduel.com for some players that I have on my consideration list tonight.

    Enough Chit-Chat – let’s find some players that are going to make an impact in our line-ups tonight.

    Centers:

    DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings ($9,800): The former Kentucky Wildcat has been on a tear, scoring 43 or more fantasy points in eight of his last ten games. Tonight he faces the Philadelphia 76’ers who are allowing the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing centers this season. Tonight’s contest has a total of 218 posted, look for a big outing from “Boogie” in this favorable match-up tonight.

    Andrew Bogut, Golden State Warriors ($6,300): The 2005 number-one overall pick has cooled down the last few games, scoring less than 25 fantasy points in three straight games. Tonight he can rebound with a match-up against the Miami Heat who rank dead-last for fantasy points allowed to opposing centers the last five games. Miami’s undersized in the frontcourt, look for the seven-footer to take advantage of that tonight.

    Power Forwards:

    Tobias Harris, Orlando Magic ($5,900): The former Tennessee Volunteer had a nice run of 25 or more fantasy points broken on Tuesday against the defensive specialist Andre Iguodala. Tonight things are going to come easier for him against the Cleveland Cavaliers who rank dead-last for fantasy points allowed to opposing SFs this season. Look for a big night from him as Orlando will be without Nikola Vucevic for a few games due to a sprained ankle.

    Derrick Favors, Utah Jazz ($6,600): There is great value on the former Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket tonight. Over the past few weeks he has moved to the center position, allowing him a match-up with the Milwaukee Bucks tonight who rank dead-last for fantasy points allowed to opposing centers this season. We haven’t seen him break that 40 fantasy point barrier in a long time; tonight could be that night he pulls it off.

    Small Forwards:

    Jeff Green, Boston Celtics ($6,000): The former Georgetown Hoya has had a rough time the last seven games, scoring more than 20 fantasy points just twice. Tonight he faces the Chicago Bulls who are allowing the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing SFs this season. With the recent struggles you may get a few people look past him, making him a possible GPP play tonight in this favorable match-up.

    Rudy Gay, Sacramento Kings ($7,500): How can you not like the former UCONN Huskies star tonight? Over the last seven games he has scored 30 or more fantasy points six times and now faces the Philadelphia 76’ers who allow the second most fantasy points to opposing SFs this season. Tonight’s contest has the highest total on the board for a reason; neither team plays defense allowing for plenty of opportunities to stuff the stat sheet.

    Shooting Guards:

    Dion Waiters, Cleveland Cavaliers ($5,300): This play is pending the health of Kyrie Irving. If Irving is unable to suit up, someone needs to step up their game and why not Waiters. Tonight he faces the Orlando Magic who allows the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing SGs this season. He may take a boat-load of shots tonight if Kyrie is not playing and with a favorable match-up his value gets exceeded.

    Wesley Mathews, Portland Trailblazers ($6,300): In case you haven’t noticed, the former Marquette Golden Eagle has scored 30 or more fantasy points in five straight games. Tonight he faces the Charlotte Bobcats who sit in the middle of the pack for fantasy points allowed to opposing SGs the last five games. As long as Portland doesn’t blow Charlotte out the doors, he stands a great chance to log plenty of minutes and exceed his value again.

    Point Guards:

    Isaiah Thomas, Sacramento Kings ($8,000): The former Washington Husky has been a model of consistency as of late. Over the last ten games he has scored 34 or more fantasy points nine times and now he faces the Philadelphia 76’ers who rank dead last for fantasy points allowed to opposing PGs this season. Tonight’s contest has shootout written all over it; look for a big night from Thomas as he pushes the pace for this Kings offense.

    Brandon Knight, Milwaukee Bucks ($6,200): I don’t know how many more nights we are going to get this great of value on the former Kentucky Wildcat. Over the last seven games he is averaging 41.84 fantasy points per game; tonight he faces the Utah Jazz who has allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing PGs the last five games. Take advantage of him now before the value is gone.

    Mike Cortright

    Mike's a former sports bettor turned daily fantasy sports enthusiast. Mike can be found playing daily fantasy basketball, baseball and football at Fanduel.com, FanEx.com, Draftkings.com,Draftster.com and Draftday.com. When not partaking in daily fantasy sports contests Mike enjoys golfing, fishing and hanging out with his son and wife.