Today’s NBA card is a small one with just three games on tap, highlighted by the Minnesota Timberwolves heading to the “Lone Star State” for a showdown with the San Antonio Spurs.
Now I am going to turn my focus over to draftstreet.com for some players that I have on my consideration list.
Enough talking already – let’s get down to business and find some players for tonight’s line-ups.
Nikola Pekovic, Minnesota Timberwolves ($15,026): The Montenegrin Serb big man has looked great the last four games, scoring 30 or more fantasy point in each game. Tonight he faces the San Antonio Spurs who will be without their starting center Tiago Splitter. The first meeting this season Splitter did not play and Pekovic finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds. I like him to finish with a similar stat line tonight against the shorthand San Antonio frontcourt.
Kosta Koufos, Memphis Grizzlies ($8,986): The former Ohio State Buckeye has seen a decrease in minutes the last two games (13 and 15 minutes played) but has still averaged 15 plus fantasy points. Tonight he faces the Atlanta Hawks who are without their starting center Al Horford. If he is able to get above 20 minutes, he should return great value on his cheap price-tag.
Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves ($20,273): The former UCLA Bruins star has the second highest price-tag on draftstreet.com but is worth it though. Over the last four games, he has scored 40 or more fantasy points in three of those four games. Tonight he faces the San Antonio Spurs whom he dropped 57.50 fantasy points on in the first meeting. Tim Duncan is capable of shutting opposing PFs down, “K-Love” though is a different story and is capable of dominating the veteran Duncan.
Jason Thompson, Sacramento Kings ($8,739): The 12th pick in the 2008 draft is coming off one of his better performances this season – 14 points and seven rebounds in which he was seven for nine from the field. Tonight he faces the Cleveland Cavaliers who rank in the middle of the pack for fantasy points allowed to opposing PFs this season. This is a reasonable price-tag for a guy who has plenty of upside tonight.
Boris Diaw, San Antonio Spurs ($7,515): The Frenchman has seen an increase in minutes the last two games, due to Tiago Splitter being sidelined. Over the last two games, he is averaging 27.5 minutes and 18 plus fantasy points per game. Tonight he faces the Minnesota Timberwolves whom he played 29 minutes against in the first meeting, finishing with 17.25 fantasy points. We don’t need much for him to exceed the value with such a cheap price-tag.
Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers ($17,872): 2011’s number one overall pick is coming off a monster performance Friday night, finishing with 25 points, eight assists and six rebounds. Tonight he faces the Sacramento Kings who allow the second most fantasy points to opposing PGs this season. Luol Deng is still on a minute restriction for Cleveland, allowing for the former Duke Blue Devil to continue carrying the load for the Cavaliers.
Isiah Thomas, Sacramento Kings ($14,518): The former Washington Huskie is coming off one his worst performances of the season, finishing with nine points, seven assists and four rebounds Friday Night. Tonight he faces the Cleveland Cavaliers who allow the forth-most fantasy points to opposing PGs this season. Tonight’s contest has high scoring written all over it, look for Thomas to have a big night against the defensive struggles Kyrie Irving has.
Courtney Lee, Memphis Grizzlies ($7,026): The newly acquired Lee is getting thrown right into the mix with Tony Allen being sidelined. In his first two games with Memphis, he has averaged 27.5 minutes and 17 fantasy points per game. Tonight he faces the Atlanta Hawks who allow the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing SGs this season. Lee just faced Atlanta back on New Year’s Eve, scoring 22.75 fantasy points in 23 minutes of action for Boston. The minutes are there for him to exceed his value with this favorable match-up tonight.