Today is going to be a tough day for us fantasy basketball addicts. The NBA has just three games on the card that includes Brooklyn and Atlanta tipping things off from London at 3:00 PM ET.
Since we have a small card today, I will be discussing players that I like across the industry, instead of focusing on just one site.
Let’s not waste any more time and get down to business on finding some players for our line-ups tonight.
Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets: If you are playing on Fanduel.com you are in a bind for a center today, compared to draftkings.com that has a bit more flexibility. I have to mention “D-12” as he is the best center on the board today, just not sure if he is worth the price. Over the last five games, he has four double-doubles but faces an Oklahoma City team that defends the man-in-the-middle well. The potential is there for a high scoring affair in this contest, meaning he is capable of exceeding expectations.
Kevin Garnett, Brooklyn Nets: If I am playing on draftkings.com I am leaning towards the veteran Garnett with his cheap price-tag. Over the last three games, he has averaged 27.6 minutes per game and about 26 fantasy points per game. He has not played since 1/10/14 making him well rested for a match-up against the Atlanta Hawks who allow the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing centers. I think we see him play close to 30 minutes tonight, allowing for him to exceed his value.
Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City Thunder: The “Serge Protector” gets a fantastic match-up against the Houston Rockets who allow the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing PFs this season. Over his last four games, he has scored 30 or more fantasy points three times. Tonight he should put up another solid stat line against the poor Houston frontcourt.
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder: You have to put “KD” in your line-ups right now as he continues to carry this Thunder team while Russell Westbrook is out. Over the last ten games, he has scored 50 or more fantasy points six times, including a 58 fantasy point performance against this same Houston team. Don’t over think this one, just spend the money him and you shall be rewarded.
Paul Pierce, Brooklyn Nets: It has been a long time coming but the ten-time all-star is finally playing up to expectations. “The Truth” has been playing some PF for the shorthanded Nets and has responded with a 27.2 fantasy points average the last six games, including 25 plus fantasy points against Atlanta on 1/6/14. For his price across the industry and his recent surge, he should exceed his value tonight.
Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks: I know most people may think I am nuts for wanting to take “Melo” against Paul George. If you look at the first meeting with Indiana he finished with 30 points and 18 rebounds; he may not duplicate that many rebounds, but he is not going to back down from a challenge against a very good Indiana team.
Joe Johnson, Brooklyn Nets: After going ice-cold for six games the former Arkansas Razorback has turned up the heat, averaging 34.9 fantasy points per game the last four games. Today he faces the Atlanta Hawks who allows the eleventh-most fantasy points to opposing SGs this season. As long as he doesn’t let that $10,000 bill he forked out in a London nightclub on Monday affect him (google Joe Johnson) he should do just fine against the Hawks today.
Kyle Korver, Atlanta Hawks: The former Creighton Blue Jay is not that flashy player that most people want to see. He is capable of scoring fantasy points as you can see by the 29 fantasy points he is averaging the last four games. Today he faces the Brooklyn Nets who allow the third-most fantasy points to opposing SGs this season. He should do his part today to exceed his value against Joe Johnson’s struggling defense.
Reggie Jackson, Oklahoma City Thunder: The former Boston College Eagle has done an outstanding job filling in for Russell Westbrook this season, averaging 12.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. Tonight he faces the Houston Rockets whom he scored 30 plus fantasy points against on 12/29/13. Tonight’s contest has potential to be high scoring, look for him to get the job done against the defensive struggles Jeremy Lin has.
Lance Stephenson, Indiana Pacers: The 2009 New York State Mr. Basketball as the ability to stuff the stat sheet on any given night. Tonight he faces the New York Knicks who allow the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing SGs this season. Tonight is one of those nights he is capable of exceeding his value.