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    Tonight’s NBA card has nine games on tap, highlighted by the Houston Rockets heading to “The Hoosier State” for a match-up with the Indiana Pacers. First look at today’s card I noticed there are five games with totals posted above 200 and one game with a total of 198.5; leading me to believe there are plenty of opportunities for players to stuff the stat sheet tonight.

    Today I am going to focus on players I have on my consideration list for Fanduel.com.  There is still time to qualify for the “King of the Gridiron” on Fanduel.com this week; you just need to grab a ticket in some NBA qualifiers to get a chance at the $1 million purse this Sunday.

    Enough chit-chat already – let’s find some players that should make an impact for our line-ups tonight.

    Centers:

    Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks ($8,100): The former Florida Gator is coming off an impressive 25 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks against Sacramento on Wednesday night. Tonight he faces the Utah Jazz who has allowed the third-most fantasy points to opposing centers the last five games. Another strong outing is on the horizon for him tonight.

    Andrew Bynum, Cleveland Cavaliers ($5,100): The often-injured big man worries me at times with his inconsistency (20 plus fantasy points once in the last four games). Tonight he faces the Milwaukee Bucks who rank dead-last for fantasy points allowed to opposing centers this season. If he gets the playing time tonight, he should stuff the stat sheet against this struggling Milwaukee frontcourt.

    Power Forwards:

    Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves ($11,200): It has gotten to the point that any night the former UCLA star is on the court I want him in my line-up. Over the last five games he is averaging 54 fantasy points per game, including a 62.8 and 58.5 fantasy performance against San Antonio and Portland – two teams who defend the PF position well. If he was able to dominate Portland and San Antonio what is going to do against the Lakers tonight who rank dead last for fantasy points allowed to opposing PFs this season?

    John Henson, Milwaukee Bucks ($7,200): In case you have not noticed – the former UNC Tarheel is playing at a high level now; scoring 32 or more fantasy points in eight of his last ten games. Tonight he faces the Cleveland Cavaliers whom he dropped 35.3 fantasy points against back on 11/06/2013. I am expecting another strong performance from him against a struggling Cavaliers team.

    Point Guards:

    Deron Williams, Brooklyn Nets ($7,200): How do you not play “D-Will” against the 76’ers tonight who rank dead last for fantasy points allowed to opposing PGs this season? Over the last five games he is averaging 35.1 fantasy points per game, including a 36.3 fantasy point performance against Philadelphia two games ago. This is a no-brainer; get him in your lineup tonight.

    Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves ($7,200): The former Euroleague star has not impressed many the last three games; failing to score more than 28 fantasy points in a game. Tonight he gets a match-up with the L.A. Lakers who allow the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing PGs this season. Tonight’s match-up is a great one for him to get back to stuffing the stat sheet.

    Shooting Guards:

    Monta Ellis, Dallas Mavericks ($7,800): It is time to buy low on “The Mississippi Missile”, his price has seen a significant drop. Tonight he faces the Toronto Raptors who allow the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing SGs this season. DeMar DeRozan is not known for his defense; leading me to believe we see a big night from Ellis tonight.

    Brandon Knight, Milwaukee Bucks ($5,300): The former Kentucky Wildcat star is coming off a huge 45.2 fantasy point performance against New York on Wednesday night. Tonight he faces the Cleveland Cavaliers who are allowing the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing PGs this season. Knight and the Bucks are going to keep this game close with Cleveland tonight; look for a big performance from him against the defensive-less Kyrie Irving.

    Small Forwards:

    Josh Smith, Detroit Pistons ($7,500): “J-Smoove” is on fire as we speak; averaging 43.9 fantasy points the last three games. Tonight he faces the Charlotte Bobcats who allow the eleventh-most fantasy points to opposing SFs this season. I do not see the Bobcats slowing him down tonight; take advantage of the reasonable price-tag on him.

    Paul Pierce, Brooklyn Nets ($4,800): “The Truth” is coming off a season high 38.7 fantasy points on Wednesday night against Washington. Tonight he faces the Philadelphia 76’ers who allow the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing SFs this season. It’s about time he was let loose; now let’s hope Jason Kidd doesn’t hold him back in such a favorable match-up tonight.

     


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    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.