I will turn my focus to fanduel.com today and focus on all games starting 7:00 PM ET and later.Enough of this chatter – let’s get down to business and find some players who will make an impact on our line-ups tonight.Centers: Nikola Pekovic, Minnesota Timberwolves ($7,600): The 31st pick in the 2008 draft is coming off three straight double-doubles, including a monster 34 point and 14 rebounds against the Clippers on 12/22. Tonight he faces the Milwaukee Bucks who rank dead last for fantasy points allowed to opposing centers. Tonight’s match-up is a strong one for him to exceed value in.DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers ($7,000): The former Texas A&M Aggie is not going to win your over with his scoring, his rebounding and blocked shots make his fantasy value strong. Over the last five games he is averaging 16.1 rebounds and 3.4 blocks per game and now faces the Utah Jazz who are allowing the third-most fantasy points to opposing centers the last five games. If Utah is able to stay competitive for at least three-quarters, Jordan will exceed his value.Power Forwards: Ryan Anderson, New Orleans Pelicans ($7,200): The former California University star is coming off a double-double last night (16 points and 10 rebounds) in the Pelicans blowout victory over Denver. Tonight he faces the Houston Rockets who allow the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing defenses, thanks to Terrence Jones’ lack of defensive skills. This is another match-up for him to shine in tonight.David West, Indiana Pacers ($6,700): The 11 year veteran has not been talked about much, due to the fact Indiana is dominating majority of their opponents. Tonight he faces the Brooklyn Nets who are allowing the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing PFs this season. Monday night he played 26 minutes, finishing with 13 points and four rebounds against this same Brooklyn team; if the Nets are able to keep this a tad closer he gets an increase in minutes and more opportunities; could be a sneaky GPP play tonight.Point Guards: Jeremy Lin, Houston Rockets ($5,700): The former Ivy League star has moved into the starting line-up with Patrick Beverly being sidelined. Over the last three games he is averaging 35 minutes and 26.3 fantasy points per game. Tonight he faces the New Orleans Pelicans who are allowing the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing PGs the last five games. This is a great opportunity to save a few bucks on a player who has some nice upside tonight.Goran Dragic, Phoenix Suns ($7,200): My day would not be completed if I do not mention the PG who faces the Philadelphia 76’ers who rank dead last for fantasy points allowed to opposing PGs this season. The 2008 second round draft pick is coming off a horrendous eight points and three rebounds in last night’s blowout loss to Golden State. Look for him to rebound tonight in such a favorable match-up.Small Forwards: Luol Deng, Chicago Bulls ($8,200): The former Duke Blue Devil participated in most of Friday’s practice; a good sign for him to play tonight. If he is on the court tonight he is facing the Dallas Mavericks who allow the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing SFs this season. With Derrick Rose being sidelined Deng has logged more minutes and has contributed across the board for this Chicago team.J.R. Smith, New York Knicks ($5,400): Finally, Fanduel.com has brought up the price-tag on the veteran guard. Tonight he takes on the Toronto Raptors (without Carmelo Anthony) again after, dropping 35.4 fantasy points on them last night. He will take plenty of shots and should knock some down against a Toronto team who is allowing the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing SFs the last five games.Shooting Guards: Lance Stephenson, Indiana Pacers ($6,600): The former Mr. New York State Basketball star is coming off career high 26 points that followed up his triple-double against Boston. Tonight he faces the Brooklyn Nets who allow the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing SGs this season. I feel we see another strong performance from him tonight in this favorable match-up.Brandon Knight, Milwaukee Bucks ($6,300): The former Kentucky Wildcat had sub-par performance last night (11 points and 5 assists) against the Brooklyn Nets. Tonight he faces the Minnesota Timberwolves who are allowing the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing PGs this season. Prior to last night, he scored 34 or more fantasy points in four straight games; he gets back to those numbers with this favorable match-up tonight.
Today’s NBA card has 12 games on the schedule that has Cleveland and Boston getting it rolling with a 1:00 PM ET matinée. Tonight’s card has the much-anticipated match-up between the Miami Heat and the Portland Trailblazers.
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