I’m sitting here buried under a little over a foot of snow, and this storm is just getting started. The sliver lining is there’s plenty of time to do NBA research for this epic Monday slate we have on tap. There are tons of fun matchups today, and the highlight is the Golden State/Denver game which features an O/U of 239 (I’ve never seen a starting like that high). We also have some injuries and trades opening up (I don’t know if Jusuf Nurkic and Mason Plumlee will be available as they were traded for each other yesterday). I’ll try and post any updates on twitter @jac3600.
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Golden State of Mind | FanDuel Daily NBA 2/13
Russell Westbrook, OKC ($12,600)
You know the drill by now with him. He’s the top projected scorer at the position, but there are multiple PGs I like better from a value perspective (starting with the Golden boy in Golden State).
SECONDARY TOP PLAY
Stephen Curry, GS ($9400)
Curry is a lock for me tonight, as is Durant from the same game. The Golden State/Denver O/U is sitting at an insane 239 points, and Curry is still the lead usage play on the Warriors with a 28.3% mark. The Nuggets rank dead last in both overall defensive efficiency and last against PGs as well, making this an incredibly easy call.
Other options – John Wall, Damian Lillard, Eric Bledsoe, Jrue Holiday
Mid-tier options – Mike Conley, Kemba Walker, Jeff Teague, Dennis Schroder
Tony Parker, SA ($4500)
This is an obligatory cheap play just for the purpose of having options, but I fully plan on using Curry along with one of the names above. Parker is on the second game of a b2b so there’s rest risk here, but the Pacers rank 13th in pace and 20th against opposing PGs. If any of the OTHER Spurs were to rest and Parker didn’t, he becomes more viable.
Other options – George Hill, T.J. McConnell, Matthew Dellavedova
C.J. McCollum, POR ($7700)
Giannis Antetokounmpo is so incredibly overpriced that I’m not even considering him for GPP tonight. McCollum is an excellent play (and value) since his price has finally come back down to a point where he’s considered Lillard’s understudy. McCollum will see a solid boost to his usage (it’s right around 30% with Plumlee off the floor) and assist rates with Mason Plumlee out of town, and the Hawks rank 20th in defensive efficiency against SGs. This game may get lost in the shuffle but it has a two-point spread and 219 O/U.
Other options – Nicolas Batum
Mid-tier options – Klay Thompson, Devin Booker
Will Barton, DEN ($5800)
Barton was a disappointment last game as he only played 22 minutes against the Cavs, but keep in mind he still logged over a FanDuel point per minute. Kenneth Faried and Danilo Gallinari have already been ruled out, and Barton should see 30+ minutes in a game that is going to play to fast, small-ball basketball. The matchup is neutral (Golden State is 15th against SGs), but everyone in this game environment is viable.
Other options – Gary Harris, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Even Fournier, Tyreke Evans, Allen Crabbe