March 30, 2017, 5:44 am
Although Thursday’s small slate gives us James Harden, I am steering clear of the triple-double machine. His lingering wrist injury, coupled with the other excellent (cheaper by comparison) point guards on the slate, could easily be interpreted as signs from the NBA gods to avoid “The Beard”. Even with Harden out of the mix we have some heavy hitters available, so let’s pair them together and win some money!
CHRIS PAUL – LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS (DK-$ 8,600, FD-$ 8,800)
Chris Paul is almost always a top tier option. He gets an amazing match-up against the Phoenix Suns who rank last in the league against opposing point guards. Paul should see around 30 minutes in an up-tempo game, making him a near must-play, especially in Draftkings where he can be paired with another high-end point guard.
DAMIAN LILLARD – PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS (DK-$ 9,200, FD-$ 9,300)
Speaking of high-end point guards, Damian Lillard has been lights out of late. Over his last five games, Dame is averaging 26.6 points, 6.4 assists and 5.6 rebounds. The Rockets struggle mightily against points guards, and with an over-under of 228.5, conditions are perfect for a monstrous Lillard line.
PAUL ZIPSER – CHICAGO BULLS (DK-$ 4,000, FD-$3,700)
Paul Zipser is not a sexy option, but he gets a great match-up against the struggling Cavs. Cleveland hasn’t fared well against shooting guards and with Dwyane Wade out, Zipser is the starter by default. He is super cheap and gets good minutes. Over his last five, Zipser has averaged 8.6 points, 2.0 assists and 4.2 rebounds. While those may not seem like daunting numbers, the guard’s low price makes value very attainable.
I will be playing Paul Zipser in a lot of lineups tonight.
Note: Paul Zipser is listed as small forward on FanDuel.
C.J. MCCOLLUM – PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS (DK-$ 7,600, FD- $ 7,200)
Houston is ranked 27th in the league against shooting guards and C.J. McCollum is one of the best. He is averaging 25.0 points in 33.2 minutes over the Blazers previous five games, and this game should be a shootout (especially if James Harden plays). McCollum is coming off a 39 point game against the Denver Nuggets and I expect him to have another big night against the Rockets.
ANDREW WIGGINS – MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES (DK-$ 7,100, FD-$ 7,000)
Despite the fact that Minnesota has lost its last five games, I will be playing several T-Wolves tonight. Andrew Wiggins is the definition of athleticism and he has been playing extremely well down the stretch. He is averaging 24.0 points and 3.4 rebounds in 37.0 minutes for the Wolves, and even though the spread for this game is the widest on the slate, Wiggins gets an excellent opportunity against an awful Lakers defense.
TOBIAS HARRIS – DETROIT PISTONS (DK-$ 6,000, FD-$ 5,400)
I am a fanboy of Tobias Harris. Tobias is playing over 30 minutes per game (even when he comes off the bench) and is averaging 16 points per night. He is due a big game, and the Nets are just the team to accommodate. He is affordable and makes a great, mid-range option on this slate.
Note: Tobias Harris is listed as power forward on FanDuel.
GORGUI DIENG – MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES (DK-$ 5,900, FD-$ 5,200)
Gorgui Dieng is another mid-range option to give stability and upside to your lineups. He is affordable and has been playing extremely well lately tallying 12.6 points, and 6.4 rebounds over the Timberwolves last five games. The Lakers are HORRIBLE against opposing power forwards and Dieng should be able to blow past value.
The young power forward gets the minutes needed to produce, and I will be using him as a salary saver, especially on the tight Draftkings budget.
BLAKE GRIFFIN – LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS (DK-$ 8,100, FD-$ 8,600)
Super athlete? Check. Playoff push? Check. Fantastic match-up? Check. Blake Griffin faces a Phoenix team ranked last in the league against power forwards and the Clippers are trying to get things figured out before the playoffs. If you can afford him, play him.
KARL ANTHONY TOWNS – MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES (DK-$ 10,900, FD-$ 10,600)
Do 27.2 points, and 10.0 rebounds per game sound good to you? What if you give those stats to a player who faces one of the worst defenses in the league? Karl-Anthony Towns is on a tear over his last five and he should be in your lineups. KAT could easily be the high scorer on this slate and is a priority for me.
DEANDRE JORDAN – LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS (DK-$ 6,900, FD-$ 7,900)
DeAndre Jordan has four double-doubles in his last five games. He is averaging 13.0 rebounds over that stretch and it’s unlikely that the 26th ranked defense against his position will be able to keep him off the boards. DeAndre is just too cheap, should get a double-double again tonight and is a must-own in your lineups, especially on Draftkings.
If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck tonight everyone!