• Today’s main slate features five games with some interesting match-ups. My friend and I were able to come up with both a cash and a tournament lineup that we’re really excited about, but I will just be talking about my cash game picks in this article because I’m incredibly selfish. Let’s take a look and win some money.

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    Point Guard

    Eric Bledsoe: $8,600

    I’m always high on Bledsoe, which — while one-dimensional — has usually paid off for me. He is best utilized in cash games due to his safe floor and high upside given the right matchup and this one against the Celtics screams “perfect”. Isaiah Thomas, while offensively capable, lacks that capability on the other side of the floor. Also, it’s worth mentioning that this game has the highest over/under by a long-shot (227). Bledsoe should be able to hit value easily and make for a great centerpiece to any cash game lineup.

    Jrue Holiday: $7,700

    I’ve decided to pay up at the point guard position in today’s slate since I see some nice value at other positions. The Lakers have been dreadful as of late and point guards especially have been able to dismantle their defense with ease. I can see a 20 & 10 type game for Jrue tonight as he should be able to get out on the break as well as dish it off to his incredible frontcourt mates for a stat-sheet stuffing night. Note: Consider Jordan Clarkson and George Hill.

    Shooting Guard

    Bradley Beal: $7,500

    Simply put, Beal is playing angry. I would be too if I had All-Star-type numbers but no All-Star game appearance. He is on fire right now and isn’t showing any signs of cooling off, as he’s hitting from all over the floor and getting plenty of touches. This matchup with the Magic is a great one for Beal who should be able to torch Orlando tonight. Deploy Beal in all formats with confidence.

    Marcus Smart: $4,900

    There aren’t too many players I like at the two tonight, but Smart is as safe as they come. He’s a hustle guy and will get you hustle stats in a fast paced, high scoring game against the Suns. He should have no problem picking apart the second unit as well as getting a bunch of peripheral stats. He is the safest value play at the position tonight. Note: Consider Seth Curry (I’m just scared about the return of Wes Matthews).

    Small Forward

    Harrison Barnes: $6,100

    His matchup along with his price fits the cash game criteria perfectly. Barnes put up a cool 31 points last time against the Thunder and while he might not hit that number this time, his dual role of both a three and a four should allow him to rack up plenty of other stats. The Mavs are one-point favorites in what promises to be a tight game wherein Barnes will have to step up in order to secure a win.

    T.J. Warren: $5,500

    Warren has seen his minutes become much more consistent recently and his production has followed. He’s back to putting up the same numbers he did early in the season and without P.J. Tucker stealing his time he is a very safe pick. Once again, this will be a very high scoring affair and the Suns will turn to Warren’s offense early and often to get a win at home. Play him now before his price catches up to his production. Note: Consider Terrence Ross

    Power Forward

    Markieff Morris: $6,800

    Morris didn’t practice Saturday due to some bruising in his thigh but he fully expects to suit up for tonight’s stint with the Magic. The Magic are weak against opposing PFs and Morris should be able to continue his great season in a matchup that should be in his favor. His price is a tad high but power forward is always slim pickings so you take what you can get.

    Aaron Gordon: $5,200

    The high-flyer is healthy once again and may finally be ready to produce the way fantasy owners had hoped he would in the beginning of the season. He is definitely trending up and while he isn’t a textbook cash game player, he should do enough against a less than stellar defender in Markieff Morris all at a reasonable price. Note: Consider Anthony Davis (budget permitting).

    Center

    Rudy Gobert: $7,600

    The Kings-slayer himself. Rudy loves himself a matchup with the Kings, recording exactly 17 points and 14 boards in each game along with six and three blocks, respectively. That’s exactly what we want to see out of the Frenchman, as that kind of line and consistency is music to any cash game player’s ears. He is a lock for cash games and just as strong in tournament play. Note: Consider DeMarcus Cousins (budget permitting).

    Good Luck!

     

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