Well, today sure sets up for an odd looking slate. Lock is one hour later than normal and two late games with feature game totals of 216.5 and 210.5. So much for the late night hammers… Or is it?
Not a ton of injury news we are waiting on besides the mediacal unit which is the New Orleans Pelicans and is this a day we see Anthony Davis or LeBron James rest?
Here is an early look at what we have for tonight’s four game slate.
Top of the Key
Hassan Whiteside ($6,300 DK / $8,200 FD) at New Orleans Pelicans
Two of my favorite plays tonight come at the center position, one in Whiteside and the other in Jonas Valanciunas.
Both are in awesome spots tonight and I have no issue using either of them. As of right now if I am only using one, I am leaning slightly in Whiteside’s direction. I’ll do a few stat comparisons below to show you why.
Team Implied Total – 118.5
Usage Rate (L5) – 19.8%
Opponent Rank vs. Position – 27th
Team Pace Differential – +4.09
Opponent Overall Pace Allowed – 108.23
Team Implied Total – 114
Usage Rate (L5) – 22.91%
Opponent Rank vs. Position – 29th
Team Pace Differential – -2.02
Opponent Overall Pace Allowed – 103.32
Again, there are reasons to like Valanciunas over Whiteside tonight, but with the team total and pace stats, I think Whiteside will have more opportunity to be the higher scorer of the two tonight.
LeBron James (11,100 DK / 12,000 FD) vs Oklahoma City Thunder
Going out on a limb here, but James is good at basketball and has a great floor and even better ceiling on a nightly basis. On a four game slate I expect him to be highly owned and for good reasons.
Over his past five games, James has been averaging 23.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and 12.2 assists with a 28.5% usage rate. Sounds pretty solid to me.
This game does have the lowest game total of the night and the largest spread, but that being said, LeBron is just too heavily involved at the offensive and defensive end to not consider him in both cash and tournament lineups tonight.
Here are a few players and situations I will be keeping my eye that could be in good spots depending on how news breaks throughout the day.
Jevon Carter ($3,000 DK / $3,500 FD) at Sacramento Kings – Ricky Rubio was ruled out due to back spasms last night and on a back to back for Pheonix it will be interesting to follow his status leading up to game time. If Rubio sits and Carter gets the starting nod you can expect him to log around 25 minutes around a team that struggles to defend the point guard position.
Lonzo Ball vs. Portland Trail Blazers ($5,400 DK / $7,000 FD) – Ball has missed the past five games, and has seen his price really drop, especially on DraftKings. New Orleans has some injury news we are waiting on but if Ball is in and Brandon Ingram misses again I will be taking a look at Ball in all formats.
Eric Paschall ($5,900 DK / $5,900 FD) or Kyle Bowman ($4,700 DK / $4,700 FD) at Memphis Grizzlies – I will have interest in which either one starts. Last game, Kerr ran out Draymond Green at the point relegating Bowman to the bench but still seen 28 minutes of action. Plain and simple, whoever gets the starting nod should be seeing around 35 minutes tonight and I will gladly play the price for the opportunity.
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