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Cleveland @ Charlotte (O/U 212.5, CLE -3)
Brooklyn @ Washington (O/U 226, WAS -12)
Detroit @ Orlando (O/U 205.5, DET -4)
Denver @ Indiana (O/U 218.5, IND -2)
Phoenix @ Boston (O/U 220.5, BOS -15.5)
Atlanta @ Milwaukee (O/U 203, MIL -6)
Philadephia @ Chicago (O/U 208.5, CHI -6.5)
New Orleans @ Houston (O/U 229, HOU -7)
Sacramento @ Golden State (O/U 213.5, GS -17.5)
Minnesota @ LA Lakers (O/U 218, MIN -6.5)
James Harden ($12,000, 118 IP, HOU -7) - Great player, good matchup.
Ish Smith ($4,900, 104.75 IP, DET -4) - Smith is expected to get his second straight start at PG for the Pistons tonight. While he didn't have a huge performance as Wednesday's starter, he still managed to be worth 6.25 DKP/$1K without reaching double figures in any statistical category. The opening line is favorable for Smith, whose production tends to rise as the Pistons' margin for victory grows, and he has flexed 30+ DKP potential in the past. I think Smith has some nice value upside for a mid- to bottom-tier PG.
Tim Frazier ($4,000, 111 IP, NO +7) - Frazier's playability is in the midst of a resurgence. He was a viable option early in the season, but once Jrue Holliday returned from injury Frazier fell out of the rotation completely. He is back in the starting lineup as New Orleans has been unable to find a reliable SG option. He figures to be a lock for 20+ minutes, and at times this year he has been quite efficient from a fantasy points-per-minute standpoint. He also has nice stability in losing efforts, and stands to benefit from an expected high-scoring game.
James Harden - See PG section.
Denzel Valentine ($4,400, 107.5 IP, CHI -6.5) - Valentine has experienced an uptick in court time, partly due to the Dwyane Wade injury, but also in part to his improved play. He figures to get around 25 minutes, and even has the potential to top 30 minutes. His nice all-around game provides him a number of ways to return good fantasy value.
Giannis Antetokounmpo ($9,700, 104.5 IP, MIL -6) - Giannis is a bit of a feast or famine high-price option. I think tonight is a rather favorable matchup for him, as he tends to be more productive when the Bucks win. If the Bucks can cover the spread and reach their implied point total I think the Greek Freak stands a good chance to get to 50 DKP.
Jae Crowder ($5,900, 118 IP, BOS -15.5) - Most of Boston's top players don't display a ton of upside in lopsided Celtics victories. Crowder (and Marcus Smart) might be the two exceptions. If Boston covers and reaches their rather lofty implied point total I think Crowder has some very nice upside as a mid-tier forward.
Denzel Valentine - See SG section.
Anthony Davis ($9,800, 111 IP, NO +7) - DeMarcus Cousins is coming off a monster 78.25 DKP performance, and as a result is actually more expensive than Davis tonight. However I think Davis is better suited for tonight's matchup, as he has more fantasy stability in losing efforts, and still displays increasing production as the Pelicans' point total climbs.
Marquese Chriss ($5,900, 102.5 IP, PHO +15.5) - Phoenix has been decimated by injuries as of late, and recently announced that star guard Eric Bledsoe will be shut down for the season. Chriss has been great lately, topping 30 DKP in 4 of his last 5, and topping 40 DKP twice in that stretch. His price hasn't risen as much as I would've expected, and thus I think he is a nice value play tonight. Tonight's huge spread is a bit of a concern, but there is some evidence that might suggest Chriss could benefit from a lopsided loss.
Anthony Davis - See PF section.
Marquese Chriss - See PF section.
Nene Hilario ($4,000, 118 IP, HOU -7) - I'm usually pretty high on Nene whenever the Rockets play a team with a formidable frontcourt, as coach D'Antoni sometimes leans more heavily on Nene as an interior defender. The Pelicans' twin towers certainly fit the bill as a team with a power frontcourt. I wouldn't be surprised if we see stretches where both Hilario and starter Clint Capela are on the floor at the same time.