PG–Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics @ New York Knicks
Irving will go on the second night of a back-to-back tonight against the Knicks. However, he could take it easy as Boston blew out the Pistons. But despite playing just 29 minutes, he still racked up 18 points, five rebounds, and six assists. Irving now heads to New York with a helpful matchup to look forward to given the Knicks’ subpar point guard defenders. Irving’s first visit to Madison Square Garden this season finished with him going for 32 points, and a similar outcome tonight won’t be that surprising.
Also consider: Kris Dunn, Chicago Bulls @ Minnesota Timberwolves
Dunn was admittedly a dud for the second game in a row since returning from a concussion as he had just five points on 2-of-11 shooting against the Sixers. However, tonight’s matchup against Minnesota could be the perfect spot for him to turn it back on. Aside from the fact that it’s a revenge game for him, he’ll catch the Timberwolves going on the second night of a back-to-back, which should prove beneficial to him.
SG–CJ McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers @ Phoenix Suns
Among the top-priced shooting guards on show tonight, McCollum has the best matchup with the sorry Suns. Phoenix just got smoked for 35 points by Lou Williams last night as they showed hardly any interest in defending. McCollum is back to his best after going for 29 and 26 points in each of his last two games and should like his chances of burning the Suns some more. In two meetings against them this season, he’s gone for 25.0 points, 4.0 boards, 4.0 assists, 2.5 steals, and 1.5 blocks.
Also consider: Jamal Crawford, Minnesota Timberwolves vs Chicago Bulls
Someone from the Wolves has to step up and play more minutes after Jimmy Butler went down with a scary knee injury last night, and that player will likely be Crawford. The veteran didn’t have the greatest shooting night as he went just 5-of-16 for 14 points against the Rockets. But if he can jack up enough shots, especially against a subpar Bulls defense, he’s likely to top 20 points and exceed his value by a comfortable margin.
SF–TJ Warren, Phoenix Suns @ Portland Trail Blazers
After a rough last couple games, Warren bounced back in a big way last night with 27 points, eight boards, and two steals against the Clippers. His price remains relatively low, so he still has the potential to exceed his value. A favorable matchup against Portland should also help him toward another highly productive night.
Also consider: David Nwaba, Chicago Bulls @ Minnesota Timberwolves
Nwaba fully justified the decision to give him the opportunity to start against the Sixers as he went for a career-high 21 points with nine rebounds in 33 minutes. His price on DFS has predictably spiked following that eye-opening performance. But while another 20-point outburst might be too much to expect, he still has a good chance of providing strong value as he takes on a Timberwolves team which will likely see a huge dip in their wing defense with Jimmy Butler out.
PF–Carmelo Anthony, Oklahoma City Thunder @ Golden State Warriors
After going through a rough patch early in the month, Melo seems to have steadied the ship. He’s averaging 22 points in his last three games and went for 23 points with seven 3-pointers last time out against the Kings. Melo lasted all of six minutes against the Warriors a couple weeks ago due to an ankle injury, but now he’s back in form and remains very underpriced, and he should be someone to target at the 4 spot tonight.
Also consider: JaMychal Green, Memphis Grizzlies @ Miami Heat
Green has been getting feisty over the last few games. He had 15 points and ten boards last night against the Cavs, his second double-double in three games. It might have been three in three had he not been sick in that other game against the Thunder. The Heat aren’t exactly the greatest matchup for power forwards, but they are in the middle of a huge slump right now and are coming off a gruelling overtime war against the Pelicans last night, so Green may capitalize.
C–Enes Kanter, New York Knicks vs Boston Celtics
Kanter has been taking full advantage of his opportunity to be a bigger part of the Knicks offense with Kristaps Porzingis out. Over his last five games, he’s been averaging 17.8 points and 13.2 rebounds in 29.5 minutes. His chances of hitting those impressive numbers again should be reasonably high as he takes on the Celtics. He’s already had games of 16 points and 19 rebounds and 17 points and 17 rebounds against Boston this season.
Also consider: Alex Len, Phoenix Suns vs Portland Trail Blazers
Speaking of taking advantage of your opportunity, Len had another highly productive game starting in place of the injured Tyson Chandler. He went for 14 points, 13 rebounds, a steal and a block in 24 minutes as he reached 8x value for the second game in a row. With his price still shockingly low, he’s definitely worth picking one more time tonight against Portland. He’s averaging a respectable 10.5 points and 9.0 rebounds in two games against them this season.
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