By Dr. Joe Thompson, Mostly Sports Daily Fantasy Doctor: Twitter @DrJoeThompson
The Los Angeles Clippers came into last night’s game against the Pistons as the clear-cut, tough-guy team in the NBA and at the end of regulation, left no room for interpretation. J.J. Redick, clearly inspired by his new, badass shoulder tattoo, jumped on Andre Drummond’s back during a free throw to let him know that it’s gonna be a long 25 seconds until the buzzer sounds in regulation and another long 5 minutes of OT, buddy. Sadly, but not surprisingly, the NBA called the “foul.” Check it out….
Redick’s toughness terrified Reggie Jackson into missing a game-winning shot at the end of regulation AND Jackson ran away from Redick at the end of OT, firing up a shot that hit the top of the backboard. See for yourself…
Reggie Jackson got scared shitless and scared shitless teams always lose.
The Clippers are like the 300 Spartans. Never running from a fight, never complaining, and driving Kia Sorentos straight into battle. It’s refreshing to see an NBA team play with grit, toughness, and doesn’t flop like the Clippers in 2015. After this past week, the Clippers put the entire NBA on notice that they should expect a fist-fight especially when Blake and J.J. are on the floor at the same time.
Tuesday Slate for December 15th, 2015
Cleveland @ Boston—7:30pm EST/4:30pm PST (CLE -2.0; O/U 201.0)
Denver @ Minnesota—8pm EST/5pm PST (MIN -5.5; O/U 204.0)
Houston @ Sacramento—10pm EST/7pm PST (SAC -2.0; O/U 220.0)
Milwaukee @ LA Lakers—10:30pm EST/7:30pm PST (MIL -2.5; O/U 197.5)
Prices are courtesy of DraftKings.
Point Guard (High Value): Darren Collison, Sacramento Kings ($4,900)
Collison will be starting in place of Rajon Rondo who will be serving a one game suspension for derogatory comments he made at referee Bill Kennedy on Dec. 3rd in Mexico City against the Celtics. Collison is more than capable of providing good value at this price point and with Seth Curry potentially being out as well, Collison has an opportunity to play well over 35 minutes. Combine his play with Houston coming to town on a back-to-back and with the highest O/U on the board, he’s a must-play.
Bargain(s): Zach LaVine, Minnesota Timberwolves, ($5,400); Jameer Nelson, Denver Nuggets ($4,500)
Shooting Guard (High Value): James Harden, Houston Rockets ($10,800)
There are two other high-priced players on the board in addition to Harden in LeBron and Boogie Cousins. However, Harden is my top play of the night due to no Rondo guarding him for the night, his team’s reliance on him to handle the ball, and his scoring. He’ll be coming off a back-to-back but that won’t affect his production. Expect a big night from Harden tonight especially if Dwight Howard is on a minutes restriction.
Bargain(s): Evan Turner, Boston Celtics ($4,900); Marco Bellinelli, Sacramento Kings ($3,900)
Small Forward (High Value): Omri Casspi, Sacramento Kings ($5,600)
Casspi has been solid since becoming a full-time starter due to the Willie Cauley-Stein. He stands to benefit in the Kings offense with Rondo out tomorrow as he’ll be asked to distribute as well as score. This will be an up-and-down game and considering the Rockets defense is one of the worst in the NBA, I expect Casspi to exceed his value tonight.
Bargain(s): Marcus Thornton, Houston Rockets ($4,300)
Power Forward (High Value): Jabari Parker, Milwaukee Bucks ($5,100)
Parker does not have to adhere to the minutes restriction that hand-cuffed him at the beginning of the season. He’s coming off a good performance against the Warriors in which he had 34.25 fantasy points and I expect more of the same against the overmatched Lakers. He’s getting 25+ minutes a night and with the Lakers starting Larry Nance Jr. and giving Julius Randle only 20-25 minutes a game, I like Parker a lot in this matchup. His price point also makes him a very attractive player if you want to fade on Boogie.
Bargain(s): Terrence Jones, Houston Rockets ($4,900); Amir Johnson, Boston Celtics ($4,700)
Center (High Value): Greg Monroe, Milwaukee Bucks ($7,100)
Monroe is on fire lately and (thankfully for us) his price has not caught up with his production on DK. The Lakers have been terrible all season defending the post and Monroe will feast tonight. He’s had a double-double in 5 of his last 6 and is coming off a huge performance (Like Parker) against the Warriors. Expect big things who should give you a lot of value at this price.
Bargain(s): Kelly Olynyk, Boston Celtics ($4,400); Joffrey Lauvergne, Denver Nuggets ($4,200)
****Daily Fantasy Tip of the Day–If you’re playing 50/50s, you shouldn’t be targeting high-risk, high-reward players (a la Kevin fucking Martin). You should be looking to play guys who you think are “safe” plays i.e. guys you know will produce to double up your money.
Get well soon!