By Dr. Joe Thompson, Mostly Sports Daily Fantasy Doctor: @DrJoeThompson
Doc Rivers is gutless. I’ve never seen a coach in my entire life quit on his team the way he quit on the Clippers saturday night against the Rockets. With 6 and a half minutes left in the game and down by 19, Doc had “enough” and pulled the starters, guaranteeing the shitty Rockets would win. Not only did the Clippers lose a game they should have won; but it cost me close to a $1k by not keeping in Blake and CP3 on Saturday. My lineup looked good, like Cindy Crawford at 45 years-old good and Doc fucked up my wet dream. He should be fired and never allowed to coach in the NBA. This will be the only time I would bring back McCarthyism and apply it only to coaches who fuck up my Daily Fantasy NBA team. (Scott Skiles is starting to creep).
Six Pack from the weekend…
- NBA needs to take a cue from the UFC and set up a fight card that only features Draymond Green vs. everyone who hates him. Draymond should have to fight all 200 fights in the same night.
- Bobby Portis is the best player in the NBA. If you doubt me, look into his eyes and learn.
- It’s the Enver Nuggets. There is no D on that team (TRADEMARK).
- The Bulls and Pistons literally farted around for 4 OTs until the Bulls ran out of gas and Detroit won.
- Can the 76ers just forfeit the rest of the season? We all can play for the 76ers and produce the exact same results.
- The biggest winner of the weekend: Julius Randle’s knee doctor. Julius’ knee held up just fine despite getting destroyed by Kevin Durant. See here:
Monday Slate for December 21st, 2015
Sacramento @ Washington—7pm EST/4pm PST (WAS -3.0; O/U 215.0)
Minnesota @ Boston—7:30pm EST/4:30pm PST (BOS -8.5; O/U 206.0)
Orlando @ New York—7:30pm EST/4:30pm PST (NYK -2.5; O/U 196.0)
Portland @ Atlanta—8pm EST/5pm PST (ATL -6.0; O/U 204.0)
Brooklyn @ Chicago—8pm EST/5pm PST (CHI -10.0; O/U 198.0)
Charlotte @ Houston—8pm EST/5pm PST (HOU -2.5; O/U 209.0)
Indiana @ San Antonio—8:30pm EST/5:30pm PST (SA -8.5; O/U 196.5)
Phoenix @ Utah—9pm EST/6pm PST (UTA -4.5; O/U 198.0)
Oklahoma City @ LA Clippers—10:30pm EST/7:30pm PST (OKC -1.5; O/U 209.0)
Prices are courtesy of DraftKings.
Point Guard (High Value): Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers ($8,100)
Paul has dropped at least 41 fantasy points in 5 straight games and is playing at a very high level. Lucky for us, his price has not caught up to his production. The Clippers have dropped two of their last 3 and this is a huge game for them. They need this win to get some confidence back and keep the Western Conference on notice that they are still an elite team. Paul will be the go-to-guy tonight as he’s been over the past 5 games and he’s in a plus matchup against the Thunder tonight who rank 14th against PGs on DK. If the Clippers are to win, Paul needs to have a huge game and I see him stepping up in a big way for the Clippers.
Bargain(s): George Hill, Indiana Pacers ($5,200)
Shooting Guard (High Value): Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls ($7,400)
Butler is coming off a so-so performance (24 fantasy points in 33 minutes) against the Knicks on Saturday but that was to be expected. It was the 2nd game of a back-to-back and he played 56 minutes in the 4 OT game against the Pistons the night before. With the front court reshuffling in Chicago, Butler will be called upon to anchor the team as he’s done all season. The Bulls draw a great matchup in Brooklyn who are a mess on defense (rank 19th in points allowed per game at 102.6) and rank 27th guarding SGs on DK. Expect Butler to have a big game.
Bargain(s): Aaron Afflalo, New York Knicks ($4,900); Garrett Temple, Washington Wizards ($4,000)
Small Forward (High Value): Rudy Gay, Sacramento Kings ($7,000)
Gay has been heating up. He’s only dipped below 30 fantasy points in his last 6 games, he’s averaging well over 30 minutes a game, and he’s become more assertive in the King’s offense. His price point is high, but his consistency is what your banking on. Also, keep track of Otto Porter’s (Wizards) status. If he’s out again tonight, Gay is a must play. Even if Porter is playing, I’m still rolling Gay out regardless if Porter plays or not. Lastly, this game has the highest O/U on the board tonight and Gay is a good play to have some exposure in this contest.
Bargain(s): Al-Farouq Aminu, Portland Trail Blazers ($5,100); Bojan Bogdanovic, Brooklyn Nets ($4,500)
Power Forward (High Value): Paul Millsap, Atlanta Hawks ($8,000)
I don’t like picking the same guy two days in a row but I love this matchup for Millsap. He had a great game yesterday against the Magic to the tune of 42.25 fantasy points. Portland, rank 27th against PFs on DK, will be rolling out Mason Plumlee and Ed Davis against Millsap and I’ll take Millsap against that frontline all day. Expect the Hawks to lean on Millsap tonight as Portland has good defensive guards who will do a serviceable job against Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver.
Bargain(s): Jordan Hill, Indiana Pacers ($5,000); Trevor Booker, Utah Jazz ($4,300)
Center (High Value): Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets ($7,200)
I know, I know. Another center against the Hornets. I can’t help myself. Dwight has had back-to-back double-doubles scoring 40+ fantasy points. His improved rebounding helped the Rockets win 7 of 10 and look like a playoff team again. He’s certainly more skilled than Bismack Biyombo who had a monster game on Friday against the Hornets. With Al Jefferson still out, I’m going to ride the opposing Center train against the Hornets until further notice.
Bargain(s): Gorgui Dieng, Minnesota Timberwolves ($5,300); Mason Plumlee, Portland Trail Blazers ($5,000)
****Daily Fantasy Tip of the Day–NBA Defense vs. Position Rankings is a great tool to use when putting together your lineup in NBA Daily Fantasy. These rankings measure how many fantasy points each team gives up to each position relative to the rest of the league (e.g. play centers against the Trail Blazers, etc). It’s a great tool to use and one I reference frequently in my column.
Get well soon!