By Dr. Joe Thompson, Mostly Sports Daily Fantasy Doctor: @DrJoeThompson
The pussification of America crept into the NBA last night. Blake Griffin got ejected last night against the Chicago Bulls for barely tapping Taj Gibson on the face. Call me old school, but the last time I checked — the NBA was the National Basketball Association, not the National Ballet (for people to flop around like they got hit in the face) Association. Ten years ago, when Stephen Jackson was the face of the league, this would have been a travel on Taj Gibson and probably would have gotten Taj ejected for disgracing the league. See for yourself:
See what I mean?? Taj acted like he’d never seen a bicep before. SMH. The NBA didn’t take too kindly to Blake showing off the work he put in the off-season on his biceps. So they gave him a flagrant 2, which is like saying, “No Blake, you can’t be a strong guy in the NBA.” Instances like this have lead me to get my basketball fix by taking in some CBL (Croatian Basketball League) games where “no blood, no foul” exists and if you get “tapped” it’s to let you know your fish from the local market is ready. SMGDH.
Let’s just move on to my 3-Ball weekend picks. For each day this weekend, you should be looking to roster these players.
Fantasy Point (FP) references in this article reflect DraftKings Fantasy NBA Scoring.
PG Damian Lillard, Portland Trail-Blazers @Phoenix–According to Vegas, this game has the third highest O/U tonight at 209. Expect lots of scoring from both sides especially in Portland’s guard-dominant offense. Lillard is the go-to-guy and he will be getting up lots of shots and creating for his teammates against the Suns defense who rank 30th against PGs on DK for the year. BONUS PICK: SG CJ McCollum, Portland Trail-Blazers
PF Jon Leuer, Phoenix Suns vs. Portland–Leuer has benefitted greatly from Markieff Morris’ declining play/illness in recent weeks in Phoenix. He has started the past 5 games for the Suns and rewarded their loyalty with 14 points, 6 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks again during that stretch. He’s not going to wow you with huge stats but he’s still relatively cheap on DK, can get you a lot of bang for your buck, and can provide a cost-effective option at the PF position.
C Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies vs. Charlotte–Gasol was not himself on Tuesday against OKC and ended up leaving the game early due to an ankle injury. Because of his patented European toughness, he shook off the injury and bounced back with a 44 fantasy point night against Andre Drummond and Pistons. Tonight, he goes up against the Hornets who are playing without the suspended Al Jefferson. Gasol should have another great night against Cody Zeller (LOL) and Frank Kaminsky (LMAO).
SG Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls vs. New Orleans–Butler is the epitome of consistency and NOP is the epitome of not guarding guards. Butler has stepped up his passing and rebounding to round out his scoring and he’s capable of giving you a 45+ fantasy point performance against the Pelicans who rank in the bottom third against SGs.–Monitor Bradley Beal (WAS)’s performance against the Pelicans on Friday as he and Butler play a similar style of play.
SF Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks @Toronto–Golden state is 15th against SF on DK for the year and there is no cold, hard evidence that this will be the best play of the weekend. However, this will be Golden State’s final game of their 7 game, 14 day road trip (in addition to their 2nd game of a back-t0-back set) and with the added pressure of staying undefeated, this spells like a disaster game for the Warriors. Giannis has a mismatch with every player on the Warriors roster and figures to be involved early and often in the Bucks gameplan to beat the Warriors.
PF Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks vs. Washington–Dirk keeps turning back the clock every time he steps onto the court. He’s been extremely consistent all season and continues to provide a good scoring and rebounding punch for the Mavs. With the Wizards still trying to get their front court situation repaired, Dirk should be in line for another good night at a good price point.
PG Brandon Knight, Phoenix Suns vs. Minnesota–It’s been a coinflip between Knight and Eric Bledsoe as to who will have the bigger game every night they play. I’m gonna roll with Knight on Sunday because he’s cheaper and Rubio or Kevin Martin will be guarding him for the majority of the time–They let D’Angelo Russell of the Lakers get loose. Did I mention how much I dislike Kevin Martin? My life isn’t sad and neither is this pick. Knight will have a big night at home.
SG Dwayne Wade, Miami Heat vs. Memphis–Outside of a clunker against the Pistons back on November 25th, Wade has provided consistent scoring, rebounds, and assists over his last 10 games with the occasional breakout performance (47.75 FP against WAS on 12/7). Memphis matches up well against Bosh and Whiteside which means the Heat will be calling on Wade to have a great game to carry them to victory.
C Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota @Phoenix–Towns is in the midst of solid 3 game stretch where he has put in at least 31.75 fantasy points with 51.5 fantasy total against the Lakers on 12/9. He’ll most likely be going against Alex Len who has allowed Marc Gasol, Pau Gasol, and Nikola Vucevic to score at least 35.5 fantasy points on him. I expect Towns, as he continues to get more comfortable in the T-Wolves scheme, to nail these totals.
****Daily Fantasy NBA Tip: Stacking your lineup with multiple players from the same team is not always advised but can help differentiate your team from the majority in tournament games. E.g. Kevin Durant (60 FP) and Serge Ibaka (42.5 FP) of the Thunder against the Hawks would have been a good stack last night.
Have a great weekend, drink some frost doggers.
Get Well Soon!