By Dr. Joe Thompson, Mostly Sports Daily Fantasy Doctor: @DrJoeThompson
For three straight days I’ve given you the best posterizations of each night. I gotta keep the streak going. The two today are incredible. Because I love New Zealand and I love Steven Adams’ arm sleeve tattoo, this one leads off. And he did it on the “Chosen One.”
I would have loved for LeBron to slide underneath him and sell taking a charge, but he didn’t. No defense to LeBron. If you go by my logic (which is impeccable), Steven Adams is now the best basketball player in the NBA until someone dunks on him. I don’t think that will happen anytime soon as Adams is starting to resemble a scary ass samurai and he will kill you.
The other dunk of the night was Kobe Bryant, in his geriatric form, dunking all over Clint Capela.
I don’t think Clint should show his face for awhile. Kobe barely got the ball over the rim. This was like your dad-way past 50-years-old-lowering the rim, dunking on you when you weren’t looking and bragging about it. Good night, Clint. Stay away for awhile.
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 Jrue Holiday, New Orleans Pelicans @Phoenix–Jrue is no longer bound to a minutes restriction for the Pelicans and he has been playing very well since the restriction has been lifted. He has completely overtaken Norris Cole and Ish Smith as the backup point guards for the Pelicans and has been stealing minutes from Eric Gordon. Phoenix is a good matchup for him because it’ll be an up-and-down game and he’ll get plenty of opportunities to drive and dish. Also, Phoenix is 30th against PGs on DK. Lastly, his price is still well below average. You get a lot of bang for your buck at his price point.
PF Thaddeus Young, Brooklyn Nets vs. Indiana–Young has had three straight games of putting up under 30 fantasy points. However, he’s been pretty consistent on the year in getting double-doubles. He’ll either be matched up against Paul George or Lavoy Allen tonight and I think he’ll be in a good position to get back on track against the Pacers. They currently rank 24th against PFs on DK and with more of the interior focus on Brook Lopez, I see a lot of sneaky, easy buckets for Thad.
C Nikola Vucevic, Orlando Magic vs. Portland–Vucevic has been playing well lately and so have the rest of the Magic. His past two games, he has started out hot and has been unable to get the 4th quarter minutes as the Magic blew out the Nets and the Hornets. Portland has been abysmal against Centers all year (ranking 21st on DK) and they have a habit of going small with Meyers Leonard who is more of a stretch 4 than a banger inside. This is a good advantage for Vucevic.
PG Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers @ Houston–Paul has been playing great recently and, since his return from injury, he has been the go-to-guy for the Clippers. It’ll be the 2nd game of their back-to-back but the travel between Houston and San Antonio is maybe an hour flight. With Houston giving up the most points/gm in the NBA, I expect a lot of scoring and passing for Paul and the rest of the Clippers.
PF Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks vs. Chicago–Porzingis had 7! blocks against the T-Wolves on Wednesday and starting to come back to life after he had struggled for a couple games in the Knicks most recent stretch. Chicago will more than likely run Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson at him. Those are two matchups I feel Porzingis, with his length, can exploit. Taj is a banger in the post and not much of a perimeter defender and he’ll have a tough time trying to score on Porzingis in the post.
C Marcin Gortat, Washington Wizards vs. Charlotte–I’m very big on starting centers against Charlotte right now because they do not have a true center who is capable of defending outside of Al Jefferson who is still out. Bismack Biyombo had a career game against Charlotte last night. With Bradley Beal still out, Gortat is the clear #2 option for the Wizards and I fully expect a double-double and a big fantasy night on Saturday night.
PG Jarrett Jack, Brooklyn Nets vs. Minnesota–Monitor the Point Guard situation closely for Brooklyn on Sunday. Jack is expected to start and play, but his back-up Shane Larkin suffered a concussion and is likely to miss tonight (Friday)’s game. If that is the case and Larkin is still unable to play on Sunday, expect a heavy workload for Jack against the T-Wolves who are 15th against PGs on DK.
SG Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks @ Phoenix–Middleton has started to play much better in recent weeks and is starting look like the Middleton we loved last season. He’s still not scoring at a high clip but he’s getting more rebounds and passing a lot better. I love guards against Phoenix because they become the de facto #1 options for their teams. Middleton is a good play on Sunday and w
on’t be relatively expensive.
PF Paul Millsaps, Atlanta @ Orlando–Millsaps will have a great matchup against the Magic on Sunday. He’ll be matched up against Channing Frye who is a stretch 4 and not the best interior defender. With Horford occupying Vucevic, the interior will be freed up for Millsaps to have a monster game. The Hawks love running their offense through him because he is a great passer. He’s been the only consistent bright spot for the Hawks this year. Expect a big night out of Millsaps.
Have a great weekend, drink some frost doggers.
Get Well Soon!