HIGH FIVE/low five
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Let’s rip it up.
Point Guard: Stephen Curry, GS ($8,500): Curry’s price is great here. Not only is tonight’s game vs. the Portland Trail Blazers expected to be close and high scoring, but Portland ranks just 17th against PGs. On top of that, Curry has had his way with the Blazers in their previous meetings this year, averaging 30 points, 9.5 assists, and 4.5 rebounds in two games.
One note of caution, Curry has been playing limited minutes recently. However, he did play 36 minutes in his most recent game, so perhaps he’s back to seeing normal action. 35 FPs or so should be doable either way.
Also worth consideration is Isaiah Thomas, SAC ($8,000) who has played well vs. the Minnesota Timberwolves this year.
Additionally, Damian Lillard, POR ($7,300) has fared well against the Warriors and should be able to meet value (36.5 FPs) this evening given his increased usage with LaMarcus Aldridge out of the lineup.
Shooting Guard: Tyreke Evans, NO ($7,700): Evans actually plays the SF position, which the Boston Celtics rank just 24th against in recent weeks. Value for Evans is about 38 FPs this evening, a number he’s bested in five of his last six and one you should feel confident that he’ll be able to reach. Consider that last time out against the Celtics, Evans went for 16 points, eight rebounds, and six assists in 29 minutes off the bench. Similar numbers should be within reach with 30+ minutes and a start tonight.
Small Forward: Rudy Gay, SAC ($7,900): In two games with the Kings vs. the Minnesota Timberwolves this year, Gay has averaged 28.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 3.5 assists. Those averages put him right in line to hit his value threshold of 39.5 FPs this evening in what should be a high scoring game. Roster Gay with the confidence that you can expect at least 35 FPs, with the upside for 45.
Power Forward: There are three options that I really like at PF today, each of which should all be able to produce similar value on their respective salaries. These three players each exist at a different price point and could either be players you build around or roster depending on who fits.
First up, Kevin Love, MIN ($11,800), who has torched the Kings in each of their previous meetings and could be tonight’s top overall scorer.
Following him, we’ve got Anthony Davis, NO ($10,100), who has five straight 50+FP games, and faces a Celtics team that is just 26th vs. PFs in the past 15 days. Davis could represent the most value among the higher priced players,, if not the night’s top scorer.
Lastly, we’ve got Serge Ibaka, OKC ($8,400), who’s averaged nearly 42 FPs over his last four games and had 17 points and 13 rebounds (40.1 FPs) last time out vs. the Dallas Mavericks
Center: DeMarcus Cousins, SAC ($9,400): Cousins is the clear-cut top play at the center position this evening and should be the top scorer at the position. In two games against Minnesota this year, Cousins has averaged “just” 20.5 points and 14.0 rebounds. As such, I do have some doubts in his ability to reach his value threshold of 47 FPs.
Either way, Cousins should be good for 40+ FPs against a Minnesota Timberwolves team that ranks just 25th vs. centers in the last 15 days. He’s your man if you’re looking to spend at center.
Also consider, Spencer Hawes, CLE ($6,700) as a mid-tier option.
NOTE: Nikola Pekovic is listed as doubtful. If he’s out, Cousins must be rostered. Keep an eye on this situation.