Once again this article will be shorter today with so many obvious plays. I want readers to be able to read my articles each day and not be led down a road that could potentially not make them money.
The Core Four
Kyle Anderson and Danny Green– With both Leonard and Ginobli sitting out today Anderson and Green will see the highest uptick in shots and minutes. Both are a good hedge against each other and at least one of these guys will have a solid game. Green might not see a huge difference in minutes, but he will be shooting the ball more. Anderson will be given the chance to show what he can do with 20 plus minutes, which is exciting since he has a solid overall floor game and can fill up the stat sheet.
James Harden– This is definitely the night to play Harden. Chandler Parsons will not play in this game so Wes Matthews will not get to see all the looks he would normally get on Harden. Also Matthews is the only defender on Dallas’s roster that can even guard Harden. With this game being a back to back for Dallas, Matthews having coming off the injury and still not 100% healthy, and no quality defenders on Dallas outside of Matthews, Harden is a must play everywhere.
John Wall– Normally I avoid whomever Payton is guarding any night, but I know for a fact that Wall is going to put the team on his back tonight. Washington has three straight days off, and are coming off three straight losses. Wall will be attacking the basket as much as possible tonight and will have a 20 point 10 assist game at the very least.
Raymond Felton– It is going to be hard to ignore Felton at his price. He will get more playing time with Parsons out tonight and Rick Carlisle wants Felton on the floor as much as he can. Felton has become a hard working player for Dallas and has impressed me since coming over from New York when he was considered lazy. Felton gets the benefit of playing in a up tempo game against Houston with not much defense. All it will take is Felton to get a couple of shots to fall to make this play worth it.
Tyson Chandler– This a fantastic spot to play Chandler tonight. He will not have to play much defense on the big men for Denver, so he will be focusing on getting rebounds and catching lobs at the rim. If you do not play Chandler spend as little money on a center as you can.
Terrence Jones– It is not clear if he will start (I assume no), but even so he is worth putting on your roster because of his matchup with Nowitzki and the Dallas big men. Jones can get hot in a short burst and have a solid game without much effort.
Thaddeus Young– I like Young tonight because his mindset is “If I play well for against a good team, I might get traded to them.” This will not happen, but at least he has motivation while playing for the worst team in the NBA.
LeBron James– So much value in play tonight you might as well spend your money on James.
Eric Bledsoe– If you play against Denver the top guard is in play each night. I do feel like he will have at least a solid game for Phoenix, but nothing spectacular like his game against the Clippers Thursday.
Tobias Harris-Harris will be matched up with Otto Porter most of the night. This matchup is neutral but Harris is extremely cheap for his level of production. If you do not want to pay for LeBron I think harris is great alternative.
Zaza Pachuila– Dwight Howard is out now so I originally had Zaza as a bad play. I still think he is not a good play because he was playing like a all star last night and he has to come down from that.
J.J Hickson– If Morris plays this is a definite fade. Hickson is a child compared to Markieff.
Emmanuel Mudiay– Mudiay is not interesting to me tonight with all the high and low-end value at point guard today.
Final Notes: I do not collaborate with Mike when writing this article every day. For all I know he could be leaning towards using everyone I say to fade. This article is intended to be another viewpoint. Always use the RotoMinds projections and Optimal Linueps as a primary source and use The Eye Test as another look on everything