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We got an exciting 8-game NBA slate tonight that’s starts at 7:00 pm and let’s take a quick look at our early AM initial lineup for FanDuel!
We’re going with some mid-range options that should have the opportunity to have big games with Toronto’s Fred VanVleet & Minnesota’s Jerryd Bayless.
Fred VanVleet should be seeing plenty of time today as Kyle Lowry is currently listed as doubtful for the Raptors in their solid match-up against a fast-paced Philadelphia team tonight. VanVleet put up a solid 32.5 FanDuel point performance on Sunday (9 pts, 5 reb, 7 ast, 3 stl) and has shown on many occasions this season when Lowry has been out that he can produce at a high level.
Minnesota’s backcourt is still pretty banged up and as Teague looks doubtful while Rose & Jones have already been ruled out, I’ll once again be rolling out Jerryd Bayless. In his last 6 games, Bayless is averaging 34.9 FanDuel points/game, which includes a monster 51.4 FanDuel points performance against the same Grizzlies team Minnesota faces off against tonight. We’ll have to make sure Teague is out, however, as Memphis ranks just 21st vs. opposing PG’s, I’m making sure I get Bayless in my lineup.
We’re going to attack the BOS/CLE game for some value and go with Cleveland’s Alec Burks & Boston’s Jaylen Brown.
Cleveland will be without a bunch of players as they just raided Rodney Hood to Portland and will be without Cedi Osman, Kevin Love, and Tristan Thompson. Burks is averaging 30.8 minutes per game over his last 5 games and put up a solid 39.8 FanDuel point performance against Boston two weeks in which he went off for 10 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 blocks, and 2 steals.
Jaylen Brown has been the odd man out for most of the season for the Celtics however, the former 3rd overall pick has been playing some of his best basketball as of late and should see plenty of opportunity tonight as Kyrie Irving will be out with a sore hip. Brown has gone off for performances of 32.2, 31.2, & 40 points in the last three games in which Irving has been out and I think he will once against have a solid 30+ FanDuel point night in a great match-up against the Cavaliers.
Paul George is putting up MVP numbers this season and he has even been more incredible as of late as over his last 5 games, he is putting up averages of 35.2 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 4.6 apg, & 2.0 spg, Paul George torched the Magic for 37 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, & 3 steals last week and I just don’t see any reason why he can’t put up about 60 FanDuel points tonight.
We’re staying in the OKC/ORL match-up and currently going with both Jonathan Isaac & Aaron Gordon of the Magic.
Isaac is starting to show the talent that made him the 6th over pick in the 2017 NBA draft as over his last 5 games, Isaac is averaging 9.8 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.6 bpg, & 1.4 spg. Issac put up a solid 31.1 FanDuel point performance against the Thunder last week in which he has 11 pts, 8 reb, 1 ast, 1 blk, & 2 stl and is coming off an incredible 40.9 FanDuel point performance against Brooklyn on Saturday. Isaac has posted 30+ FanDuel points in 6 of his last 7 games and as he is price has fully adjusted as of yet, I’ll take the value tonight.
Aaron Gordon is struggling a bit with his shot as of late, however, there is much better value and upside on the plate than Gordon and his $6,600 price tag. Outside of a bad game against the Pacers, in his past five games, Gordon is averaging 37. FanDuel points and is putting up an incredible 17.5 shots per game. Gordon had a 39.3 FanDuel point performance (16 pts, 9 reb, 7 ast, 1 blk) against the Thunder last week and I don’t think it will take much for Gordon to hit value with his high usage rate.
Rounding out the team, we’re going to the LAL/IND game and get some heavy action with the Pacers front-court duo of Thaddeus Young & Myles Turner in their solid match-up against the Lakers.
Thaddeus Young has been seeing a bunch of minutes as of late, as over his last 5 games, the 11-year veteran is averaging 31.0 mpg while averaging 30.4 FanDuel points per game. Young is always an intriguing DFS pick as he has the ability to go off for a 50+ FanDuel point night while his ability to rack up defense stats. Young put up a 31.5 FanDuel points performance (11.0 pts, 5.0 reb, 1.0 ast, 5.0 stl) against the Lakers earlier this season and if he takes another 13 shots like he did in their first match-up, I’m confident that Young can get us a big game tonight.
Myles Turner was able to put up a solid 40.3 FanDuel point performance last night against the Pelicans and has been solid over his last three games as he is averaging 18.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.7 bpg, & 1.7 spg. Turner struggled against the Lakers in his earlier outing this season, with Victor Oladipo out for the season, the Pacers will need Turner to be more of a force on the offensive end.
Check back later for updates.