Monday’s Plays of the Day
It’s Martin Luther King Jr. day. Not only is this a day to celebrate a great man in history, but it also gives us a full day of basketball. I was asked the other day if I was going to do the full day of games type of lineup or if I was just sticking to the main slate that consists of only four games.
While most were probably hoping for the all day slate type of lineup, I unfortunately decided that wasn’t the best decision since the first game began early for most people on the West Coast. Instead, I’ll stick with the main slate and provide you readers with the pieces you need for a winning lineup.
I think there’s a good chance Curry is owned in more than 50-percent of league. The Warriors are facing off against the Cleveland Cavaliers for the final time this season and this could be a statement game for the reigning champs. After missing two games with an ankle injury, the former MVP played 34 minutes in Toronto and played great off the tip. With the Cavs having their issues defensively, this could be a game where we see Curry at his absolute best.
At his price-tag, it’s hard not to put Isaiah Thomas in your lineup. This guy has the potential to go off for 30 points. Yes, I did see his 2-of-15 shooting night the other day against the Raptors, however, Thomas was given the last few days off for rest and is poised to step back into the starting lineup and see his minutes take a slight bump to potential 25-28 minutes. Most may be looking to fade Thomas tonight, but it may in your best interest to have him in your lineups.
If you haven’t been watching Sacramento Kings basketball (which is understandable if you haven’t), then you have been missing the play of rookie Bogdan Bogdanovic. This kid has been doing a little bit of everything for his. On both ends of the floor, Bogdanovic is giving his best effort. With no Roberson for the Thunder, this could be another day in the office for the rising Serbian shooting guard.
Wallace has been playing fantastic for the Clippers since being signed to a two-way deal. He’s been earning 34 minutes per game of his last three outings and has been taking advantage of playing time. His price-tag is still so low and his name recognition is close to none which makes him such a strong value play tonight.
His back may start to hurt at the end of this one because we all know what happens when LeBron faces off against the Warriors; he puts his team on his back and tries to carry them to victory. That’s actually a full season thing, but it’s just kicked to another gear when it’s Cavs vs. Warriors.
This is potentially the last game where we get to see Green play a large sum of minutes as James Harden (hamstring) is hoping to return Thursday. Green and the Rockets have a nice matchup against a limping Clippers team that’s on a two-game winning streak. Don’t be surprised if Green scores in the mid-20’s tonight.
I think more than anyone who feeds into story-lines is forward Draymond Green. Obviously he brings his intensity every single night, but when it’s against a team like the Cavs his game changes to a whole other level. In the last matchup against Cleveland, Green finished the game with 12 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists, one block and two steals.
Grant is currently seeing his minutes vary between 19-22 minutes each night. In blowouts he tends to get a few extra minutes and flirts with the occasional 30 minutes of PT when he gets the hot hand. This game against Kings – who has the worst defense in the NBA – could be over in the first 12 minutes of the game. Even if the Kings find a way to keep it close, Grant continues to hit value more often than not in his limited minutes. He’s a flier pick, but he could be the one that changes your lineup to the winning lineup.
The Thunder are face a Kings team that currently are ranked as the worst team in the league at defending the center position. They just so happen to have the worst defense as a team in the league as well. It’s hard not to look at Adams, see the matchup and not put him in your lineup.