This is a big game for the Thunder, who’s fighting for a top-5 seed in the Western Conference while they face off against a Golden State Warriors team that seems to be limping into the playoffs. It’s also another KD (Kevin Durant) vs. Westy night and the league’s Tasmanian Devil will get an extra boost of motivation as he will look to give his former teammate a loss in Oklahoma City. Against the Warriors this season, Westbrook is averaging 27.7 points to go along with 10.3 rebounds, 8.3 assists and 2.0 steals.
It’s a battle of the tankers in Phoenix as the Suns (who’s on a five-game losing streak) and the Kings (who just snapped a four-game losing streak) face off. Rookie point guard De’Aaron Fox has started to pick up steam over his last two games, averaging 33.6 fantasy points during that two game span. The Suns have fallen into the bottom five in the league at defending the lead guard position and that could be exactly what Fox needs to carry his momentum.
The Suns are the league’s worst at defending the shooting guard position. Bogdanovic has been playing better over his last three games and that trend should continue heading into tonight’s matchup. His price is quite low and his upside is much higher than his floor, which makes everything lining up perfectly to have him on your roster.
With Isaiah Thomas ruled out for the season, Hart has re-entered the rotation right away after returning from injury. Hart has shown he can be a strong across the board contributor on the stat sheet with his full throttle effort, tenacious rebounding and strong defensive instincts. He has a tough task ahead of him to try and slow down fellow rookie Donovan Mitchell, but his price-tag makes me think he’s worth the risk.
‘The King’ is one of my “must play” players of the day. James just seems to have the Raptors’ number all season as he’s averaging 30.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 9.0 assists, one steal and one block during their season series. The Cavs are only a half a game ahead of the Sixers for the 3-seed in the Eastern Conference and with this game being against the No. 1 team in the East, you can bet that this could be made as a statement game for the team.
I’ll be honest, this is a gut choice here. It’s a good defensive matchup for the veteran forward, as he will look to slow down Ben Simmons. With Joel Embiid out for at least the next two-to-three weeks, a lot more attention will be on Simmons which could result in more turnovers for a player who is already averaging 3.4 turnovers per game.
The Sixers will be without Joel Embiid and also Dario Saric for tonight’s matchup which means a boost in minutes for Ghostface Ily. Ilyasova has proven he can be productive when given the minutes and he should have a nice matchup against the Brooklyn Nets.
The Suns will be without Tyson Chandler, Alex Len, T.J. Warren and Devin Booker in tonight’s matchup against the Kings, which means Chriss should continue to see 30+ minutes of action. Chriss is averaging 37.8 fantasy points per game over his last three outings and a matchup against a defenseless Kings team could help keep that trend going.
Dedmon has been a great veteran piece to the rebuilding Hawks all season and he has been showcasing that even more so over his last three games with a double-double in each of those outings. He has a bit of a tougher matchup with Hassan Whiteside and the Heat, but Miami seems to have fallen into the bottom five of the league at defending the center position over their last 10 games. The upside on his Dedmon’s price tag makes him a solid play to have on your roster.