Check out the Cash Game Breakdown for tonight’s 4-game NBA DFS slate!!
What’s up my peeps? Tonight’s four-game NBA main slate might seem small at first glance, however, there will be more than enough “real life” and daily fantasy “goodness” to keep us satisfied.
I know that I usually bring you the GPP rundown on weekends, however, we’ve decided to switch things up a little. I’ll be bringing you my cash game strategy on the weekends in an attempt to help you build on that hard-earned bankroll of yours.
As you should know by now, cash game strategy is very different from tournament strategy. In cash games, it’s all about value. Well, it’s not just about value, but you know what I mean. Your cash game roster should be very “fluid” throughout its construction. To paraphrase the immortal Bruce Lee, “It must be like water.”
Late breaking news can, and will, change your cash game core more often than not so the lineups you create right now will likely look very different from the one you submit prior to tip off.
I’ll be sure to post any updates to the article as news breaks (including updated cash game core plays). I’ll also notify y’all of any updates via the Twitter machine. In the meantime, here are my cash game thoughts for today’s slate.
Top Stud (over $8K on FD): Nikola Jokic (followed by Steph Curry)
Top Stud (over $8K on DK): Nikola Jokic (followed by Steph Curry)
Top Value (under $5K on FD): Steven Adams (followed by Danilo Gallinari)
Top Value (under $5K on DK): Seth Curry (followed by Danuel House, Jr.)
-On FanDuel my most common cash core of players consists of Ben Simmons (PHI), Nickeil Alexander-Walker (NO), Kevin Porter Jr (HOU) and Tobias Harris (PHI).You can throw in Steven Adams (NO) as well.
-On DraftKings, I’m getting a lot of Simmons, Harris, Porter Jr. and Adams. You can throw when Eric Bledsoe (NO) as well.
– Here are a few things to consider when constructing your cash game lineups for this slate:
–“How many Philadelphia 76ers is too many?”. As part of his “injury recovery plan”, Joel Embiid (PHI) will not play Sunday against the Memphis Grizzlies. Embiid returned yesterday and played 29 minutes against Minnesota. As a result, his teammates saw their salaries take a hit. His absence tonight makes them ripe for the picking in cash games. Consider Ben Simmons (PHI), Tobias Harris (PHI) and Seth Curry (PHI) to be the main beneficiaries. You can even squeeze Dwight Howard (PHI) in there if you’re feeling “froggy”.
–“How many New Orleans Pelicans is too many?”. When the Pelicans last took the court, they were without the services of Lonzo Ball (NO), Zion Williamson (NO), Brandon Ingram (NO) and Josh Hart (NO). Hart has already been ruled out for tonight’s contest against the Houston Rockets, while Kira Lewis (NO) is considered doubtful due to a strained right calf. We will need to wait until we get official word from the Pelicans, however, if the final injury report is anything close to what it was last time, you’ll want to have some exposure to these guys in cash games. The prime targets will be Nickeil Alexander-Walker (NO), Eric Bledsoe (NO) and Steven Adams (NO), however, James Johnson (NO) and Naji Marshall (NO) could get called up as cash game viable plays as well.
–There isn’t a lot of room for cash game beefcake today. While the potential injury situations open up a lot of value today, that “value” isn’t exactly “cheap”. I would love to be able to squeeze in a couple of high ceiling studs like Nikola Jokic (DEN) into my lineup, but I just can’t make it happen. You’ll be able to splurge for one guy to do most of the heavy lifting, but you’ll need to cut corners elsewhere. That’s an awesome strategy in tournaments, but in cash games you’ll need to play it safe today.
–Fill in the gaps with a couple of valuable Houston Rockets. John Wall (HOU) will sit tonight against the New Orleans Pelicans (knee) and Victor Oladipo (MIA) has moved on to greener pastures. This isn’t a new situation when it comes to the Rockets, so you know what to do. Look for guys like Kevin Porter Jr. (HOU), Danuel House (HOU) and Sterling Brown (HOU) when you’re filling out the rest of your cash game roster.
-In a nutshell, I’m using a combination of New Orleans Pelicans and Philadelphia 76ers value plays along with a “sprinkle” or two of Houston Rockets. That’s my current cash game strategy, but we all know how things tend to change very quickly as we get closer to tip off. You’ll need to stay alert and available in the event that things get weird. (GPP Tip: This tip is pretty self-explanatory. Do the opposite of what I just said. Another viable tournament strategy for this slate is to roll with a balanced lineup. The biggest mistake that I make when going with a “studs and scrubs” approach in tournaments is either using too many of the chalky value plays or using the wrong ones. Sometimes it’s best to let your opponent make the mistakes by avoiding situation entirely.)