Check out Scotty C’s NBA Cash Game Breakdown for tonight’s seven-game slate!!
We’ve got several pieces of injury news to keep in mind today, including that Kevin Durant is out for the Nets, Mike Conley is out for the Jazz, Aaron Gordon and Evan Fournier continue to be out for the Magic, Victor Oladipo is out for the Rockets, Goran Dragic is out for the Heat, and Derrick White is out for the Spurs.
Jaylen Brown is Q for the Celtics. Delon Wright is Q for Detroit. A note on Detroit: The Pistons traded Derrick Rose and now several of their guards are Q, including Delon Wright ($6000 DK, $6000 FD), Frank Jackson ($3000 DK, $3500 FD) and newly acquired Dennis Smith Jr. ($3000 DK, $3500 FD). This is a situation to monitor. If Wright gets the start, he’s a good play, if he misses, Josh Jackson could be in line for a big game.
We’ve got several site specific plays because of discrepancies in pricing so that’s why there’s so many players listed for a seven game slate.
Damian Lillard ($10,000 DK, $9800 FD) – Lillard missed last game with an injury but he’s not on the injury report today. There is a ton to like here. CJ McCollum continues to be out and Lillard has posted a usage rate above 30% in seven of the past eight games, even once topping 40%! In addition, we’ve seen guards pop off against the Magic recently, with FVV dropping 54 points and Zach LaVine 39 in two of the last three. This is a prime spot for Lillard to go nuts.
Dejounte Murray ($6500 DK, $6800 FD) – Monster game last night against this same Warriors team. He’s not going to have eight steals again, but even if he hadn’t gotten a single steal, he still put up 27 points and 10 rebounds. My only slight concern here is we’ve seen Pop be very cautious with Murray in the past minutes wise, and Murray did see 36, but even at 31-32 minutes tonight, he’s still a strong play, and there’s still no guarantee Pop won’t have him out there for another 36 in a close game.
Lonzo Ball ($6300 DK, $7000 FD) – This is a DK only play given the pricing. Ball has been a consistent source of multi-category production for the Pelicans and this is a strong spot here against the Rockets who rank near the top of the league in pace and have a healthy and rested John Wall leading the way. Ball tends to be an afterthought in our minds fantasy-wise because of Zion and Ingram, but he’s been playing very well.
Cole Anthony ($5900 DK, $5400 FD) – With both Aaron Gordon and Evan Fournier out for the Magic, Anthony is the clear #2 in this starting lineup behind Nik Vucevic. After a short adjustment period, Anthony has settled into PG duties and has become a steady source of points and assists.
Kemba Walker ($6600 DK, $5700 FD) – Kemba had a brutal go of it the other night against Phoenix, going 4-20 from the field. But the good news is he played 33 minutes and got up 20 shots. We’ll like this play better if Jaylen Brown sits again; however, $5700 is too cheap for a guy of Walker’s talents no matter what as long as he’s getting the minutes, even in a non-ideal matchup against the Jazz.
*Kyrie Irving grades out very well here and I wouldn’t blame you for going that direction. I have a slight worry about the sprained finger on his shooting hand as it’s his incredible shooting ability that leads to big games. If the finger doesn’t worry you, he’s a great cash play.*
Donovan Mitchell ($8100 DK, $8000 FD) – With Conley out last game, Mitchell put up 24 shot attempts and had a 35% usage rate. Tough matchup here against Boston, but it helps that Marcus Smart is out and it would be even better if Jaylen Brown were to miss. We have to weigh opportunity against matchup sometimes, and this is a spot where the projected usage bump outweighs a difficult matchup.
Buddy Hield ($6800 DK, $6300 FD) – Minutes, minutes, minutes. He hasn’t played fewer than 37 in the past seven games. Sacramento also gets a nice little pace up spot against Philly. Buddy isn’t generally the first person we think of for cash games but it’s just really hard to ignore all these minutes in a great game environment.
Jordan Clarkson ($6000 DK, $5000 FD) – We have the same situation as last game where Mike Conley missed and we can look to Clarkson to pick up a few extra minutes off the bench. The great thing about rostering Clarkson is you know you’re never going to get cheated, as he’s going to get up double-digit shot attempts, including 19 last game. A few extra minutes and a few extra shots puts him in a nice spot at the price.
James Harden (10,900 DK, $11,000 FD) – Kevin Durant is out for the Nets and while Kyrie Irving grades out pretty well here too, the sprained finger on his shooting hand gives me a little pause for cash games. Probably nothing to worry about but we know for a fact that Harden is going to get his.
Eric Bledsoe ($6000 DK, $5100 FD) – Don’t love the floor on Bledsoe, but he’s super cheap on FD and this is a really good game environment against Houston. He just grades really well at the price.
Seth Curry ($4200 DK, $4100 FD) – About a month ago, this would have been a no-brainer value, but Curry has really struggled since returning from Covid. The good news is he played 27 minutes last game and showed signs of life with 11 FGAs and 24 fantasy points. There’s a bit of risk here but it might not be a bad time to catch him on the upswing after a tough stretch in a good spot against the Kings.
Joe Ingles ($5800 DK, $4500 FD) – Ingles was a bit underwhelming in this situation last time with Mike Conley out, but I’m willing to go back to the well here on FD knowing that Ingles got 32 minutes in that game. He’s just too cheap on FD and that’s reflected in the big pricing difference between sites.
Ben Simmons ($8400 DK Only) – Simmons is listed as a PG on FD and it’s really tough to get there at $9100 with other excellent options at the position, but on DK, we have positional flexibility and a softer price. Sacramento has long been a team we’ve targeted against for fantasy and while they haven’t played quite as fast as we might expect this year, this should still be a pacey game.
Kelly Oubre Jr. ($6200 DK, $6700 FD) – Oubre Jr. is finally settling in with the Warriors and the big thing is we’ve seen 36, 33 and 36 minutes the past three games after being stuck in the mid-20s for a five or six game stretch. This game has a 230 total and a close spread and Oubre projects particularly well on DK.
Jimmy Butler ($8300 DK, $8700 FD) – The Heat have found themselves in a hole to start the season and some of that can be attributed to a three week stretch that Butler missed in January. He’s come back playing with a sense of urgency, racking up assists and rebounds and getting to the free throw line constantly to help try to get the Heat back into the playoff picture. 40+ fantasy points in seven straight and a good shot of him doing it again tonight.
EDIT: Sterling Brown ($3200 DK) should again be in line for a significant role off the bench for Houston. I don’t love rostering this guy, but he’s just so cheap and should see decent minutes in this one. He can help you pay up for a Harden or Lillard.
DeMar DeRozan ($7800 DK, $8300 FD) – It really does boggle my mind how DK can have DeRozan listed as a SF/PF and FD has him as a SG, but it is what it is. As mentioned in the Oubre writeup, this one projects as a high total game with a close spread and DeRozan is the Spurs’ go-to player. Good cash spot.
Zion Williamson ($8200 DK, $8400 FD) – Zion takes so many high percentage shots and has such a strong all-around game that he has produced 30+ fantasy points in 16 straight games. He also hasn’t hit for over 50 fantasy points during that span as well. At this point, you’re paying for the floor for Zion, but it’s an incredibly high floor.
Robert Covington ($5800 DK, $6000 FD) – Big time minutes lately for Bob, even with Derrick Jones Jr. returning last game. Nassir Little continues to be out for Blazers, which should help his minutes floor. No Aaron Gordon is definitely a plus for Covington as the Magic are very scrubby on the wing with Ennis, Bacon and Clark.
Draymond Green ($6900 DK, $7500 FD) – Point-Dray is on in full-effect as he’s racked up 15, 15 and 10 assists the past three games. This is the upper end of what we’d want to pay for Draymond, but the minutes should be there in a close game and it’s hard to argue with what he’s been able to do in his role playing the five.
DeMarcus Cousins ($7400 DK, $6000 FD) – It was a bit of rough luck last night for those that rostered Cousins as the Rockets got blown out early in the 4th and he missed his last rotation. However, that’s actually good news for tonight because Cousins only played 25 minutes and he should be ready to roll in this one. Even if he sees just 27-28 mins, he’s such a high per minutes producer that he’s going to get us value. This is a fine spot to get back on the horse.
Mason Plumlee ($5800 DK, $5700 FD) – No problem whatsoever rolling with the Plumdog here in this matchup against the Nets. The Pistons will be well paced and there should be plenty of opportunities for rebounds, putbacks and peripheral stats. Plumlee is an unsexy play but he’s generally very effective in the right matchups.
Nik Vucevic ($8900 DK, $8700 FD) – With key pieces in Gordon and Fournier out, replaced in the starting lineup by some serious scrubs in James Ennis and Gary Clark (and Dwayne Bacon), the Magic have to run an insane amount of offense through Vuc and we’ve seen that reflected in his usage above 37% the past two games.
FD Core: Cousins, Harden, Ingles, Bledsoe
DK Core: Harden, Murray, Brown, Ball