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Each week we break down the matchups for Wednesday, one of the biggest nights in the NBA. With 13 games on the card for tonight, the Daily Fantasy Basketball BOMB has everything you need to draft the perfect lineup.
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Get out your machetes and your hockey masks dudes- it’s the 13th! Wait, what? Oh, it’s not Friday the 13th, it’s Wednesday the 13th. Damn it. Whoa, whoa, whoa- it’s not even the 13th?! It’s the 6th you say? Well that’s a lot different I guess. OK, the hell with the hockey masks, get out your balls and handle them until they dribble. Bad joke too? Not starting off very well this week. Am I your faithful narrator RotoUpdates? NO! I’m the Orlando Magic on a 10-game losing streak! Nevermind, it’s actually me, RotoUpdates. You’re not getting off that easy…
Boston Celtics @ Toronto Raptors:
The Vegas Line: 188
Boston has played sloppy in Toronto in the past, and both teams have been involved with trades and injuries, making for what will likely be a tough game for the Celtics unless the Raptors become extinct before tip-off.
Daily Fantasy Basketball Pick #2: Jeff Green – Jared Sullinger fouled out for the season. This leaves Jeff Green in a great position minute-wise, and has yet to disappoint, not to mention he’s still available for under 8% of the salary cap on FanThrowdown.
Indiana Pacers @ Philadelphia 76ers:
The Vegas Line: 182
The Pacers, playing their third game in three days, are tied with Chicago for third place in the Thr-Eastern Conference. Both teams are on a 3-game winning streak. Paul George is on a 3-week “got flowers from CrazyGabey” streak. I’m seeing a threeme here, but have no idea how to capitalize on or interpret it.
Daily Fantasy Basketball Pick #3: Nick Young – Swaggy P is getting all the minutes he can handle with Jason Richardson injured, the Pacers are on their third game in three days, and they’re trending towards the bottom 3 positions vs. SGs in recent games. I’m guessing Swaggy puts up 3x value and plays heavy minutes for 3+ quarters. 3.
Daily Fantasy Basketball Pick #3: Lance Stephenson – He’s been consistently putting up 3x his price and he only played 30 minutes last night. I expect him to take part in the Lance & Swaggy P show.
New York Knicks @ Washington Wizards:
The Vegas Line: 191
The Knicks are destroying people on their 8-2 run while the Wizards have settled into below average production. Sometimes I feel like Orlando, Cleveland, Washington, and Charlotte should get together and form BALLTRON. A cyborg-infused group of ballers with superhuman abilities designed to actually WIN games of basketball. It’s too bad the Miami Heat have patented this already…
Daily Fantasy Basketball Pick #1: Tyson Chandler – He’s snaked 20 rebounds in every one of his last three games, and though Emeka Okafor has been playing well, I can’t see him stopping Chandler.
Daily Fantasy Basketball Pick #2: John Wall – This pick comes with risk, but you’re going to have to take risks to win a big GPP. He’s up against the legendarily weak NY guards, and when you get him for <10% of the cap that’s pretty sweet. If you’re playing 50/50′s and HU’s you can definitely pass.
Los Angeles Clippers @ Orlando Magic:
The Vegas Line: 188
Eric Bledsoe has been great in the wake of Chris Paul’s tender knee. Blake Griffin sat out last game and might not play in this one. To be completely honest, they could dress chimpanzees and douse the basketball in banana butter without worrying about a loss to the Orlando Tragic.
Daily Fantasy Basketball Pick #1: Eric Bledsoe – He’s still playing well, he’s still cheap on some sites, he’s still getting CP3′s minutes, he’s still worth playing. Especially against the downy-soft Magic.
Daily Fantasy Basketball Pick #2: Nikola Vucevic – A model of consistency with more minutes on hand than a clock shop. A clock shop!
Charlotte Bobcats @ Cleveland Cavaliers:
The Vegas Line: 202
From a fan perspective you can roll your eyes and shake your head at this matchup. From a daily fantasy basketball player’s perspective, you can lick your chops and brace yourself for incoming bursts of FP-production! Pride is all there is to play for between these two bottom-dwellers. CHUD city. Literally the dregs of sorrow.
Daily Fantasy Basketball Pick #1: Tristan Thompson – Tristan is a scarier cat than anyone in the Bobcats lineup and he lives right outside of value town.
Daily Fantasy Basketball Pick #2: Kyrie Irving – He put up 50+ FPs vs. them the last time they played. His price is low due to a couple of average games. Like NIKE taught us, JUST DO IT!
Memphis Grizzlies @ Atlanta Hawks:
The Vegas Line: 181
The Hawks lost to the Pacers last night while the Grizzlies lost to the Suns. I can’t imagine the Grizzlies not clawing their way back to a win against the discombobulated Hawks. Riddled with injuries and gender role queries, the Atlanta Hawks are searching for solidarity.
There are no picks for this game. If you’re really feeling lucky you can take a ride on the Josh Smith with hopes that he will get back on track or the Jerryd Bayless hoping that he repeats his production from last night. On a night like this, I suggest fading most of this game.
Houston Rockets @ Miami Heat:
The Vegas Line: 206
Houston flat out embarrassed the Warriors last night in a 140-pint, err, -POINT, bloodbath that ended with Mark Jackson shutting down the Rockets quest for 24 three-pointers in a game via intentional fouls. Fortunately for the Red Nation, nobody played extensive minutes and tonight’s game against the Miami BALLTRON formation should stay competitive.
Daily Fantasy Basketball Pick #1: Omer Asik – He double-doubled against the Warriors and hits Miami in their weak spot.
Daily Fantasy Basketball Pick #2: LeBron James – He put up 50+ FPs against Houston on 14/26 shooting the last time they played. This is the sequel, LeBourne Identity.
Brooklyn Nets @ Detroit Pistons:
The Vegas Line: 189
“Pigpen” Brook Lopez cleaned up against the Lakers, and he’ll likely clean up against Greg Monroe and the Pistons as well. Deron Williams started off hot and it looked like he was going to put up a sweet line, but all of our smiles slowly melted into dreaded frowns as we watched the minutes go by and his FPs crept up at the speed of a zombie carrying a boat anchor. Yes, zombies come from under the sea as well. What the hell do you think happened to all of the people on the Titanic? Oh yeah, and the Pistons are playing.
Daily Fantasy Basketball Pick #1: Brook Lopez – When it rains it pours and Pigpen likes to wallow in whatever misery he’s in. He’s currently in the misery of producing lots of fantasy points. Or was that some kind of Chinese hell? Either way, GO PIGPEN!
Daily Fantasy Basketball Pick #2: Jose Calderon – A bit risky, but if Deron Williams checks out of the game after the half like he did tonight, Jose will reach value pretty easily.
Phoenix Suns @ New Orleans Hornets:
The Vegas Line: 195
The Suns pulled off a crazy upset against the Grizzlies last night, and if they’re not too tired they just might scorch the Pelicans as well. Greivis, you are NOT Jared Sullinger, please refrain from fouling like him. Also, expect a bounce-back game from the Beasley as he teases us with his own brand of musical chairs – daily fantasy point pogo-sticking.
Daily Fantasy Basketball Pick #1: Michael Beasley – Pogo Pogo Pogo Pogo Pogo Pogo Pogo Pogo Pogo…. A bad game, a good game, a bad game, a good game. It’s time for Beasley to have a good game.
Daily Fantasy Basketball Pick #2: Anthony Davis – The Unibrow has been consistent but not spectacular. He draws a sweet matchup on a back-to-back and I’m confident his athleticism will lead to a murder of fantasy points.
Golden State Warriors @ Oklahoma City Thunder:
The Vegas Line: 212
Firstly, we don’t have to worry about Bogut trying to splatter Perkins’ blood all over the place since he’s not playing the back-to-back, so there’s that. Secondly, the Warriors are either drinking their sorrows away or sharpening their knives. The problem here is that Coney Island is a long way from OKC and the Thunder wields basketball skill that strikes like frenetic bolts of lightning. Expect them to drench the Warriors in a storm of scoring.
Daily Fantasy Basketball Pick #1: Kevin Durant – The SF position is the Warriors wet bag, if you will. Not counting Bogut, of course. Kevin Durant is an anvil being dropped from a three-story building onto said wet bag.
Daily Fantasy Basketball Pick #2: Golden State’s SG – The Thunder are nearing the bottom of the barrel vs. the SG position. If you can figure out who is going to get the majority of the minutes on the Warriors roster, you might have yourself a sweet pick.
Portland Trailblazers @ Dallas Mavericks:
The Vegas Line: 203
Both teams are on a break-even stretch with the Mavs being better at home and the Blazers being worse on the road. Is a win for the Mavericks in the cards? You don’t need Mel Gibson to tell you that watching this game is a fold and to wait for a better spot.
Daily Fantasy Basketball Pick #1: J.J. Hickson – The Mavs are in pain at the center position. J.J. obliterated them for 40+ FPs a week ago, and not much is going to prevent him from doing the same thing.
Daily Fantasy Basketball Pick #2: Dirk Nowitzki – Caveat here folks, Dirk is in relatively poor shape but so are Lamarcus Aldridge’s defensive skills. If you can get him cheap cheap, play him play him. If he’s more than 10% of the cap, you probably want to pass.
San Antonio Spurs @ Minnesota Timberwolves:
The Vegas Line: 196
Rufio, err, Rubio, found his happy thought and escaped from the clutches of Captain Hoop the other night, resulting in his best game of the season. Zangief (Nikola Pikachu) hasn’t played well upon returning from his injury, as we’ve only seen unimpressive to mediocre fantasy production from him in the last few games. Duncan admits to bulk purchases of salt & pepper colored Soul-Glo, and also that he spilled it on Tony Parker, yielding the Jack Napier-esque terror we see on the courts today. Never rub another man’s rhubarb.
Daily Fantasy Basketball Pick #1: Tony Parker – With little Timmy and his peashooter sidelined, the offensive responsibility goes to Tony P. Ricky Rubio is coming off of his best game of the season and probably feels good, but he’s going to get Parker-sprayed.
Daily Fantasy Basketball Pick #2: Ricky Rubio – If Rufio is still dirt cheap, it’s pretty likely that he hits value and gives you room for packin’ studs. No homo.
Milwaukee Bucks @ Utah Jazz:
The Vegas Line: 201
Larry Sanders smashed himself into the ground defending against a dunk last night and his status remains to be seen for tonight’s game. Samuel Dalembert put up a monster 45+ fantasy point-line against the Denver Nuggets, and word on the street is that some of our listeners are scooping up all of his rookie cards on eBay in wild speculation that he continues to pretend he’s a volcano.
Daily Fantasy Basketball Pick #1: Al Jefferson – Milwaukee was already dead last vs. the center position in the last ten games. They’re likely going to be without Larry Sanders tonight, so that means no blocked shots to stop Al from movin’ on up.
Daily Fantasy Basketball Pick #2: Samuel Dalembert – If Sanders is out and Sammy Blowup is insanely cheap he may be a sweet GPP play. Ekpe Udoh may draw a start and he’s floating around the dead-minimum price. Both of these guys are risky, but Dalembert is most certainly the better of the two.