What’s up NBA fans? Welcome to this week’s NBA Daily Fantasy Strategy BOMB featuring the hottest night in basketball.
Each week I will be breaking down one of the biggest nights in the NBA, Wednesday. With 12 games on the card for tonight my NBA Daily Fantasy Strategy BOMB has everything you need to draft the perfect lineup.
Washington Wizards @ Philadelphia 76ers:
John Wall has been volatile since his return to the court. On one hand he’s had some energetic, stat-producing games that show a glimpse of his pre-injury speed. On the other hand he looks like his only running has been up to the donut shop for a few French crullers. The 76ers have a capable squad that will need to pick up the pace to make the playoffs. They’re 3-7 in their last 10 games, as Jrue Holiday continues to carry the 76ers like UPS carries packages. I’d give the edge to the 76ers to deliver at home despite the comeuppance of the lowly Wizards. Perhaps all their time spent at Hogwart’s is actually working?
Daily Fantasy Strategy Pick #1: Jrue Holiday – He’s been on fire lately and it’s unlikely that an oscillating John Wall is going to be able to stop him. Memphis held Jrue to 26 FP’s the other night after a sick 20 FP first half, but the Wizards lack the same defensive capabilities.
Daily Fantasy Strategy Pick #2: Emeka Okafor – You might think this guy sounds like he belongs served on a Southern dinner plate (and you’d be right!), but the only thing he’s been serving lately is delicious, calorie free, daily fantasy points. The 76ers are traditionally a little soft at center with jovial, hooked-on-phonics scholars like Spencer Hawes (who has been on a production tear of his own lately), and should be fed all the “Imakea Okraforu” they can ingest.
Detroit Pistons @ Indiana Pacers:
The Indiana Pacers had to slow themselves down on their way out of Denver the other night, due to a high risk of smashing their bus into Denver’s Taxis in LA ’92-like fashion, after Paul George was called for a spectral 4th quarter foul on Iguodala with a half second left to play. The Detroit Pistons may be just what they need to get revved up and speed away from three straight losses. Andre Drummond is proving to be another James Harden as his Production Vs. Minutes-Played rival the amount of jeers King Louis XVI received when he told the nobility that he was ending their rakeback payments.
Daily Fantasy Strategy Pick #1: Paul George – Boy George smashed the billboard FP charts with a jammin’ 47 FP’s against the Denver Taxis and nobody on the Pistons roster is capable of slowing him down. Maybe they triple team him or something.
Daily Fantasy Strategy Pick #2: Andre Drummond – The best kept secret in the NBA exploded for 40+ FP’s last night against the soft-centered Bucks. Although the Pacers aren’t the cardboard cutouts the Bucks can be, Drummond still has the skills to pound out value for his price.
Sacramento Kings @ Boston Celtics:
The Boston Celtics better hope that no forest creatures have run off with their paddles, because they’re up shit creek. Rajon Rondo will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL, and they’re going to have to rely on guys like Avery Bradley and Leandro Barbosa who are already ill-advised for daily fantasy production. If Doc Rivers can harness the sarcasm of Kevin Garnett into a bolt of lightning, and zap a DeLorean full of the Celtics into shape, they could make the playoffs. However, the Seattle Supersonics, err, the Suckramento Kings haven’t changed a bit, being nothing more than DeMarcus Cousins and a bunch of sticks. Despite the Celtics recent woes, it’s going to be difficult for them to find a way to lose to Sacramento. Ironically, the Kings are NBA paupers with a court full of jesters.
Daily Fantasy Strategy Pick #1: Avery Bradley/Leandro Barbosa – These guys are dirt cheap and it’s anyone’s guess who will try to follow in Rondo’s footsteps. Jason Terry is also in consideration, but I’d consider bashing my face against shards of glass for hours before taking a shot on Terry.
Daily Fantasy Strategy Pick #2: DeMarcus Cousins – He’s been on a downswing and it’s difficult to suggest him with confidence, but he can be an elite player when he isn’t trying to schoolyard people. He should soon bounce back from the power-draining eye poke he sustained the other night, and his price reflects his recent performance as well. Pretend you’re spending time with Okafor down south and touch Cousins’ “ADD THIS DUDE” button. Buy low, get high!
Orlando Magic @ New York Knicks:
The Magic have lost all of theirs, and should consider spending more time with the Wizards at Hogwart’s learning how to Defense Against the Dunk Arts . They’re on a six game losing streak and showing no signs of being able to break the curse. The Knicks took a rare night off in a loss to the 76ers, but they bounced back to win their next game. As long as their janitorial engineering staff and water boys show up, they’re going to win this game!
Daily Fantasy Strategy Pick #1: Carmelo Anthony – He dropped 50 FP’s last time he played the Magic. and 49 FP’s in his last game. For some reason he’s only 16k on DraftDay and that’s about as close to a lock as Ness Monster. Most NBA players endorse sneakers, but Carmelo should endorse Caramello candy bars. I wonder if they’d come in a honey nut flavor?
Daily Fantasy Strategy Pick #2: Jameer Nelson – The Knicks should change the name of their guard positions to charred positions, because they continually get torched by any Tom, Dick, or Rajon off the street. It seems that Kidd’s wife is the only person he’s capable of roughing up and Jameer put 40+ FP’s up against them last time. What’s changed?
Toronto Raptors @ Atlanta Hawks:
The Raptors winning percentage at home is a coin flip, but their road winning percentage is abysmal. It’s like they show up in Bobcats uniforms or something. Kyle Lowry is ducking games with fake injuries, while the entirety of the Hawks team is either truly injured or just returning their bedpans. This game might stay competitive but I give the edge to the Hawks.
Daily Fantasy Strategy Pick #1: Al Horford – Al’s FP results have been up and down lately. Fortunately for him, one thing that doesn’t fluctuate much is the fantasy point production that Toronto’s center position offers its opponents.
Daily Fantasy Strategy Pick #2: Jeff Teague – He’s on a two-game heater vs. NY (SURPRISE!) and Boston and could very well continue it vs. Toronto who is sitting at 18th vs. PG’s in the last five games. Lowry is a more defensive player than Calderon, but somehow finds a way to bruise himself dressing up for the easy duck night after night. Be wary of his price here, as he’s 12k on DraftDay and that might not be good enough on a big night like this.
Miami Heat @ Brooklyn Nets:
LeBron James is more than a fair weather friend to Jay-Z. They get pelted with Illuminati accusations together on the weekends. Can LeBron’s drive to win at basketball elevate him past this conflict of interest? Or will he throw the game in a Nets ascendancy ritual for High Priest Z? Tune in to find out! (I’d say something about the Nets here, but what is there to say? Pigpen’s going to stink up the place while Dwyane Wade slips past Joe Johnson like butter.)
Daily Fantasy Strategy Pick #1: LeBourne Identity – The devil is in the details and it sounds like LeBron is hyped up for this game. Although his last outing against Brooklyn resulted in a mediocre performance for a premium price, this time he’s in the belly of the beast with an eye on escaping before the next bowel movement.
Daily Fantasy Strategy Pick #2: Pigpen – It’s common knowledge that the Heat’s biggest weakness is their big men, and Pigpen is a big man. Brook Lopez should have his way in the paint, getting boards, put-backs, and swatting shots. The dust is apparently in the details as well.
Chicago Bulls @ Milwaukee Bucks:
Boozer is off the wagon as his daily fantasy production has gone from fiery steel, melting and skewering the flesh of his opponents to a cryogenic stasis, being frozen under 10 FP’s for entire games. I’m not sure where Boozaro came from, but tell Carlos we’d like Boozer back. The Bucks are 7-3 during their last ten games on the resurgence of Ersan Ilyasova. Ersanity! We’ve also begun to see the decline of Larry Sanders, as he gets in foul trouble early and can’t stop blabbering at the refs about how it’s just not possible. Perhaps he should stop hanging out with Big Baby Davis. In a battle of the horniest teams in the NBA, who will end up with a pierced rump?
Daily Fantasy Strategy Pick #1: Joakim Noah – Noah looks like he’s up to his old tricks, dropping 40 minute games and 40 FP nights. Larry Sanders has been complacent and off of his game lately, paving the way for Jokey Noway to produce tonight.
Daily Fantasy Strategy FADE #1: Bulls SF’s – This is a FADE so make sure you read this correctly. Milwaukee ranks first in limiting small forward production in the last ten games. You may want to pass on Luol Deng and Jimmy Butler tonight.
Los Angeles Clippers @ Minnesota Timberwolves:
The Clippers have had a rough time without their marquee barber Chris Paul, and the Timberwolves have had a rough time without their marquee pack leader Kevin Love. Will the Clippers give the Wolves a shave? The Wolves are 1-9 and the Clippers are 5-5 in their last 10 games. You don’t have to be Nostradamus to predict the outcome of this matchup, Chris Paul or not.
Daily Fantasy Strategy Pick #1: Blake Griffin – Rocky Dennis took off his mask of mediocrity to become the centerpiece of the Clippers offense with CP3 sidelined. He’s been more explosive in his last five games than a tour bus full of senior citizens at a Chinese buffet, and we can only hope there’s more fortune in this cookie before Chris Paul returns.
Daily Fantasy Strategy Pick #2: Andrei Kirilenko – With guys like Lamar Odor and, crack head alumni, Matt Barnes floating around the Clippers SF position, this mafioso should have no problem extracting the fantasy points without the use of any persuasive tactics.
Charlotte Bobcats @ San Antonio Spurs:
The Spurs are on an eight-game winning streak and have taken over 1st place in the Western Conference from the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Charlotte Bobcats are 2-8 in their last ten and have taken over their spot at last place in the Eastern Conference. You can probably see where this is going.
BLOWOUT WARNING: This game isn’t necessarily going to be a blowout, but you may want to be careful picking any expensive guys. Be sure to watch for news on Tim Duncan’s status tonight. A blowout limits the fantasy production of your key players because their minutes get limited, they sit during the later quarters, and bench players pick up trash time. While we can’t predict blowouts, we can certainly be mindful of the potential when it arises.
Daily Fantasy Strategy Pick #1: Tiago Splitter – Splitter is sitting pretty at 9k on DraftDay and should produce 3x+ value. If Duncan doesn’t play, he benefits from that as well.
Daily Fantasy Strategy Pick #2: Tony Parker – With Duncan on the sidelines Parker, like Griffin for the Clippers, has taken over a vast portion of the offensive duties. He put up 37 FP’s against the Bobcats in 26 minutes last game and if the Cats manage to keep it close he could have a great game. The main caveats are Duncan playing, his price, and the blowout potential.
Houston Rockets @ Denver Nuggets:
The Rockets take flight to the strange air in Denver on a three-game winning streak. The Nuggets are on a four-game winning streak, going 8-2 in their last ten games. Killer Karl from outer space is doing a great job of alienating, I mean isolating, opposing threats. Expect a competitive game with an exciting conclusion if no refs hand out the home job whistle.
Daily Fantasy Strategy Pick #1: Danilo Gallinari – Boy George, err, Danilo, has put up big daily fantasy points in eight of his last 12 games. His price hasn’t skyrocketed and he dropped 33 FP’s on the Rockets a week ago.
Daily Fantasy Strategy Pick #2: Ty Lawson – Don’t shoot me if he tanks, as he’s capable of bricking like a construction worker on any given night. That said, he’s reached value in six of his last eight games and could very well continue his streak at home vs. the Rockets.
New Orleans Hornets @ Utah Jazz:
The Jazz are coming off of an embarrassing 40-point blowout loss to the Houston Rockets and I’m guessing they’ll show up to play after healing their misery with a night of the blues. Utah is a great home team and the Pelicans are a below average road team. Greivis Vasquez has been playing like someone tossed a package of Alka-Seltzer in his Gatorade. Wait, I guess that stuff kills Seagulls and not Pelicans? What’s the difference? What’s going to happen when the Pelicans face the Hawks? Concede maybe?
Daily Fantasy Strategy Pick #1: Greivis Vasquez – Greivis bounced back last night with 31 FP’s in a loss against the Lakers. His price was right under 10k and hasn’t changed tonight. It’s safe to assume he goes back to his nightly 27-32 FP’s giving him the “Nice Price”. You get some upside with him as well as Beavis can definitely rattle off 40 points on occasion.
Daily Fantasy Strategy Pick #2: Al Jefferson – Nerve shattering, brain battering, mind splattering, A ONE MAN DISASTER! I’m just kidding. He’s not the Human Tornado, but Big Al is going to bring vengeance tonight and the Pelicans have no way to stop him, short of tying him down and climbing all over him ala Gulliver’s Travel. Muggsy Bogues hasn’t been a Hornet for a long time so I think we’re safe to assume it’s not an option.
Los Angeles Lakers @ Phoenix Suns:
Steve Nash and his whip cream smooth hair return to Phoenix to blot out the Suns tonight. There’s the potential for a lot of gangster-type tension in a game featuring Michael Beasley (admittedly not the most gangster of names, perhaps better off in a children’s book?), Metta World Peace, and Jared Dudley. Will Elder Dwight keep the Peace in check or will the Double Dragon combo of Beas Lee and Dud Lee drive-by the Los Angeles Lakers with their newfound confidence?
Daily Fantasy Strategy Pick #1: Michael Beasley – Beas Lee has been playing well and coach says he’s earned more time. His price is drowning at the bottom of the fish tank so why don’t you hook it up and put him on your team?
Daily Fantasy Strategy Pick #2: Earl Clark – Underpriced and very capable of putting up 25-30 fantasy point nights is where you’ll find the Duke of Earl. Take full advantage while you still can.