Monday’s Daily Fantasy Basketball Pregame Update
There are 10 games in the National Basketball Association Monday, March 24, with the Portland-Miami (7:30pm ET) game televised nationally on NBATV.
(FanDuel.com salaries listed in parentheses)
Bobcats PG Gary Neal ($4000) (knee) was dealing with a sore knee Saturday, which was the reason he was sidelined in the second half over the weekend. The Charlotte Observer reports Neal is feeling much better, and he could return for Monday's game in Charlotte. Still, there is a lot of risk, and he doesn't play that many minutes. It's best for Fantasy owners to avoid him for now.
FUN FACT - Did you know the Bobcats have won nine of their past 10 home games?
Swingman Francisco Garcia (personal) is away from the team due to personal reasons, and he is OUT for tonight's game in Charlotte. ... Also, head coach Kevin McHale told the Houston Chronicle that it's "not for sure," but that he "thinks" C Dwight Howard ($8800) (ankle) will play in Charlotte. There is still just too much uncertainty, and Daily Fantasy owners are best served staying away.
Heat C Greg Oden ($3500) will return to the starting lineup for Monday's game against Portland, his former team. However, the most you can expect from Oden is 12-14 minutes with a handful of points and maybe a couple of rebounds and a blocked shot or two. The high end of his Fantasy potential is likely 12 to 16 points, so be careful not to overvalue him due to his starting status. ... Heat SG Dwyane Wade (ankle) is considered doubtful to play vs. Portland due to his ankle sprain. He missed Saturday's game, and that means both Gs Ray Allen ($4300) and Toney Douglas ($3500) are likely to pick up more minutes and Fantasy appeal. Allen is particularly attractive, even if he doesn't start.
NEW ORLEANS PELICANS
Pelicans G Eric Gordon ($4900) (knee) is dealing with left knee tendinitis, and he is a question mark to play in Monday's game against the Nets, according to NBA.com. If you're looking for a low-priced guard option, go another way.
PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS
Blazers PF/C LaMarcus Aldridge (back) will not play in Monday's game in Miami. It's great news for Daily Fantasy owners of PF Thomas Robinson ($4200), who is averaging 7.3 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 2.0 APG and 1.0 SPG over his past three games. It's not great, but he has averaged 19.6 Fantasy points per game during the solid three-game span. ... SF Victor Claver ($3500) is also likely to see some additional playing time with Aldridge out again. He has played 35 total minutes over the past two games, total 22.3 Fantasy points. He is a low-end buy if you need salary relief, but he won't likely see more than 15 Fantasy points. ... SF Dorell Wright ($4000) might be the best play of the trio of Blazers forward seeing more time with Aldridge out. Wright has 10 or more points in five of his past six games, at least four rebounds in each outing, and he is facing his former team in Miami. Wright has 24.2 or more Fantasy points in each of his past two outings.
Tonight's matchups (average points per game allowed in parantheses)
Houston (101.9 ppg) at Charlotte (97.1 ppg)
Phoenix (102.9 ppg) at Atlanta (102.3 ppg) - might see 210 total points, or plenty of Fantasy production
Portland (103.5 ppg) at Miami (98.6 ppg)
Indiana (91.9 ppg) at Chicago (92.1 ppg) - two best defensive teams in NBA equal few Fantasy points
Minnesota (103.5 ppg) at Memphis (94.1 ppg) - Grizz far and away best defensive team in West
Brooklyn (98.9 ppg) at New Orleans (102.3 ppg)
Denver (105.8 ppg) at Oklahoma City (99.4 ppg)
Philadelphia (110.0 ppg) at San Antonio (97.6 ppg) - 76ers are terrible, but Spurs could rest if it's a blowout
Detroit (103.9 ppg) at Utah (101.2 ppg) - could be an unexpected late-night Fantasy shootout
Milwaukee (103.4 ppg) at L.A. Clippers (100.4 ppg) - Clips could see bench early if this is a laugher
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