Russell Westbrook has re-emerged as a Fantasy superstar
There are nine games in the National Basketball Association on Sunday, March 9, with seven evening games (6pm ET or later). The Miami-Chicago (1:00pm ET) and Oklahoma City-L.A. Lakers (3:30pm ET) games are nationally televised on ABC. The Detroit-Boston (6:00pm ET) and Phoenix-Golden State (9:00pm ET) games are nationally televised on NBATV.
(FanDuel.com salaries in parentheses)
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Ty Lawson, PG, Denver ($8700 at NO): Lawson has three games under his belt since returning from injury, and he has been a Fantasy dynamo. Lawson is averaging 27.0 PPG with 11.7 APG, 4.7 RPG and 2.0 SPG during the impressive three-game span, posting 56.3 Fantasy points on two of those occasions. The Pelicans have allowed 104 or more points in six of their past seven games, so Lawson and company will have another strong outing in this one.
Russell Westbrook, PG, Oklahoma City ($8700 at LAL): In seven games since returning from injury, Westbrook has gone for 25 or more Fantasy points in each contest. However, over the past five games, he has really started to re-emerge as the superstar he was before his knee injury. In fact, over the past two games, he is almost averaging a triple-double, going for 24.5 PPG, 11.5 APG and 9.5 RPG with 3.5 SPG. He has 34.9 or more Fantasy points in each game during the impressive five-game span.
Tyreke Evans, SG, New Orleans ($7200 vs DEN): Evans has been a scoring machine, averaging 25.3 PPG with 8.7 APG and 7.0 RPG over his past three outings, going for 42.3 or more Fantasy points in each game. It's hard to believe that the Nuggets will be the team to slow him down, as Denver gives up 105.6 points per game, third-worst in the NBA.
Kevin Martin, SG, Minnesota ($5700 vs TOR): Martin has been back for four games, and he has 24.7 or more Fantasy points in three of his outings, which is pretty respectable at this price level. The Raptors actually have a pretty decent defense, but they have allowed 101 or more points in three of their past five road outings. Martin should be good for 24-28 Fantasy points, making him a nice mid-level option.
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Caron Butler, SF, Oklahoma City ($4500 at LAL): Butler faces a very favorable matchup against a Lakers team defense which has been terrible this season. He got off to a slow start Tuesday in his first game with the Thunder, but was much better in Phoenix Thursday, going for 14 points with a rebound and assist in 29 minutes. His playing time and responsibilities will only continue to improve, and he should find a lot more room to score against the awful Lakers defense.
Ryan Kelly, SF, L.A. Lakers ($3700 at OKC): Kelly had been going along posting mediocre stat line after mediocre stat line since mid-February, and then he exploded for 24 points, 11 rebounds and 41.7 Fantasy points Friday in Denver. Kelly likely bought himself a much bigger role for Sunday's tilt in OKC.
Dobish's Lineup at FanDuel.com
|PG||Ty Lawson||DEN||$8700||SG||Tyreke Evans||NO||$7200||PF||LaMarcus Aldridge||POR||$9300|
|PG||Russell Westbrook||OKC||$8700||SF||Ryan Kelly||LAL||$3700||PF||Dirk Nowitzki||DAL||$7500|
|SG||Kevin Martin||MIN||$5700||SF||Caron Butler||OKC||$4500||C||Timofey Mozgov||DEN||$4000|
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