Wednesday’s NBA slate features many potential high-scoring games
There are 12 games in the National Basketball Association on Wednesday, Feb. 5. The Portland-New York (8:00pm ET) and Miami-L.A. Clippers (10:30pm ET) games are nationally televised on ESPN.
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*** - For tonight's NBA slate, Vegas has six of the 12 games with a 'total' of 207 or greater. If you're unfamiliar with 'over' and 'under', that's OK. However, oddsmakers set a total for bettors on the total number of points in a game. That being said, Vegas is predicting at least six of the games tonight will be high-scoring affairs. High point totals obviously mean high Fantasy points. Some of you already know this, and it is rather basic. However, I am surprised at people I meet along the way who still get confused by spreads and totals.
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Goran Dragic, PG, Phoenix ($8600 at HOU): Dragic will be facing a Houston Rockets team which allows 101.4 points per game, which ranks 19th in the NBA. Regardless of the opposition, Dragic has shined lately, posting 30.9 or more Fantasy points in seven straight, and nine of the past 10. That includes 42.1 Fantasy points against Indiana's lockdown defense in Indianapolis Jan. 30. He is a solid start, and rarely will be let you down.
Rudy Gay, SF, Sacramento ($8300 vs TOR): Gay gets his first crack at his former team. Sure, it is Air Jordan facing the Bulls as a member of the Washington Wizards, but he might play with a little added fervor in this one. He has managed 50 or more Fantasy points in two of his past three outings, so he has a high ceiling and added incentive for a big stat line. As long as he doesn't force the issue and press too hard, he should have a strong evening.
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Luol Deng, SF, Cleveland ($6500 vs LAL): Deng has been playing well, going for 18.3 PPG, 7.7 RPG and 2.0 SPG over his past three outings. He managed at least 28.2 Fantasy points in each of the three games on the road trip, and now he faces a very favorable matchups against the leaky defense of the banged up Lakers. Deng should go off.
Rajon Rondo, PG, Boston ($6300 at PHI): Rondo (knee) missed the Jan. 29 meeting with the defensively challenged 76ers to rest, as it was the second of a back-to-back situation, and the team has been sitting him to rest his surgically repaired knee. The 76ers allow an NBA-worst 109.9 points per game, so Rondo and his Celtics teammates should roll up some nice numbers.
Manny Harris, SG, L.A. Lakers ($3800 at CLE): Harris' second 10-day contract is up, meaning the team will have to re-sign him for the remainder of the season. So check back before finalizing your roster. However, that 'should' happen, as he dropped 19 points with eight rebounds and 31.1 Fantasy points in Tuesday's game at Minnesota following an injury to SG Jodie Meeks (ankle). Harris has proven valuable to the Lakers, and it is hard to envision them not wanting to bring back a player who has actually been effective.
Chris Kaman, C, L.A. Lakers ($4200 at CLE): Kaman re-emerged as a useful daily Fantasy option in Tuesday's game in Minnesota with PF/C Pau Gasol (groin) sidelined. He racked up nine points, three boards and a blocked shot with a steal. While he had just 14.1 Fantasy points, it is a start. He hadn't even seen the court since mid-January. If you're looking for a cheap option in the middle, Captain Kaman and C Robert Sacre ($3500) are too inexpensive options that should exceed salary expectations.
Robert Sacre, C, L.A. Lakers ($3500 at CLE): Sacre played 31 minutes in Tuesday's game at Minnesota, and figures to see a good chunk of playing time until after the All-Star break with Gasol (groin) sidelined. Sacre turned in 24.3 Fantasy points Tuesday with 14 points, four boards and a swat.
VEGAS FACT OF THE NIGHT
While Vegas has set a line of 212 for the Phoenix-Houston game tonight, it might not necessarily hit the level. The under has cashed in 13 of Phoenix's past 16 road games against a team with a winning home record, and is 10-1 in their past 11 road games against a team with a home winning percentage over .600. For Houston, the under is 3-0-1 in their past four home games, and 4-1-1 in their past six overall. And in this series, the under has connected in seven of the past 10 meetings, and five of the past six in H-Town. So while their might be a lot of offense, 212 or more points might be a stretch based on trends.
Dobish's Lineup at FanDuel.com
|PG||Rajon Rondo||BOS||$6300||SG||Giannis Antetokuonmpo||MIL||$4000||PF||Carmelo Anthony||NYK||$10200|
|PG||Goran Dragic||PHO||$8600||SF||Rudy Gay||SAC||$8300||PF||Terrence Jones||HOU||$6900|
|SG||Nick Young||LAL||$5700||SF||Luol Deng||CLE||$6500||C||Robert Sacre||LAL||$3500|
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