NBA DFS Picks: Death by Durantula
NBA DFS Picks: Death by Durantula
It's Friday, I'm cold and I had to take the bus to work. Instead of injecting you with my own misery, I've decided to instead let you turn to a time before today (insert nostalgic trance). Now that you've taken a trip back, rejoice with the NBA2K10 All-Star team I've listed below.
PG: Chris Paul
First things first, I don't think I've used Chris Paul at all this season. Maybe it's the West Coast thing, or the fact that I'm worried Blake Griffin will punch him, I'm not really sure. Anyway, there is no reason to fear tonight as Paul will lead his team into a battle with the other team in Los Angeles. The Lakers will be playing their second game in as many nights after falling pretty easily to the Bulls last night, and while I don't expect them to put up much a fight the lack of Blake Griffin might marginally increase the chances of a “closish” game. CP3 is a facilitator, but without Griffin, he'll be called upon to do more of the scoring and as a result, he'll see a favorable usage increase in tonight's game. Couple all of this with the fact that the Lakers are a collectively one large sieve on defense, and you've got yourself a pretty solid matchup. I should just write up the entire Clippers lineup, but well, what fun would that be?
SG: CJ McCollum
The two is such a boring position for DFS. There is James Harden and then Jimmy Butler...and then a huge drop...and then everyone else. Harden is on the slate tonight, but I don't want to force feed you the revenge game narrative, so I'll slide a cheaper suggestion your way with CJ. In his first full season as a starter, things have gone pretty well for McCollum, who has carved out a 27% usage rate alongside Dame Lillard. No, his defense certainly won't lead to offense like Butler, but he will put up shots, and plenty of them. Per 36 minutes this year, McCollum has averaged 18.8 field goal attempts, with more than a third of those coming from beyond the three-point arc. His shooting ability is his best attribute, but he doesn't completely abstain from collecting peripheral statistics as he will chip in with enough assists and rebounds to give you a fighting chance should he not be hitting shots.
SF: Kevin Durant
Do people still call him “Durantula?” If not, I'm sort of upset. Durant and Westbrook are the best. I imagine them as some sort of super duo, a la Freak the Mighty, but even freakier and mightier. The Thunder will play host to the Houston Rockets tonight and that means good things for DFS purposes. The game currently has a total sitting at 222 (WOWZA) with the Thunder giving eight points to the Rockets. The Rockets haven't been a team that has relied on any semblance, so it's fun to get excited thinking about what Durant can do to their team. Throw in the extra fuel of a James Harden revenge game narrative and you've got a whole lot of popcorn eating gifs. I could bark on about his usage, or this or that, but just take a look at some of his recent games - he's playing like Durant. Just use the guy, this one should be fun.
PF: Chris Bosh
Hear me out. Please. I know the Heat are a huge trap for DFS thanks to their slow play, but they are starting Dwyane Wade, Bosh and a bunch of guys that probably shouldn't be starting (sorry Luol Deng). As a result of the lack of weapons, Bosh's value becomes a tad bit inflated, because, well, someone has to score. Bosh has seen a decrease in his overall usage rate this season, but he's managed to increase both his defensive rebound and assist rates to equal it out. Tonight's game comes in a prime matchup with a pretty atrocious Milwaukee frontcourt (one that has been torched by PF's all season long) so despite the low total and other appetizing totals around the league, I'm still in favor of Bosh. Consider, that on a night with plenty of games, you'll need to differentiate a bit to take down some tournaments - Bosh could be your guy.
Two of five ain't bad Clippers ain't bad, eh? Jordan is the other Clipper that gets a significant boost in offensive efficiency with no Blake Griffin on the court. Pro tip: Blake won't be on the court tonight. With more minutes and offensive chances out there, plus a matchup with the Lakers, DeAndre should be worth every penny, with a fairly significant upside given that he merely averages a double-double (plus a couple blocks a game). I'm hoping the Lakers can play up for their big NBATV showdown tonight, keeping the game close just means more fantasy points for Jordan. GO LAKERS!
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