There are only three games tonight, but there's plenty of ways to win. Our NBA fantasy expert dishes his daily advice.
You know the drill on Thursday. There are only three games, but thanks to it being a national television night, there are plenty of star players packed into the slate. The biggest names are Stephen Curry, LeBron James, Blake Griffin and DeMarcus Cousins, and you can fit any combination of two of them into your lineups tonight, depending on how you fill in the spots around those anchors. For the record, we like the Curry-James pairing best. You don’t need advice at the top of the food chain from us, however. Here’s how to build around a two-star lineup on Thursday.
All prices are courtesy of FanDuel and based on a $60,000 budget.
PG: Jerryd Bayless ($4,400) @ CLE: Bayless has been the Bucks’ starter of late, and that should continue so long as he’s playing like the team’s best point guard. He has played at least 28 minutes in each of his last eight games, and after a rough start while getting extended time, he has really turned it around. In his last five games, he’s averaging just shy of 30 fantasy points.
SG: Klay Thompson ($6,400) @ LAC: Thompson is still finding his stroke from behind the arc, but he has had a couple encouraging performances in the last week. Despite a back ailment, he has also averaged 34 minutes across his last seven games. The Clippers have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points per game to shooting guards, and this game comes with a hefty 212.5 over/under.
SF: Justise Winslow ($3,700) vs. SAC: Whenever you roster two five-figure players—like Curry and James—you need to find some extreme savings. Winslow can provide that, especially when you consider he has averaged more than 30 minutes in his last eight games. You typically need about 0.0045 points per dollar from all of your players to compete. That means Winslow will provide good value if he scores 16.6 points, a number he has hit six times in those eight games.
PF: Chris Bosh ($7,900) vs. SAC: Bosh threw up a dud his last time out, but he had been on a roll before that, averaging 39.4 fantasy points per game in a six-game stretch. The over/under on this game is 200.5 and the Kings have surrendered the ninth-most fantasy points per game to power forwards.
C: DeAndre Jordan ($7,600) vs. GS: Going after Curry and James precludes us from the biggest names at center, Cousins and Hassan Whiteside. Jordan is second in the NBA with 12.9 rebounds per game, trailing only the otherworldly Andre Drummond (18.9). He’s a near lock for a double-double and his season average of 32.3 fantasy points per game every night, especially in one that will be as fast paced as Warriors-Clippers.