NBA Bargains 11/25/2016 Happy Leftovers Day! Hope everyone has a nicely stocked fridge since we are going to need our strength to make it through a day where every team is playing a game. There is a random 1pm ET early game with San Antonio heading to Boston to take on the Celtics, then the fourteen game “main” slate tips off at 7pm ET with several giant tournaments.
As always, more information will be released by the teams closer to tip-off, but this should give us plenty of discounted options to work with in the meantime.
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Guards Jamal Murray – DEN vs OKC – The rookie from the University of Kentucky has been on a three game tear with nearly 27 minutes per game and just over 30 fantasy points per game. Even better, in two of the last three games he has played the entire fourth quarter with Emmanuel Mudiay being mostly relegated to bench duty. The DFS world has not yet caught on to this potential changing of the guard (pun intended) so we can use this to our advantage tonight.
Jerryd Bayless – PHI vs CHI – Now that he is healthy, Bayless has already asserted himself as the backup point guard in his first two games post-injury and there is a good chance he will be the lead facilitator by next week. Current starter Sergio Rodriguez did not play after the mid-point of the third quarter while Bayless actually played every minute of both overtime periods on Wednesday. He is a fine discount option in all formats tonight and if Rodriguez is still starting, he will be an off-the-radar play on this fourteen game slate.
Andrew Harrison – MEM vs MIA – Though the pace will not likely be what it was on Wednesday against Philadelphia, Harrison is well positioned to succeed against the Miami Heat. With Tony Allen in some foul trouble, the youngster played every minute of the game from the mid-third quarter through both overtimes. He is an intriguing near minimum priced punt option even on this extra-large game set.
Jose Calderon – LAL vs GSW – Even with Jordan Clarkson on the roster, it was Jose Calderon who got the nod to replace D’Angelo Russell who will be out for the next two weeks after receiving a platelet rich injection in his weakened knee. If Calderon continues to draw the starting nod, he is in play on the late slate as an extreme discount punt on any site where he is still at the minimum price point.
Zach LaVine – MIN at PHO – While he is not quite a true bargain play, he is discounted enough that it is worth mentioning Zach Attack in this matchup against the Phoenix Suns who have struggled against opposing shooting guards this season.
Tony Allen – MEM vs MIA – Allen has been in foul trouble the last two games, but with all the injuries to the Grizzlies, he will get as many minutes as he can coax out of his legs in a time share with teammate Vince Carter.
Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams LAL vs GSW – Both Lakers shooting guards along with teammate Nick Young (who is listed as a small forward on some sites) are in play with D’Angelo Russell out of action and Julius Randle listed as questionable for this matchup against the Warriors. Even though we just saw them lose to the ‘Dubs on the road by 43 points on Wednesday, this is a young team that is fearless and there are still plenty of fantasy points to go around if their two best players both miss tonight’s game. Keep an eye on Young who did suffer a sprained left toe in Wednesday night’s game and could be a late scratch or on limited minutes.
James Johnson – MIA at ME – Once again Justise Winslow is already ruled out for tonight’s game, which should give “Neck Tat” a pathway to 25-30 minutes of action against one of his many former teams.
Robert Covington – PHI vs CHI – Finally! Bobby C. had a good shooting night splashing four of seven from long range. They only thing keeping him from 28-30 minutes per game is poor shooting, which also has suppressed his price tag. He is in play for tournaments across the industry tonight.
Jeff Green – ORL vs WAS – If he is getting the start, Green is in play as an extreme discount dandy against the Wizards who continue to struggle against wings and they could be missing Otto Porter this evening as he is dealing with a sore hip.
Thaddeus Young – IND vs BKN – Young is in play against his former team and while he rarely exceeds 30 fantasy points, he does have a solid floor for “H2H format” contests.
Larry Nance Jr – LAL vs GSW – Nance disappointed everyone with just 18 minutes against the Warriors in Golden State on Wednesday, but that was mostly because he picked up four fouls. Putting that in perspective, in the three previous games he played 96 combined minutes without a single foul. Of course he did have 13 total fouls in the three games prior to that. This is just something that we want to be cognizant of since he is going to be an incredibly popular play tonight for the short-handed Lakers.
Ed Davis – POR vs NOP – Depending on your site of choice, Davis may be listed as a power forward or center. If he is getting the start on Friday against the Pelicans, he is in play as someone with the ability to flirt with a double double in any game where he sees 20+ minutes. He drew the start in the last meeting between these two teams on November 18th, though it remains to be seen if he will again so watch for any news.
Terrence Jones – NOP at POR – Sticking in the same game, we can look to Jones regardless of his starting status as a discounted option since he should pick up an additional 5-7 minutes as one of the replacements stepping into the void left by Dante Cunningham who will be out for the next month plus with a knee injury.
Enes Kanter, Steven Adams, Nikola Jokic and Jusuf Nurkic – OKC at DEN – This should be a fun matchup with all of these BIGs squaring off. Surprisingly it has been Enes Kanter who has had the most success in this matchup with 30+ fantasy points in five of the last six meetings between these two teams. A lot has changed with the make, rotations and roles for the frontcourts of both teams, but each of these four is in play for a double double on Friday night and they are all reasonably priced across the industry.
Mason Plumlee – POR vs NOP – This is going to be a great game to watch with the projected 219.0 point total and just one week ago, Plumdog hung 13 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists on these same Pelicans in New Orleans.
Good Luck Gamers! ~ EMac