NBA Bargains –12/19/16

There are not many value options jumping out on this five game schedule, however, as we have seen time and again, that can change in an instant.  It could be tricky working in Russell Westbrook today with any dramatic changes in players’ status.

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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Point Guards

Ricky Rubio – MIN vs PHX – It would appear that Ricky Rubio is back in the good graces of coach Tom Thibodeau having played 28+ minutes in each of his last nine games.  While he is a better bargain on FantasyDraft/DraftKings, he is fairly priced on FanDuel as well.  Rubio always has upside, but it is entirely dependent on him actually shooting the ball.  Tournaments only for this recommendation.

Rajon Rondo – CHI vs DET – The recent game log is pretty scary, but a lot of that is because the Milwaukee Bucks owned the Bulls in back-to-back games winning 108-97 in Milwaukee and then crushing Chicago on their home court 95-69 on Saturday night.  Rondo is another solid second-tier player we can consider for tournaments on Monday in his matchup against the Pistons.

Shooting Guard

Gary Harris – DEN vs DAL – Harris will be one of the more popular plays on Monday because the salary algorithms are not adjusting well with him having sat out for a month with a foot injury.  In his last two games back he is averaging 31.0mpg, 17.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.0apg and 2.0 combined blocks/steals.  We can follow The Masses tonight with this strong value play.

Devin Booker – PHO at MIN – With his sophomore season being an up-and-down campaign, it appears that Booker is regaining his shooting touch and learning to deal with more opponents double-teaming him when he gets the ball on the perimeter.  This game has the highest point total of the slate at 214.5 so we will want to make sure we have a couple players from this matchup.

Anthony Morrow – OKC vs ATL – If Victor Oladipo sits out, whomever is replacing him in the starting lineup for the Thunder becomes an intriguing value option on a night where it is sorely lacking (at least as of this writing Monday morning).

Small Forward

Jerami Grant and Andre Roberson – OKC vs ATL – Much like Anthony Morrow, there could be a minutes boost to this duo if Victor Oladipo misses tonight’s game.

C.J. Miles and Glenn Robinson III – MIL vs WAS – With Rodney Stuckey and Monta Ellis both likely to sit out Monday’s matchup with the Wizards, this pair warrants some consideration, particularly on FanDuel where we need to roster two small forwards.

. Power Forward

Taj Gibson – CHI vs DET – Gibson is a solid player who rarely disappoints, but who also has capped upside since he typically never scores more than 27 fantasy points (just eight times in twenty-five games this season).  He has fared well against Detroit, with metronome like consistency over the last four meetings with 24, 25, 30, 21 fantasy points.

Markieff Morris – WAS at IND – It seems that Markieff Morris is forever in a good spot because on paper he matches up well with most power forwards in the Eastern Conference.  Sadly, they still have to actually play the games.  Because he has so many dud performances, Morris generally is at an appealing price point and he does have forty fantasy point upside, much like he demonstrated on Sunday in the Wizards surprise victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.  On the downside is the actual downside, with Morris failing to surpass twenty fantasy points in ten of his twenty-five games this season.  Yes, it is looking like we will be back aboard this death train to hell.  The support group will be meeting in the usual spot at 9:00pm ET tonight.

Center

Robin Lopez – CHI vs DET – We have seen RoLo’s price slipping back down to where he makes an appealing play against the Pistons.  In his last four meetings with Detroit (including three games while with the Knicks) he is averaging 34.1mpg, 16.5ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.8apg and 3.0 combined blocks/steals.  He should be a lock tonight for at least 20 fantasy points with the ability to reach the thirty fantasy point plateau if everything goes his way.

Steven Adams – OKC vs ATL – Over his last half dozen games, Adams has produced at least 24 fantasy points in five of those contests.  The Thunder will need him to bang with Dwight Howard in the paint tonight and he should be able to flirt with a double double, which is what he did two weeks ago in Atlana.

Good Luck Gamers! ~ EMac