NBA Thoughts – 3/31/17

Coming off a couple nice days of recommendations here in ‘Thoughts’ (not that I’d ever toot my own horn) Editor’s Note: (Beep Beep!) we’ll look to keep it going tonight. As always during this time of year in NBA season, there will be a lot of players sitting out injured/resting, and we’ll need to plan our rosters accordingly. Let’s look at a few situations.



This is the game of the night, not because of the quality of basketball that will be played (it will be poor) but because of all the narratives and injuries in play. Of course, DeMarcus Cousins was traded to the Pelicans at the trade deadline for Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, and more, and one has to assume Cousins will be looking for some revenge in a cake home matchup tonight. Look for a big game from Cousins, though I assume nearly everyone playing DFS will be thinking along those same lines tonight. Still, it is hard to imagine him not being extra motivated for tonight’s game, and an extra motivated Cousins is certainly nothing to take lightly.

Cousins may be the play from the Pelican’s side of the ball here, but there are also several quality options from the Kings. Sitting out tonight for the Kings are Ty Lawson, Kosta Koufos, Aaron Afflalo, and Anthony Tolliver, joining the regular cast of Kings who are not taking the court at this time during the season. Where the Kings are really short is in the front court, where Tolliver’s absence is a bigger deal than most people will realize. It really leaves the Kings with just 3 players who can play the 4 and the 5: Skal Labissiere, Willie Cauley-Stein, and Georgios Papagiannis. When you consider how big the Pelicans play, playing a ton of minutes with both DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis on the floor, the Kings are going to be forced to match, and we should see 25+ minutes for each of the Kings big men. Given how cheap they are, they all make for outstanding plays even in this relatively tough matchup. I do prefer the cheaper Kings here, on FantasyDraft and DraftKings in order of my interest I would rank them in reverse-order of their price: Papagiannis, Labissiere, Cauley-Stein. That’s how I think they will finish in terms of delivering on a points-per-dollar basis.

Finally, don’t overlook Tyreke Evans here, who is also in a revenge game and should see big usage off the bench with the Kings not really having another good playmaker on their team outside of Darren Collison. Evans checks in at just $4,300 and should see 25+ minutes vs. the Pelicans backups. He should deliver a fantasy point per minute tonight with ease and that would certainly put him at value at this price tag.

Other Plays I like, in no particular order:

Brandan Wright, Zach Randolph, Tyler Johnson, Josh Richardson, Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Lou Williams, LeBron James, Steven Adams, Kemba Walker, Darren Collison, Gordon Hayward, Rudy Gobert

Let’s Get It!!! ~ DraftCheat