Friday only offers a small, four-game slate this week, but there’s still plenty of fantasy potential. The Warriors/Thunder and the Kings/Mavs games should both be high scoring games, and the hapless Phoenix Suns come up against the in-form Miami Heat. Unfortunately, the Pelicans drew the short straw and are coming up against the Spurs, but even that matchup is expected to reach upwards of 200 points.
For the smaller slate today, I have decided to look at each matchup individually and break down each teams strengths and weakness. Based on the preview, I will then provide some must play’s and some players to consider.
Sacramento Kings @ Dallas Mavericks
The Dallas Mavericks come up against the Sacramento Kings on Friday, with the total set at 220.5.
This game should be high scoring, and a handful of Dallas Mavericks will see a nice boost in value coming up against the league’s highest paced team. The Kings are top ten in fantasy points allowed at all positions (except for center), and with Rudy Gay out on Friday, they are especially weak on the wing.
In comparison, the Dallas Mavericks aren’t a top ten matchup at any position, and they play at the league’s 23rd ranked pace – which could decrease the value of any Kings player you were considering.
Chandler Parsons ($6,700), SF
Chandler Parsons has been in fantastic form recently, and it appears he is no longer under-priced. However, in this favourable matchup against the Kings, Parsons looks to be the Mavericks player most capable of taking advantage.
Wes Matthews ($4,500), SG
Wes Matthews has great form and an excellent price for this matchup. He’s averaging 26 fantasy points over his last five games, and this is an exceptionally favourable matchup against the Kings. As he rounds back into form, you have to play him at this price.
Players to Consider:
DeMarcus Cousins, ($11,300), PF
San Antonio Spurs @ New Orleans Pelicans
The San Antonio Spurs and the New Orleans Pelicans face off on Friday in a game that doesn’t look promising for fantasy players. Both teams will be playing on the second night of a back-to-back, and neither team has any projected lineup changes to take advantage of. However, the total is predicted at 207, which seems high for a Spurs game.
The Spurs are the worst fantasy matchup in the league, so it’s difficult to suggest a Pelican player in this one.
On the other side of the ball, the Pelicans allow plenty of fantasy points to both guards and bigs, so it’s very tempting to slide some Spurs players into your lineup.
In my opinion, the Spurs are a difficult team to predict, but if you expect this game to stay close then, a few players should come into consideration.
Players to Consider:
LaMarcus Aldridge ($7,200), PF, Kawhi Leonard, ($8,200), SF, Norris Cole, ($5,100), PG
Phoenix Suns @ Miami Heat
The Phoenix Suns are dreadful, so it’s not surprising that the Heat are favoured by 13.5 points at home in this matchup. The line for this one is set at 209.5, which isn’t an outrageously high-scoring game, but there are plenty of good matchups to take advantage of.
The Suns are awful at defending every position except for center, so many Heat players should be considered. And even though the Heat are one of the league’s best defenses, the increased roles for bargain players on the Suns makes a handful of their players nice selections as well.
Mirza Teletovic ($5,100), C
Mirza Teletovic is averaging 27.3 over his last five games and suggesting him paid off for me last week, so I am doing it again. In the past week, Mirza has scored 40.7 against the Nets, 28.9 against the Grizzlies, and 21.7 against Charlotte, so he should be heavily considered on Friday.
Players to consider:
Goran Dragic, ($7,100), PG. Dwyane Wade ($6,700), SG. Amare Stoudemire ($3,500) PF. Hassan Whiteside, ($9,000) C. Alex Len ($5,400), C
Oklahoma City @ Golden State Warriors
In the game of the day, the Oklahoma City Thunder get another chance against the reigning champs, but this time, they are on the road and the second night of a back-to-back. Understandably the line is at 7.5, which could be a little low given the Warriors record at home, but the matches between these two teams have been great in the past.
Steph Curry is a game-time decision with the ankle sprain he suffered in the last game against the Thunder, but he should be expected to play considering how important this one is to the Warriors hopes at 73. If Steph does play, there’s no doubt we will see fireworks, and he should always be considered.
The Thunder destroyed the Warriors on the glass in the last matchup, so look for their bigs to take advantage of that one again, which brings Adams, Kanter and Ibaka into consideration.
With the potential for late game heroics, all of the elites should score well in this one, it’s just a matter of choosing your favourite. Personally, I like Kevin Durant, just because he has a point to prove after throwing the game away in the last 15 seconds of the match in Oklahoma (literally). There’s also the added bonus that no one can guard him.
Kevin Durant, ($11,200), SF.
Like I said, Kevin Durant has a point to prove in this one. He played well against the Warriors last time, but ultimately cost his team the game. While the two brain fades don’t age well, the Warriors didn’t seem to have a match for Durant defensively. If you combine that with the lack of elite small forward options today, I think you almost have to spend up on Durant.
Players to Consider:
Steph Curry, ($11,900), PG. Russell Westbrook, ($11,800), PG. Steven Adams, ($4,700), C. Serge Ibaka, ($6,100), PF.