NBA $20,000 THURSDAY MONSTER SPECIAL

Wednesday’s two game slate was a great warmup, but the real season opener is this Thursdays slate. There’s a lot to look forward to with 11 games across the day. We have Jimmy Butler suiting up alongside Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. We have Luka Doncic and DeAndre Ayton playing their first NBA games (against each another). And most importantly we have $20,000 worth of prizes up for grabs in the Thursday Monster Special.

To help you get your season started in a winning way, here are a few guys to target in tomorrows slate of games.


Point Guard

Point guard looks like a place to save some cash in tomorrow’s slate. The big names can be found at other positions and there are a handful of guys who will play big minutes and are at bargain prices.

Patty Mills $4,800 looks set to fill a vital role for the Spurs, with all of their other point guards and ball handlers dropping like flies. Tony Parker and Manu Ginoblie are gone, and Dejounte Murray and Derrick White were unfortunately struck by the injury bug. Mills played a career high 25.7 minutes per game last year and may be set for an even bigger role. Mills comes into the season in good form, having 15 points (5-10 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 2-3 FT) while adding four assists, a rebound and a steal in 23 minutes off the bench during Friday’s preseason win over the Magic.

Frank Mason $3,500 started to find a role last season with the Kings and it looks like his hard work has been rewarded with the start in their seasoning opener. Mason contributes across a wide range of categories, so it feels like there’s less risk in picking a guy like him at this price. He isn’t reliant on his shot and he will play hard, the only concern is how many minutes he will. But being named as start, you have to assume the Kings have enough faith in him to give him the opportunity to play through any concerns. In his last preseason game he pitched in 16 points (7-13 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), eight assists, seven rebounds, one steal and one block across 30 minutes. Even half of that production would be a great return in tomorrow’s Thursday Monster.

Shooting Guard

James Harden $11,700  is rarely ever a bad fantasy option, but he might be an even better one in tomorrow’s season opener. The Rockets/Pelicans game has the days highest over/under at 228.5, which will make for plenty of possessions for one of the leagues highest usage players. The Pelicans and Jrue Holiday’s defense is a concern for Harden, but the pace of play makes him an attractive option.

Donovan Mitchell $8,100 had 13 points (4-6 FG, 3-5 3FG, 2-2 FT) to go with 3 assists in 18 minutes in the Jazz’s final preseason game. I know what you’re thinking, “it’s only preseason”. I know, but it’s also “only the Kings” and the Jazz have the Kings again tomorrow. Mitchell seems sure to put up a big Fantasy score against one of the league’s worst teams.

Joe Harris $4,100 will move into the Nets starting lineup thanks to a handful of injuries a whole host of players on Thursday. I can’t say with any certainty that I believe Harris will put up a big score, but he will have every opportunity which is enough to bet on at his price.

Small Forward

There are some great options at the minimum tomorrow that will help you make room for the big names

James Ennis $3,700 has looked great in preseason and should be a good fit starting at small forward for the Rockets tomorrow. Ennis will rebound, scrap for loose balls and take more threes than he’s used to. But most importantly he will run the floor in transition, which should mean at least a couple of easy baskets with two of the league’s best PGs running the show.

Chandler Parsons $3,500 is said to be in the best form of his tenure in Memphis. He looks healthier and he has been rewarded with the starting spot on opening night. He looked better than he’s looked in years on the court in this years preseason and his 11 points (4-7 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 1-1 FT), three assists, one rebound, and one steal in 23 minutes is just enough to give me confidence in him tomorrow at the minimum.

Giannis Antetokoumbpo $12,100 is worth every dollar. If you have the money to spend, you shouldn’t think twice about spending it on Giannis.

Power Forward

Power Forward is the day’s weakest position. Unlike other positions, a studs and duds approach won’t fit. But there are a few midrange options that should provide a nice return.

Kevin love $9,000 is the Cavs number one guy now. He may not be the same player he was a few years ago, but don’t be surprised if he looks more like Minnesota Kevin Love than he does LeBron and Kyrie’s third fiddle. Love can still score the ball from a number of areas and the Cavs will need him to do just that. Don’t be surprised if both Love and the Cavs are better than we all expect this year.

Centre

Only having one spot at centre makes this decision really difficult. Anthony Davis $12,500 feels like an obvious choice. As I mentioned before, the Houston/New Orleans game is predicted to be the highest paced game of the day. Davis will put up a monster score, but if the price tag is too hefty, there are a couple of other great options.

Rudy Gobert $9,000 will be too much for the Kings to handle in their season opener. In their last meeting he had 18 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 block in only 17 minutes. I think it’s realistic to expect him to better that performance tomorrow. The Kings don’t have a single centre who can slow Gobert down and their guards and forwards will be easy pickings for Gobert at the rim. Look for a dominant performance on both ends for Gobert and a massive fantasy score to go with it.