NBA Thursday Monster

Today’s massive eleven-game slate has a handful of enticing matchups. The Oklahoma @ New Orleans game promises to be a ripper, with a 232 over/under and a point margin of only 2. We could also potentially see the league’s two best teams go head to head when the Raptors take on the Warriors (providing Kawhi is healthy). There are a ton of matchups to get everyone excited today, NBA fans and fantasy players alike, and I am expecting an exciting day of NBA action.

Point Guard

Kyle Lowry $7,900

Kyle Lowry bounced out of his form slump with a 41.5 fantasy point performance against the Clippers. If Kawhi Leonard misses again, Lowry will have the same added responsibility thrust upon him. It’s not an easy matchup against the Warriors, but if Leonard does miss then Lowry has to be heavily considered.

Kemba Walker $8,900

Kemba Walker really is in the form of his life, returning to his best after battling through a mild ankle sprain recently. Walker had 51.2 in only 30 minutes in his last game, returning back to form just in time for the Thursday Monster and a nice matchup against the Detroit Pistons.

Shooting Guard

Dennis Schroder $6,100

Shooting Guard is a little thin today, but Dennis Schroder feels like a nice play against the Pelicans, who lack the perimeter depth to slow down all of the Oklahoma City Thunders weapons. Assuming Jrue Holiday takes Russ. it’s very likely he slows him down. That will leave additional opportunities for Schroder and also Paul George to take advantage of the lesser matchups and provide solid returns for fantasy players.

Small Forward

Paul George $9,100

As I was saying, the Pelicans probably don’t have anyone even close to capable of containing Paul George (outside of Holiday). If you also consider the incredible form that George has been in, he feels very likely to go for another big fantasy score today. George is averaging 52 fantasy points per game over his last three and is playing like a superstar without quite having the price of one. This should be a great play against one of the league’s five worst forward defenses.

Cedi Osman $5,200

Cedi Osman has been consistent and reliable for about 10 games now. Well actually, it’s been 12 games since Cedi was cemented as the starter and he hasn’t done much to dissuade fantasy players from taking him at this price. He’s hit 20 or more in almost every game and he is consistently playing 30-40 minutes a game for the Cavs. With a great matchup against the Knicks, Cedi should hopefully exceed his consistent form and finally provide a nice return for fantasy players in today’s Thursday Monster.

Power Forward

Luka Doncic $7,500

Lukamania is in full swing in Dallas and around the NBA, The Rookie of the Year front runner has all of the poise of a veteran and after being touted as a franchise changer, he has certainly not disappointed so far. Doncic looks special, and he already has the moves and the confidence of a veteran superstar at just 19 years old. Today he lines up against the Atlanta Hawks, who are one of the worst defensive teams in the league. Not only that, but I believe he will have some added incentive going up against Trae Young who is one of the few players still somewhat in the rookie of the year race. Doncic will want to cement the gap between the two, so I am predicting a big game from the young Slovenian star.

Larry Nance Jr $6,100

Larry Nance Jr has put together two very strong 36.9 and 33.4 fantasy point performances in his last two games. Nance is one of the Cavs young players who has been gifted more minutes and more opportunities since they starting leaning into the tank. Nance loves to take advantage of easy buckets, and against the Knicks there should be plenty on offer today.

Centre

Joel Embiid $10,700

Joel Embiid had 54.4 fantasy points last time the Sixers and Nets met. That should come as no surprise, as the Nets are the best matchup for opposition centres in the league. Embiid has been in a bit of a slump since the Butler trade, but there’s no time like the present to jump out of it. With the league’s best matchup and hopefully a comfortable win for the Sixers, this game seems like a great opportunity for the team to feed the big man and get him back to his best. Embiid is the type of personality that needs to be catered to and this matchup presents a great opportunity to do that.