NBA Thursday Monster

Today’s twelve-game slate has a lot of fantasy potential. The day promises big names, fast games, high scores and plenty of money to be won in today’s daily fantasy contests. If you’re interested in claiming your share of the prize money today, here’s a couple of names to start with.

Point Guard

Kyrie Irving $9,000

Kyrie Irving is averaging just over 48 fantasy points per game over his last three games. The matchups have all been great, including Washington and Atlanta, but that bodes well with another great matchup against Phoenix tomorrow. Irving has both the form and matchup to make him a great play in both fantasy formats tomorrow.

Russell Westbrook $11,400

It’s hard to ignore point guards in high scoring matchups, but it’s especially hard to ignore Westbrook, who perhaps does more with possessions than anyone. Russ thrives in high octane games, grabbing boards, dishing dimes, jumping the passing lanes and scoring in transition. Tomorrow’s game should be a great matchup for Russ, especially with a little something to prove against the up and coming De’Aaron Fox.

Shooting Guard

James Harden $11,600

This is a big call, given we are talking about an MVP, but James Harden might be in the best form of his life. The Beard has averaged 43 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists over the last three games while leading the Rockets to a three game win streak. If they have any hope of securing a top 4 seed and home court (which is what they will be shooting for), then Harden will need to continue his incredible run of form. He’s carrying the Rockets at the moment and with a great matchup against the Wizards tomorrow it seems very likely that that form will continue.

Jrue Holiday $8,900

Jrue Holiday has had a quieter run over the last five games, but I feel that I need to have some ball handling representation in the New Orleans vs Milwaukee game. The pace is fast, with a 233 over/under and the matchup for Jrue is decent.

Small Forward

Paul George $9,400

Paul George has truly been playing like a super star this season, averaging 25 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists per game. He’s playing at a level where it’s almost 1A and 1B with him and Russ and it’s showing for the Thunder and their record this season. OKC has been one of the league’s best teams, sitting at 19-10 which is good for third in the Western Conference. With a great matchup and a huge 235 Over/Under tomorrow both the Thunders 1A and 1B seem primed for huge games.

Moe Harkless $4,500

Harkless has been extremely consistent of late without too much of an increase in salary, He doesn’t appear to have a high ceiling, but his floor is extremely high for a guy under $5K. Over his last 4 games he has scored 24.2, 23.3, 14.8 and 24.3 fantasy points, which makes him a great value reliable option that will allow you to take a swing on one of the bigger names.

Power Forward

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson $5,900

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has been in great form with just over 33 fantasy points per game over his last three. RHJ has seen over thirty minutes in two of those games and collected 17 rebounds across the two contests. Rondae’s rebounding gives him a very nice floor, and his ability to score, drop dimes and play in the lanes is what gives him enough upside to take a chance on in today’s Thursday Monster.

Daniel Theis $4,400 (PF)/ Aron Baynes $4,000 (C)

This is a bit of a two-for-one deal, depending on who you think might get the minutes against Phoenix today. You could almost slide both in, as they have been splitting minutes pretty evenly of late. Theis has been performing better lately, but Baynes has also had some strong form this season. Either way, both of these guys present a great opportunity to take advantage of Phoenix, Ayton, and one of the league’s worst centre defenses.

Centre

Clint Capela $8,400

With the Wizards ineptitude against guards, it’s a surprise they haven’t conceded more fantasy points to opposition centres. They’ve still been bottom ten in the league, but they haven’t been the tyre fire you’d expect. However, against a tandem like Chris Paul and James Harden who do a lot of their damage throwing lobs to the big guy, I expect Capela to reap a lot of the rewards as the Rockets look to grab their fourth straight today.