Happy actual HUGE NBA day! This slate is massive. I’m going to fire up a new format here, cheat sheet style for bigger slates. Players marked in GREEN are players I believe will be chalky tonight, and players marked in YELLOW are players I consider to be elite tournament options.
Implied team totals as of 2PM EST:
Confirmed Inactives & Situations to Monitor:
Dennis Smith Jr.
Damian Lillard will almost undoubtedly be the chalk PG tonight, and for good reason, given the absence of C.J. McCollum. I’m fine with locking him in. I’m loving this spot to get ahead of the masses with D’Angelo Russell, though, because we know he was trapped on the Lakers and this is a spot in which he can truly thrive at his position. Dennis Smith Jr.‘s price on FanDuel is bananas low, so fire him up and take advantage of the salary benefits. Kyrie Irving is playing in front of the Boston fans for the first time, so he has some impressing to do, and I think he’ll do it big time in this spot.
I feel fairly confident that James Harden and Jaylen Brown will be the two highest owned options at SG. Harden actually has stats that show his dominance on the second leg of a back-to-back. With Jaylen Brown, we have a combination of his talent (he is so good), this matchup, and recency bias to fuel his ownership. I’m feeling pretty saucy about Rodney Hood and Eric Gordon as tournament pivots.
Kelly Oubre Jr.
We’ll be looking at Jayson Tatum as a cash game option until his price rises to where it belongs. Marcus Morris is out, and Tatum’s picking up the extra time (e.g. last night, when he played 36 minutes). Small forward is sort of a snooze fest, otherwise.
Tyson Chandler (if Len is out)
This post will be updated as news/lineups emerge.