Tuesday’s NBA slate is short and ugly. We do have a tasty matchup with the high-and-mighty Warriors facing the lowly Lakers so make sure you monitor that newsfeed as Stephen Curry (coming off a leg injury) could be a candidate to rest on the second leg of a back-to-back. Recommended plays for today are below.
Rajon Rondo, Kings ($7,800 – FD; $8,400 – DK)
Who doesn’t love a little revenge? Sure, Rondo has faced the Mavericks once since his departure this offseason, but this time he’ll be visiting and quite possibly greeted negatively by the home crowd. A motivated Rondo is a Rondo I want to roster and he makes for a great GPP play — especially on FanDuel. It’s a game with a high over/under and Rondo has been on a roll recently, averaging 12 points and 16 assists over his last three games.
Khris Middleton, Bucks ($6,800 – FD; $7,000 – DK)
Note: Middleton is SF-eligible on FanDuel.
Middleton has averaged 35+ minutes per game since December and has been on a scorching hot streak as of late, which has skyrocketed his salary on both sites. That makes me think hard about putting him in my cash lineups, but given the limited options he’s not a terrible choice. I think he’s an elite GPP play and love his upside in this spot. Over his last five games, Middleton is shooting a ridiculous 58 percent (18-of-31) from beyond the arc and averaging 23.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 3.6 assists.
Paul Millsap, Hawks ($6,700 – FD; $6,700 – DK)
One concern with my favorite cash game player is a potential blowout of the Knicks and limited minutes for Millsap — much like what happened this past Sunday. However, even in 27 minutes against the Knicks, Millsap put up 19 points, nine rebounds, six assists, and five steals. The Knicks have not been good defending the power forward position, especially over their last five games where they are second-worst in the league.
Bobby Portis, Bulls ($3,900 – FD; $4,500 – DK)
Portis is still under $4,000 on FanDuel which makes him an elite cash game play despite coming off a game where he inexplicably played just 18 minutes. I have faith that he’ll get those minutes back up to 23-25 which is crucial to him hitting his value on both sites On the other hand, his DraftKings price makes him a risky enough play where I’d also be comfortable fading him.
Greg Monroe, Bucks ($7,400 – FD; $6,500 – DK)
In a short slate it’s tough to find value at the center position and obviously if you’re paying up you should go with Pau Gasol ($8,700 – FD; $7,800 – DK). However, if you’re looking to save a couple bucks and pivot from the rest of the field, Monroe is as good an option as any. His ownership should be rather low as he’s coming off a 25-point blowout vs. the Spurs, but should have a much easier go against the Bulls defense.
Zaza Pachulia, Mavericks ($6,600 – FD; $5,900 – DK)
Pachulia is in a nice spot tonight as the Mavericks are -4.5-point favorites in a game with a 214.5-point over/under. Not only that, but Pachulia is currently on a nice five-game streak where he has hit a narrow window of 34-36 DK points in each game. One peculiar thing is that four of those five games has been at home and dating back to December 4, seven of his eight games where he eclipsed 30-plus DK points came at home. Here are his splits at home this season:
He faces the Kings at home tonight and is my favorite play, especially on DraftKings.