With the NFL finally over we can all now shift our attention to the best sport in the world, the NBA. Eleven games are slated on an exciting Monday night with some terrific sleepers, value players and superstars lined up across the board at every position.
One of the more intriguing contests of the night starts off at 7 PM ET, as the red-hot Washington Wizards (30-20) battle the reigning champions the Cleveland Cavaliers (34-15). Washington look to win their eighth straight match and close the gap between them and the first seeded Cavaliers.
In one of the more surprising stories of the season, the Miami Heat (21-30) look to win an amazing tenth straight win and push for a spot in the playoffs as they host the up and coming Minnesota Timberwolves (19-32). Of course, Minnesota will be feeling the full effects of the absence of Zach LaVine who was putting up career-best numbers and has unfortunately been ruled out for the season with an ACL injury.
In a tough Western conference matchup, the Memphis Grizzlies (31-22) host the San Antonio Spurs (39-11). Memphis will be regaining players Tony Allen, Marc Gasol and Chandler Parsons as they were withheld from Friday’s Saturday’s game against the Timberwolves due to rest. San Antonio will be looking for their fourth straight victory and if they win, will be only three games behind top seed Golden State.
OUT: Joakim Noah (hamstring), Enes Kanter (arm), Joel Embiid (knee), Andrew Bogut (hamstring), Danilo Gallinari (groin), Cristiano Felicio (ankle)
Monitor: Derrick Rose (ankle), Kyrie Irving (quad), Thaddeus Young (wrist), DeMar DeRozan (ankle), Patrick Patterson (knee), Thabo Sefolosha (groin), Robert Covington (hand), Jahill Okafor (knee), Kris Dunn (hand), Deron Williams (toe), Devin Harris (illness), Jamal Murray (groin), Emmanuel Mudiay (back), Jimmy Butler (heel), Michael Carter-Williams (back)
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Tyus Jones (FanDuel: $3,500)
With Zach LaVine ruled out for the remainder of the season and Kris Dunn questionable with a hand injury, Jones may be used once again besides Ricky Rubio. Jones played all 12 minutes in the fourth quarter last game against the Grizzlies scoring 10 points with 6 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals. If Dunn is unable to play, Jones will be a nice sleeper pick.
Michael Carter-Williams (FanDuel: $4,700)
Carter-Williams earned the start for the injured Jimmy Butler on Friday, producing a season-high 23 points to go with 9 rebounds, 6 assists and an impressive 44.8 Fan Duel points. With Butler questionable once again, Carter-Williams is a definite play after his previous imposing outing and at such a cheap price can present high value for money.
Marquese Chriss (FanDuel: $3,600)
Chriss exploded Saturday posting a career high 27 points to go with 6 rebounds and 2 blocks. Five days prior to that game Chriss had another impressive outing of 20 points and 6 rebounds. The rookie is starting to find his rhythm in the NBA and with Phoenix struggling big time you would think they would begin to give more minutes to the 8th pick from Washington.
Devin Booker (FanDuel: $7,100)
The second year prodigy out of Kentucky is turning into one of the best players in the NBA. The past 30 day’s Booker has averaged 26.9 points, 3.4 assists and 2.5 made threes per game. Booker has scored 20 plus points in sixteen straight games breaking LeBron James record for consecutive 20 points games under age of 21. Booker is producing numbers at a superstar rate and presents great value with his price.
Andrew Wiggins (FanDuel: $7,400)
Wiggins has scored 20 plus points in nine straight games with an average of 24.4 points over that span. With the season ending injury to LaVine, Wiggins usage rate and numbers are only going to improve.
Marc Gasol (FanDuel: $8,900)
Marc Gasol is leading the Memphis Grizzles to a solid playoff spot at the current rate. Not only has Gasol been his normal gritty self on defense, but his offense game is in career best form. Gasol is averaging a career-high 21 points shooting 52 % from the floor. As of late, Gasol has been on fire, averaging 27.7 points in his last ten matches and has made a ridiculous 24 three-pointers in that span. Gasol is a consistent player and someone you should trust having in your lineup.
John Wall (FanDuel: $10,600)
Wall’s opposition, the Cleveland Cavaliers give up the fifth most points to opposing point guards this season. Wall is currently on a rampage, leading the Washington Wizards to third in the east and averaging 24 points, 12.3 assists and 2.7 steals the past week. With Kyrie Irving also under an injury cloud, Wall becomes an even better option to have a huge impact in tonight’s game.
LeBron James (FanDuel: $11,200)
The four-time MVP is as reliable as they come. In a huge matchup Eastern Conference matchup, expect James to assert his authority and have a monster game. LeBron is averaging 24.2 points and 10.2 assists his past ten games. Start LeBron with confidence.
Anthony Davis (FanDuel: $11,300)
The Brow’ will be facing the second-worst defense in the league, Phoenix has given up an average of 22 points to opposing NBA centers and they will face a tall task of defending one of the most talented big men in the game. Davis has recorded five straight double-doubles and will be looking to make it six in a favorable matchup.
PG: Michael Carter-Williams
SG: Devin Booker
SF: LeBron James
PF: Domantas Sabonis
C: Anthony Davis
G: Raymond Felton
F: Julius Randle
UTIL: Shabazz Muhammad