Daily Fantasy Rundown – Daily Fantasy NBA – January 5th, 2015
Welcome to Monday’s edition of the Daily Fantasy Rundown with “leonem” and “dinkpiece”. Each day throughout the NBA season our daily NBA scouting reports will highlight the best top, value and cheap plays of the day based on the Daily Fantasy Industry’s pricing for salary cap games. Our analysis will help you consistently build winning rosters over the long run.
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Stephen Curry (GS)/Russell Westbrook (OKC) – Curry and Westbrook are the top two point guard options on a big Monday slate. They play against one another in a game with a 217 total and just a three point spread (Warriors favored). Neither is a great matchup for the other. The Warriors rank first in defensive efficiency against point guards while the Thunder rank ninth, but the pace of play should elevate both players this evening. The last five meetings among these two teams have resulted in totals of 231, 225, 248, 177, and 223 points. The 177 was a game where both Westbrook and Durant were out with injuries. Curry has gotten the better of the battle between the two, averaging nearly six more Fantasy points per game than Westbrook in the last six contests they’ve gone head-to-head. I prefer Curry over Westbrook, especially on those sites where he’s cheaper. Curry is only averaging 33.3 minutes per game this season and is likely going to top that tonight while Westbrook’s price is inflated by an extended period without Kevin Durant. On a site like DraftKings where Westbrook is actually cheaper, I find the decision a more difficult one.
Donald Sloan (IND) – Sloan took advantage of a favorable matchup and a starting role last night as he has when given the opportunity most of the season. Sloan has averaged 11.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 5.2 assists in 31.6 minutes per game as a starter this season. It’s roughly 25 Fantasy points per start and on most sites his value threshold tonight is around 23-27 points. The Jazz rank 25th in defensive efficiency against point guards, providing another strong matchup. We’re assuming C.J. Watson is going to miss the second end of a back-to-back after getting ruled out last night, but it would be beneficial to get confirmation on Watson before utilizing Sloan on early lock sites.