A night that features Russell Westbrook, Steph Curry, Kawhi Leonard and Anthony Davis is busy as ten games dot the schedule. Let’s start breaking them down and, as always, be thankful for the miracle of NBA League Pass.
Hawks at 76ers, 7:00 PM (Eastern)
Dennis Schroder ($14,300 at FantasyDraft.com) has consecutive games of at least 40 Fantasy points and should continue to be a solid play as long as Paul Millsap is sidelined. Quietly, Dwight Howard has looked like the Howard of a decade ago, putting up three straight 40-plus FP outings, including at 44.8 total in Tuesday’s win over the Suns. I like him here at $13,900. Ersan Ilyasova ($11,900) has 30 rebounds in his last two and has benefited from the absence of Millsap. Both Robert Covington ($13,000) and Dario Saric ($14,000) returned to form with solid outings in Tuesday’s victory over the Nets. Richaun Holmes ($12,600) struggled on Tuesday and could be in for a longer night facing the resurgent Howard.
Thunder at Magic, 7:00 PM
No shock that Westbrook is the night’s most expensive play at $23,700. He’s averaging 65.3 FP in his last five games and would have more if he laid off of shooting threes (29.6 percent in the same span). You’ll spend gladly on Westbrook knowing he’s had triple-doubles in two of the last three meetings against Orlando. There’s not much else of major consideration on the Thunder roster. Elfrid Payton ($13,700) has cooled off considerably as the month winds down, so Nikola Vucevic remains the one constant Fantasy option for the Magic and is worth the $14,200 it takes to nab him.
Bucks at Celtics, 7:30 PM
You don’t need me to tell you that Giannis Antetokounmpo ($17,800) should be strongly considered as a foundation for your lineup. However, you do need me to tell you Malcolm Brogdon has had two straight solid outings now that he’s getting around 30 minutes a night. Keep him in mind at $10,200. Isaiah Thomas ($14,700) torched the Bucks with 37 points and eight assists in Boston’s victory on January 28 and his usage rate trends toward an equally brilliant performance. Al Horford is averaging 41.4 FP in his last five and has recorded eight assists in each of his last two. He’s a sound play at $13,000. Jae Crowder is putting up 33.6 FP in his last five and deserves a look at $12,300.
Heat at Knicks, 7:30 PM
Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose aren’t among the starters tonight, so I’d avoid them like cats to water. Expect a heavier usage rate for Kristaps Porzingis ($13,900), who put up 49.5 FP against the Pistons on Monday. I’m not sure how much faith I’d have in Willy Hernangomez ($10,600) going up against Hassan Whiteside, who has nine double-doubles in his last ten while also putting up usage rates above 20 in his last four. At $15,600, Whiteside is a near-lock to justify the price and his chances for a great ROI is G-o-o-d. Goran Dragic ($13,800) had 41 FP in Tuesday’s win over the Pistons and keeps putting up stellar numbers despite a foot injury. James Johnson ($12,300) has seen a strong rise of his usage rate and is worth considering against what will be an outmanned Knicks roster on a night where a loss eliminates New York from the playoffs (yet again).
Hornets at Raptors, 7:30 PM
Kemba Walker ($14,300) is perhaps the only Hornets play you can rely on these days. Nicolas Batum had just 15.5 FP in Tuesday’s loss to the Bucks and has been maddeningly inconsistent over the last ten games while Marvin Williams has offered a grab bag of frustration in the same span. Toronto has won their last six with DeMar DeRozan carrying the load. DeRozan ($16,000) is averaging 45.4 FP in his last five while Serge Ibaka ($11,900) is beginning to become more comfortable in the Raptors system. Corey Joseph put up a career-best 13 assists on Monday and might be a nice endgame option at $9,800.
Mavericks at Pelicans, 8:00 PM
DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) is doubtful, leaving Davis to go off to the tune of 55.8 FP in his last five, including a 75.3 FP gem in Monday’s loss at the Jazz. Davis ($19,200) has eight double-doubles in his last ten and is a must-play tonight. The ever consistent Jrue Holiday ($13,200) has at least 30 FP in his last eight. The Mavs have been a Fantasy wasteland over their last five, with no one averaging more than the 26 FP per game that Dirk Nowitzki has offered. At $11,600, you might want to pass on him.
Pacers at Grizzlies, 8:00 PM
Make it three straight games with Marc Gasol sidelined. That doesn’t bode well for Memphis, which has lost their last four and are 1-4 with Gasol not in the lineup. That means a higher UR for Mike Conley ($14,700) and Zach Randolph ($12,500). Paul George ($15,100) has 50-plus FP games in two of his last three and should have a solid night attacking the basket without Gasol clogging the lanes. Myles Turner has at least 30 FP in six of his last eight and is also averaging 2.8 blocks per game. This might be a good night to invest $12,700 on him. Jeff Teague ($12,600) is putting up 38.2 FP in his last five for the Pacers.
Warriors at Spurs, 9:30 PM
With the Spurs within striking range of the top spot in the Western Conference, don’t expect either team to sit out their big guns. Curry ($16,300) has at least 40 FP in seven of his eight games since being benched for the March 11 loss at San Antonio and comes off a 59 FP night in Tuesday’s win at the Rockets. Draymond Green ($13,800) says he’s good to go despite spraining his left ankle on Tuesday, where he had 41.8 FP. Like Curry, Klay Thompson ($13,000) has been sizzling since being benched in the previous meeting with the Spurs. As for San Antonio, Leonard ($18,200) has averaged 39.2 FP in his last five, while LaMarcus Aldridge ($13,300) has put up at least 30 FP in the seven games he’s played since returning from a heart issue.
Jazz at Kings, 10:30 PM
Gordon Hayward‘s quad managed to survive shootaround on Wednesday morning, but he and his $14,000 price tag is still questionable. No worries if you plan on using Rudy Gobert, who has put up a monster 53.6 FP per in his past five. Gobert ($16,000) is also averaging 4.8 blocks in this span and will face the challenge of an inspired and suddenly defensive-minded Kings team that has won two straight. Keep an eye on Buddy Hield ($10,600), who has played well in his last five, averaging 32.8 FP per game.
Wizards at Clippers, 10:30 PM
This should be a high-scoring affair featuring John Wall ($18,300) going against Chris Paul ($15,000). Wall has consecutive games of at least 60 FP and has crossed the 50 FP barrier in six of his last ten. Beal continues to put up a high usage rate and might be lined up for a huge shooting night. If you’re buying this hunch, pay the $14,300 to place him in your lineup. DeAndre Jordan remains a double-double waiting to happen and is a sound play at $12,700. Blake Griffin has been ordinary (at least for him) of late, averaging just 33.2 FP in his last five and has just two games above 40 FP in his last ten. Are you sure you want to pay $14,600 for ordinary?