The Shot Dude: Hoops Hangover
Ever wake up with a hangover, but in a good way?
Your favorite Shot Dude has a hoops hangover from some fantastic NBA action that took place yesterday.
All 14 teams scored 103 points or higher, and three games finished with at least 220 points on the scoreboard and just one overtime period played. I mean, really, when was the last time you didn't see at least one team in the 90s or below?
That's what we fantasy players like to see: lots of scoring!
Let's hope the awesome bounty of buckets carries over to today. You can view the schedule with the help of our trusted Bovada data tool on the Home page:
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Kemba Walker, Charlotte ($8600) ... comes in at No 16 in the NBA with the 16.5 shots he takes a game. A simple look at his log reveals two lackluster performances in a row. What cures this? A great matchup! Walker gets that today against the Lakers, who rank last in defending point guards. Since this dude's salary is on the high side, and he has had some off-games, you can benefit when most other fantasy players shy away.
Stephen Curry, Golden State ($11,100) ... unsurprisingly has the highest salary on the board, but I think he pays it off today. Dude shoots over 19 times a game on average, third in the league. His last two games -- from a fantasy scoring perspective -- were off, but he'd scored 53 fantasy points or higher in 5 of 6 games prior to that. Also, my gut says Curry's like a geyser ready to erupt all over a Knicks team that's only average in defending point guards.
Kent Bazemore, Atlanta ($5100) ... has seen 30 minutes or more in 3 of his last 4 games, and provides value for your lineup today. Dude's a solid play almost every night because he does a little bit of everything on the court and shows up in all the offensive categories. Bazemore and the Hawks square off against the Miami Heat today. Right on cue ...
Dwayne Wade, Miami ($7800) ... has been on fire lately to the tune of 3 consecutive fantasy days of 45 points or more. Those efforts were 'way above meeting his fantasy value, and even with his recent price increase, Wade remains a must-play against Atlanta today. Dude gets to shine on home court and takes on a Hawks team that ranks 22nd in the league in defending shooting guards.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Charlotte ($5500) ... made an early return from his injury and contributed 13 points and 7 boards in 34 minutes. With Nick Batum out against the Lakers today, Kidd-Gilchrist will be relied upon even more offensively. It's good for him (and us) that Los Angeles just happens to rank 26th defensively against opposing small forwards.
Carmelo Anthony, New York ($9000) ... is never afraid to shoot and takes so many three-pointers because there's no such thing as four-pointers! Dude averages 17.5 shots per game and registered a nice 49-point fantasy performance against Phoenix the last time out. The Knicks will need his scoring and floor leadership if they're to knock off mighty Golden State. All four Warrior losses have come on the road, so Anthony and New York do have that tidbit going for them.
Amar'e Stoudemire, Miami ($3900) ... is not a player I typically use, but all signs point to him meeting or even exceeding fantasy value today against Atlanta. At his present salary, dude only needs 19 fantasy points, which he's beaten in 2 of his last 3 games where Hassan Whiteside has been injured. Since Whiteside is doubtful to play again and Stoudemire will shift to the 5-spot, he gets to face the Hawks' 27th-ranked defense against centers.
Julius Randle, Los Angeles Lakers ($6000) ... just turned in an awesome 23-point, 14-rebound, 35-minute showing last game against the Clippers. Dude's been bringing it recently, with 4 double-doubles in his last 7 games. The Lakers take to home court against Charlotte, who plays worse defense against power forwards than any other position and ranks 27th in the NBA.
Gorgui Dieng, Minnesota ($5400) ... has taken advantage of Kevin Garnett's knee ailment with three solid games in a row. Garnett is listed as doubtful today, meaning Dieng will most likely start again at power forward. His minutes have progressed to a plateau of 39 last game, in which he tallied 45 fantasy points. I also like that Portland's defensive rank against power forwards is currently 22nd in the league.
Your favorite Shot Dude sincerely hopes you wake up with a cash hangover from all your winnings tonight.
Just like your heroes do on the court, always give it your best shot!
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