MLK Day Special
NBA Preview, Picks & DFS Advice
On this very special day, the NBA has once again gone above and beyond to reflect the appreciation of a nation for a great man and staple of American history. The league has provided fans with a tremendous schedule, including the one battle that defines them all…Curry vs Lebron. Below I will break down the matchups and hopefully, give you some good daily fantasy advice.
Brooklyn Nets (11-30) at Toronto Raptors (25-15) (7:30 pm)
After a full slate of afternoon games, this evening kicks off with the Raptors, winners of four straight hosting the lowly Brooklyn Nets.
This game is a matchup dream for Raptor All-Star hopefuls Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. A home game on a special day, versus a less than formidable opponent. The pair will make a lot of plays in this one, as the Nets defense isn’t nearly sturdy enough to contain this dynamic duo.
If you’re a streak rider, big man Jonas Valanciunas has been hot of late averaging over 25 DFS points in three of his last four games.
On the Brooklyn side, Brook Lopez is always an option. Albeit recent trade rumours, his tough inside game is often matchup proof as he works hard for his results inside the paint.
Advice: All three Raptors are good options (Lowry, DeRozan and Valanciunas), but I would avoid any Nets other than Lopez.
Golden State Warriors (37-4) at Cleveland Cavaliers (28-10) (8 pm)
There may be no such thing as Monday Night Basketball, but this would be the inaugural event if there ever was one.
Two of the world’s best athletes will be on display tonight as Lebron James and his Cavaliers play host to the incredibly impressive Golden State Warriors. Led by Steph Curry, this Warriors squad has a ton of talent and plays with an equally impressive amount of conviction. Cleveland may be the favourite because they are at home, but Golden State has “championship” written all over them, so King James’ heroics alone may not be enough to earn the Cavs a victory tonight.
If Cleveland wants to win, Matthew Dellavedova will need to play like he did in the NBA Finals last season, as the Warriors seem to bring out the best in 25-year-old guard.
It won’t be an easy task, as Curry has all the lights on him and a chance to show the people who the world’s best player really is.
Advice: Play Curry and Lebron (even if it cripples your cap) as this super-showdown is sure to bring out the best of the best. Don’t be the one “saving money” and watching one or the other put up a historic stat line on this historic day. Dellavedova is a great bargain in exchange.
Houston Rockets (22-20) at Los Angeles Clippers (26-14) (10:30 pm)
Though big names such as Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan (probably) won’t be available for this one, there is still enough star power on both sides to keep fans on the edge of their seats.
James Harden, the league’s favorite beard, is expensive but could be very well worth it. He is a big leader for his team, and in a big matchup he must come through in the clutch. Dwight Howard has seen a revival of sorts and is a fantastic option in this one.
While Griffin and Jordan watch from afar, superstar Chris Paul will do the heavy lifting. Jamal Crawford is a name to watch for. The 35-year-0ld veteran should step-up in Jordan’s absence and get the job done for the Clippers. Another value pick from L.A. is Cole Aldrich who has had back-to-back monster DFS games.
Advice: This late night matchup should be a dandy, and Harden, Howard, Paul and Aldrich should be safe picks.