Welcome to Wednesday Night in the NBA! We have a full slate of NBA games tonight and a whole bunch of cash to give away, including the NBA Super Slam. Below I’ve given you some of my favorite plays at varying price ranges. And as a side note, remember that the NBA is volatile as far as injuries and stomach flus and what not, so always be sure to keep up with the latest news so you don’t get stuck with a dud.
Jeff Teague $7,000 ATL@MIN – Teague has dipped just below 30 FDP in his last two, but the two games fore that he hit 50 and 40, so the upside is there and he gets a very nice matchup against Minnesota, who has been getting decimated by opposing point guards to the tune of 53.7 FDP over the last ten games (the worst of any team going tonight).
Ricky Rubio $7,200 ATL@MIN – Rubio doesn’t play up to tough competition and it showed against Pat Beverly and Memphis this last week, but when he has room to maneuver he has plenty of upside as seen by his 36.5, 63.5 and 41.3 FDP games in-between those two down games to the Rockets and Grizzlies. Tonight he has an easier matchup against the Hawks who are giving up 47+ FDP to opposing point guards over the last ten games.
Jarrett Jack $5,000 CLE@DET — Jack has now put up 51 and 31 FDP over his last two and gets a juicy matchup against Detroit who give up the most FDP to point guards out of all the teams going tonight. He will be on all my teams.
Joe Johnson $6,100 BKN@CHA — Johnson has quietly been putting up decent numbers of late with an average of 33 FDP over the last five games while Charlotte has given up 37.8 FDP to shooting guards over the last ten. When you couple that with Andrei Kirilenko out and Deron Williams a game time decision with the flu, there’s a good chance he’ll see the ball plenty in this matchup.
Dion Waiters $6,000 CLE@DET – Waiters’ price continues to rise, but for good reason. In the five games since Kyrie Irving has been out Waiters has averaged 37.32 FDP. But the kicker for tonight is that he gets the Pistons who have given up 40+ to shooting guards over the last five games. It doesn’t look like C.J. Miles will be returning soon, but keep an eye on him, since he could limit Waiters 40 minute a game average if/when he returns.
DeMarre Carroll $5,900 ATL@MIN — Carroll has hit 25+ FDP in his last three games and looks like he’ll get the start tonight. With Small Forward always a tough position here, I like him as a good 50/50 play in an up-tempo game.
Paul Pierce $5,200 BKN@CHA — The Nets may be down a few men in this one and Pierce might need to get on some scoring duties.
Greg Monroe $7,800 CLE@DET — Monroe has been seeing 30-40 minutes a night and fluctuating between 25 and 47 FDP over the last ten games. This game should be close which will get Monroe closer to 40 minutes of playing time and Cleveland has been giving up the most FDP over the last 10 games to power forwards. Everything seems to be coming together for Monroe to post closer to his ceiling than his floor tonight.
Mike Scott $4,100 ATL@MIN –– Scott will get the start of Shelvin Mack at the three tonight, while Carroll moves to the two, in a great matchup with the T-Wolves. He’s not a lock by any means, so tread lightly, but if he has his shot falling he can help you in tourney games.
Al Jefferson $9,500 BKN@CHA — Big Al has all the upside in the world and with his price in normalish territory, I like him in tournaments in case he hits his upside against a Brooklyn team that has given up 47 FDP to centers over the last ten games.
Marc Gasol $7,200 MEM@UTA — Gasol had a big game against the Jazz last week with 10 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 blocks and should have his way once again with the week interior defense of Utah.
Gorgui Dieng $5,100 ATL@MIN — There’s no sign of Pekovic returning and Dieng has been consistent since filling in for him. In his last five games he hasn’t dipped below nine rebounds and also has two huge games with 17 and 21 boards and he’s aeraged 35 FDP during that span.