Here's a rundown of the best fantasy basketball options on each team throughout the NBA for Thursday, Jan. 3.
Toronto Raptors (28-11, 13-7 Away)
- Kawhi Leonard: After Kawhi's unceremonious exit from the San Antonio Spurs, you have to think he's going to put up some gaudy numbers in his first game against his former team. Leonard is coming off a 45-point game against the Utah Jazz, where he added six rebounds and shot 73 percent from the field. Look for the All-Star to light up the scoreboard tonight and send a message to his former coach Gregg Popovich and the Spurs.
FINAL SCORE THREAD — NBA (@NBA) January 2, 2019
Kawhi Leonard puts up a career-high 45 PTS on 16-22 FGM to fuel the @Raptors victory over UTA at home!#WeTheNorth 122#TeamIsEverything 116
Pascal Siakam: 28 PTS (career-high)
Jae Crowder: 30 PTS (career-high) pic.twitter.com/rBMs9ksGGK
San Antonio Spurs (21-17, 15-5 Home)
- DeMar DeRozan: But let's not forget about DeRozan, who will also be looking for some revenge tonight. He hasn't exactly been quiet about his feelings towards Raptors President Masai Ujiri and the Toronto organization as a whole, so he figures to have some extra motivation as well. DeRozan is shooting 47.7 percent from the field this year, which is his best shooting season since his rookie year. Expect DeRozan to continue his efficient shooting against his former team tonight.
Denver Nuggets (24-11, 9-8 Away)
- Nikola Jokic: Jokic has been red-hot lately, and he's nearly averaging a triple-double over his last five. Jokic is averaging 17.2 points, 9.2 assists and 8.2 rebounds during that span, and he's facing a Sacramento Kings defense that gives up an average of 116.7 points per game (28th in the NBA). The Kings also rank dead last in opposing team's points in the paint, and rebounds per game, so Jokic should fill up the stat sheet this evening.
Sacramento Kings (19-18, 10-8 Home)
- De'Aaron Fox: Both Denver and Sacramento like to get out and run, so this game figures to be a shoot out and
Houston Rockets (21-15, 8-10 Away)
- James Harden: Not to state the obvious, but Harden is in the middle of a truly remarkable stretch. He's averaging a ridiculous 41.8 points, 8.4 assists and 6.2 rebounds over his last five games and has seemingly dragged the Rockets back into championship contention. Harden has a knack for showing up in big (regular season) games, so expect another monstrous performance from him against the defending champs.
Golden State Warriors (25-13, 15-5 Home)
- Stephen Curry: This game figures to be a shoot out, and both franchise's signature player should be in for a massive night. Curry has been playing at an MVP level when healthy this season, and he's coming off a 34-point, nine-rebound performance against the Phoenix Suns. Expect Chef Curry to keep pace with Harden tonight and put up another huge fantasy performance.
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